Sunday, February 28, 2016

Let's make a list!

I think I have enough here to make a list, so let's do it!

  1. Apple won it's case in ny! Apple is fighting like 9 or 10 other court orders besides the one in California, so today Magistrate Judge James Orenstein basically told the government where to shuv the all writs act! Lol OK, he's a judge, he writes legal documents for a living, besides the ridiculousness of the appeals court judge on the Fourth Circuit who decided to use the phrase, "on-again, off-again relationship," in a legal ruling, most legal documents are written very professionally, (again, except that ridiculous one!) He didn't say, take the all writs act and put it where the sun don't shine of course, but he did say the FBI can't legislate by motion, and I can't legislate from the bentch.

  2. I met with a tax accountant for the first time today. I wasn't sure if I needed to file taxes, and no one could answer that question, so I actually had to go meet with a tax accountant. It turns out that I'm a couple thousand dollars under, so I don't have to file!

  3. I got my haircut today! It was kind of unexpected really, we didn't have all that much to do after I met with the tax accountant, so we went to have ice cream, then we went over to the hair salon, (I go to Perfect Look, so it's by walk-in only.)

  4. Tomorrow is Super Tuesday! If you live in a Super Tuesday state, please, please, please go vote!Lol I'm not going to tell you who to vote for, but I think you probably know by now that I'm not a huge Trump fan. Unfortunately I don't live in one of the states that will be voting tomorrow, or anytime in the near future, (our primary isn't until the literal end!)

Today at church.

Lol, you probably think this is going to be one of those long treatises about one of my pastor's sermons or something. Hah, it's definitely not one of those! Today at church, we had our first ever family luncheon, it was a lot of fun! We had a cowboy/farmer theme, and my pastor played the role of the head farmer, (something he actually does quite well... hmm...) Of course he backs that up by saying he's fully qualified because he spent a few years in one of the southern states, (which makes him waayy more qualified than I am!) They're planning on the next one being a fiesta, and wow do I love Mexican food! They gave away prizes to well... just about everyone so I even won a prize hah, I never win anything so yay lol!

Saturday, February 27, 2016

I'm so not excited about tomorrow night!

Lol because the Oscars are tomorrow night. I watched them last year, because Citizenfour was nominated, (and won!) This year, I don't have anything like that to look forward to, so I'm just like blah! I'm not even going to watch this year, which means I have to stay away from Twitter for most of tomorrow night, because everyone tweets about it. So yeah, I'm not much looking forward to tomorrow night.
On an unrelated note, my Twitter search for #NeverTrump currently contains 29879 items! This is just for today, because I'm using a buggy Twitter client that whipes out the search results every time I shut down, and starts them all over.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Twitter hilarity is ensuing!

Everyone should go do a search for #NeverTrump! Some tweets are hilarious, a lot are right on point! Lol, I'm having too much fun watching tweets to go to bed now, hah!

I had brief reading times today!

Oh yes, yes I did! It was an epic 65 page response from Apple. Actually, it was a motion to vacate, (which is written exactly like a brief. I particularly had fun reading the supporting declarations, which basically said the FBI had no idea what it was doing, and in a nice way, they should probably take a long walk off a short pier! The motion/brief/response to the ridiculousness of an order to compel is right here.
A couple hours after that, I watched the debate throwdown. Lol, it was a hilarious throwdown! Marko Rubio and Ted Cruz went right after Trump, and trump kept interrupting them. If I were them, I would have said something like sit down and shut up, old man! Lol and then I would've laughed hilariously, because Donald Trump is the guy who throws ridiculous fits about everything! Hah but I think Ben Carsin probably had the funniest line of the night. He asked, "can somebody please attack me?" Lol because every time they kept going after each other, Rubio/Cruz/Trump would get extra time, Carsin didn't get very much time to say much of anything, but then again, what would he do with all that extra time anyway?

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

TV season weirdness, and other things.

