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Monthly Archives: June 2006

Template for News Stories on Government Data Gathering

29-Jun-06

Concurring Opinions: Template for News Stories on Government Data Gathering Under a top secret program initiated by the Bush Administration after the Sept. 11 attacks, the [name of agency (FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.)] have been gathering a vast database of [type of records] involving United States citizens. “This program is a vital tool in the […]

New Ubuntu and VMware Server install

26-Jun-06

So … a machine dies in Virginia – the one hosting a wiki and a Notes server for our development group at work. Bit of irony here – seems it is the RAID card that died. The hardware is an old desktop box with a collection of 9GB disks in a RAID 5 configuration. Probably […]

Say what?

26-Jun-06

Doubtless I have been guilty of just such an obscurity… Jon Udell: Say what? “By syndicating metadata, I’m inviting others to more richly contextualize their aggregations of our stuff.” Sounds like something you might say after a reading of Vogon poetry. Come to think of it, I am not really sure what the heck the […]

Your data isn’t yours, with AT&T

23-Jun-06

AT&T has rewritten their privacy policy so in essence “privacy” is gone. AT&T rewrites rules: Your data isn’t yours AT&T has issued an updated privacy policy that takes effect Friday. The changes are significant because they appear to give the telecom giant more latitude when it comes to sharing customers’ personal data with government officials. […]

Kind of annoying, actually

15-Jun-06

About a decade ago I was working on an application that used strings quite a lot – enough to be a major factor in performance. At the time I came up with a simple, lightweight C++ string class that took full advantage of the most optimal code – at the time – and benchmarked as […]

Freedom of expression

15-Jun-06

Oddly Enough News Article | Reuters.com A former Nazi officer living on a Wisconsin farm has built a memorial to Adolf Hitler in his bunker-like tractor storage shed, much to the chagrin of local officials. A court order was being sought to stop Ted Junker, 87, from opening to visitors a 30- by 50-foot (9- […]

Breakage – or misapplication?

15-Jun-06

So …. there’s this thread across weblogs discussing the “breakage” of binary search when the search algorithm uses an array, and the index into the array approaches the maximum value for a 32-bit signed integer … and I am having trouble classifying this as a bug. Let’s talk about sizes a bit. Programs on 32-bit […]

REST notes

12-Jun-06

REST Web Services Create a URL to each resource. The resources should be nouns, not verbs. For example, do not use this:     http://www.parts-depot.com/parts/getPart?id=00345 Note the verb, getPart. Instead, use a noun:     http://www.parts-depot.com/parts/00345 To this I would add the modification, use instead:     http://www.parts-depot.com/parts?id=00345 In the KISS spirit this does the right thing most of the time […]