Monthly Archives: July 2002

October surprise

This article on USA Today says that unattributed officials in the US govt. say there’s not going to be a war against Iraq this year. No “October surprise.” Personally, if Iraq were on NASDAQ, I’d short it…

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RMS and Me

Let me be on record: I do not like Richard Stallman. Once upon a time in the 80s I was working for Apple Computer. Out of the blue, the company sued Microsoft for “look and feel” infringement. In passing talk … Continue reading

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Loyalty check

According to this story (link is slowwww) in Computerworld, the govt. may require background checks on non-government employees in critical positions. Folks like, say, system administrators. Programmers? (Heck, if you wrote a an HTTP parser or a memory allocator for … Continue reading

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Letters of Marque

In days of yore, enterprising folks could obtain permission from the crown to hunt down and clobber pirates on the high seas. (I think the crown got a percentage of the take, and no one was too fussy about the … Continue reading

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More DRM Doom

It’s going to be difficult to find a non-biased report on what happened at the Commerce Department’s digital rights management round-table last week. Here’s a report that’s fairly balanced. I’ll tell you why I don’t think much of Stallman another … Continue reading

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Power Coding

After the incantations, the wizard simply winds up. He aims, throws. Systems all across the midwest suffer crashes. Ball lightning plays fast, blue tag on power lines all the way to Minnesota. Hundreds of thousands of people are left in … Continue reading

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Cold, dead fingers (got a match?)

From CNN: Richard Clarke, the president’s computer security adviser, said Wednesday that an upcoming national plan to protect cyberspace will include expectations for home users, as well as large companies and the government. “It’s designed to not just say (they) … Continue reading

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More random drawings

Wants to protest. Too afraid (or undecided) to commit to something. Still, it takes guts to get out there with a blank sign. Tired, going to bed… I had a bunch written, but none of it is worthwhile reading yet. … Continue reading

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MTS

Ben & Jerry’s will never have pork-flavored ice cream. (You could probably make a case for Bacon). It was pointed out to me that Ben and Jerry’s religion would probably prevent them from doing bacon-flavor, too.

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Embedded System Lament

You’re running good But your stack got trashed You’re running good But your code just crashed You’re running good But you’re dumping core You’re running good But not no more — after Brian McNaughton Purists will note that most embedded … Continue reading

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