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April 2000 Archives
A San Francisco whore in a Nevada brothel Classiness and class-consciousness clash in a tale of two cities.
"Although Nevada is the one state where prostitution is legal, it condones prostitution only in counties with less than 200,000 people � this excludes the counties housing Reno, Vegas, Carson City, and Tahoe."
The Associated Press is being pretty stupid on this one. Dave Winer has mirrored it.
Companies Swoon Over the Moon
It is about time. I can't wait for the day when traveling to the Moon is like traveling to Europe.
Why the Digital Media Industries Must Change Or Die - An Exhaustive Analysis
They are doomed like the monarchies of old.
"They think out of the box. Blah, blah, blah. Of course, once things get going, they have to turn to a seasoned veteran to make things run smoothly or to even stay in business. (Yahoo! did this the right way.)"
"Before this case, the previous record had been a body that had remained undiscovered for a year and a half after death."
Deep Cold showing how many of the scrapped space race projects may have looked, if completed.
From the strange and bizzre department:
PS-HTTPD The first (?) webserver written in Postscript!
Where did the animals come from?
Animal Magnetism: Making O'Reilly Animals
Fount on Megnut
"They're richer after four months of 'web' work than many web people who've been doing it since the beginning. They don't have personal sites. They don't want personal sites. They don't get personal sites. They don't get personal. Web people can tell you the first site they ever saw, they can tell you the moment they knew: This, This Is It, I Will Do This."
First web site that I ever saw, that converted me, Yahoo back when it was nothing but links.
"Webware for Python is a definitive suite of Python software components for use in web development. Each component has a focused purpose and can often be used on it's own. At the same time, the components are designed to work together where appropriate. As a user of Webware, you can bite off as much or as little as you want to chew."
"Any kind of interruption can cause these details to come crashing down. When you resume work, you can't remember any of the details (like local variable names you were using, or where you were up to in implementing that search algorithm) and you have to keep looking these things up, which slows you down a lot until you get back up to speed."
Burn down the cubes of cubecity. Treat people like real people, not veal, and they will produce real work.
Films that time forgot The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974)
Damm I missed it first run.
"This is a recording of interviews and coversationa at the Mobilization for Global Justice in Washington DC."
"This paper describes the primative methods underlying the implementation of SQL query evaluation in Gadfly 2, a database management system implemented in Python [Van Rossum]. The major design goals behind the architecture described here are to simplify the implementation and to permit flexible and efficient extensions to the gadfly engine. Using this architecture and its interfaces programmers can add functionality to the engine such as alternative disk based indexed table implementations, dynamic interfaces to remote data bases or or other data sources, and user defined computations."
"If your employees are so eager to leave, that's your problem, not mine."
NetFuture: Technology and Human Responsibility
"NetFuture is 'a largely undiscovered national treasure' (Peter J. Denning, New York Times, November 25, 1999). Here is what some others are saying about NetFuture.
NetFuture is a reader supported newsletter with postings every couple of weeks or so. It looks beyond the generally recognized 'risks' of computer use such as privacy violations, unequal access, censorship, and dangerous computer glitches. It seeks especially to address those deep levels at which we half-consciously shape technology and are shaped by it. What is half-conscious can, after all, be made fully conscious, and we can take responsibility for it."
nano (Nano's ANOther editor) is the editor formerly known as TIP (TIP Isn't Pico).
Hey engel I wonder if they will let you use this one :)
I'm back from my cross country traveling experience. Thanks to all the truely wonderful people I met.
From the ICQ byte bin:
"you are such a hippie. ;-)
actually I think that is more accurate than first intended - i think the free love and peace and communal concepts seem to fit you (and not just because of the hair)" tiggs
"The year 2000 is going to be 1983 all over again, with user interfaces a confusing mish-mash of whatever strikes a coder's fancy the day before the product ships."
which sounds like a good thing for me. The current "standard" in User Interface (UI) is far from perfect and the Mozilla XUL will allow for a new avenue in UI testing and experimentation. Sure like the desktop publishing revolution, wehre there were dozens of fonts on one page, and web revolution, where there there were dozens of colors on one page, the highly skinable Mozilla will bring out some great loads of crap to the world but it will also allow some truely usable UIs to develop and flourish.
"Popular revolt" for freeware? based on conversations with Eben Moglen, FSF general counse and author of Anarchism Triumphant: Free Software and the Death of Copyright. Slashdot has a discussion. Maybe the most intresting comment
"...The majority of the people in Boston were AGAINST the boston tea party. Only a MINORITY of people wanted to seperate from Britain. Most people were HAPPY with their lives being merchants, trading, and going on with their day to day business.
It was a bunch of social miscreants that started the revolution.. a bunch of outcasts. Jefferson was a communist, Benjamin got hit by lightning and then tried to create a method of organizing his thoughts (see also: franklin series "day planners")... and George Washington was doing the same thing Clinton was this past year.
Nonetheless, we benefited from their work.. for a few years anyway. Then the corporations took over large sections of our government, subverted the law, and generally raised hell. And before anyone knew it.. ah, well.. they're too rich to stop now!
So.. shall we find a bunch of social outcasts again and start a revolution? That seems to be how these things work..." by Signal 11
Winner of the best quote about User Interfaces for April 7, 2000:
"The only intuitive interface is the nipple, after that it's all learned", attributed to Bruce Heddiger, but it may have been another.
Remember the highschool shootings in Paducha there were, in part, blamed on Doom? Well the Lawsuit Against id Software Dismissed check out the .plan. On a related note, Amazon customer reviews on Lt. Col. David Grossman's Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill. The whole "video games made me do it" reminds me of the PMRC rating and banning music from the 80's. Both ideas are so overly symplistic in answering the great question "what makes one do violent acts" as to be meaningless. Maybe some of those with the arguments should look at the whole complex picture.
"Say Gilmore comes up with a atentable software notion. Under his license, 'Anybody who has no patents is free to use my ideas,' he says. 'Anybody who has patents and licenses them on these terms, or better, can also use them free of charge. Otherwise, come talk to me about a license' -- and bring a checkbook."
My Sidebar Developer's Guide
How to add coolness to those Netscape 6, and Mozilla, sidebars.
Apple Releases Darwin 1.0 Open Source
New Mac OS Core and QuickTime Streaming Server Released to Tens of Thousands of Developers
Source code is protected under the 1st Amendment, FindLaw: United States Case Law: 6TH Circuit Court, with some sladhdot discussion.
"Simply stated, Magi is a personal Web server that allows users to easily store and retrieve information. A Magi server restricts who has access to download and view files using a buddy list. Users can share and synchronize information on their own desktop, laptop, or palmtop using a Magi server from anywhere as if it were a local directory."
The elusive as yet unaswered question in the FreeSoftware/OpenSource world, how are developers going to be paid? I for one would love ot get paid to write a Perl web based content management and publishing system. I am working on it as time permits but with 40+ hours/week at work, an an attempt at a social life there just is not that mutch time left. Now if I could only use that 40 hours twords the project things would be mutch cosher in fozzieland.
This article points to the future: every computer is a server. No man is an island, and soon no computer will be either. Napster as an MP3 hook? Hell yeah! Napster as a new way of computing, a [newspeak]new paradigm for emporment[/newspeak]. Of course!!
Fsck these corporations that want to keep the tide at bay. Little Dutch boys at best.
'Geek Pride' Festival Celebrates Techies
I'm waiting for the GeekPride roadshow. I wish i could have made it last weekend but the plane ticket just wasn't in the budget.
Today is my birthday!