Is it becoming a trend that some TV shows are having their season finales in February or March? Or is it just me? Lol maybe it's just me, but this is a trend I'm not all that thrilled with. Also is it just me, or should companies/agencies not send something that says "important legal document," through the mail. I mean regular standard mail that is, if it was really such an "important legal document," they probably should've sent me a certified letter. Lol because USPS tends to loos things, (my ballot got lost in the mail once!) Not only that, but I'm pretty sure that's the procedure for sending legal documents. They either get sent as a certified letter, or you get to deal with a process server. If you're in the middle of a case and having briefs filed on your behalf, you get to use the electronic filing system. If it's a federal case anyway, (I'm not quite sure how state systems work.)

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

When a tweet says it all.

Yeah, I read a tweet this morning that made me ask the question, "how can 140 characters say so many words?" However, I can't quote this tweet here, because the tweet in question has disappeared, along with the user who tweted it. That's the thing that's weird about Twitter, there can be tweets that you think, "oh I want to get this put somewhere, (bumpersticker, tShirt, etc,) and then there are the people who use Twitter to complain about everything. I learned a couple years ago, that you should never say you're thankful for Twitter! I've met a couple friends because of it, but it also has it's bad sides!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Yeah, I skipped last night's post!

I had an extremely bad headache, (I still do!) so when it came to blogging last night, I was like blah I can't think. I wish I didn't have to have headaches all the time!

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Why does Trump have to win everything?

Seriously! If you say you're conservative and then you go and vote for Trump, well... you're actually coting for a liveral! You're also voting for someone who claims he's a Christian, but who says proudly that he's never repented, I'm not exactly sure how that's possible, but if Christians want another atheist in office next year then go ahead. If you want someone who doesn't even mention the constitution in his speeches, and says that Apple is doing the wrong thing by challenging a legal order for a backdoor, then vote for Trump! You'll end up having a third surveillance lover as President!
On a completely unrelated note, I managed to stream the services that took place this morning for Justice Scalia. I've seen several catholic funerals in the past, (having personally been a part of one.) Although it's very formal and inflexible, the Catholic liturgy does make for a very beautiful funeral service. I actually did this by accident, while turning on my CnN stream to start the primary coverage.

Friday, February 19, 2016

It's 2/19.

I was going through my Febooary entries from last year and noticed that I didn't post "yeah I'm still here." I tweeted it, and it got uploaded to my public folder, (it's still sitting there.) However, for some reason I didn't end up posting it here. I'm not going to go through the thing of uploading to the server, (it's already in my public folder,) so I'll just give anyone who wants to listen to something from around exactly this time 3 years ago a public link, and you can listen from there. This is where the tradition of not skipping posts, (if I can avoid it,) originiated, it's also where the tradition of the extremely quick OK I don't want to skip this but I have nothing more to say, type post came from. Lol and after staying up for 24 hours last night because I had too much adrenalin from reading too many legal documents, (yeah, this can actually happen, it's happened more than once!) Honestly, I'd like to find my bed rather quickly.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wow...

I just posted the longest list of legal documents I think I've ever posted! In the ppast 36 hours, I've read and processed 7 legal documents! I tweeted that I think the entire Apple case file has taken up residence in my public folder, and it most definitely has! I put them all in the public folder so that I can create links to them, for posts like these. I thought I hit my limit when in January 2014, I downloaded 5 legal documents from PACER, uploaded them to the public folder, and made a list on my linkblog. Those were fairly short, some of these are pretty long. I'm thinking it has to be close to 120 pages altogether, give or take a few, (one didn't have page numbers.) So yeah, what do I do with my spare time? Lol, I read legal documents and post lists of them, because if you really read them, they can be quite entertaining at times!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Thoughts on a pending legal case of epic proportions! Or huh? it really only took less than 2 years?

