Thursday, March 03, 2005

No comment

Other than it sounds about right.

I am 67% Asshole/Bitch.
Sort of Assholy or Bitchy!
I am abrasive, some people really hate me, but there may be a group of other tight knit assholes and bitches that I can hang out with and get me. Everybody else? Fuck ‘em.

(Via Pirate's Cove)

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Jeff Raskin, RIP

(Via The Register)

Jeff Raskin, the father of the Apple Macintosh, died Saturday. Whether you like the Mac, love the Mac, hate the Mac or just don't care, it's impossible to deny the impact the Macintosh computer has had on computer hardware, operating system and software design. His contribution to the computer world was great, and we'll not see his like again soon.

Amazing the twists a search will take on the Internet

While I was looking for something completely different, I ran across The Internet Slum: Is Abandoning the Internet "The Next Big Thing" by John Walker. (For those of you who aren't geeks, John Walker is the founder of Autodesk--you know, the publishers of AutoCAD?) He makes an interesting point that there are people who are abandoning the Internet because it is turning into the electronic equivalent of a declining neighborhood.

The reason I find this interesting is that I've had similar discussions with some of my coworkers. Between attacks, spam, spyware, popups, popunders, trojans and viruses, my computer spends as much time defending itself as it does handling my requests. Add in the fact that I have small children whom I don't want exposed to the seamier side of life just yet, and the idea of ditching the Internet altogether has a certain appeal.

Developments in this area will be interesting. As Walker says, you won't really notice that people are dropping out, but you will see the it in the second derivative.

John Gilmore fights for your privacy

(Via WorldNet Daily)

Finally we have a principled man who is willing to take on our government and has the money to do it. John Gilmore, employee #5 at Sun Micro, breaker of the DES encryption scheme, one of the prime funders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is taking on the US government and some of the most hysterical post 9/11 laws and rules.

Some will look at him and say that he's another hold-over from the 60s/70s who's just out to cause trouble. Maybe. But it's trouble that needs to be caused. In the name of security, we're slowly but surely being stripped of our rights. And as Ben Franklin said, "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both."

Sunday, February 27, 2005

American ingenuity at work

(Via Resistance Is Futile)

A .357 borelight built into a cartridge. Cool Factor: 8.5. Gadget Factor: 9.8. I have yet another project now, in various calibers....

Trouble flying in under the radar?

(Via Obnoxious Droppings)

Col. Oliver North points out that while the Bush Administration is engaged with Iraq, Iran, Europe and North Korea, we have trouble brewing right here in this hemisphere. Worth thinking about.

OK, this is cool

(Via Freedomsight)

The Rules:
  1. Pick up the nearest book. No cheating--don't go for one that you think makes you look good.
  2. Open the book to page 123.
  3. Find the fifth sentence.
  4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
Now of course, I have to have the closest book that's different. Only one sentence on p. 123. I guess you get the next three after that:

"e. When the weapon's selector is set at semiautomatic (fig 64), the trigger bar is moved from its normal off-side location in the receiver to a central position. When the trigger is pressed, the trigger action is as described in paragraph b above; however, a cam on the bottom of the rear of the bolt acts on an extension of the trigger bar and forces the trigger bar out of engagement with the sear. The sear then returns to its normal position and intercepts the bolt so that only one shot is fired. "

Small Arms Identification and Operation Guide--Free World
Defense Intelligence Agency, US Army Material Command, Foreign Science and Technology Center

Sorry I have such pedestrian tastes in reading material.