Presidential Candidate Website Survey Update

The race is now down to 5. (From 21!)

What’s changed in their website setups?

Donald Trump got rid of Flash, otherwise everything else appears to be the same.

Ted Cruz went from a A+ rating to just an A (lost HSTS?).

Nothing changed for John Kasich.

Hillary Clinton went from an inconsistent server setup with many IPv4 addresses to just 1 IPV4 address.   The www. redirect behavior (from without to it) does mess up HTTPS Everywhere and ssllabs tests.     A major plus is she added HSTS to her site, so her ssllabs rating is now A+.

Bernie Sanders added IPv6 support and HSTS to the main site.  Unfortunately a sha2 intermediate certificate prevents his site from going from A to A+.  And his donation provider has HSTS setup correctly and get’s an A+.

At this point in the campaign, only A ratings (ssllabs) are left!  The Democrats seem to have prioritized implementing HSTS, but neither appears to have gone for the preload list.

HSTS – Means you tell the browser to enforce SSL

You can find the raw data in this spreadsheet

I also included sub domains in this list, but it wasn’t as interesting as I hoped.

Lead (Pb) in the USA

Live in the US?  Did you know that we put Lead (Pb), a known neurotoxin, in:

  • Garden hoses (that have been shown to leak Lead into the water)
  • Power cords (including laptop cords)
  • Carseats (mostly to the base, some other toxins have been found in the seat itself)
  • Likely more, it’s apparently not uncommon to be added to plastic…

In the EU you aren’t allowed to put Lead in the above.  I think it’s time we joined them!

  • Sign the petition on the White House We the People site.
  • Donate to this Indiegogo campaign to test carseats for toxic chemicals. (They are only asking for $10,000! ~ mostly to buy the carseats)
  • Share this post / the above with friends, family, and any celebrities you happen to know on Twitter, etc.  #NoSafeAmountOfLead.
  • Bonus: Watch episode 7 of the new Cosmos which ends with Neil deGrasse Tyson saying there is no safe amount of lead.

Please let me know if you have trouble doing any of the above..

Natalia Michaella Woods-Quigley

On June 19th, my fiancée and I returned from India.  She was 26 weeks pregnant and we returned to the States to get better health care for the delivery of our baby.  Health care can be a daunting thing to coordinate.  We used the health care broker CBIZ to set us up with a Blue Cross EPO Plan in NJ, with the specific requirement that the pregnancy be fully covered.

The problems started with the plan as soon as we arrived.  Although we had specifically said we needed the plan to be effective the day we arrived, it took 20+ days for the plan to be activated and useful for us.  During her 27th week of the pregnancy, contractions started and we were hospitalized.  We still hadn’t even received health insurance cards yet.

The care we received at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital was excellent. Our daughter, Natalia, pulled through and we were allowed to go home a day earlier than expected.

We finally received our insurance cards.  Then, a couple of weeks later, we got news from the doctor’s office that Blue Cross wouldn’t cover our doctors office visits because we had a pre-existing condition.  We contacted CBIZ immediately and they said they would take care of it.  Two weeks later, we got an email asking for an additional requirement, basically saying if we didn’t meet that requirement they couldn’t take off the pre-existing clause off.  Back in May, they required that my fiancée had proof of coverage from before we got pregnant.  In August, after they’d been paid and coverage began, they changed the requirement to 1 year from date of the beginning of the Blue Cross plan, which we didn’t have.

The best part of this so far is that we tried to be responsible.  We paid Blue Cross 300 dollars a month for this “coverage” on good faith that our pregnancy would be covered because we were advised against getting the free Medicare program by the CBIZ representative.  Nor were we told that you CANNOT apply for Medicare if you have insurance.

About 2 months ago, I went to work like any normal day, unaware that I would be at the hospital with my fiancée for the rest of the week.  Our Natalia hadn’t made it.  (We delivered at Virtua Hospital in Voorhees, which, again, provided great care and as much comfort as they could given the circumstances)

The recovery and grief have been hard enough.  What’s worse, CBIZ has stopped returning our emails and calls.  My fiancée called Blue Cross about 10 times and got different stories every time she called, until she finally got a call with the same story about needing the 1 year prior coverage (this after getting told that the pre-existing clause would be removed).

About 2 weeks after our last hospital visit “Obamacare” as it is referred by pundits took effect.  If only it had kicked in 2 months ago.  He made pre-existing conditions a thing of the past, and we are very grateful that no one will have to go through that much health insurance hell again.  We don’t know why our daughter didn’t make it, but we are sure that the stress of dealing with health “insurance” definitely didn’t help our well-being.

When I was getting ready to be a father one of the biggest things that scared me was that I was bringing a child into this world, with all of its horrific problems.  She didn’t make it, but that feeling has stayed with me.   I will be volunteering with a local Democrat this election season, because the parts of this story that we can help we can’t let happen again.

