As you’ve likely heard, if you live in the United States (and possibly elsewhere), same sex marriage has now been legalized. And it’s legal in Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, Britain, Luxembourg, Finland and Ireland already. The trend to legalize same sex marriage started in 2001. And it’s been gaining popularity. At some point, it’s likely that same sex marriage will be universally legal. But when?
Let’s ask Excel, using polynomial trendlines. To get started, let’s look at how many countries have legalized same sex marriage. The below spreadsheet lays out how many countries have legalized same sex marriage to date, and when.
To then see a trend line, we’ll add a chart element, selecting Add Chart Element and then select More Trendline Options…
At the Format Trendline pane, click Polynomial and check the box for “Display equation on chart”
Then copy the equation into your clipboard and pasties into the formula bar. Next, we’ll remove the y and convert the symbols into formula elements.
This results in wrong numbers because we’ve got years instead of ascending numbers and we’ve got missing years when same sex marriage wasn’t legalized in any countries. So, we’ll convert the years into a number starting with 1 and going up (where 1 is 2001, etc).
Keep adding rows and copying the formula into each new row and you’ll find that same sex marriage will be universally accepted in 2035, by summing up the numbers and looking for 206 countries.
krypted July 3rd, 2015
Recently I’ve read a lot of things about the attacks against Sony. I’ve read that they’re nothing more than extortion attempts by hackers that probably live in their parents basements (based on the fact that the initial demands didn’t mention North Korea at all). I’ve read they were orchestrated by China by people who felt North Korea was being picked on and couldn’t stand up for themselves. I’ve read highly unconvincing reports from the FBI that they were orchestrated by North Korea. No one really knows. I can send traffic to servers from anywhere in the world. Anyone can anonymize their web traffic as easily as using a ToR plug-in with Firefox. I’ve also spoken to friends at Sony that told me that they’re concerned about the future viability of Sony due to the business impacts of these attacks. I’ve also spoken with people at other studios freaking out about not wanting to “be the next Sony.”
But in all of it, there’s something kicking in the back of my head. You see, if someone tried to blackmail me, I’d go to the press (or government) and allow the public to judge me for whatever it is, not cave to demands that are only likely to recur. Not giving into extortion demands is the right thing to do. If someone threatened the safety of people to go to a movie, I’d pull it as well, so that’s the right thing to do as well. There have been enough shootings in theaters and while financially potentially devastating it’s not worth the loss of a single human life to show The Interview in theaters. Of course, now that the attackers have backed off their stance, The Interview will be shown in hundreds of theaters. And it will likely be viewed online by millions of people over the next few days. And if this was carried out by North Korea, they couldn’t visit all of our homes to pull it (although the awful remake of Red Dawn by MGM might indicate differently).
I believe that the good, American thing to do is show our support to Sony for all the brain candy they’ve given us in the past. More than that, our support for doing what’s right. And what’s more capitalistic of us than spending $6 on a movie (other than spending more)? What’s better for Sony than to make a little money? In America, we tend to root for underdogs. We love Rocky (which btw cost less than a million to make and brought in a breathtaking $225M – 1:225 ROI there). We wanted Rudy to score a touchdown for the Irish (TriStar – part of Sony). We practiced our kicks like the Karate Kid (Columbia Pictures – part of Sony). We watched Jerry Maguire (TriStar – part of Sony again) even though we couldn’t stand Tom Cruise and rooted for the guy who risked it all to do the right thing (Money, baby). We threw up in our mouth a little when we watched Dodgeball (Fox but a fun movie anyways). We adore Gandhi (Columbia – again part of Sony) because it won an Oscar and taught us the story of one of the greatest men of all time. We loved Charlie Sheen when he was Winning in Major League (Mirage). And we loved Kick-Ass (Lions Gate), one of the unlikeliest heros of all.
Sony made Bond great again. Sony brought us Spiderman to the big screen. Sony told us about The Social Network (and were still allowed to have Facebook accounts. Sony gave us Eat Pray Love. Sony killed zombies awesome sauce in Zombieland. Sony gave us Superbad. Sony taught us a history lesson with The King’s Speech. Sony brought The Da Vinci Code to the big screen. Sony made a great movie in the Lords of Dogtown. Sony brought us Hell Boy, Adaptation (as a writer, a movie I love), Ali, Black Hawk Down and countless other movies. Some great, some not. That’s the game.
Now, we have a chance to do a very small part by helping Sony escape financial ruin. And yes, they make more movies that suck than are awesome. Because that’s what all studios do. And yes, the film industry seems like a bunch of rich people being silly sometimes. But there are real people that work there. Normal people. With boys and girls and installations at burning man. Some of the best people I know. And they do great work. And sometimes the studio makes brilliant movies. And whether this was spearheaded (yes, bad pun on spear phishing) by a dictator with a bad fade, the remaining communist hardliners in China, another studio or something else, it’s up to the market to dictate the outcome. That’s capitalism. ‘Merica
PS – It’s hilarious.
krypted December 26th, 2014
I was supposed to give a presentation at MinneBar a few weeks ago, but I ended up having to be out of town. I was pretty bummed as I really wanted to see a few of the presentations. But, lucky me, MinneBar has actually started posting presentations to YouTube. Woohoo, they’re available at http://www.youtube.com/user/MinneStarMedia.
