Counting down the days…

3 more days with these miscreants. God help me my LAIS course makes and I never have to do deal with a study hall again!

That’s my baby!

Ultimate Tournament May 2014
Ultimate Tournament May 2014

Fiserv.com technology absolutely SUCKS

This is the 3rd time in 8 days that all access to internet banking through http://fiserv.com and it’s affiliates (http://checkfreeweb.com/ and http://secureinternetbank.com/) have been down. These are not short outages either. They’ve been down nearly 12 hours again at this point in this outage alone.

I use two local banks to manage my money. The National Bank of Middlebury, and the First National Bank of Orwell. Both of them contract to an affiliate of Fiserv to provide online banking and bill paying. As a result, for much of this week I’ve been unable to do any banking at all.

I wanted to see if I could figure out more about fiserv and as it turns out, they’ve grown their business largely through purchasing other companies and have very little in the way of their own technology (a lot like Microsoft). Furthermore, it’s pretty clear, once you take a closer look, why they suck so much. When you look at their URLs, it’s evident that they’re running on Windows boxes using ASP. (lots of .asp tags in their URLs).

In this day and age, how any company even attempts to run something as critical as online banking on windows, I just don’t understand. It’s a house of cards already teetering when you boot up a clean install. Building anything on it is a recipe for disaster.

I’m going to have to find a bank that uses something more reliable.

I don’t know what’s come over me.

Lately I have found I am increasingly intolerant of ignorance. I am intolerant of bigotry, and hence I have become a bigot myself. Today I found myself thinking (again) that a 3 digit IQ should be a requirement for anyone to breed.

I spend so much time around kids whose parents clearly smoked, drank and did crack all through pregnancy and infancy, and I wonder that we can’t pass laws to prevent this. I know it’s not the kids’ fault, but why should the rest of us have to suffer for the ignorance of great unwashed?

I really don’t want to go to the department meeting…

Sigh… Thankfully, they are almost always shorter than all faculty meetings, but it’s sunny outside and I would rather work in the yard!

Reading *Capital in the Twenty-First Century*

Thomas Picketty’s update to Kapital is an eye opening read. I’ve barely begun and I’m already in even greater fear for my daughters’ future!capital

God help me but teenage boys are annoying!

One of the most challenging things I have to do is deal with a bunch of teenage boys in a special study hall. Now most of them are annoying, but likable. But god help me there are a couple who are quintessential ugly americans who daily remind me how embarrassing it is to retain american citizenship.

Just a few more years and it’s back to Europe and I will, I hope, never have to deal with the ignorance, bigotry, and provincial attitudes of these types ever again.

Yet another victory over Google

Thank god that the EU still holds the concept of privacy to be self-evident and a “right”. Too bad the US has long since lost any understanding of the idea. We’ve granted corporations rights the caesars and Louis XIV would covet while grinding the working classes into the ground.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/14/technology/google-should-erase-web-links-to-some-personal-data-europes-highest-court-says.html?hp&_r=0

An edit to the original post. Reading the comments on the NY Times article is exasperating. Americans as a whole are unbelievably naive and provincial. It’s absolutely embarrassing.

But then, what do you expect from a country that elected that borderline illiterate “W” when he had never even had a passport?

Boehner Appoints 7 Republicans to Benghazi Panel

Fuck Boehner and every single one of the House republicans. For that matter, fuck the Senate republicans as well.

Wow… A *very* interesting take on standardized testing…

This is definitely worth the read. Particularly salient given the fact that the unequal distribution of wealth in the US is now at world record highs, couple with recent news that a white man, who “owns” lots of black men, was just caught dissing black men:

http://atthechalkface.com/2014/04/30/what-if-the-standardized-tests-were-wrong-a-thought-experiment/