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Monthly Archives: May 2007

sister & brother

27-May-07

Aside from the usual sibling friction, they do get along amazingly well.

Impostor outwits Stanford

26-May-07

O.C. impostor outwits Stanford “Personally, I don’t feel safe now that Stanford allowed this to happen and that they’re not doing anything to ensure the safety of their students,” Zhou said. “I think something’s definitely wrong with the system if this could happen.” Yep. I am sure that 18 year old Asian females that really, […]

Semantics, AI, and the Web

17-May-07

On the never-ending river of discussion in the W3C HTML Working Group, there are bits of fuzzy and malformed notions floating by that I hope – somehow – we can clean up. In particular the distinction between “Semantics” in the human sense and “semantics” as used (or misused) within some very shallow and limited application-specific […]

Giuliani on freedom and authority

17-May-07

Giuliani’s scary love of authority “We look upon authority too often and focus over and over again, for 30 or 40 or 50 years, as if there is something wrong with authority. We see only the oppressive side of authority. Maybe it comes out of our history and our background. What we don’t see is […]

Microsoft’s last grasp

14-May-07

In so many ways the timing of this move seems to be … unsurprising. Microsoft claims software like Linux violates its patents – May 28, 2007 (Article actually placed online May 14 2007: 5:54 AM EDT). First, the similar gambit of litigating indirectly through SCO is throughly dead. Second, the approach of clamping down on […]

Are political parties the problem?

12-May-07

Signed up on the mailing list for the local (Orange County, California) Republican Party. Looking for some way to make a positive difference. Mailings from the Party offer: Opportunities to meet and donate money to current and recently serving politicians. More money is better. Wear a suit. Opportunities to work as free labor in service […]

Programming for the web – Javascript

05-May-07

If you are going to write web applications, you are going to learn Javascript. In the early web browsers, Javascript was a bit underdone, and caused some problems with security. Entire organizations chose to disallow the use of Javascript in web browsers – and for good reason. In that time frame, when designing a web […]

HTML at the W3C

05-May-07

A few weeks back I signed up for the new W3C working group for what will most likely be called HTML 5. As a change from past W3C practice, this working group has relatively open membership, and the current membership is well past 300. At first the flood of voices on the mailing list was […]