Law and Software

scalability, the surge, and the obamacare websites

[December, 2013] Filed under: complexity,software

Two things surprised me about the obamacare websites. The first was that (at least for Covered California) the errors thrown by an overloaded system on the last evening for enrollment were java exceptions. The second was the proud claim that the federal site was able to handle 60k visitors at a time and 800k in a day. more…



google glass plays Bach

[December, 2013] Filed under: glass

those nice people at Google sent me a new invite.
a shale glass. my visit to studio on the embarcadero timed to coincide with the new IOS7 myglass app.

to get used to glass, I signed up for google play music, uploaded the mp3s of the Open Goldberg Variations. and pretend to be a glass exploder as I whisper “ok glass, listen to goldberg variations”

looks like the open well tempered clavier project is also fully funded…. ok glass…



google glass refund. So sad, too bad

[December, 2013] Filed under: glass

My google glass experiment ended almost before it started.

i had received an invite. I chose a tangerine set and home delivery. It arrived next morning UPS next day air.

20 minutes into playing with glass, it was hot. The plastic side disagreeably warm, and the metal frame  even warmer. Ideal central heating for an arctic winter – but more like having a computer strapped to your head than a ‘wearable’ more…



DACA Winners and Losers

[August, 2013] Filed under: DACA,Immigration Law

The July (2013) USCIS Office of Performance and Quality  report  gives a list of acceptances and approvals by country of origin. more…



DACA Denials

Filed under: DACA,Immigration Law

In July (2013) the USCIS Office of Performance and Quality  reported 7.1% of DACA applications denied during review. That’s 1 in 13 who apply. Unlucky 13. Why the increase in DACA denials,  when – until May and the first 360,000 reviews – the denial rate was less than 3%? more…



the briar patch

[June, 2013] Filed under: law,software

I wonder.

What do you do if the bad guys aren’t using the internet any more? more…



FNU – First Name Unknown

[June, 2013] Filed under: Immigration Law

What to do about FNU? Some people come to the United States from places in the world where only one name is used. If that name is their given name, then their immigration documentation – and maybe their drivers’ license as well will have FNU for their first name. First Name Unknown. Or if the name is their first name, then they might get GNU – nothing to do with the free software foundation – but Given Name Unknown. They live their lives as FNU or GNU. more…



twitter ignores my tweets with links… no longer

[May, 2013] Filed under: live blogging

Today, twitter decided I really wasn’t a spammer.

more…



Mr. Protocol

Filed under: software

Remember Sun Microsystems? I’ll always have fond memories. But not for Solaris, graphics workstations, Java and all the other wonderful work done at Garcia Ave, and then at SunQuentin by the bridge. The fondness comes from the Mr Protocol column in the old Sun Expert magazine. You can find a sample here . more…



BSEOIMA Mucho. Flatlining for Immigration Reform.

[April, 2013] Filed under: Immigration Law,law,software

Que tengo miedo perderte, perderte despues.

Here it is. The Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, complete with hyperlinks and hoverlinks.

Wednesday, the Gang of Eight Senate Bill S744 “The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act” was published. A PDF, 800+ pages long, full of all the cross-references that make the immigration statute so hard to study, and the reason for my flatlining back in December to produce the Law and Software Online Edition of the Immigration and Nationality Act. And I don’t have much time for hiding content in a dense and awkward format that few will read. Enter the Law and Software Edition of the Immigration Reform Bill –  BSEOIMA Mucho. more…



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