George W. Bush quotes
May 2000 Archives
"The goal of the project is to provide equipment that can be used by the receivers for their Open Source projects-equipment that would otherwise be unused or under-utilized by the donator."
The Basics -- How lenders use your credit score
Now this is an area of buisness that needs some openness and transparency. I'm thinking that they same problems usually in a closed security protocal are in this rating system.
"Do you want to write Dynamic HTML that runs on both Navigator 4.0 and Internet Explorer 4.0? This TechNote gives an overview of the tools, TechNotes, articles, and other resources on the Netscape site and elsewhere which will help you build Dynamic HTML pages which reach the widest possible audience without breaking on older browsers."
Who's Really Being Protected?: An Interview With the Patents Office Drirector and Tim O'Reilly
Lesson learned archives matter.
Corporate Image vs. Right to Privacy
What happens when employees have lives not the same as the corporations. Real simple answer: pay all employees 24/7, which will never work, or they are free to live outside of the buisnesses "image". We as a society need to start realizing and differentiating between the personalities in each of us (employee, friend, parent, teacher, cook, ...), supporting, not condeming, our inner diversity.
Alertbox 5 Years Retrospective
5 years is a long time, especially for the web. Way to go Jakob.
Building Dynamic Pages With Search Engines in Mind
Neat trick and much easier than using mod_rewrite, URL Rewriting Engine.
"First, why should law enforcement 'hold protests in check' at all? They should properly do so only to the degree that those protests are acts of civil disobedience, that is, political protests that infringe the law (this is vastly oversimplified: it is the case that some civil disobedience is Constitutionally-protected political expression)."
At Last And At Length: Lars Speaks
Lars, of Metallica, answers the slashdot questions.
The interview read like all Lars interviews but seeing it in "print" made me realize that he is a dumb ass. I don't know many middle schoolers that make less sense. They still don't get it. What a shame, I wanted to see them in concert again, but still a no go until they get a clue.
"Hollings primarily wants consumers to be given more access ot personal information that companies hold on them..."It is about time. If this goes through it will be a step in the right direction, but more will need to follow.
Regarding Gnutella Richard Stallman speaks
"No matter what sort of published information is being shared, we urge people to reject the assumption that some person or company has a natural right to prohibit sharing and dictate exactly how the public can use it. Even the US legal system nominally rejects that anti-social idea."
"Dawning as it did that there was no news to be had at the show (and even if there was, most stallholders wouldn't know what their product was), it seemed only right to tell readers how to get the most out of the show.
That's our justification anyway for giving you a rundown on the Show Bunnies dotted around the floor."
Search for the web hosting providers. Cool utility, but they do have tons of animated gifs on the pages.
"As a society, we can try to make cyberspace conform to the rules of physical space. Or we can recognize the extraordinary potential of this new culture, and invest cyberspace with laws and values and properties that are fundamentally different."Embrace change or live in the past. I choose chage.
"There were 11,313,520 Web pages found for the Linux search but only 10,755,265 found for Windows.
...When he put the word sex into the AltaVista search engine, only 9,589,620 were found."
"The idea of advertising is to lie without getting caught.
...You should be starting to get some ideas about how to break the chicken and egg problem: provide a backwards compatibility mode which either delivers a truckload of chickens, or a truckload of eggs, depending on how you look at it, and sit back and rake in the bucks."
WINE is the key. Also, the same reason that Perl and Python NEED to be in Mozilla to get onto every desktop. I bet Perl being on almost all UNIX boxes at the dawn of the web made Perl the defacto standard for CGIs.
"Ask any biologist, doctor, historian, or agricultural specialist: what happens when you introduce a severe contagion into a monoculture population with little natural resistance? You get pandemic -- widespread infection and damage. Whether it is measles and smallpox killing something like 90% of the Aztecs, Dutch Elm disease destroying a mainstay of the American forest, or ILOVEYOU in Outlook damaging files on machines worldwide, the result is a massive and quick-spreading epidemic."