In a way, I'm not surprised that it took just a couple months under 2 years for the FBI to go drudging up old unresolved legal questions. Yet it's been less than that even, because over the past 4 months, Apple has been challenging legal orders that are coming out of the Eastern District of New York, (of all places.) I thought all national security cases originated out of that miserable land of where all legal cases go to die, ( Virginia?) Apparently not, some come from New York. This means that when Apple files an appeal, (as they likely will,) it will go to the Second circuit, instead of the Fourth. If I'm remembering recent history correctly, I'm thinking the Second Circuit has a bit better track record than the Fourth, when it comes to these kinds of cases. However, the Second circuit does not make public either a transcript or an audio file of their oral arguments. They do however provide them on CD, (for purchase.)
For reference, I'll link to apple's statement that was posted yesterday, I think they got most things right here, but they did get one thing incorrect.

We can find no precedent for an American company being forced to expose its customers to a greater risk of attack.

Apple failed to take a look at PACER before they wrote this letter, it's customary to research past cases when preparing these things, but I can understand the oversight. While if Apple does lose their case, it will have much larger implications, the FBI has done this kind of thing before. That is asking for encryption to be circumvented and/or disabled, when they couldn't get there way, they asked for the keys themselves, (which is what they're essentially doing here.) They did get several things correct however:

"The government suggests this tool could only be used once, on one phone. But that’s simply not true. Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes. No reasonable person would find that acceptable."


The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge." " "And while the government may argue that its use would be limited to this case, there is no way to guarantee such control."

The :"all writs act," we used to use this for issuing writs of assistance, or general warrants back in the 1700's. In other words, the FBI does want future access to iPhones, they just aren't asking for that right now. We know this from continuing and ongoing comments from FBI director James Comi. He's continued to say over the past at least 2 years or so, that encryption prevents the FBI from accessing the devices of terrorists and child pornographers.
Let's look at the order filed today: note: I had to use my screen reader's OCR feature to get this to convert to text.

Apple's reasonable technical assistance shall accomplish


5 the following three important functions: (1) it will bypass or


6 disable the auto-erase function whether or not it has been enabled;


7 (2) it will enable the FBI to submit passcodes to the SUBJECT DEVICE


8 for testing electronically via the physical device port, Bluetooth,


9 Wi-Fi, or other protocol available on the SUBJECT DEVICE; and (3) it


10 will ensure that when the FBI submits passcodes to the SUBJECT


11 DEVICE, software running on the device will not purposefully


12 introduce any additional delay between passcode attempts beyond what


13 is incurred by Apple hardware.


14 3. Apple's reasonable technical assistance may include, but is


15 not limited to: providing the FBI with a signed iPhone Software


16 file, recovery bundle, or other Software Image File ("SIF") that can


17 be loaded onto the SUBJECT DEVICE. The SIF will load and run from


18 Random Access Memory ("RAM"

So, they're ordering Apple to do 3 things. First, disable the auto-erase features of the phone, or any auto-lockout features that the phone may have, also to negate any additional delays that may be created, (beyond processing ones,) so that the FBI, and any other government agency that they may wish, can eternally try to hack the phone. Second, and this is where the NSA will probably come in, they want to be able to submit passwords to the phone externally via any means possible. If the NSA has a big cluster of devices waiting to break encryption keys, they'll probably just send it on over. Third, and this gets a bit contradictory, they want a "signed iPhone file," a completely specific version of iOS just for this purpose, but they don't want Apple to make any modifications to the operating system. " Apple shall advise the government of the reasonable cost of providing this service." If I were Apple, I'd charge the FBI $50000 or something ridiculous like that! Maybe they'll think twice about trying this again, then again, it's the FBI, they never think twice about anything!

Things from yesterday.

