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PSN and Playstation Parental Controls are Totally Pointless

Playstation Network

Game developers generally ignore parental controls when they develop games. Sony permits these games to connect to PSN and to operate in an all-or-nothing mode. The parental controls don't matter because games will only play if all parental controls are disabled. This completely undermines the entire point of the parental controls. Parents get a choice: allow kids the full adult experience or allow them no experience at all.


Considering Australia’s Gun Laws


I keep coming back to the chart of Australia gun deaths. One of the interpretations of this chart i hear is "well, gun deaths were already trending down anyway." That's obviously true. But let's talk about the impact of the law.


Gun Bans and Restrictions Do Something

I get into a lot of conversations with folks about guns. To look at my blog lately you'd think its the only topic I'm interested in blogging about. I guess I'm just keeping this stuff off my friends' Facebook and Twitter feeds. This is my space and my thoughts. Anyways gun bans have value. I'm tired of that being denied. 


Excel Trick: Normalizing MB and KB into numbers

Someone brought me some data yesterday where they wanted to graph some data that included sizes of files. The file size in the data file was a mixture of things like "200MB" or "342KB" and so on. Obviously Excel can't graph that as it is, so I wrote a complex function to convert it to a plain number, which Excel can graph.


UK Recruiters: Pain in the ass

Because Cigital is virtually always hiring people, I get a lot of calls from enterprising recruiters. The problem in the recruiting industry is that there are a lot of bad apples. It colours my view of the whole industry. Let me tell you a story about a recruiter. We'll call him "Luke". Names have been changed to protect the innocent. Setting the stage for the punchline takes some time. But this is worth it.

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