work, religion and politics. . .you shouldn't mix them. . .but i'm going to in this post.
sorry to talk shop for a minute. . .but. . .i'm going too (geeks read this blog too). i hate micrcosoft .NET/Visual Studio. i'm a novice for sure. . .no doubt. . .but my experience with it thus far sucks. visual studio 6, 7, 7.1, 8, 2003, 2005. .NET 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 2.1. . .what 'eff is all this stuff other than different compilations of the same .dll and lib files? I'm trying to control devices. . .iris cameras, finger print scanners. . .all have 3rd party SDKs dependent on this or that .dll. . .and i have different .dlls at different sites. . .i mean. . .you just can't guarantee anything about the machines this software is going to run on. . .but. . .the software still needs certain things to be there to work. give me a java style *.*ar file. . .please. . .all self contained. . .that i can just poop on to a box. . .and it works. (if you are at conseco enter your ATG joke here). . .at least with java if i have a jdk 5.0 project i can have it built to run on jdk 1.4. . .i can't do that with .NET 2.0 to .NET 1.1 (again as far as i can tell). . .time and time again microsoft's solution to all it's problems. . .UPGRADE! that's just not as feasible on WAN. . .true client/server. . .with external devices. . .type of situation.
concurrency management. . .on the java side we've been using maven. . .it's awesome. . .no more jars in source control. . .and you never have a doubt which jar version you need because it's in your build. . .freaking awesome. . .
politics. . .i guess the new yorker is publishing an article about movements in the us government towards war with iran. . .yeah yeah. . .that's been going on for awhile. . .but the spring time frame. . .i guess the article says bush will not leave office without doing SOMETHING about iran. prior to taking this position. . .my only "i'm might be in danger scenario" included a war with iran. here is why. . .iran is shiite and saudi arabia is sunni. . .the bush administration is aligning themselves with the sunni side. . .in fact there may be unappropriated covert operations where sunni's are receiving funds (possibly from/through saudi arabia) to mess up hezbollah and the shiite leadership in Lebanon and Iraq respectively. Iran of course being a shiite nation is accused of sending funds and arms to Iraq. Iran also is working on nuclear weapons. so. . .if the united states being aligned with the sunni decides to bomb Iran for doing EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE DOING (i.e. funding the side of the Islamic faith we like better). . .wouldn't iran want to hit one of our allies. . .perhaps a sunni nation?. . .perhaps saudi arabia?. . .this is of course after they obliterate the first obvious target Israel. . .but honestly. . .is george w. bush stupid enough to start a bombing campaign against iran. . .after a bombing campaign alone failed both in afghanistan and iraq. "fool me once. . ."
i read some more koran (qu'ran) last night. i came across a verse that sorta contradicts the all jews and christians are going to burn in hell. basically anyone that serves god. . .the correct way. . .will go to heaven. . .what's the right way? well islamic monotheism of course. . .so the statement is a contradiction in itself. . .but. . .it did say it is possible for jews and christians to get to heaven. why do muslims hate jews? because according to the koran the jews changed the word of god to fit their needs. in fact. . .the koran was dictated to mohammad to reaffirm the exact words of god. . .to correct what was bastardized. i can see the appeal of the koran in that respect. . .'cause i've often wondered how much of christian scripture was changed or removed to fit the needs of first the catholic church and later the protestants. keep in mind that the koran came to mohammad about 600 A.D. This would have been significantly after the initial gospel writings and early christian arguments about the trinity and whatnot. . .which were the first, second and third century. . .however also keep in mind that the oldest koran ever discovered was writen in about 800 A.D. . .which is 200 years after mohammad died. . huh. . .anyway. . .so all three religions as i mentioned before lay claim to abramham and his sons and jacob and the 12 tribes. . .and the israeli nation. . .however where as jews think they are still god's favored race. . .and christians believe jesus was of that jewish nation. . .the koran states the nation of israel has long since pasted away and now it's up to individuals to live a life pleasing to god. . .which isn't too far from christianity in that respect. . .the big difference being. . .christians believe god is available only through jesus. . .and muslims believe god is. . .well just available. the koran states "some believe god has a son", but why bother with the son when you can speak to god directly. . .after all god is the one who controls everything.