Diversity is healthy, in culture, biology and operating systems.
It is about damm time. Now lets hope the bill goes far enough to protect personal privacy.
�Our contributions to the Mozilla open source effort will start with adding Python and Perl bindings to XPCOM, Mozilla's component architecture. This change will open the Mozilla architecture and eventually make it available to Perl and Python programmers.�I hope this gets Perl and Python into the main Mozilla distribution.
Congradulations Michele on making the final cut, you are not a Bengal Cheerleader!
" is a cool little php web script. It allows you to do all things "weblog" OK, hold on Philski, what do you mean by that? What I mean is, you can create weblogs and iplogs. Weblogs are like diaries - you can write in them at will. You use a spiffy interface to manage your plogs, and add/remove/edit entries in a given plog. So you can have a plog with quotes, or with information on a trip. Or use it as a diary. And there's the iplogs... it's a comprehensive counter and logging functions. Damn simple to set up, insert two lines of code into any given page and you're off. It stores not only the time of the hit and the IP, but also the reversed IP (the hostname) and the page. This means you can have multiple pages on a single counter. They are all measures seperately, but this is cool because it gives you a simple database not a complex, clittered one. All the stats are accessible to you by a clean interface, the same one you use for plogs."
"Your weblog's rating is 41%.
Hmm. OK. You weblog is actually quite boring, but your situation is not hopeless. Prehaps if you made a wee bit more effort on it, then it might worth reading."
Guess I'm just not bloggie, or is that linkageie, enough :)
[via GeneHack, thanks for the mention]
Nobody Knows the Trouble I?m In by LadyJane
"'Hello, could somebody please explain the reason why I?m in here!' I yelled down the corridor. Throwing my hands up in the air, I walk over to the sidewall and slide down onto the floor. My head drops forward. I wrap my arms around my knees.." Read More...
A list of her storis is up in LadyJane Stories.
"Not too many people today can code. However, if the Internet is as fundamental a change in our society today as the Industrial Revolution was more than a century earlier, practically everyone will eventually have to learn. Not everyone will become a software architect in the future, of course, just as a very small number of people write novels today (and fewer write _good_ novels). However, nearly everyone writes letters to loved ones, jots down the occasional grocery list, letters to the editor or local politicians... and so it will be with programming. Now we begin to see why source code is a form of popular power and freedom in the very real world."
Choose Your Best Place to Live
Here is top 5 for me:
|2||99||San Francisco, CA||1,655,454|
|3||98||Long Island, NY||2,660,285|
Intrestingly Cincinnati, OH, where I reside, is only 46 on the list. Time to move.
"Many large Internet corporations, such as Icon, Medialab, Razorfish and others, are�despite all wise words that have been spoken about the new economy�trapped in negatively conservative 'factory' -thinking.
Instead of creating strong networks, consisting of small, creative and talented IT�companies, the smaller companies are being merged into the larger ones, becoming tiny parts of a huge organizational structure."
Linux PPP HOWTO: Using PPP and root privileges
engel "the issue of how to make a non-root user with a PPP connection: solved, but complicated :-("
Open Source and Business: where do you draw the line?
Some good questions in one of the comments:
slashdot (Andover)'s attorney replies to Microsoft. I like the attitude but it doesn't seem to have mutch legal mumbo jumbo to actually refute Microsoft's claim. Then again I'm just a programer and not versed in the legal ways.
"A Community-Indexed Photo Archive
The photo archive at Gimp-Savvy.com has more than 15,000 images consisting of over 1Gb of data."
"Liquid design is not always appropriate but it is generally best."
The Latest Fashion Fix/Style mavericks use duct tape to customize clothing
Order some duct tape clothing from Tape This! or just goto DuctTapeGuys.com for the definative duct tape resource.
I was wondering when this would come up.
