Monthly Archives: February 2004

Third World Politics and the "E" Word

One foo-fah-rah in the news recently is the deep south’s deliberate destruction of their education system, starting with a ban on scientific concepts such as evolution and the geologic scale of time. There are proposals for “fair and balanced” presentation … Continue reading

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ACM still on the outs

In a fit of temporary insanity, I decided that I wanted to rejoin the ACM. I was a member of the ACM in the 80s and 90s, and it was neat to get SigPlan notices and so forth. Then I … Continue reading

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Blog Spammers

I was waiting for this, and I knew it would happen, but I still can’t believe how angry I am. When I enabled comments, it was only a matter of time before the blog spammers would arrive, and the first … Continue reading

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Quakethirty

Startup hell. It was Quake-O’Clock, and Ratchet was kicking ass in our daily engineering fragfest. A few minutes earlier someone had yelled “Quaaaake!” from a cubical, and most of us dropped what we were doing and joined up for half … Continue reading

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Here we have an abecedary of offensive bumper-sticker slogans that have been kicking around in my Palm for four or five years. I’d been leafing through Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War and 1969 (since he’d published a new book), and … Continue reading

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Baffling New Compiler Technology

What a foo-fah-rah this caused when it circulated amongst . . . well, it hardly matters. We never knew if this was a serious proposal, a tongue-in-cheek jab at cow-orkers, or a joke. Here’s a bit of history: Page 1 … Continue reading

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Netcraft

An interesting site on “the state of the internet”: news.netcraft.com. Shades of Vinge’s “zonography.” (“SCO remained embedded in the slow zone today, while three other companies achieved the Beyond…”)

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Chancy Business

Kuro5hin has an interview with Ben Mezrich, author of Hacking Las Vegas: the inside story of the MIT blackjack team’s conquest of the casinos. I recommend the book (though bits of it are a bit unbelievable). In a similar vein, … Continue reading

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Not SF / SF

Hmmm: A magnesium fueled martian ramjet engine. And: Molecular Ramjet and Other Bedtime Stories.

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No dignity

I deleted an entire rant about Janet Jackson’s “Wardrobe failure” during the half-time show of yesterday’s Superbowl. I’d rather not dignify the inconsistent moral and amoral bastards. But it’s darned hard to tell who’s on what side, beneath all the … Continue reading

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