588 Articles


19 years Ago

Civil Rights the next casualty?

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In the wake of the WTC attack, it is unfortunate to see the stirrings of government agencies that see this as an opportunity to legalize infringements of basic rights on Americans too shellshocked and/or frightened to resist.

Already, on Tuesday afternoon, the FBI was shopping their home-grown packet-sniffer, dubbed ‘Carnivore’, around to all the major ISPs again. This is a blatant, crude move that will likely work for many ISPs who don’t want to be seen as uncooperative or harboring terrorist... [More]

The FISA Court

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Domestic Spying and other wonderful stuff.

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Some see it as an opportunity

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The FBI has already started to push its Carnivore strategy again. Now that the nation is properly ‘terrified’, they figure we’re a much easier target for intruding on our rights of privacy. For most ISPs, the FBI was right.

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FBI search methods matter of national security

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The FBI has been granted protection under the Classified Information Procedures Act. They don’t have to explain how a key-logging program was placed onto a private machine.

Check the Register for more information.

Jean Louis Gassèe

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“I once preached peaceful coexistence with Windows. You may laugh at my expense — I deserve it.”

Jean Louis Gassèe

See also an article on Byte on boot loaders.

20 years Ago

Fact-checking at CNN

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From their article titled “AMD allies with Transmeta”

“Most of today’s microprocessors are “32-bit,” which means they process data 32 bits at a time. It also refers to the size of the “pointer,” which determines how much data the processor can address directly. Current 32-bit processors can address 4 gigabytes of data.“

“The industry has been gradually moving toward a 64-bit architecture, which multiplies the amount of data the... [More]

Suck takes on the music industry

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A look at what ‘big media’ is trying to get away with these days…

China/U.S. Standoff

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More kids kill themselves than other kids

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This is an interesting article focussing child suicide rates and why they are ignored in favor of reporting child murder rates.

Another pick-me-up article:½018208&mode=nocomment

Frustrated by the Electoral College?

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Want to get rid of it? Not so fast…

Usability testing for voting apparatus

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Dan Bricklin has weighed in on the usability of the Palm Beach voting ballot. He’s one of the inventors of Visicalc (the first spreadsheet program) and a proponent of usable interfaces for software.

Hugs and Guns from Dubya to Columbine

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From our friends across the pond at the Register:

Nike Freedom

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Nike now lets you personalize your shoes by submitting a word or phrase which they will stitch onto your shoes, under the swoosh.  So Jonah Peretti filled out the form and sent them $50 to stitch “sweatshop” onto his shoes.

Here’s the responses he got… fun and games with Nike…

From: “Personalize, NIKE iD” <>
To: “‘Jonah H. Peretti’” <>
Subject: RE: Your NIKE  iD order o16468000

Your NIKE iD order was cancelled for one or more of
the... [More]

21 years Ago

Rudy Couldn’t Control himself

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There he is. I can see him through the car window. He’s trying out the roof of City Hall this time. Rudolph Giuliani always is a little man in search of a balcony.

We pull up to what was once the public entrance to the plaza and steps of City Hall in New York City, a lovely old building where once they held a wake for Abraham Lincoln and a wonderful, shrieking celebration for Charles A. Lindbergh.

And now they have black iron picket fences and gates stopping any car from going in without a... [More]