January 2010

So last night the family and I sat down and watched a little TV together for the first time in ages.  We happened to settle on the X-Games on ESPN, purely because they were showing a sport that I can only describe as Artistic Snowmobile Jumping.  Basically, these guys get on snowmobiles, jump them in…

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On January 30th, 1649, Charles I was beheaded for treason. He refused to enter a defense, asserting that as monarch, he was the law, and no court could try him. That same defense is raised today by Milošević, Hussien and other tyrants. The story of how John Cooke built his arguments against that claim is…

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Their judgment was based on wishful thinking rather than on sound calculation of probabilities; for the usual thing among men, is when they want something, they will, without any reflection, leave that to hope; which they will employ the full force of reasoning in rejecting what they find unpalatable. — Thucydides

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The EFF is doing some measurement of browser uniqueness and privacy. It takes ten seconds. Before you go, why not estimate what fraction of users have the same transmitted/discoverable browser settings as you, and then check your accuracy at https://panopticlick.eff.org. Or start at http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2010/01/help-eff-research-web-browser-tracking for a bit more detail.

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