Archive for May, 2005

The Globe and Mail: Finding bias in rights reporting

The Globe and Mail: Finding bias in rights reporting (Paid content – try bugmenot or drop me a line) Why you read some of the things you do. Derived from this paper (pdf)

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Amazon reviews that are worth reading

Finally – someone who tells us what we really want to know about all manner of things

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Jerusalem Post | Breaking News from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World

From the IP mailing list

Begin forwarded message:

From: Harry Saal
Date: May 30, 2005 11:52:11 AM EDT
To: Dave Farber
Subject: Trojan horse used for business espionage

Writers of viruses aren’t merely doing it “for the thrill”. Here is a story about what appears to be a trojan horse (delivered surreptiously via CD demo disks) that copied valuable business secrets which were sold to the competition. Apparently several “business intelligence” were involved in trafficking in the stolen information. Senior executives of the firms which purchased the ill- gotten information are under arrest. The article predicts that more shoes will drop in Europe and perhaps elsewhere. Should one presume that this practice is already “popular” in the US?
“Trojan horse also hit major int’l firms”

In an undercover operation codenamed “Horse Race” the Tel Aviv Police arrested last week leading executives from the country’s top-tier companies who allegedly planted a computer virus known as a Trojan horse inside their competitors’ computers and stole classified commercial information, it was released for publication on Sunday.

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The Fields of Athenry

I think that Irish Potato famine is a perfect example of why we need some form of governemnt welfare. In that situation you had people who absolutely could not do anything other than live a hand-to-mouth existance who were hopeless in the face of a natural disaster that they could niether have predicted nor avoided. I would say that society has a moral responsibility to ensure the survival of it’s most at risk members and that is is therefore the duty of the others to sacrifice.

This arguments answers the objectivist claim that self-reliance is the pinnacle of human achievement and that efforts to have others support you are inherently immoral.

It cannot answer the argument that society as a whole has no need nor duty to its weaker members but I deny that that is a true society.

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It is probably too long since you went there

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A Gamers’ Manifesto

An interesting diatribe by a gamer who has heard the same sound snippet just one too many times. It’s actually quite broad in it’s coverage and gives some of the game maker’s side of things where possible.

I like to think that some day the businesses of the world will wake up and realize they’re part of a greater whole, that the energy devoted to cannabalistic infighting means ultimate doom for all. The leaders of the great religions of the world will realize that all of us, Muslim, Christian, Jew, all want the same for humanity. Women will realize it’s the pale, studious type they want instead of the quarterback of the football team, and everywhere we walk, bunnies will dance a path for us. Dance, little guys! Dance!

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Cell phones on planes worry US law enforcement

US law enforcement is obviously completely of its tree.

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