September 2001 Archives
Dammit the W3 is about to join the wrong side of the patent game with W3C Patent Policy Framework. Currently W3 recommendations (standards) are not supposed to allow non royalty free intellectual property to be a part of said recommendation. The new W3 Pattent Policy would allow reasonable, non-discriminatory (RAND) which really means that massive patten holding companies like IBM, Microsoft, Sun, and Apple, just to name a few, would be able to easily co-opt the web. That is it for my little summary some others explain it all much better, like Linux Kernel guru Alan Cox. The W3 is accepting comments but act fast this one has had one of the shortest times at final draft status, not even 2 months, and receipt for comments ends today.
A religion and government watchdog organization dedicated to the separation of state and church as mandated under the establishment, due process and equal protection clauses of the Constitution of the United States and article 1, sections 4 and 5 of the Constitution of the State of Hawaii.
And don't forget to check out "50 Reasons Why the Bible Must Never be Used in Government" on the bottom of the page.
In response to the growing number of worms attemtping to exploit vulnerabilities in Microsoft software, Tonkin Resolutions is making available MSIISProbes.pm, a Perl module for the Apache web server that detects such attacks and responds by sending e-mail to Security Focus and to the administrators of the culprit server.
If you run Apache and Perl through mod_perl and would like to try the module, it is available here.
Found at Scripting News
Barry Cohen: "I saw a bumper sticker today: 'Forgive your enemies, it drives them really nuts.'"
Reminds me of something my High School Youth Director used to say.
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Simple techniques to increase reliability and maintainability in Perl code
Like many out there I have been trying to come to grips with 9/11, after all it was soposed to be just engel's birthday. I actually work up early, which is strange as folks that know me can attest, and just read some email til engel called. I was expecting it was him just making sure I didn't over sleep like that day before. "Is the TV on, trun it on", or something like that. Something is wrong from the sound of his voice. "Which channel?" I ask, "any..." And I end up on one of the Canadian networks to the sight of the World Trade Center towers on fire. Engel says to get a shower and watch from Iambe and his place. When I get out of the shower the first tower starts to drop.
Til mid afternoon I watch the TV coverage with engel and ocassionally check the net news with iambe. Through it out I'm not feeling really anything. Iambe periodicly comes into the TV room with news form IRC in tears but still I'm not really having any emotions. I have been leary to talk or even write about how little was going on inside, that felt strange. Then Friday morning get into work and check email to something from muckhead, on of the Java coders and local. He has uploaded a desktop wallpaper from Digital Blasphemy of the U.S. flag. Shortly afterwards the "old guy from support :)" one of the most Canadians of the company comes over to the developer room. He has the Canadian memorial service on in the nest. It seemed like everyone in the company is in there.
Then it hits me. All the emotions that I have been unable to feel come poreing out. I think it was the feeling of support from the Canadians. I knew, know, that I will be here for a while. That it will be a while til I cross the border back into the U.S. Partly because the border is now much harder to cross, even though it is so close. Partly because this is becoming my home. But feeling support of the Canadians helped to give me the security I guess I needed to finally deal with what I had been feeling.
So thank you to all the Canadians who have helped at least this American through some of the pain and fear he is dealing with. Thank you...
DAWN which claims to be "Pakistan's most widely circulated English language newspaper." and maybe a good place to see how some of the non-west is responding.
learning research done by apple. Fascinating. Make sure to check out the "Elephant's Memory" section. It is an attempt at a language entirely made up of "logical" or "natural" symbols that represent actions. This reminds me of the pictoral language mentioned in the first 100 pages of "the diamond age" that I read (never finished the book....).
It is just this kind of shit that makes me hate the Fundamentalists just as much as I hate the terrorists who destroyed the WTC. Both are evil, both are compassionateless, both thrive on fear not love. If anything brought about the attack, it was not the liberal media or the lack of spirituality in our society and government, it was the bigotry, racism, and intolerance of people like Pat Robertson.
"The first is freedom of speech and expression --everywhere in the world.
The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way-- everywhere in the world.
The third is freedom from want, which, translated into world terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every nation a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants --everywhere in the world.
The fourth is freedom from fear, which, translated into world terms, means a world-wide reduction of armaments to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no nation will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor --anywhere in the wold.
That is no vision of a distant millennium. It is a definite basis for a kind of world attainable in our own time and generation. That kind of world is the very antithesis of the so-called "new order" of tyranny which the dictators seek to create with the crash of a bomb.
To that new order we oppose the greater conception --the moral order. A good society is able to face schemes of world domination and foreign revolutions alike without fear. Since the beginning of our American history we have been engaged in change, in a perpetual, peaceful revolution, a revolution which goes on steadily, quietly, adjusting itself to changing conditions without the concentration camp or the quicklime in the ditch. The world order which we seek is the cooperation of free countries, working together in a friendly, civilized society."
"America, to put it bluntly, is a basically a collective badass. The kind of country that, even when some ass-weasel sneaks up and clobbers her from behind with a lead pipe, stands back up. Spits out a bloody tooth. Rolls up her sleeves and shows everybody what she's made of."
America: The Good Neighbor.
This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on all the earth.
Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States.
When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956, it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it.
When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. This spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped.
The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped billions of dollars! into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries are writing about the decadent, warmongering Americans.
I'd like to see just one of those countries that is gloating over the erosion of the United States dollar build its own airplane. Does any other country in the world have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet, the Lockheed Tri-Star, or the Douglas DC10? If so, why don't they fly them? Why do all the International lines except Russia fly American Planes?
Why does no other land on earth even consider putting a man or woman on the moon? You talk about Japanese technocracy, and you get radios. You talk about German technocracy, and you get automobiles.
You talk about American technocracy, and you find men on the moon -! not once, but several times - and safely home again.
You talk about scandals, and the Americans put theirs right in the store window for everybody to look at. Even their draft-dodgers are not pursued and hounded. They are here on our streets, and most of them, unless they are breaking Canadian laws, are getting American dollars from ma and pa at home to spend here.
When the railways of France, Germany and India were breaking down through age, it was the Americans who rebuilt them. When the Pennsylvania Railroad and the New York Central went broke, nobody loaned them an old caboose. Both are still broke.
I can name you 5000 times when the Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? I don't think there was outside help even during the San Francisco earthquake.
Our neighbors have faced it alone, and I'm one Canadian who is damned tired of hearing them get kicked around. They will come out of this thing with their flag high. And when they do, they are entitled to thumb their nose at the lands that are gloating over their present troubles. I hope Canada is not one of those."
Stand proud, America!
Well, it turns out that this article was originally written and broadcast by Gordon Sinclair on CFRB, Toronto, Ontario, on JUNE 5, 1973!
Many have sent me the text, one before 9/11 but many after. It is indead true and just as valid today as in 1973.
Decentralism against terrorism -- first lessons from the 9/11 attack, all Americans have to be on the watch that the cure is not worse than the sickness.
With all that has been going on I just have not felt like posting.
An Economist article on imigration
Rich countries should recognise the benefits of immigrants and keep the costs in perspectivea
Liberals abandon their tolerance, and their professed dislike of government restrictions. Socialists speak of job-stealers. Conservatives mutter about spongers and scroungers, forgetting that immigrants generally bring with them the qualities of thrift, hard work and enterprise.
Speaking as someone who does live in a country other than their birth and citizenship, the more open and unrestricted the borders the better. It can be truely crazy what one has to go through to move to another country, even from the US to Canada which share the longest "unguarded" border in the world.
This system allows you to have a form on your web page where people can send messages to you via Jabber.