Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Obama to Seek Closing Amid Hunger Strike at Guantánamo

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/01/us/guantanamo-adds-medical-staff-amid-hunger-strike.html?pagewanted=all

Held as prisoners for TEN YEARS without being charged. Imagine that...

The problem seems to be that they are considered enemy combatants, which would make them Prisoners of War. To my knowledge you don't ever charge POWs with crimes; you keep them imprisoned to keep them out of combat and then return them to their country at the end of the war. The reason this is a problem is because they are part of stateless organizations, which means there's really no protocol in place for returning them after the war. There is no "after the war" in the vague War on Terror.

So that leads to the question: What do we do with these stateless enemy combatants? Solution: We multilaterally (through the UN?) come up with a set of rules for dealing with them. This is bound to be a problem as stateless actors continue to have more of presence. The US cannot set the precedent that it's OK to deal with this problem like this. We need to lead the way towards solving this problem multilaterally.

Unable to allocate memory for Hyper-V virtual

Problem
You get an error message indicating that there's not enough memory on the host server, and therefore the virtual can't startup. The problem is there is clearly sufficient memory, and so this error doesn't make sense.

Solution
Turns out to be a bug in Windows 2008.

Here's a hotfix for it:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953585

Monday, April 1, 2013

Divide by zero they said


Out of scope

Thought of a feature to do on this project, then thought, "No, that's out of scope", then rapped outloud to myself, "Like a person with bad breath, boy, you outta Scope"
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