2004

I’ve been debating if I should respond to this idea of unlimited searches of Muslims again, and realized that there’s a perhaps interesting analogy. JihadWatch quotes an AP story BUFFALO, N.Y. — An Islamic civil rights group Wednesday accused U.S. border agents of religious profiling after dozens of American Muslims were searched, fingerprinted and photographed…

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Cory points to another example of anti-consumer activity, this time Apple disabling the high quality audio-in on the ipod. How to fix it at Hack-a-day. Also via Hack-a-day is the paper Enigma machine Scrivner discovers that Uncle Sam admits to cooking the books, in a way that the SEC would never tolerate from a public…

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Cory Doctrow posts a delicious rant against Wired’s review policy here. Unfortunately, he fails to stress what I think is the a point. Wired is writing reviews. Those reviews are supposed to be impartial. Whatever you may think about DRM, it is clearly an important mis-feature of a product which you may buy. Informed reviewers,…

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I’ve always believed that my readers are smarter and better looking than average, and now I have proof. Yesterday, for the first time, over half (50.3%) of the visitors to this site were using Mozilla or Firefox. (As summarized by AWStats.)     Browsers Grabber Hits Percent Mozilla No 10308 31.4 % Unknown ? 9786…

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John Robb has an article at Global Guerrillas about the cost of terrorist attacks and their impact on the economic equilibria at work in cities, based on a report by the NY Fed. A terrorism tax is an accumulation of excess costs inflicted on a city’s stakeholders by acts of terrorism.  These include direct costs…

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You can get ROI from security solutions by automating manual processes. Patch management and automated password resets are two solutions that don’t need “incidents” to gain a return. says Pete Lindstrom, responding to my comments that: Well, of course. ROI has enormous problems, including an assumption that technology works out, that there’s an infinite pool…

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News.com has an article entitled “Craigslist costing newspapers millions. Which is nominally accurate, but a better title would be “Craigslist saving consumers millions.” Craigslist, which generates more than 1 billion page-views each month, also has cost the newspapers millions more in merchandise and real estate advertising, and has damaged other traditional classified advertising businesses, according…

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Anyone who talks to journalists to provide background or commentary says things that they wish they hadn’t. This is in contrast to when you’re making news, and can plan what you want to say, and it’s easier to stay “on message.” Kudos to Bruce for owning up to it. I’m sure I said that, but…

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With Yushchenko at 52% of the votes to Yanukovich’s 44%, it seems likely that he Yushchenko will be the next leader of the Ukraine. Congratulations to all who stood up for a fair and honest vote. Oh, and it means I can get a nicer stylesheet in place, too.

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