My Archives: November 2004

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

No joy in FUDville, contd.: After ten years, the agreement between U.C. Berkeley and Unix Systems Laboratories has been revealed. This was the last big lawsuit over Unix "intellectual property," and was settled quietly out of court, with the result that only 26 files of Berkeley's "Net 2 BSD" open-source Unix were restricted from general distribution. Which means that, even if parts of Linux were derived from Unix files -- and all the evidence is to the contrary -- it doesn't matter, because the ten-years-ago owner of the Unix copyrights explicitly gave permission for them to be used and adapted.

This eviscerates SCO's IP case against Linux. Although, frankly, that legal case has been eviscerated so many different ways now that I'm surprised it has any viscera left.       -- brad

Posted by brad @ 09:09 AM EST [Link]

Monday, November 29, 2004

"The flood of American liberals sneaking across the border into Canada has intensified in the past week, sparking calls for increased patrols to stop the illegal immigration. The re-election of President Bush is prompting the exodus among left leaning citizens who fear they'll soon be required to hunt, pray and agree with Bill O'Reilly.... [more]

Posted by mac @ 04:49 PM EST [Link]

I remember how shocked I was to learn, on a visit years ago to Boston's Computer Museum, that the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) depended on vacuum-tube computers up until the early '80s. Vacuum tubes are lovely and fascinating devices, but they do (and did) burn out with annoying frequency.

I got similar shivers this weekend when I read that the U.S. Air Force is entrusting all of their computer networks, and those networks' security, to Microsoft. I confess that I'm at a loss to come up with a suitable parallel for an outfit that has such an established and comprehensive track record of ineptitude. Only fictional characters come to mind: it's like putting the Keystone Kops in charge of Homeland Security.       -- brad

Posted by brad @ 01:04 PM EST [Link]

Thanks to old friend Brian C. for passing along these quips: about the recent cabinet shakeup..."I haven't seen this many secretaries run from the Oval Office since Clinton was there." - Leno; and, while we're talking about outsourcing, "Ashcroft loses job to Mexican." - headline from The Onion.

Why are we not hearing about the many and mass protests across the United States that are being held to oppose American military involvement in Iraq and elsewhere? I did a Google News search on one notable story (which I reprint in full below in case it becomes difficult to access) and there were no references to it in major media other than the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. [more]

Posted by mac @ 11:27 AM EST [Link]

Cartoons: Boondocks "Colin Powell Will be Missed; Tom Toles' "Raising the Debt Ceiling"; and, a mini collection of libertarian cartoons.

The Sunday radio edition of the Drudge Report advised, "There's a push now to bring the FCC in on satellite radio... [more]

Posted by mac @ 10:57 AM EST [Link]

Sunday, November 28, 2004

In case you're wondering where I get my computer security news, here is a list of the web sites I visit when I have idle moments:

There are more good links in a recent Internet Storm Center posting. Of these I'm adding the following to my "IT News" bookmarks:

I used to visit Netcraft frequently, but their site is no longer responding. Google still sees them, so I presume they've restricted access for some reason.       -- brad

Posted by brad @ 08:22 AM EST [Link]

Friday, November 26, 2004

HAPPY THANKSGIVING (one day late...again due to the @#$% persistent virus that has both Brad and I buying stock in chicken soup companies). Officially, it is not Thanksgiving in Canada but we have so many family members who are American that we *get* to celebrate twice. For those of you who are cynical about the celebration, especially in today's...what shall I call's political climate, Here's a link to Mark's Fiore's animated "Gobble, Gobble." And to continue the cynical giving mood, Chuck Asay's "Social Security Time Bomb".

Posted by mac @ 09:44 AM EST [Link]

More on that Java vulnerability...the Internet Storm Center has instructions for how to determine your Java Runtime version for most browsers. (Hey, I'm on Linux...I just type "java -version" at the command line.)       -- brad

Posted by brad @ 09:25 AM EST [Link]

David M. Brown, Editor of Laissez Faire Books writes, "We [the LFB Message Board] haven't been able to stop talking about the crypto-Randian movie 'The Incredibles' at the LFB Blog. The most recent entry notes the analysis of philosopher David Kelley and considers how Randian 'The Incredibles' really is. And we also, in response to another commentator, nail down the literary and moral status vis-à-vis Rand of the animated movie's villain, Syndrome." Check out one of the posts.

Posted by mac @ 09:00 AM EST [Link]

If you buy a PC from Dell or Gateway or some such, roughly $75 of the price goes to Microsoft for the Windows software. So when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer challenged the industry to create a PC that would sell for $100, it seemed that he was asking the industry to invent free hardware to carry his expensive software.

