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Archive for March, 2005

Russian Roulette Society

Posted: Monday, March 28th, 2005 @ 12:20 pm in General | 3 Comments »

A while ago, I served on a jury in a civil case concerning a car accident. The plaintiff incurred tens of thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages. The defendent was found liable as he clearly caused the accident. Deliberation was quick, as there wasn’t a whole lot to discuss. But there was […]

French Schizophrenia

Posted: Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005 @ 9:23 pm in General | Comments Off

A few weeks ago, the director of the French National Library complained that Google had snubbed Europe by not including French books in the latest Google Print effort to digitize physical library books. I mentioned how I find this attitude frustrating. And now, Agence France Press (AFP) has sued Google for copyright violation because Google […]

Incentive for Deploying Security Infrastructure

Posted: Monday, March 21st, 2005 @ 2:53 pm in Policy | Comments Off

The bankruptcy bill recently passed by Congressional Republicans is despicable on numerous counts. You can read more about it to find out exactly how terrible it is. The short version is that it’s now harder (if not impossible) for individuals to file for bankruptcy protection, no matter what the cause (medical expenses or shopping sprees), […]

Dangerous MBA Hackers

Posted: Tuesday, March 15th, 2005 @ 11:48 am in Security & Crypto | Comments Off

By now you’ve probably heard about Harvard, MIT, and Carnegie Mellon business schools rejecting MBA applicants who “hacked” into the admissions web site to see their acceptance status early. The problem is, what they did amounts to little more than curious exploration, not hacking: they just twiddled a URL on a horribly insecure web site. […]

Extremism in All Forms

Posted: Friday, March 11th, 2005 @ 12:27 pm in Policy | Comments Off

I don’t usually link to other articles without comment. But this time, Kos hits the nail on the head. This rings very true to me.

A Sad Week for Apple Fans

Posted: Saturday, March 5th, 2005 @ 12:46 pm in Policy | Comments Off

I’ve long been an Apple fan. So it’s sad to see them sue a blog. Sure, Apple should protect its trade secrets. But you didn’t see them suing Newsweek when they leaked the iMac G4 a day before the launch. And that was the iMac, for goodness sake, not some Midi hardware box. Not to […]

Everyday Mission-Critical Computing

Posted: Tuesday, March 1st, 2005 @ 3:10 pm in General | Comments Off

Boston’s Silver Line is possibly the best bus in town. From the South End to downtown in 15 minutes, with double-length buses every 2-3 minutes during rush hour. Except that, starting a few weeks ago, they installed these new, fancy bus pass readers. Instead of a half-second swipe, it’s now a 2-second let-the-machine-suck-your-card-in-read-it-and-spit-it-back-to-you maneuver. Not […]