Monthly Archives: November 2003

How the Wrights Blew an Empire

Forbes has a good article on why the Wright Brothers weren’t the Standard Oil of the sky.

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By Jove

A tired joke. But these images of Jupiter are pretty cool. [ArsTechica]

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Joy of Tech

Munch (one of the best engineers I’ve ever worked with) sent me this link to Joy of Tech. The main page.

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Another Sophist Tool

Ah, behold the Wingnut Debate Dictionary. Something to offend everyone.

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Messenger Inequity

The FTC is clobbering these guys for Windows Messenger spam. If these messages were from a “hacker,” instead of a “respected company,” the FBI would be on the case and the folks responsible would be in jail. People have been … Continue reading

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More flag burning needed

From the Politech mailing list: Rep Tauzin is the MPAA’s latest buttboy in congress. He’s waxing all frothy-like over the FCC’s new penalty bit. Do the implications of the penalty bit escape him? Does he really care what could happen … Continue reading

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Jack McDevitt

So I was sitting here writing a red-black tree (it’s a good exercise, and they’re useful, and we should all grow a little bit every day) and in between getting stuck and some debugging, I was surfing a bit and … Continue reading

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Western worn

Apparently, next week’s Enterprise is a . . . western. That “scruff, scruff, scruff” sound you hear is Gene Roddenberry trying to scrape his way out of the grave so he can fire some writers and producers. That, or he’s … Continue reading

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Novell, auuugh

With no warning, I’m abruptly running a Novell operating system on one of my machines at home… [I once needed to look at a text file on a Novell server. I logged into it — I think — and couldn’t … Continue reading

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Duh Bold

I wrote the following a few weeks ago: I have no problem with honesty. I write software for a living, and I appreciate the value of intellectual property. I’ve done security stuff. I’ve written copy protection schemes — they are … Continue reading

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