First, I got a letter from my insurance, saying that a request for a prescription was denied. My doctor wants to put me on growth hormone, (no, not my GP,) but it was denied because a prior authorization wasn't obtained. I actually thought it was denied because there's very little concrete evidence to support this whole thing, and even when she talks about it she says "it works for some people." It turns out that it was an administrative error that caused the denial. They sent it to the wrong pharmacy. Stuff like this happens when working with this office all the time! My insurance has a pharmacy that they use for these kinds of things, and apparently, they failed to investigate and find out which pharmacy to send it to, so they just sent it to the one they use. This is why the PA failed, because the pharmacy they sent it to couldn't do it for some strange reason. I called them yesterday to basically tell them that if I was going to send this through the appeals process, they would most likely need to help with the appeal, since when writing an appeal, you have to state a reason why you think it should be approved. I have no reason why I think it should be approved, so therefore it's up to them to try and come up with one.
Last night I found out that PayPal charged me twice for one of my subscriptions. I support paid services, and I have 3 sites I'm currently using. I alerted the administrator via Twitter mention right away, but it was late at night when I saw the email. I immediately filed a claim with PayPal. He must have gotten the alert right away, because my money was refunded this morning, and PayPal said they "decided the case in my favor." He told me that PayPal probably thought I had 2 active subscriptions. That was exactly what the problem was. What ended up happening was I ended up deleting my account at some point, and restarting it in August, when I started my new list of goals, (this was my DayZero plus subscription.) When I did this, I apparently forgot to cancel the remaining subscription in my PayPal account. I don't believe it tried to charge me twice 3 months ago, but if I look at my receipts I might find that it did. If I find that it did, this is partially my fault, but mostly PayPal's fault, they shouldn't let me subscribe twice with the same email address and card on file, and error should have been created in the system, and I should've been notified of an inerrant subscription.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Quick post!

Because I'm about to miss the deadline for publishing! Lots of interesting things happened today, I'll write a longer post tomorrow, when I'm not distracted by going through all my email to find things, (as part of the things that happened,) and posting links.

Happy Valentine's day, and other things.

First, I'd like to wish anyone reading a happy Valentine's day! I don't celebrate Valentine's day, but I don't celebrate single awareness day either, it's just a normal day. Since it happened to be a normal Sunday, a trip to church was in order. The person who's in charge of the bus ministry has changed the schedule a bit, and has been picking me up at 9:45. Apparently the driver this morning didn't get the memo, because he came at 9:30, (15 minutes before I actually needed to leave.) I was almost all ready, I'd just sat down to finish a reading a couple last emails, when I heard a knock at the door. The bus drivers don't usually knock on the door, (I've only had this happen like twice, once after Blogathon 2009, and once when I first moved in here last summer.) I opened the door, and had to tell him he was 15 minutes early, he promptly left and as soon as I finished doing what I was doing, I ran downstairs.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

9 down, 3 to go.

This is becoming an epically long primary season, (as far as debates go.) As in, this is a record number of debates for one side to have, (as far as I remember.) At the end of tonight's CBS news debate, the moderator said there would be 3 more republican debates left in the primary season. We still have the entire general election campaign season! Of course those debates are between the candidate running on both sides, but they'll be at least 2-3 debates then as well. So what did I learn from tonight's debate? If I learned one thing, it's that Donald Trummp is angry! Lol not that I didn't know that beforehand, but if you were watching tonight's debate and didn't know this, you got an extremely obvious lesson in that fact!

Friday, February 12, 2016

I fixed the update failures!

How exactly did I do this thing? Well, by running CCleaner, performing disk cleanup etc. I managed to do all this while sifting kitty litter, (disk cleanup/defrag was a long process!) not only that, but the article on how to fix the update failures said to perform a virus scan. OK OK, I have one scheduled to run every week, but I haven't actually seen the results of one for a few months now, so I decided to do it anyway. The thing only took about an hour, (I thought it was probably going to take a couple hours.) Honestly, it's been years since I've been infected with anything anyway, (I think the last time was around 2005 or so.)

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Update failures.

So today I caused windows update failures. I was afraid I was going to get Windows 10 in this batch of updates that was installing, so I used GWX control panel to clear the update cache. The updates were waiting to install, (I hadn't yet completed the restart ,) even after I cleared the cache, windows update insisted I restart so I did. After I did this I went in to try and check for updates, thinking I'd be able to install them by hand, (so as not to install windows 10.) Unfortunately when I went to check for updates, it threw up an error instead. I can't check for updates, and since I cleared the updates that were waiting to install, I obviously can't see which ones failed, (yay for me!) Last time I did this 5 years ago, I needed a system recovery. That was when I restarted in the middle of installing 72 updates after a first system recovery. This wasn't 72 updates, (obviously,) but since I can't see them, I'll never know which ones failed.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A bit of an experiment.

