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Dec
05

President Obama endores open source

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I am very glad to see President Obama endorse open source on the Whitehouse Blog

Jan
18

Understanding SOPA

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Jan
17

Help fight the Internet Blacklist Legistration

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The Internet blacklist legislation—known as PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House—is a threatening sequel to 2010’s Internet censorship bill, COICA. Like its predecessor, this legislation invites Internet security risks, threatens online speech, and hampers Internet innovation. Urge your members of Congress to reject this Internet blacklist campaign in both its forms!

The law calls for DNS filtering, which has not worked in China to stop piracy or censoring the net. It will create vulnerabilities in the DNS system and security holes.

Help Fight SOPA by contacting your member of congress or senator today.

To learn more, go to SOPABlackout.org

May
06

Windows 7

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I installed the windows 7 rc1 yesterday. It’s a lot faster than vista. Seems to be working very well. I had a couple hiccups with the sound driver, and some program installs, but all in all I like it a lot.

WinFF seems to run just fine it. I’m running the 64 bit version and it runs in 32bit mode just fine. Well, so far anyways.

Feb
25

Author’s Guild cryies a foul over Kindle’s text to speech

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I was reading today about the how the Author’s Guild was complaining they had their right’s violated by Amazon’s Kindle 2 text to speech function, and how it will destroy the Audio book market.

http://www.authorsguild.org/advocacy/articles/e-book-rights-alert-amazons-kindle-2.html

Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. Although history has shown right, wrong or other wise, technology always wins.

You either embrace it and move forward, or reject it and get left behind.

Jan
29

Blagojevich Ousted

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Good Bye Blagojevich!

I think Senator Dan Duffy (R 26th District) said it best when he said, “… while all this corruption was going on, this congress voted for three pay raises for the governor..”

That says a lot.

Oct
30

Even Google can’t keep everything.

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Google code has policy on it’s open source hosting that you can’t delete prior versions of the downloads. It’s great idea to archive open source code for ever, but even with strict policies they can’t afford to keep doing it.

Aug
22

Government Conspiracy

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I was reading about how the anthrax letters case from 9/11.

How does a crazy scientist at a top military lab, that the government says acted alone to inspire fear of anthrax so that his work could continue, know to have have his anthrax letters ready to go on the same day that muslim terrorist attack the World Trade Center?

So he had all his stuff ready and perfectly preserved and was waiting for an oppertunity? Please.

According to the Attorney General, he was spouting muslim themes just days before 9/11. So how did he know?

and all this happened on the same day that to two airplanes smashed two buildings that fell symetricly straight down.

We may never know the truth, but we can be certain that we don’t know it.

Aug
08

Philosophers

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What does it mean to be a philosopher? Does it mean you have to be a genius? Does it mean you have to be university professor?

No.

According to Merriam-Webster’s definition: 1 a: a person who seeks wisdom or enlightenment

According to Plato, all it requires a love of learning.

What does it mean to love to learn?

It could be as simple as loving to try new foods or new card games, but as far as spirituality, it means a lot more.

Loving to learn means learning to love to make mistakes. By making mistakes, we learn. Every mistake we make makes us smarter. In the words of Nietzsche, “That which does not kill me, makes me stronger”

Loving to learn also requires an open mind. The Idea that we can change our beliefs, discarding harmful beliefs and incorporating good beliefs as we go through our lives.  We will never know everything, but we can learn more than we know now.