Ballmer's challenge has now been met, in the obvious way: $100 for hardware, and not one penny for tribute. California's SolarPC has announced a 12-volt-powered $100 PC running Linux. Now if we can just get cheaper displays.       -- brad

Posted by brad @ 08:53 AM EST [Link]

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Heads up! There's a security flaw in Sun's Java engine. This affects all browsers and all operating systems. If you have Java Runtime Environment version 1.4.2_05 or older -- or if you don't know your version -- you can download a new version. As an interim measure, you can disable Java in your broswer. -- brad

Posted by brad @ 11:50 AM EST [Link]

More on "phishing" scams. A resource I've just discovered is the Anti-Phishing Working Group, which also publishes descriptions of recent attacks, advice on how to avoid them, and advice on what to do if you fell for a scam. Also, the MailFrontier Phishing IQ Test is worth taking if you have broadband access for the many images. (I did rather poorly on the test because, in my impatience, I simply marked them all as "phishing." Some of them are legitimate promotions.)

The Washington Post just ran a good series of articles (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) on phishing scams. They're not so much "how to detect phishing" articles as "here's what's happened to others" cautionary tales. But they describe the kinds of data you shouldn't give out, and a few new scams that I hadn't heard of. [more]

Posted by brad @ 08:09 AM EST [Link]

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

The preliminary skirmishes are over, and the war of the 21st Century has now been openly declared. No, I'm not referring to Iraq, or Iran, or Islam vs. the West. I'm referring to the Intellectual Property War which is about to erupt, and the battleground is a land known as Patents. [more]

Posted by brad @ 07:47 AM EST [Link]

Monday, November 22, 2004

Use a fast-forward button, go to jail. No kidding: the U.S. Congress, pandering to the entertainment industry, just tried to make it illegal for you to skip over the advertising on your DVDs (or with your TiVo). The worst aspects of the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2004 seem to have been killed in the Senate this weekend, but did you even know that this was cooking?

It's annoying enough that our DVD player won't let us fast-forward or replay certain parts of certain DVDs. (This is a deal cooked up between the makers of DVD players and the makers of movies -- DVDs can include metadata to disable certain features.) Before long I may set up a Linux PC to play DVDs, because some DVD software for Linux can bypass these idiotic restrictions.

Also, I'm thinking about picking up a few spare VCRs. They're disappearing from shops, and they're about the only video recording technology you can buy that doesn't include Digital Rights Management. If you still believe that you have the right to record broadcast programs, and edit out commercials, you'd best buy technology that allows this while you still can.


Posted by brad @ 05:05 PM EST [Link]

Sunday, November 21, 2004

These days I consider "phishing" scams a greater threat than viruses and browser attacks, since we're well protected against the latter. So I was pleased to learn that the SANS Institute is offering a bi-weekly newsletter describing the latest scams which are circulating. Sign up for an email subscription, or read it on-line.

I really don't want my contribution to McBlog to be just a relay of the latest exploit warnings, but this one seems to be serious enough to be shouted far and wide. Internet Explorer 6 has a major vulnerability that can be exploited if you simply visit a hostile or compromised web site. There is no patch for this bug, and a number of compromised web sites have already been reported. This seems to affect all versions of Microsoft Windows except Windows XP with Service Pack 2 installed.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record: dump IE and get a new browser. Netscape, Mozilla/Firefox, and Opera are all available free for Windows. A new browser is the only sure fix for this vulnerability.


Posted by brad @ 07:59 AM EST [Link]

Hugh B writes, Q: What is the greatest procedural pressure that can be applied in the US Senate in order to force the adoption of a bill? A: Add the provisions to a 'must pass' spending bill, and tag them on just before the Christmas recess when all senators are interested in going home for the holidays. Q: According to the NY Times, what provision has just gotten added to the current spending bill about to pass? A: The first provisions (expected to be passed by the new US Congress) to begin restricting abortion education.