Right now, I have my TV sitting on the file cabinet next to my desk. In my old apartment, it was across the room from my desk. I just did a bit of an experiment in which I had the TV on and attempted to check Twitter at the same time. I used to do things like this all the time, but since the TV is sitting right next to me, it's more of a distraction, (as in, I'm inclined to pay more attention to what's on the TV.) It was hard to pay attention to what I was actually reading, (substitute Twitter for email, or anything else,) and it's just as much of a distraction. I suppose I need to practice more with this, because I think I used to be a bit better at managing multiple streams. I can definitely talk on the phone and listen to something else, for instance, but it might sound strange to the person on the other end.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Primaries are fun!

Except for when your candidate doesn't win, although I still like all the analysis of them. In other words, even if my candidate didn't win, it was still fun to watch! Then there's supposed to be another debate coming up Saturday night, I think this will be the eighth primary debate. I don't ever remember having this many debates during primary season.
Completely unrelated: I need to do list updates sometime! I'll probably do them on Thursday, (why I didn't remember to do them last Thursday, I have no idea.)

Monday, February 8, 2016

My package came early.

I ordered a couple things of cat calming spray last week, (because I ran out on Saturday.) It said they were supposed to be delivered on Tuesday, but when I went to track it, the package was already here. Someone knocked on my door around 4, and I was surprised it was UPS, because UPS wasn't supposed to be here until tomorrow.
On a completely unrelated note, I went back to church yesterday! Coming home was interesting because the bus driver was waiting for everyone to get on the bus, but everyone was already there. When I called to ask him what he was doing, (this is the person that runs the bus ministry,) he said he was waiting for everyone to get on the bus. I was like I think they're all here, and they were asking me to call you.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Today and tomorrow.

I'll be going back to church tomorrow! I won't be watching the Super Bolw, because I don't like football! I watched the debate tonight, (I think there's one more primary debate coming up after this one, and that's it. I'm excited to get back to church tomorrow! I couldn't get the stream to work last Sunday when I tried, I think they're having streaming issues for some reason.

Friday, February 5, 2016

I got my nuts.com package today!

Last year around this time, (during the legal situation,) I placed an order with nuts.com. I was going to do this thing last month, but I decided to wait on it, so I did it Wednesday instead. I ended up getting 2 things of the peanut butter explosion fudge, (which is their best kind, if you ask me!) 2 things of peanut butter chocolate fudge, (just to try,) a pound of NECCO wafers, and a whole bunch of jerkey, (because their jerkey is the best I've had from anywhere, in my opinion!) It all came to me today in a FedEx package, which is now sitting in my bedroom, hidden from the cat. Don't worry, I'm not getting paid for any of this, the amount I had to pay for the entire thing was well let's just say it was expensive and leave it at that... this is why I only do this once a year!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I'm finally getting over this cold!

It's been like more than a week now, and I'm getting to the point where I feel like I can do stuff again. This is good, because for the past few days, I've felt like I really didn't want to do much of anything! going out of town like that isn't much fun! I think
I went to bed at like 8 something last night, and I don't think the cat was very happy with me! I'm going to be going to bed fairly early tonight, so he probably won't be that happy with me again.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

First there was yesterday, then there was last night.

I went out of town for my doctor's appointment yesterday. The trip ran ahead of schedule, and the appointment went well. all we really ended up discussing was paperwork issues, I love those appointments where doctors are like, "oh I filled out this form wrong, it should work this time, have a nice day." Then there was last night. I don't normally write too much political stuff here, but we're in an election year, and last night was epic! Lol and it isn't because they had to flip a coin 6 times on the democratic side to decide who won 6 different precints in Iowa. No, it was because Ted Cruz won and the person that everyone predicted to wind well... didn't! I have to say that in following legal cases, I've seen a lot of loss over the past 2-3 years, seeing someone win something for a change was well let's just say I still couldn't believe it this morning.