Posted on 18 Jan 2003
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.
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.
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?
Found this state of the union address. Its funny because its true.I
Posted on 17 Jan 2003
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
Posted on 28 Dec 2002
On the propaganda agency and what has happened so far towards secrecy.
As arabs complied with the new INS regulations to register that they are in the country, apparently one fourth of them were detained the details come from the LA Times (copy is here)
Posted on 20 Dec 2002
Posted on 18 Dec 2002
Recently I was discussing with Nat the fact that I did not believe that the way corporations responded to the anonymous share holder was right. And that corporations should have a dual commitment: one social, and one to their sharholders.
He sent me this link from Adbusters.
Also, there is a new Mark Fiore
Posted on 14 Dec 2002
Posted on 09 Dec 2002
* Perpetual War Portfolio
Death is the best investment: The Perpetual War Portfolio.
* Open Secrets: how is the government ran
Democracy today is not ran by the people, but by corporations that purchase their own leader. http://www.opensecrets.org has the data on contributions to the ellections.
* The Best Democracy Money Can Buy:
I contributed this post to a thread on slashdot.
* Pentagon Papers
I have been fascinated by the process through which Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Vietnam study that was commisioned by McNamara to the New York Times.
The man who leaked the Pentagon Papers talks about why five American presidents lied about Vietnam -- and how to get the truth on Iraq.
Audio from the Nixon phone conversations when the Pentagon Papers were leaked out to the New York Times. Amazing recordings. The call with Kissinger actually started the "plumbers" mess that would eventually lead to Watergate, and later to his impeachment.
* Found the National Security Archive
Lots of information on US National Security. Including information from the Pentagon Papers incident.
* Operation Enduring Fredom: Best Bloopers
Can be found: here
My friend Adam gave me a link to this interesting story on oil
* Am I a terrorist or Not?
Am I a Terrorist or Not. Not funny.
* What the world thinks in 2002.
An interesting poll about what people think in 2002.
* Mozilla 1.2.1 and new Galeon
Am using a set of RPMs compiled by Duncan, and the Xft packages for Ximian and am loving my web browsing experience with the new Xft2-based Mozilla and Galeon.
Mozilla 1.2.1 is significantly faster, and the Typeahead features of it are a delight to use.
Posted on 08 Dec 2002
Posted on 27 Oct 2002