January 2008

Thursday, 31 January 2008

1-31-07 Never Forget


Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Lazyweb request

If you have Git working with bbdiff, please let me know. If you have bbdiff working with a different non-Git dvcs (e.g. svk) I’d be interested to hear about that too.


Security vs. Privacy

Schneier: “I’m sure they have that saying in their business. And it’s precisely why, when people in their business are in charge of government, it becomes a police state.”


Sunday, 27 January 2008

The Life Cycle of a Blog Post, From Servers to Spiders to Suits – to You

Wired: “Within minutes, if you’ve written about a timely and noteworthy topic, a small army of bots will get the word out to anyone remotely interested, from fellow bloggers to corporate marketers.” – not to be confused with this.


Thursday, 24 January 2008

Does “Dreaming in Code” suck?

Scott Rosenberg, and David Vydra in comments: “Most developers who have shipped successful applications have a hidden fear that they will spend years on a project that will not ship or will not be widely used.”


Monday, 21 January 2008

The Secret History of Silicon Valley

Google Tech Talks


Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Failure Now An Option

The Onion


Friday, 11 January 2008

Abu Ghraib Officer: Probe Was Incomplete

Guardian: “Those critics found an unlikely ally in the officer himself, Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, whose conviction on a minor charge of disobeying an order was dismissed this week, leaving him with only an administrative reprimand. Jordan told The Associated Press on Thursday he believes many officers and enlisted soldiers did not face adequate scrutiny in the investigation that led to convictions against 11 soldiers, none with a rank higher than staff sergeant.”


“British Twins separated at birth who later married” - I’m calling BS

Drew Curtis: “The CNN article in it’s distilled basic form is: ‘UK Press Association says stuff.’ The UK Press Association’s information, distilled to basic form, is: ‘David Alton says stuff.’ Both articles are therefore factually correct, these things were said.”


Thursday, 10 January 2008

What is up with election coverage?

Bram Cohen: “Seriously, what is wrong with journalists? Are they not able to do basic arithmetic?”


Wednesday, 9 January 2008

Got Questions About the News? Ask AP

AP: “AP editors will choose some of the questions sent in by readers like you and get answers from AP reporters and editors - the people who spend their days covering the very issues you’re curious about. So send your questions to newsquestions(at)ap.org, with ``Ask AP” in the subject line.“


Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Joe Gibbs Resigns as Redskins Head Coach

washingtonpost.com: "Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher has been approached by several NFL teams, but insisted he is taking a two year sabbatical from the NFL. However two NFL general managers contacted in recent days said they would expect the Redskins to contact him in the event Gibbs left.”


Sunday, 6 January 2008

Voting Machines - Elections - Ballots - Politics

New York Times: “One might expect computer scientists to be fans of computer-based vote-counting devices, but it turns out that the more you know about computers, the more likely you are to be terrified that they’re running elections.”


Thursday, 3 January 2008

Sears Update: Privacy Policy, Scorecard, and Genetic Heritage

CA Security Advisor Research Blog: “What I have come to learn is that if you navigate to http://www.myshccommunity.com/Privacy.aspx you could actually get one of two policies. […] If you access that URL with a machine compromised by the Sears proxy software, you will get the policy with direct language (like ‘monitors all Internet behavior’). If you access the policy using an uncompromised system, you will get the toned down version (like ‘provide superior service’).”