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Monthly Archives: October 2005

California Spring

31-Oct-05

In the past couple weeks we got a fair dose of rain. Fall it may be by the calendar. Spring in this portion of southern California is any time it rains – which is generally around Spring or Fall, and occasionally in the middle of Winter. Spring is defined by the simple brief presence of […]

Insurance, inefficient healthcare — the Elephant in the closet

30-Oct-05

A recent piece in the Houston Chronicle and echoed in the reporter’s weblog criticises Wal-Mart for trying to control their employee costs. Reading the internal Wal-Mart communication gives a somewhat different message. I know it is fashionable to criticise Wal-Mart just now, but this article (and many like it) miss the real issue. The real […]

Schneier on Security: FBI Abuses of the USA Patriot Act

25-Oct-05

Schneier on Security: FBI Abuses of the USA Patriot Act This week marks the four-year anniversary of the enactment of the Patriot Act. Does anyone feel safer because of it?

Watch out for potholes

25-Oct-05

from Gear Factor I’d want a rollcage for this gadget. One good pothole or bump at speed and the wheel(s) end up slower, and you go face-down fast. At least with the Segway you aren’t trapped inside a structure.

Negotiating for Torture

25-Oct-05

Negotiators on Torture Bill Feeling Heat Congressional negotiators are feeling heat from the White House and constituents as they consider whether to back a Senate-approved ban on torturing detainees in U.S. custody or weaken it as the White House prefers. Led by Vice President Dick Cheney, the Bush administration is floating a proposal that would […]

Apple faces lawsuit over iPod

24-Oct-05

Apple faces lawsuit over iPod defects The plaintiff named in the California lawsuit, Jason Tomczak, bought a nano in September that he said quickly became so scratched he could not view the screen. Apple replaced that device because of a battery problem, but the complaint said the replacement nano also became so scratched that Tomczak […]

Study Reveals Pittsburgh Unprepared For Full-Scale Zombie Attack

22-Oct-05

Study Reveals Pittsburgh Unprepared For Full-Scale Zombie Attack | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source ZPI researchers noted that tens of thousands of Pittsburgh citizens live in close proximity to a cemetery. This fact, coupled with abnormally high space-radiation levels in eastern Pennsylvania and ongoing traffic issues in the East Hills and Larimer areas, […]

Jini and XML

19-Oct-05

Tim Bray is feeling a touch guilty… ongoing · Bits on the Wire? So I wrote a quick note to Jim along the lines of “Uh, what about XML?” Months later(!) Jim Waldo responds with “What is XML?” – in effect elaborating on the question in interesting ways without attempting an answer. Elaborating on the […]