Posted by mac @ 05:38 AM EST [Link]

Saturday, November 20, 2004

A friend sends the following, From the newspaper/newsletter of one of the two Luxembourg communist parties I take the following which they claim to have taken from the Luxembourg right-wing (Christian-Social) party paper. My quick translation: "17th December: Rumsfeld in Luxemburg: On 17th December Luxemburg will get for the second time the chance "to show its gratefulness towards our American liberators". A four day memorial ceremony is planned. Formal notice of arrival gave 100 veterans, 100 senators and members of the House of Representatives, War Minister Rumsfeld and Dennis Hastert, No. 3 in the US hierarchy. [more]

Posted by mac @ 04:09 AM EST [Link]

Thanks to Hugh B for, interesting? enlightening? pulse-of-the-people?...item. Hugh B writes, Few are aware that today in China is a giant meeting of the World Toilet Organisation, believed a fitting venue to call attention to the Chinese planners for the upcoming Olympic Games of the need for non-smelly toilets. It is said that in China the way to find a public toilet is generally just to follow your nose, and it is also said that many would-be tourists are dissuaded from travelling to countries with a reputation for ubiquitously smelly toilets. [more]

Posted by mac @ 03:53 AM EST [Link]

Tje following commentary comes from Katherine Albrecht, CASPIAN Director, who writes, Why do creepy RFID initiatives seem to gravitate to Texas, even though Texans are among the most privacy and freedom-loving people in the nation? The latest assault involves the children of the Spring Independent School District, just north of Houston, where 28,000 students will soon be issued RFID badges that will track them as they get on and off school buses. [more]

Posted by mac @ 03:45 AM EST [Link]

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Americans can now be obligated to comply with legally-binding regulations that are unknown to them, and that indeed they are forbidden to know.

Posted by mac @ 07:24 AM EST [Link]

Son of a B! Yesterday I blogged on the Republican attempt to cover Tom DeLay's posterior -- which was/is flapping in the wind -- from being even temporarily suspended from a "leaderhip" position in the House if he is indicted (as was/is expected soon.) Does anyone remember why that rule was enacted? In 1993, House Republicans wanted to stick it to Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill.) who was chairman of the Ways and Means Committee and under investigation. Well, today's Boston Globe reports, "THE HOUSE majority leader, Tom DeLay, who was cited by the House Ethics Committee for three violations this year and another in 1999, was rewarded yesterday by his fellow Republicans with a rules change that will allow him to keep his leadership position even if he is charged with a serious crime." The Republican-dominated House should put out welcome mats that read "Boss Tweed." [more]

Posted by mac @ 06:47 AM EST [Link]

Thanks to Hugh B who writes, Daniel Zwerdling's piece on NPR's All Things Considered on 11-17-04 is excellent and worth listening to (on the website) in its entirety. (It turns out to be just the first of a two-part series.) The conditions and terrorizing that immigrants to the US can be subjected to when they have not even been accused of a crime compare with Abu Graib. One wonders how the US could send worse messages to the rest of the world. And the abuse seems to be with the consent of Homeland Security.

Posted by mac @ 06:05 AM EST [Link]

I don't know what to make of this article by Joseph Farah, editor and publisher of WorldNetDaily, which lambastes the idea of NAFTA-plus - a plan that some have called the "deep integration" of US and Canada. And, oh yes, Mexico too. (In writing that last sentence fragment, I heard the voice of the Wicked Witch of Oz saying, "And your little dog, Toto, too!" Somehow Mexico is always an after-thought.) [more]

Posted by mac @ 02:33 AM EST [Link]

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Daily Kos has great commentary this morning on Alberto Gonzales and his part in covering up Bush's DUI. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee blog quotes the Washington Post and offers commentary on a sleight-of-hand going on in the House, "House Republicans plan to change their rules in order to allow members indicted by state prosecutors to remain in a leadership post, a move designed to benefit Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) in case he is charged by a Texas grand jury that has indicted three of his political associates, GOP leaders said today....Changing the rule is not a sign that lawmakers think DeLay will be indicted, [Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.), the GOP's chief deputy whip] said, but rather a public rebuke of an investigation they feel is wholly unwarranted." Meanwhile, the Daily Howler provides invaluable background on Condi Rice.

Posted by mac @ 05:54 AM EST [Link]

From the "fact stranger than fiction" file: "John Hostettler, the Congressman representing the 8th district of Indiana, has been convinced by local religious groups to introduce legislation in the House that would change the name of an Interstate 69 extension to a more moral sounding number." (BLUSH I've just learned that the afore-referenced site is a satirical one. Oh well, being tremendously gullible must mean that I'm not a cynic, right? Looking hard for a positive spin, here!) In case you are not inclined to take blogging seriously -- it's dangerous work! -- at least one stewardess has been fired for "sexy blogging." Her blog, which used to be named Queen of the Sky, now runs under the title Diary of a Fired Flight Attendant. Apparently, she heard from Delta Airlines "after she posted a set of provocative photos of herself in her Delta uniform. In one photograph, her skirt is hiked to mid-thigh as she perches along a seatback on an empty airliner. In another, she is leaning over the seats, her blouse unbuttoned, exposing part of her bra."

