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Archive for July, 2005

Helping Out John Dvorak

Posted: Wednesday, July 20th, 2005 @ 10:48 am in General | 3 Comments »

John Dvorak criticizes Creative Commons, calling it “one of the dumbest initiatives ever put forth by the tech community.” The thing is, just about every complaint John has about Creative Commons is based on erroneous information. Also, John seems very confused. He starts by saying that Creative Commons places more restrictions, and ends his column [...]

An Ode to Scientists and Explorers

Posted: Thursday, July 14th, 2005 @ 12:08 pm in General | 2 Comments »

My amazing fiancee defended her Neurobiology PhD thesis at MIT yesterday. Even though I’d heard her practice her talk a few times, I was still amazed and impressed by the quality of her defense presentation. I thought about what might lead me to such strong feelings about her work (beyond my strong feelings for her, [...]

Marc Fleury doesn’t get open-source

Posted: Sunday, July 10th, 2005 @ 4:50 pm in Free Software | Comments Off

So Marc Fleury is a successful figure in the open-source business world. It’s very clear that he’s succeeded in business, but it’s not so clear that he understands open-source very well, and that may come back to bite him. And since he’s a Frenchman, too, hopefully he’ll take my criticism well, if he ever reads [...]

Sadness, the day after

Posted: Friday, July 8th, 2005 @ 8:33 pm in General | Comments Off

I heard about the London bombings first thing yesterday morning. For some reason, it took until this evening to really hit me. I’m quite sad. And angry. To the right wing and to the left wing: please stop with the cheap commentary on this issue. It’s inhuman to rejoice at the hope that “Europe will [...]

Fighting the Real Fight

Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2005 @ 3:32 pm in Policy | 1 Comment »

So the right wingers are quick to accuse anyone who opposed the War in Iraq of being weak in the fight against terrorism. This is, in no uncertain terms, a load of crap, and it needs to be made incredibly clear. Someone who truly wants to fight terrorism knows that overthrowing the Taliban and fighting [...]

One Republican Senator on Women’s Role in Society

Posted: Tuesday, July 5th, 2005 @ 12:52 pm in Policy | 1 Comment »

Senator Rick Santorum, a “rising star” of the Republican Party, in his book: Many women have told me, and surveys have shown, that they find it easier, more “professionally” gratifying, and certainly more socially affirming, to work outside the home than to give up their careers to take care of their children. Think about that [...]