biz as usual limits growth

vice’s take on the club of rome’s limits to growth modeling from the 1970’s. there are a number of interesting take aways from the article. but the punchline is, we’re doing very little to align towards a sustainable model of operation, though it’s obviously within our power. this will quite likely require a massive shift (socially) in terms of what we value and a rewiring of our motivations. i wonder if late stage capitalism can make these changes....

July 18, 2021 · steve ulrich

a year in lockdown - internet traffic impacts

a year in lockdown: how the waves of COVID-19 impact internet traffic (PDF) if you’re in the internets biz, this is well worth sitting down to read. summary a group of european researchers look at traffic data from a variety of sources in the EU. an IXP, a university network, a large EU ISP, and a mobile operator. they have the benefit of a couple of years worth of flow and traffic records for comparison....

July 12, 2021 · steve ulrich

don't take the bet

this new yorker article requires a bit of pause. there’s a fair amount to embrace within this and a tacit call to pause your most angsty reactions to the past 4 years. “Never play a guy at his own game; nobody makes up a game in order to get beat at it.” … He didn’t say as much as he might have or as many might have wanted....

July 12, 2021 · steve ulrich

damn you vlan 1

scenario you have a switch facing a firewall port and you’re seeing some spurious DHCPv6 hits against the native VLAN despite having no switchport native vlan being set on the trunk interface facing the firewall. a quick look at the link local addresses points at the switches themselves in the network. then you remember that you have cisco switches and that you need to check the most holy VLAN 1. mercifully, the following fixes this broke ass behavior....

July 6, 2021 · steve ulrich

fyrtur-tradfri homekit setup notes

we ended up putting the fyrtur blinds in our condo this month. these are an excellent value. a few nit-picky items that might be helpful for other folks that are considering these blinds. these notes are applicable only to my experience using homekit and ikea’s tradfri gateway. i assume that this stuff is a dumpster fire from a security perspective and i stick all home automation elements on a separate network segment far away from data i really care about....

June 27, 2021 · steve ulrich

america as a racist country

this does not speak well of us as minnesotans. To escape the circle of racism, Floyd moved to Minneapolis, Minn., where the Black poverty rate is more than four times the white poverty rate; where the Black incarceration rate is 11 times the white incarceration rate; where the Black-white income gap is second-to-last among the 100 largest cities in America. Had George Floyd done nothing but be white, he would have been living in the second-highest ranked state for opportunity, according to U....

May 31, 2021 · steve ulrich

the doomsday invention

I arrived before he did, and waited in a hallway between two conference rooms. A plaque indicated that one of them was the Arkhipov Room, honoring Vasili Arkhipov, a Soviet naval officer. During the Cuban missile crisis, Arkhipov was serving on a submarine in the Caribbean when U.S. destroyers set off depth charges nearby. His captain, unable to establish radio contact with Moscow, feared that the conflict had escalated and ordered a nuclear strike....

May 8, 2021 · steve ulrich

130 degrees

“For one thing, engineers have done their work and done it well. About a decade ago the price of renewable energy began to plummet, and that decline keeps accelerating. The price per kilowatt hour of solar power has fallen 82 percent since 2010—this spring in the sunny deserts of Dubai the winning bid for what will be the world’s largest solar array came in at not much more than a penny....

May 8, 2021 · steve ulrich