Posted by mac @ 05:24 AM EST [Link]

Thanks to Hugh B. for this link to a story that I fear is becoming more common. The United States has become a police state. [more]

Posted by mac @ 05:05 AM EST [Link]

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Gordon P. comments, "Senior Bush officials" have apparently compared fighting the "Iraqi insurgents" to a "deadly game of `whack-a-mole'," wherein the U.S. flattens Fallujah and the `insurgents' "pop up" somewhere else, From such a comment, it seems clear that Bushnev's policy is predicated on the assumption that there is a _FINITE POOL_ of `Iraqi insurgents' and that once U.S. forces kill or capture all of them, the `insurgency' will end. One wonders how long it will take them to realize that many (perhaps most) Iraqis view the U.S. Military as _FOREIGN INVADERS_, not "liberators," and that every time they flatten a neighborhood or a city like Fallujah using so-called "smart bombs" (racking up dozens, hundreds, or thousands of innocent Iraqi civilian deaths and casualties as "collateral damages" --- an estimated total of 100,000 so far, according to the medical journal _The Lancet_,), the _CREATING_ new `insurgents', who will rise up and continue to resist their invaders ???

Posted by mac @ 10:55 AM EST [Link]

Great cartoon by Tony Auth.

Posted by mac @ 10:49 AM EST [Link]

Beavers use bags of bucks for building dam. "Busy beavers found a use for thousands of dollars stolen from a Greensburg casino and thrown into a creek, authorities said Sunday night. Beavers building a dam on the creek apparently tore open one of three money bags and wove many of the bills into the sticks and brush of their dam." I wish the dams built by beavers on our gravel road were so laudable. As it is.... [more]

Posted by mac @ 10:42 AM EST [Link]

Oops. If you click on an MSNBC story on US troops in Mosul, it reads, "Iraq's interim government and its U.S. backers said Fallujah was the epicenter of the insurgency in Iraq, from where most of the bombings, killings and kidnappings that have swept the country were masterminded." However the Google description of the story, which will change when Google "refreshes" its search and the corrected version is picked up, reads, " Iraq's interim government and its US backers said Phallus was the epicenter of the insurgency in Iraq..." Hurry to Google News "Phallus" because it won't be there much longer. The Wonkette comments, "Is That an Insurgency In Your Pants?...We always suspected Cheney was up to no good."

Posted by mac @ 04:55 AM EST [Link]

Monday, November 15, 2004

Photographic evidence finally emerges for the Big-Dick Cheney thread on Free Republic. BTW, don't look for Freeper comments; the moderator has pulled the thread because "no body could take a hint." Translation: people were posting photos such as the one to which I've linked.

Posted by mac @ 11:29 AM EST [Link]

Gordon P. writes, In the spirit of the Mark Fiore animation Wendy linked to this A.M.: I originally thought this report was a joke, but apparently it's not --- The "American Health Association (Foundation?)" has declared the existence of Yet Another Mental-Health Syndrome: "Post-Election Selection Trauma," or "PEST." (Apparently, the acronym is unintentional ???) Symptoms of PEST allegedly include "feelings of withdrawal, feelings of isolation, emotional anger and bitterness, loss of appetite, sleeplessness, nightmares, pervasive moodiness including endless sulking, and being excessively worried about the direction of the country..."

Posted by mac @ 10:44 AM EST [Link]

Mark Fiore scores a homerun with his animation The Depressed Democrats Guide to Recovery.

Posted by mac @ 07:58 AM EST [Link]

Daily Kos has an interesting comment on the invasion of Falluja. FUBAR'd beyond FUBAR in Iraq: I've meditated on this one all day: Jackie Spinner, the Washington Post embed with the Marines in Fallujah, said in an online chat from the battleground (the mind boggles) on Thursday: "No one I've talked to believes that solving the Fallujah problem will end the violence in Iraq. But, as one Marine officer told me, not solving the Fallujah problem will not end it either." Okay. No one believes the Falluja invasion will accomplish anything. So why did we just sacrifice 56 people the last six days, the vast majority (38) in Falluja? Why have we suffered over 400 seriously wounded, including amputees and spinal and brain injuries?