"Effective immediately, the web page translating portion of The Dialectizer will be restricted to translating only those web pages housed under the rinkworks.com domain name. The text translating portion will retain its original uncrippled functionality.
The reason for this is in response to increasing claims by the owners of other web sites that using The Dialectizer to translate their sites is a violation of copyright law and an infringement on their copyrights."
One solution, make The Dialectizer some add-on to Mozilla. Then it is like the reader changing the display fonts or resizing the browser window.
"Whether Gush or Bore is elected, politicians talking about the net will continue to be clueless and annoying."
Big Tech vs. little hackers - Or: To solve a problem, throw lawyers at it
"A Netscape plugin for Unix's and Win32 enabling browsing and execution of Perl/Tk scripts in a reasonably safe environment."
WebObjects' price sliced, new version
$50,000 to $699, now that is one hell of a price drop!
Hayden Christenson IS Anakin for Episodes II & III. A composit pic of the new Jedi.
DoubleClick - Domestic Spying
Comparing DoubleClick to Russian Domestic Inteligence service FSB
"While there are some who have run benchmark tests very few have published them. I have run a ton of tests on Zope trying to figure out what the limits are in terms of Zope, hardware and a SQL database and have been urged by the DC crew to publish them."
A Contrarian View on Million Mom March
"Perhaps the trend we have in this country whereby grieving parents are allowed to be the instigators of crime legislation is a dangerous one, which will ultimately lead us, step by step, into totalitarianism."
Bingo! One thing I have gotten totally sick of is the "protecting the children" for any and every piece of polotical bullshit. Where is the talk about raising children to become true humanbeings?
How to Wrap and Wear a Great Kilt - Step by step instructions with photographs.
"Who knows, maybe VA Linux will end up becoming a media company instead of an engineering company. Maybe RedHat will re-commit itself to becoming a great engineering company. But it's clear that Linux companies are still like teenagers who while living well are still trying to grow up and figure out who they want to be."
The Filthy Critic reviews Gladiator
"I swear, if I ran the God-damn movie rating business, I wouldn't give any shit an "R" unless we saw firm tits and at least one good sex scene."
Cool! I'm a Power Bloggers, at least for the time being. They reset every day. I did get 13 visitors from the list.
DivX, the cool version
Think Napster -- only for movies
"Thanks to a new technology called DivX, the Web will soon be awash in illegal -- but perfect-- copies of Hollywood blockbusters."
The movie and music industries are just going to have to face it, they are dying. They have an oportunity to resurect themselves but only if they change.
"Silicon Valley: where cubicle salesmen are prosperous and Internet workers are cramped.
More cramped, it turns out, than calves being prepared for market."
Me wonders if there is any relationship between cubicle sizes and turnover rates.
"Instead of protesting by staying home, I decided to protest by showing up.
...My moment of redemption came when I strutted past the chanting right-wing March protesters holding signs like "AIDS Cures Gays" and "You Are Perverts." With my fierce girlfriend in a leather cowboy hat on one arm and a tranny boy with a mohawk on a leash on the other, I proudly stood before them�wearing a purple PVC push-up bra, matching skintight pants, and the word PERVERT written across my stomach in lipstick. Memo to antigay zealots: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but you need to get some new names to call us."
[via Pursed Lips]
"'Knowledge is now the critical component to production, and access to it represents a key divide between rich and poor.' (OI ACC Planning Papers)."
"Please expect a formal reply to your request that we censor our readers' comments, which we allow them to post on Slashdot as freely as Microsoft allows user-generated content to be sent through Hotmail and through chat facilities and discussion groups hosted on MSN.com servers, as soon as we receive wise counsel not only from our attorneys, but also from concerned members of the Slashdot community and other interested parties."
Microsoft could be opening a can of worms for itself. Lots of MS servers allow the public to "post" information. Can MS adequatly make sure that nothing "illegal" runs through their systems? NO. I seem to remember some glass house story...