The one I think I was most interested in seeing is available right here, and I can embed it into my own site and watch it from here.
I will try and make the next one to do the presentation I’d planned on giving. This is a community I am very supportive of and love contributing to (although the next time someone uses “serial entrepreneur” as their job title I might not be able to suppress the eye roll + flutter combination – sry).
krypted May 16th, 2013
Apple now has a new system status page for their services, available at http://www.apple.com/support/systemstatus. This site goes through many of Apple’s services and shows an indicator light for when they are up. Additionally, you can scroll down to the detailed timeline and see a historical account of what services are online.
This is yet another step in Apple’s continued progress at providing more and more information to the community on, well, everything. This includes seeing Apple popping up at conferences here and there, most notably at Black Hat this year, publishing more kbase articles that detail problems and allowing more community involvement from some employees. A more open Apple is a more enterprise, education and consumer friendly Apple.
krypted December 14th, 2012
JR Ewing (aka Larry Hagman) passed away this week. He was one of the stars of Dallas and the famed character from the “who shot JR” line. He also had a ton of great quotes over the years, such as “Say, why don’t you have that junior plastic surgeon you married design you a new face: one without a mouth!” and “”Revenge is the single most satisfying feeling in the world!” He also busted out with “A conscience is like a boat or a car. If you feel you need one, rent it.” and one that every NFL running back seems to bust out with in the last year of their contract “Contracts were made to be broken, honey, but a handshake is the law of God.”
I was really too young to watch Dallas. But I did here and there. Later, I was way too late to watch it, but thanks to NetFlix, I watched every painful episode of every season of the show that I wasn’t allowed to watch ’cause I was too young. And looking back, there’s one thing you can’t deny: most of the basics about how to conduct business can be learned from this show, especially from JR. So here’s my top 25 (moved these up from back in July) in honor of JR, may he rest in peace:
krypted November 24th, 2012
Posted In: Business
I have published a new book on Time Machine (Time Capsule, deployment/Managed Prefs and Time Machine Server as well). I wrote it months and months ago and it finally ended up getting posted (publishing is a weird world like that sometimes). It is available for Kindle (Amazon) for now and should be up on the iBooks store as soon as the good people from iTunes Connect get back from their holiday break. To quote the Amazon excerpt:
Time Machine is Apple’s built-in backup solution that comes bundled with Mac OS X. In this book, we will explore Time Machine, looking at how to enable Time Machine, configure what to back up and where to back up to.
Much of Time Machine has to do with the network environment that a computer is in, or the ecosystem. In this book, we look at using Apple AirPort and Time Capsule in such an ecosystem. We also look at using network attached storage and other 3rd party solutions, as most environments are heterogenous.
This book is written from the ground up for Lion. As such, tools like FileVault 2 are covered. We also look at getting more granularity in your backup configuration, as well as third party tools used to backup Lion computers. And of course, no book about Time Machine in Lion would be complete without taking a look at Time Machine Server, a way to centralize backups in an environment around the Time Machine solution.
Finally, Time Machine is more scalable than ever in Lion; however, mass integration may require centralized management (such as Managed Preferences) or scripting automations to configure backups. In this book, we will look at typical deployment scenarios and what else needs to go into moving Time Machine from a basic backup tool to a much more comprehensive backup solution.
This is my first foray into the eBook publishing thing, so if you see anything off, that I missed, etc please let me know. The book is available here or using the link below:
krypted December 29th, 2011
I’ve been watching the MacTech Conference and then Boot Camps for some time. After hearing of the resounding success of the Conference last summer I was then stoked to hear that the January Boot Camp went extremely well. A MacTech Boot Camp is a regional, single-track seminar designed specifically for consultants and techs. MacTech Conference is a multi-day conference for IT professionals with a focus on enterprise and development whereas the Boot Camps are for consultants and techs focused on home users and small to medium sized businesses. Both are going really well.
Krypted.com is now a media sponsor of MacTech Boot Camps! This means I get discounts to offer my readers! There is a Dallas Boot Camp coming up on April 27th and a Boston Boot Camp on May 18th. You can get a discount ($200 off) by signing up at http://www.mactech.com/bootcamp/special-reg_krypted. There is also one is Los Angeles on July 27th and one in Chicago on August 31st to round out the summer. You can get early bird pricing and a discount for those ($200 off) at http://www.mactech.com/bootcamp/special-reg_krypted.