Posted by mac @ 07:07 AM EST [Link]

59 US soldiers died in Iraq last week, with the number of troops wounded in Falluja alone at 275. As attacks spread through the Sunni-dominated areas of Iraq, the death rate of soldiers is unlikely to decline. Even if Iraqi troops are used in the assault on the city of Mosul, as Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has announced they will be, conflicts in Falluja and elsewhere will continue to engage American troops. [more]

Posted by mac @ 06:17 AM EST [Link]

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Just for the fun of it: an animated picture of GWB flipping the bird.

Posted by mac @ 02:38 PM EST [Link]

According to The Register, Internet users can expect an increase in email spam, "phishing", and email fraud attempts as the Christmas holidays approach. Certainly we've noticed a recent surge in bogus emails purporting to be from banks, credit card companies, eBay, or PayPal. [more]

Posted by brad @ 06:39 AM EST [Link]

I don't usually like Jonah Goldberg's views (editor at National Review) but I think he makes a good point in the following commentary (see below) on Arafat, which is actually a comment on the bias left-liberal intellectuals. BTW, the Chronicle for Higher Education has published excellent article by Mark Bauerlein on the liberal bias in academia. [more]

Posted by mac @ 05:55 AM EST [Link]

Gordon P. on the current polarization of Congress... [more]

Posted by mac @ 05:39 AM EST [Link]

Friday, November 12, 2004

One of my favorite sites, has an article this morning by John Pllger who points out the coverup that has been occurring in the media on the number of Iraqi casualties. Pilger's analysis is followed by an email I received from a Prof. who breaks down the casualty figures... [more]

Posted by mac @ 07:56 AM EST [Link]

I kid you not. Free Republic has a run-away thread on Dick Cheney's allegedly huge penis. Photos are said to exist. To the observation made by one commentator -- "It's like a Scud missile, for crying out loud!" -- the Wonkette responds, "Coincidentally, Cheney's penis also has a short range, rarely hits its intended target, and last went off during the Gulf War."

Posted by mac @ 02:48 AM EST [Link]

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Accounts are circulating of tanks being deployed to an anti-war protest in Los Angles yesterday (11/10/04). A first hand account, with photographs.... [more]

Posted by mac @ 09:37 PM EST [Link]

Over the months I've offered a lot of advice about how to protect your computer from invasion, but no advice on how to recover from a successful attack. Well, the Register has picked up my slack with a useful article for Windows users on how to disinfect contaminated PCs. Lots of good links in there.

I was amused to see this piece of advice:

It's good practice to reinstall Windows every 12 months or so as the many interdependencies of the OS can result it becoming slow and unreliable without an annual clean.

That is a really sad comment on the quality of the software.


Posted by brad @ 12:48 PM EST [Link]

An interesting reaction to the Presidential election: Sorry Everybody. The message 1/2 of America wants to send to the rest of the world.

Posted by mac @ 10:20 AM EST [Link]

More on our vacation... [more]

Posted by mac @ 06:57 AM EST [Link]

For those who wonder what to expect from Justice Alberto Gonzales who has been tagged as Ashcroft's replacement (pending approval by the Senate), Ed Ward of The Price of Liberty forwards this link that offers insight.

Posted by mac @ 04:21 AM EST [Link]

An interesting post by David M. Brown on the blog, discussing the relationship between the new animation "The Incredibles" and Ayn Rand. David writes, [more]

Posted by mac @ 03:51 AM EST [Link]

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

I love this story: "Dog Calls 911, Opens Door for Police." The most difficult aspect of going on vacation is parting even temporarily with our two dogs, Sam and Fiona. This, despite the fact that our doggerels are well cared for in our absence. The kennel, which is their second home, has a huge indoor enclosure where they are `housed' together; it is heated in winter, air conditioned in summer. During the day, the enclosure opens to a nice-sized outdoor run. Whenever we pull up to the kennel, our dogs get excited and can hardly wait to bound out of the truck to see what other dogs are inside.

And speaking of our vacation.... [more]

Posted by mac @ 07:57 AM EST [Link]

Apparently, the Brits in Iraq are undergoing their own sex scandal but at least the pictures don't involve prisoner abuse.

