This is another of the W.O.O.D. series of semi-regular
Weekly Occasional Open Discussions.
(i.e. if I forget and skip one, no big)
Immediate prior one here:
and remains open for threads running there
(at least until the ‘several month’ auto-close of comments on stale threads).
Canonical list of old ones here: https://chiefio.wordpress.com/category/w-o-o-d/
So use “Tips” for “Oooh, look at the interesting ponder thing!”
and “W.O.O.D” for “Did you see what just happened?! What did you think about it?”
For this week, it is looking like Saudi Arabia is entering a hot war with Iranian Proxy States (one wonders how long Iran will stay “by proxy” only…), Syria is nearing the “all done with ISIS” stage (and now we can start the Assad as Iranian Proxy vs Sunni as Saudi Proxy stage?) and Trump shook hands with Putin – so expect a Democrat Party Explosion of trolling about being his stooge… /sarc;… maybe…
I’m starting a re-make of my Pi Cluster. Why? Well, the distcc nodes are still on a 3.x kernel so not compatible with the 4.x kernel version of ext4 file systems. (HOW on earth you can leave the version number the same and make it backward incompatible is beyond me…) Then I need to make them Devuan 1.0 official release to all match, and be current with an official release. I’m pretty sure I can make the whole stack Devuan, 4.x kernel, distcc cluster, and MPI cluster all in one go. At the same time, cleaning up some of the leftovers (trash) from prior build and use would also be nice to do. I’m also going to make a “chip” to add the Odroid XU4 to the cluster as a node (swapping out the “Dirty Driver” mini-SD card when I need the added 8 cores in the cluster), and add the Odroid C1 as a permanent member. That would give me 24 cores of v7 architecture in one cluster. At that point, I’ve “got enough” until I find some job it just won’t do…
Then it looks like the Justice Department has decided that RT must register as a “Foreign Agent”. One wonders when they will require the same for the BBC?… After all, it’s in the pocket of the UK. Oh, and DW needs to register too, based IMOH on it being in lock step with EU directives. Sigh. One of the best sources of “dirt” on our domestic political mess is being deemed P.Non.Grata and we’re to be left with the CNN Clinton News Network (Hey, Donna Brazil, how’s the Clinton coaching going?…) and pMSNBC bitching about all things Trump 24 x 7 as political theater. Just sad. I’m thinking of putting up more pointers to good RT articles just to point out the stupidity of it all.
Then there’s Catalonia. Province government leaders in jail, head guy (president? PM?) run off to Brussels so as not to be jailed himself. Locals in the streets pissed. Spain is screwing the pooch on this one, IMHO, and the EU is standing back just watching the travesty. It has even pushed Venezuela off the front pages as it’s a newer revolution… Though I do wonder how the EU can encourage Scotland & Gibraltar to split from the UK but hold Catalonia is an inviolate part of Spain and could not possibly be admitted to the EU upon division.
Finally, heard a talking head British Politician who’s title I didn’t catch saying “Why sure we can back out of Brexit.” Easy peasy, no problemo, just rescind the Article 50 statement. Sigh. I had no idea the swamp was as deep as the Atlantic and stretched for 10,000 miles. IMHO, May needs to just say “We’re out, bye. It’s over. If you want to have open trade with us, ring and we’ll start talks.” Then open trade deals with ANZUS, Canada, and the USA where you flush out the first 20% to 50% that’s a no brainer and state the intent to modify as the hard bits get done. Things like zero tariff on Australian and New Zealand lamb in exchange for zero tariff on UK candies and teas. (Or whatever makes sense and every one wants). Somebody in the UK government needs to realize the blood of Churchill is boiling at their timid wimpy Chamberlain approach to things. Shove your bloody cigar up their butt and leave. (Lit preferred.) They know where to come crawling when they want to sell some Mercedes and wine.