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Monthly Archives: October 2006

Pity the “average” user


Of late I had noticed a general “slowness” on my laptop, and spikes in CPU use when none should occur. The first thought was that perhaps I’d picked up some bit of malware. I do not run any sort of virus scanner on my machines (my kids, yes, but not mine). None of my machines […]

Two for one

29-Oct-06 – Jury awards $11.3M over defamatory Internet posts “What’s interesting about this case is that (Scheff) was so vested in being vindicated, she was willing to pay court costs,” Lidsky says. “They knew before trial that the defendant couldn’t pay, so what’s the point in going to the jury?” Bock says that when she […]

If Drugs Were Legal – Google Video


If Drugs Were Legal – Google Video For the record – drug use screwed up a large part of my little brother’s too short life. Even worse, I grew up in the 1970′s – even had a friend who sold drugs on the side – and never used anything illegal (how lame is that?).

I hate cell phone companies.


Was looking for a new cell phone service for my son. Naturally cell phone services just love teenage customers – especially when attached to their parent’s service plan. Teenagers have a tendency to talk … which translates into occasional (very) expensive overages, or requires their parents to buy plans that are much more expensive every […]

Better schools – make sure of what you measure


LAUSD added more charter schools in fall via Cato-at-liberty » It’s Not Fair, Your Schools Are Designed to Work Better! District officials, as well as the president of the teachers union, bristle at assertions by the Charter Schools Association that middle and high school charters are significantly outperforming their district counterparts. A fairer comparison would […]

UCSD Students Fear


UCSD Students Fear “Operation College Freedom” Some of us on campus tried to do the simple act of circulating a letter opposed to wasting so much money on this ["Operation College Freedom"] in the name of the war on terror and further militarizing our campus. Unfortunately, the climate of fear at universities in the US […]

Terrorist threat (not) from a 14-year-old girl


Wired News: SS Nabs Teen for Online Vent Federal authorities had found the page and placed Wilson on their checklist. They finally reached her this week in her molecular biology class. The 14-year-old freshman was taken out of class Wednesday and questioned for about 15 minutes by two Secret Service agents. The incident has upset […]

Political revenge and the Orange County Sheriff


Suspended Lawman’s Wait for Resolution Stretches to 4 Months Hunt was suspended the day after he failed to unseat Carona in a politically charged fight that created divides throughout the department. Carona was backed by most area politicians, but Hunt earned the support of the department’s deputies. In the end, it was statements Hunt made […]