Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
AOL is raffling off a spammer's Porsche, which it won in a court settlement.
Seizure of property is becoming a major tactic in these lawsuits, since guilty spammers often protest their inability to pay large fines... The Porsche-owning spammer, whose identity remains confidential, was one of a group sued last year for having sent 1 billion junk messages to AOL members...
Sunday, March 28, 2004
The West in the Eyes of Its Enemies
Friday, March 26, 2004
Thursday, March 25, 2004
But officials at the National Mouse Club were today staying silent over reports of an incident in which one member was allegedly punched and his prize-winning rodent strangled. "
BoingBoing reader VonGuard says:
What with all the zombies here today, i figured it was a good idea to point out that the copyright on Night of the Living Dead has lapsed, and now the whole danged blasted movie is available for free on archive.org. Man, Archive rules.
UPDATE: Travis, a member of the BoingBoing tribe on Tribe.net, says: " Before 1978, any copyrighted work had to have a copyright notice on every distribution, otherwise it wasn't considered copyrighted. George A. Romero mistakenly left out the copyright notice when he distributed his 1968 film NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD. The copyright has not recently "lapsed," but was in fact never enforcable, which is why we have dozens of "pirate" distributions of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD and innumerable knock-offs."
Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Looking for something else, I stumbled on this interesting report on the Bangladeshi restaurant trade in London: The restaurant business in Tower Hamlets (and elsewhere), in contrast to the garment industry, has been very much a growth sector. The 'Indian'...
What a delight, Marc Andreessen, the internet pioneer, correctly explains comparative advantage to John Robb and then goes on to list America's advantages. Tyler earlier pointed out this USA Today piece on Andreesen's support for outsourcing.
Monday, March 22, 2004
Brown and Root Building redevelopment
Thursday, March 18, 2004
This Hello Kitty USB hub "will talk with you along with the input motion of the keyboard (moves both arms and head)" -- English and Japanese versions available. Link (via Kottke)
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Monday, March 15, 2004
Friday, March 12, 2004
Thursday, March 11, 2004
As a proud father, I would like to boast that my young son and his classmates have developed a precocious interest in political affairs. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Children are no more curious about political life than their elders. Rather, political life in the Western world has become so infantilised that even eight-year-olds can share its brilliant insights."
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Tuesday, March 09, 2004
You can write, Andrew O'Hagan.
Update: the actor in question is Bill Paterson - as can be seen from the page to which I have linked. Dear me, it must be too early in the morning.
Monday, March 08, 2004
Friday, March 05, 2004
Stopping first crimes is the best way to halt criminality. "
Thursday, March 04, 2004
Saddam Hussein's regime tried to show a pan-Arabic face to the world. In Iraq, that ideology meant Sunni dominance over the Shi'a. The Shi'a saw Saddam's pan-Arabism as an attack on their version of Islam.
The discourse in the Gulf is full of coded speech that masks the depth of this Sunni / Shi'ite conflict from those that miss the coding. Arabic language websites demonstrate the virulent nature of the conflict.
One Sunni extremist, affiliated with Al Qaeda, wrote a pamphlet listing the threats to Sunni Islam. He identified four threats of equal danger.
2. Christian Crusaders (the United States and Great Britain)
4. The Shi'ite heretic threat
The Sunni extremists call Shi'ites refusers � they refuse to accept the successors to the prophet. The word 'refusers' is a slur, akin to a racial epithet. "
"Britney Spears" is a perfect anagram for "Presbyterians." (thanks to Coffeepot)
Wednesday, March 03, 2004
SCO wins Linux licence payments
Jesus Demands Creative Control Over Next Movie
Bombay's Billion Dollar Slum
Made up of ramshackle corrugated tin sheds it is home to more than 600,000 people.
But it is a unique shanty town.
Thanks to a thriving crafts industry, Dharavi generates business worth nearly $1bn a year.
Local workshops turn out leather goods, pottery, and jewellery, much of it destined for shop shelves in the West.
Now, the authorities want to harness Dharavi's business potential with an ambitious plan to turn it into one of Asia's best neighbourhoods.
A massive re-development plan, costing some $1.3bn, is in prospect.
A billion dollars among 600,000 people is only $1,667 each, but then again I wonder what the average income is in Bombay.
After the Revolution
Neal Ascherson in Georgia
Public Persecution Service
For the third time in less than a year the Queen's ministers chose not to pay her the courtesy of consultation, but rather kept her in the dark until just before reforms were announced.
I am no fervent Royalist, but their is something disquieting about the current Governments lack of respect for form.
eBay and Microsoft Promote Web Services
Tuesday, March 02, 2004
End of an Era
Duking It Out
The Village Voice:
Monday, March 01, 2004
Ex-detective defends decision not to charge Huntley
The New Face of the Silicon Age
I have been going back through my blog now I use a template that includes titles. This link is now dead. I don't think links at http://www.number10.gov.uk should do that.
Updated: March 5, 2004
Nigerian Email Con
The Major Unsolved Problem in Biology
Such wondering, and meta-wondering, takes us to the heart of what geneticist-cum-neuroscientist Francis Crick (who would know) calls "the major unsolved problem in biology"--explaining how billions of neurons swapping chemicals give rise to such subjective experiences as consciousness, self-awareness, and awareness that others are conscious and self-aware.