Beautiful article

A beautiful article from John Pilger. The first half you can skip, the second half gets graphic.

Cool pictures from the ECMA meeting coming as soon as possible.

Posted on 30 Jan 2003 by Miguel de Icaza

101 Reasons

101 reasons not to go to war with Iraq

41 American Nobel Laureates oppose war.

In Redmond this week, for the ECMA meeting.

Ariel Sharon got re-elected in Israel, a dark day for human rights.

Nat said "`Best Ari and I' ever". `Ari and I' is a series of articles with prime quotes from Ari, the White House spokesperson.

Reading Chomsky's Fateful Triangle. Published in 1983, has an enormous amount of information relevant to the current situation in Iraq. Surprisingly that all this information had been published for so long and I just ran into it.

Posted on 29 Jan 2003 by Miguel de Icaza

Books

Just finished reading The Holocaust Industry. Fascinating. Check the Amazon comments and Norman Finkelstein's web site. Funny Cartoon
Posted on 26 Jan 2003 by Miguel de Icaza

Fisk

Another informative piece from Robert Fisk.

Times

America has gone mad in the UK Times.

Posted on 18 Jan 2003 by Miguel de Icaza

Big recommendation

I am loving Wilson's Ghost. A book from McNamara that did not get enough coverage when it came out (few months before 9/11).

Read the reviews on Amazon, as there are some great comments about it.

Open Season

Israel will start killing people in other countries that they identify as dangerous.

Countries with a lot of power, by trying to define the rules of engagement are basically destroying the work of those that lived through the war and wanted to create mechanisms that would stop it. I have been reading the new book from former Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara on the subject. Every mechanism that he recommended to put in place as part of international policy is getting backed out in this world of war against terror.

Allowing this seems like an extremely dangerous policy for the world to allow. But there is little that can be done about it. Lets hope we do not become annoying to those running the show and we do not become targets that have to be silenced.

Last year, two armed Israeli Mossad agents were captured last year inside Mexico's congress. They were detained and sent out of the country.

MacOS: Innovate, get sued.

Apple was welcomed by many of us because they decided to open source pieces of their operating system (Darwin).

Darwin is the core of the operating system, but does not cover the more interesting "upper layers" like the advanced windowing system, their framework libraries to create end-user applications or their collection of iTools. But any contribution is good to open source.

The code open sourced is for an implementation of Unix built on top of Mach. It has been improved over the years, and some of those improvements are very good. Sadly, Mach is a microkernel architecture. It has been demostrated time and again that microkernels are more inefficient than monolithic kernels. So today you have to need to get a more powerful computer to perform the same tasks that a smaller computer would do, as the operating system consumes those resources.

Anyways, today by reading Scripting.com, I ran into a project call ICommune. These people are extending in some way the non-open source iTunes component from the MacOS to allow people to export music as if they were file shares. The project got a letter from Apple:

Uh oh... I just received a "Notice of Breach and Termination of License" letter from Apple, stating that I violated my license to the Device Plug-in API which iCommune uses. For the time being, I'm making the download unavailable, while I try to sort things out with Apple. Sorry about this folks. Any good lawyers in the house?

State of the Union Address

Found this state of the union address. Its funny because its true.I

Posted on 17 Jan 2003 by Miguel de Icaza

E-Mexico and free software laws.

The E-Mexico site is running a story about the proposed open source legislation for M�xico.

Eldred case

The news are all over the place now. The supreme court ruled in favor of Disney and against the people.

Posted on 16 Jan 2003 by Miguel de Icaza
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