Best slashdot comment goes to
"When in Rome..
Tell them that their concerns will be addressed in the next Service Pack for the discussion, whilch will be available 2nd quarter next year. Until then it is suggested that they disable ActiveSlashdot in their browser. Oh, and reinstall CommonSense while they're about it.
Did the email have an attachment with a .vbs extension by any chance?"
Gays Tell Boy Scouts to Bend Over (5/11/2000)
The first installment of The Jerk's observations, opinions, rants, and raves.
When I was a scout, they actually taught us how to make a fire by rubbing two sticks together, not how to rekindle an old flame by rubbing two dicks together. I�m not ready to send my son out into the woods to take part in a campfire circle jerk. Read More...
From the ICQ bit bin
engel: hey dude, know any good articles, etc. on user interface design for the web??
fozbaca: what aspects about web user interface design?
engel: X needs "Sites pertaining to usability and interfaces on the web"; that's all I know. Just general stuff on how to make a good web interface, I guess.
are a few that sites that come to mind with lots of usability info.
Oh, engel, I thought of another one<http://webreview.com/>.
"Take the civil engineer. Even if you are a fully licensed civil engineer with big ideas, you can't just go out and build a suspension bridge without subjecting your plans to the guardians of public interest and safety. They are motivated to find every hole and flaw in the design of a project because lives depend on it, and so do their careers."
That is what is needed, Government Code Inspectors. Like building inspectory checking to see if a structure is safe, checking code to see if it is safe.
"You want to know where the future is? No, not plastics. The future, my friends, is Web APIs."
Way Too Personal - Adventures in Internet Dating "A funny, witty & sometimes scary look at real-life internet dating..."
She posts the replies recieved from her internet personal ads.
"First off, service does not equal tech support! It does not equal training and certification. It does not equal custom development services! It can include all of these components, but it most go beyond them, by reframing a problem that your customers are struggling with, and offering a compelling outsourced solution.
Service means helping other people to get their jobs done, effectively becoming an invisible enabler of their business. When IBM or Oracle sells service as part of their software offering, they are really selling solutions, the assurance that some kind of business problem is going to go away, or some kind of business process is going to be carried on in a more streamlined fashion."
Yes, I remember the discussion, and I think Dave Winer is 'not getting it.' As Ken MacLeod says (and I echoed in the conversation):
"As a reminder, firewalls are only a perimeter tool, site security is a combination of perimeter, network, external connections, host, application, and user education issues."This is called, in the FIREWALL FAW calls this "Defense in Depth" which is what I think is the best. Do not rely on every machine being secure cause users are stupid and will let crap in that you just can't help. On the other hand, perimeter defense will similarly, as Winer points out, let viruses and other nasties in.
As in most things, a heterogenous defense is best.
"Yep. Believe it or not folks: the good games people of Mattel have officially spanked me with a 10-day Cease and Desist order."
Hey Matell, grow up and stop being pissy.
IF OPERATING SYSTEMS RAN THE AIRLINES
Everyone brings one piece of the plane along when they come to the airport. They all go out on the runway and put the plane together piece by piece, arguing non-stop about what kind of plane they are supposed to be building.
Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides, then they jump on and let the plane coast until it hits the ground again. Then they push again, jump on again, and so on ...
All the stewards, captains, baggage handlers, and ticket agents look and act exactly the same. Every time you ask questions about details, you are gently but firmly told that you don't need to know, don't want to know, and everything will be done for you without your ever having to know, so just shut up.
The terminal is pretty and colorful, with friendly stewards, easy baggage check and boarding, and a smooth take-off. After about 10 minutes in the air, the plane explodes with no warning whatsoever.
Windows NT Air
Just like Windows Air, but costs more, uses much bigger planes, and takes out all the other aircraft within a 40-mile radius when it explodes.
Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines decide to start their own airline. They build the planes, ticket counters, and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small fee to cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also download and print the ticket yourself. When you board the plane, you are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is very comfortable, the plan leaves and arrives on time without a single problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers of the other airlines about the great trip, but all they can say is, "You had to do what with the seat?"
I just read the piece about dissolving Microsoft. While compeltely unrealistic, I think it is actually the best idea someone has had in a long time. We (that is, many states) give the death penalty to people, yet allow companies to do even more far-reaching and devastating actions than an individual vould ever do, yet they are allowed to survive forever.
Kill them. They have blatently broken the rules, they have brushed off the sprit AND letter of the law.
"Microsoft's after-tax return on invested capital, the best measure of a firm's profitability, was a stunning 88% last year. This means Microsoft was 13 times more profitable than other major U.S. corporations.
That's the headline from a 'friend of the court' brief just filed by four top economists, led by Robert Litan of the Brookings Institution. The report adds, 'This is the most impressive . . . demonstration of the economic returns to monopoly that we have ever seen.'"
"10 - They have an e or an i or a dotcom as part of their name.
9 - Employees' pagers can only receive stock prices.
8 - The initial vesting period closed yesterday, and today the office is empty.
7 - There are more dogs and cats in their offices than employees.
6 - Employees are heard saying, 'Profits are so yesterday.'
5 - The accounts receivable sign hangs over a toilet.
4 - The value of cars in the parking lot exceed the company's revenue by a factor of four.
3 - The investor relations department reports to marketing.
2 - Zero revenues but enough cash to purchase Iceland.
1 - Employees ask, 'Hey dude, what does the P in P&L stand for?'"
"Dissolve this company. Jail these criminals. Confiscate their ill-gotten gains. And compensate their victims."
"Heinlein�s D. D. Harriman used his own major fortune and every possible confidence trick to fund the three-stage spacecraft needed to set a human being (a midget: much cheaper) on the moon. Heinlein showed the way, and the res of us began to see the problems."
Stanford Project to Test Method for Preserving Digital Journals
Even the academics want their own version of Napster.
The Officer Is A Gentleman: LadyJane's second installment is up.
"Lifting my hair, I fanned cool air onto the back of my neck. My eyes glanced repeatedly into the rear view mirror, watching the policeman approach my car. His accoutrements on his belt swung to the rhythm of his march." Read More...
A list of her storis is up in LadyJane Stories.
"K: Oh come on, you can't convince me that all those geeks care about a question of morals.
D: That's exactly what I've been trying to tell you. They do care, many of them. Go read the posts. They care about whether it's right for some big corporation to take away baby Veronica's web site. They care about whether it's right for the MPAA to quash the DeCSS software. They care about whether it's right for the NSA to eavesdrop on their e-mail."
"It will advance the interests of the greedy and invasive corporatists moving aggressively to turn the Net into the cultural and commercial equivalent of a Disney theme park."
I USED to be Metallica fan. They will be touring this summer and are comming to a place near me but I will not be attending. I never used Napster to get Metallica MP3s, until recently I had most of their CDs. Now I don't listen to them, sold their CDs, and will not goto their shows.
"paxDigita will offer highly competitive compensation, equity, full benefits and 6 weeks of paid vacation."
Give me some of that.
"It would tell the world that even America's biggest and most powerful companies are not above the law -- a signal that would make this American proud."
And now for something a bit warmer than Canada.
The GreatVaVaVoom's Guide to the tropical hippy beaches of the world.
"The Oxford English Dictionary folks contacted Larry and asked for the earliest possible print citation for the word 'Perl'"
They Write the Right Stuff
Ted Keller and his team write perfect software. They have to. If it isn't perfect, people die.
One for engel:
Lojban the language
Lojban is a constructed language. It was originally called Loglan by project founder Dr. James Cooke Brown, who started the language development in 1955. Loglan/Lojban has been built over four decades by dozens of workers and hundreds of supporters, led since 1987 by The Logical Language Group.