Posted by mac @ 05:45 AM EST [Link]

An excellent site with good graphics on what I believe was voter fraud that allowed Bush to once more occupy an office he did not legitimately win. Also an interesting article, "None Dare Call it Voter Suppression and Fraud" by Bob Fitrakis on the same topic. Meanwhile, Aljazeera reports on the insanity that the usurper Bush and his policies have unleased on Fallujah. [more]

Posted by mac @ 12:36 AM EST [Link]

Thanks to Lee K. for forwarding Ashcroft's letter of resignation to me. As Lee comments, "Good riddance, but who will replace him?" [more]

Posted by mac @ 12:23 AM EST [Link]

Monday, November 8, 2004

The ultimate Nigerian scam letter... [more]

Posted by mac @ 09:15 AM EST [Link]

A sign of the times: crackers are starting to target Linux users. [more]

Posted by brad @ 07:11 AM EST [Link]

Mark Fiore's animation on the election results "And the Winner is!" My favorite election bumper sticker: I voted for Kerry before I voted against him. My favorite election commentary - at least, so far today - "Can't We All Just Get Along?" by Ben Tripp, which opens "My fellow Americans, get stuffed." For insight into the perspective of Democrat activists on the "election voter fraud," reading the Democratic Underground BB is interesting.

Posted by mac @ 03:30 AM EST [Link]

Well...the invasion of Fallujah is now underway with the first brave target being the city's main hospital. ABC Action News reports, [more]

Posted by mac @ 01:38 AM EST [Link]

Sunday, November 7, 2004

More on the starkly captialistic aspects of Linux, and Open Source software in general: I've just discovered a newsletter, Open Source Wall Street, "a weekly journal that provides insight into weekly events affecting the Open Source Community and the impact to investors." It's published by Decatur Jones Equity Partners, about whom I've blogged before -- their Dion Cornett is the first analyst I've encountered who "gets" the Open Source concept, and was the only analyst to correctly predict that SCO would fall to $5 per share when other analysts were predicting a climb to $40. (Actually, Cornett was conservative -- SCO stock seems to have levelled off at around $3 a share.)

I'm particularly pleased with this discovery because it means I no longer have to wait for Cornett's analysis to appear (sporadically) on Groklaw...I now have direct access. I see that the November 1 issue rates Red Hat and Novell as "Outperform." Gee, who'da thunk it...there is money to be made in Open Source software.


Posted by brad @ 09:12 PM EST [Link]

The theme of today's blogging is definitely election results, probably because I already know everything that happened on our Eastern Europe vacation but I'm hungry for news from the States. (the core dump on Eastern Europe that I'll be doing over the next several days will be mostly to preserve the memories while they are still somewhat fresh.) Back to election results: Here is a breakdown of data on the exit polls. (Thanks to Hugh B. for the URL) [more]

Posted by mac @ 10:10 AM EST [Link]

Gordon P. comments, Here's the first bit of good news I've heard from Washington in a while: [more]

Posted by mac @ 09:03 AM EST [Link]

Daffy Duck is counting on you! (A cute game.) And more on allegations that Diebold's 'we-don't-need-no-stinking-paper-trail' machines may be willfully expressing pro-Bush results... [more]

Posted by mac @ 12:47 AM EST [Link]

I'm back at my computer and blogging again (albeit lightly) in the wake of the best vacation I've ever had...and that's saying a great deal! Tomorrow I'll start ruminating about Romania and Hungary, both of which were incredible but today is still a period of recovery from having too much fun. For now, just a quick comment on the election results... [more]

Posted by mac @ 12:42 AM EST [Link]

Saturday, November 6, 2004

Gordon P. discusses two reports suggesting that Diebold Inc. did exactly what its CEO Walden O'Dell promised he would do in a 2004-Aug-14 fund-raising letter: "Deliver" the election to GeeDubya Bush... [more]

Posted by proxy @ 12:48 PM EST [Link]

Friday, November 5, 2004

Gordon P returns after an absence due in part to ill health, with a mixed bag of items from The Knowledge Problem and various other sources... [more]

Posted by proxy @ 10:30 AM EST [Link]

Thursday, November 4, 2004

One of my favorite writers on is Gary North. I find his take on the economy and investing both refreshing and shrewd, and when one of his articles appears on the site I usually click through to read it. So perhaps it's unfortunate that he chose to defend Microsoft, and call Linux users "cultists", on the same day that I was fending off a deluge of viral emails sent by compromised Windows systems. [more]

Posted by proxy @ 08:20 AM EST [Link]

Wednesday, November 3, 2004

Official itinerary for November 3rd... [more]

Posted by proxy @ 08:49 AM EST [Link]

Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Official Itinerary for November 2nd in Transylvania... [more]

Posted by proxy @ 10:34 AM EST [Link]

Monday, November 1, 2004

Official Itinerary for November 1st in Transylvania... [more]

Posted by proxy @ 11:35 AM EST [Link]

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