Author Archives: Chris Lamke

Tucker Carlson Must Go

As the New York Times details, Tucker Carlson echoed the language and ideology of the El Paso and Christchurch shooters in his April 8th FOX News rant about White Replacement. Carlson says Democrats are replacing American white people with “third world” immigrants who will vote for them and disenfranchise whites. The Anti-Defamation League published an open letter calling for Carlson to resign or be fired. The ADL’s open letter details Carlson’s long pattern of broadcasting white supremacist hatred.

The Daily Show spliced together Tucker Carlson’s rant with the El Paso and Christchurch shooter manifestos, making it easy to see that he’s parroting and amplifying murderous white supremacist rhetoric.

Assigning Critical Tasks In a Non-hierarchical Team

I’m currently part of a cooperative/non-hierarchical team. We have a program manager but no technical leads. On a very busy and essentially leaderless team like ours, you can’t just throw an essential task out and hope someone will pick it up and get it done before the deadline.

We follow an agile process and adding a task to the backlog and getting it assigned and done the usual way works fine for much of our work, but not so well for tasks that seem like red tape, are unpleasant, or are outside normal development work. With this team dynamic, when you need something important done, it’s best to assign it to a specific team member and give them the option to suggest someone else if they don’t think they’re the best person to work the task.

Optimal Window Sizing on Windows RDP

If you use Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) on multiple machines with different screen resolutions, you’ve probably had an RDP window that’s too small (hard to see details) or too large (requires you to use scroll bars) for your current display. Microsoft has long had an option for handling this – called smart sizing – but it’s not available in the RDP config GUI. You can turn it on or off by right-clicking the RDP window border and checking/unchecking the smart sizing option or you can set it as the default for an RDP config by opening the RDP config file in a text editor and adding the line “smart sizing:i:1” anywhere in the file.

Microsoft has the smart sizing option in its documentation but I didn’t see any official how-to docs on it. This 2012 blog entry covers smart sizing in a little more detail.

Hume’s Combination of Atheism and Virtue

This essay on the 18th century philosopher David Hume illustrates the difficulty 18th century and later Christians had accepting his combination of atheism and virtue. They considered it an offense and challenge to their beliefs. Here in the US, we’re in the early 21st century and dealing with much the same religious fear and intolerance.

Sweden’s COVID Measures Have Been a Disaster

A colleague keeps posting (on the work messaging system) analysis and opinion on how well Sweden is doing on COVID without the lockdown imposed by other nations and notes that it’s unclear whether policy decisions make a difference. I find this annoying because the effect of policy decisions on COVID cases and deaths is very clear, as shown by Sweden’s numbers compared to those of other Nordic nations.

Denmark, Finland, and Norway each have a little more than half Sweden’s population (~5 million vs ~10 million for Sweden). Denmark has the second most cases and deaths, with Sweden most afflicted. Denmark has only ~11% the deaths and ~18% the cases of Sweden, with Finland and Norway faring even better.

As bad as the numbers are, a University of Virginia analysis indicates that Sweden implemented ICU bed triage/rationing that prevented some of the sickest from getting ICU treatment.

Fatality per capita, cases per capita, and Infection Fatality Rate are the major metrics I see tracked right now, but with this virus there are considerable long term health consequences for many people (I don’t see any good data on this, but assume people are working on it) so people not dying is a good but not great indicator of the pandemic’s impact.

Reasonable people can differ on the balance point between economic damage and human health damaged and lives lost, but those discussions should focus on the value of individual human life and health versus the economic health of a nation. The two are interdependent, but we need to be honest about what we’re discussing.

Sources:

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1102257/cumulative-coronavirus-cases-in-the-nordics/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1113834/cumulative-coronavirus-deaths-in-the-nordics/

https://newsroom.uvahealth.com/2020/07/03/covid-19-deaths-in-sweden/

My Body Is a Confederate Monument

“I am a black, Southern woman, and of my immediate white male ancestors, all of them were rapists. My very existence is a relic of slavery and Jim Crow.”

brilliant and moving, an excellent response to those who want to preserve Confederate monuments out of some misplaced sense of honor and tradition.