Our daughter, Natalia Michaella Woods-Quigley, was conceived around January 1st 2010.  She loved to listen to music (WXPN in Philly being her favorite radio station.)  Natalie loved eating all kinds of food (except Indian).  Her favorites were potatoes, pasta, cantaloupe, and burgers.  She was very opinionated, kicking her opinions every moment.  It’s amazing how much (and how little) you can learn about someone when they aren’t even born yet.  It’s amazing how deeply you can fall in love with someone you can’t even see.

We love you Natalie.
Bryan & Erica

>Why do you like Free Software and Ubuntu?

>Why do you like Free Software and Ubuntu?

My Answer:
I consider software important. Really really important. Why?
Most people don’t really understand just how much power software has over our current society. Let’s pretend all the software in the world was really just one single person. What could that person do?

  • Change everyone’s bank account balances (and change local records to match so noone notices!)
  • Choose many elected officials
  • Isolate individuals socially, make their emails go unanswered, etc (or worse make seem to send emails creating arguments)
  • In some places, arrest people
  • Ruin a credit score
  • Change the news
  • Change history
  • Nuke the world (or just provide bad information to leaders and let them do it)

Yes, quite skynetish, eh? Luckily software isn’t just one individual, nor was it written by one person. But the power is still held by all of the software in the world (or really the people who created it).

I believe that an essential part of democracy is allowing those that are interested to have a hand in controlling the systems that have the power. How?

The (A)GPL ensure perpetually that the end user of the software will have the clear ability to take control of the software on their devices. The AGPL could also be used to force transparency, another democratic necessity, of the methods used in voting, banking, etc.

A world with just Free Software (let’s just say all AGPL for simplicity) should be substantially closer to perfect competition. Why?

  • It lowers the barrier to entry, you can just pick up the source code to Gmail and make a new product. (Which Gmail can then copy from you).
  • More sellers. The more sellers, the more responsive a supplier needs to be to you cause you can switch.
  • Similar Products. They are mostly compatible with their specific value adds that will be likely incorporated into the next version of a competitor.

Perhaps this sounds a lot like Linux distros to you? 🙂

Well, Why Ubuntu?
We aren’t there yet
Ubuntu makes some of the necessary compromises (proprietary drivers, etc) that give many more people, more of the freedom and control then they would have had without it. Right now, I feel Ubuntu has the best chance of getting us closer.

Community
People need help to get involved with politics; communities exist to help concerned citizens to help change their governments. The Ubuntu community is here to help new users and contributors get involved helping to shape their software. Which is critical, because even if you have the freedom or right, doesn’t mean you have the knowledge to use it. Receptive communities, like Ubuntu’s, help get the knowledge to you.

Where are you going with this?
I was actually trying to answer the question, Why do I hate Microsoft? (I mean, come on, I don’t want Mono included on the default Ubuntu install, so I clearly hate Microsoft or Novell, or somebody)

I don’t hate Microsoft. I don’t consider myself anti Microsoft or anti Mono. I have actually set people up to use both Windows and Mono applications before, gasp! And I actually like Novell. (I’m also a MCSA)

I consider myself pro Free Software and pro community created and governed languages (as well as content, and much more).

We have a better way to create software, a more democratic control structure over what we do, and most importantly, we give users great software and a path (through the community) to help them be in control of their software and have a say in its future.

Related Posts, somewhat referenced:
SciAm Column on “Rational Atheism”; The Dangers of Being “Anti” Rather Than “Pro”
Doctor Mo previously had a post called “Why do you like Microsoft”

>Community Council vs Technical Board

>So.. both the Community Council and Technical Board will be welcoming new members. I’m trying to determine if I want to run for one, the other, or neither. If you don’t know these are two places where many decisions are made for Ubuntu.

I’ve decided to lay out my own pros/cons list of what I would be bringing to each and ask for the communities advice.

Community Council

Technical Board

Only a very general idea of how the community is really organized.

Generally good understanding of how all the technical pieces fit together.

Will likely make an Org Chart and increase the documentation on some Community Council pages.

Not a developer+

Can make policies to make decisions (of other boards) more transparent (hopefully to prevent some decision flamewars)

Follow technical developments (on X, sound, kernel, OpenOffice.org, Firefox, Gnome, and more) very closely

Could invite other corporate sponsors into contributing money and development efforts into the Ubuntu repository (including using CD creation facilities) *Cough* ChromeOS powered by Ubuntu?

My views on a certain language* may distract some (and the technical board decides default inclusion on CDs)

*Look at perceived conflict of interest (here)
? I’m not actually sure if I could do this.
+I’m not sure, but this might completely disqualify me

In either case (or the third do nothing) I plan on updating some certain pages with a bit more information.