There’s a lot of information covered in the Boot Camps, with each city hosting about 9 sessions of 45 minutes each. For a list of topics, see http://www.mactech.com/bootcamp/topics. The 2011 curriculum includes:
Certification testing is also available the day before the Boot Camps start through third party testing centers. This lets you get a lot of education out of the way at once (and at a discount) so you can focus on other stuff for the rest of the summer! For more on certification options: http://www.mactech.com/bootcamp/certification.
And let’s not forget that the second MacTech conference is going back to the Los Angeles area, from November 2nd through 4th at the Universal Sheraton! 3 days, meals included lots of very technical, enterprise oriented fun will be had by all!
krypted April 12th, 2011
Many of us now use our phone to check our email more often than we use our computer. Our phones go everywhere with us (although please hang up when you’re in the can as few things are more disgusting than listening to someone talk to their mom when they’re droppin’ the kids off at the pool in the stall next to you or hearing someone you’re talking to dropping’ a deuce in the pooper on the other end of the line). Many no longer have land lines and some have even dumped desktop and laptop computers in favor of smart-phone or tablet based digital lives. Few skipped the computer altogether as pundits thought, but then the globe hasn’t fully been digitally meshed.
Technology has connected us to a wireless world. But it’s also changed how many of us view and use money. Many of us forgot what cash looked like a long time ago. We live on plastic. We use mint.com, Quicken or some other online aggregator to access our financial lives much as we manage our servers: using a single pane of glass. With our transactions securely accessible in the cloud and our bills on auto-pay we are able to realize how great, or how bleak, our financial picture is, both short-term and long-term.
Maybe we grab cash to pay for parking (less and less) or maybe we hit the ATM on the way to buy something we found on sites like craigslist (the final frontier of the cash and carry economy). But increasingly, people in developed economies are moving away from cash. In this scenario, banks charge merchants percentages of the transactions taken. Visa, Mastercard, Barclays, American Express, Discover, etc.
According to the latest numbers from the Department of Commerce, $300 billion in consumer transactions occurred on the internet in 2008. Not a lot compared to $3.7 trillion total going over the internet (the other $3.4 trillion were business to business transactions). But a lot considering that telco companies in the US combine to rake in about the same at $300 billion.
The US economy is worth around $22 trillion a year, meaning that there’s still a little more than 83% of the economy that we computer nerds would just love a piece of. We have our phones with us, and like a Widespread Panic song we’re more and more fond of Travelin’ Light (MacBook Air, smaller iPad, etc). So it makes sense that our phone would be able to act as a credit card. And if that happened then there would be a cut for someone. Banks want that cut, but then, so do the wireless companies. And of course, the makers of cell phones wouldn’t mind a taste too while we’re at it. I can understand why they’re arguing over a piece of the action as it will result in more fees than the entire amount of money spent on products online.
It seems as though momentum is picking up for Near-Field Communications (NFC), which allows for phones acting as wireless credit cards. NFC runs on the 13.56 MHz frequency and allows vendors, such as Starbucks, who have support for NFC to swipe your card without it ever leaving your hand (by the way, companies like IBM won’t mind selling their clients all new cash registers). Google is pretty hip to NFC, with the Samsung Nexus S, with Nokia and RIM on their way with products. And NFC is accepted about 200,000 locations in the US already. Oh, and most banks are testing it out now (but then they’re probably testing a lot of other stuff too)…
The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council sets rules for both (e.g. PCI compliance). Up until earlier this year, they had approved a few applications that allowed people to make mobile payments using phones. These included VeriFone for iPhone. But with VeriFone leaving the table there is nothing else for the iPhone. Therefore, many project that the future of the iPhone will include NFC.
I don’t like to prognosticate, but something is going to happen with this whole use-your-phone-as-a-credit-card thing. If Apple jumps on board with NFC (both AT&T and Verizon are on board with Discover under the ISIS banner so wouldn’t be a surprise) then NFC will truly be the next big thing. If all (and I mean all) of the other wireless carriers do this without the iPhone they’ll leave Apple behind and Apple will have to play a little catch-up. Or Apple will bring out something cooler than NFC as “one more thing”. Or of course it could all be a crock of crap and no one will actually care about replacing their credit card with a phone. I remember when RFID was supposedly going to replace credit cards according to pundits. That hasn’t really happened, so maybe this won’t either.
PS – Don’t forget to charge your phone before you head out to dinner or you might spend the evening washing the dishes!
krypted March 31st, 2011
For those who haven’t yet seen it, or who almost forgot due to crossing too many time zones, Active Storage, the makers of the Active RAID will be announcing their new product tomorrow morning. From what you see on the web site it looks to be some sort of rack mount device. Given their fantastic development work in the past, it’s sure to be a good addition to the bat-belts of the MacIT crowd. 9am Eastern, see ya’ there!
krypted January 30th, 2011