Just in case, you know, really don't like Paul Martin.
On the 60th anniversary of the Russian liberation of Auschwitz, people all over the world remembered. One of the most poignant was in Rwanda where they are still trying to come to terms with their own genocide.
Now a phrase bandied about is "Never Again" but I was trying to think of an actual timely intervention that stopped a genocide from happening. I mean Darfur has been festering for several years now, and we got to Bosnia late as well. Can you think of one that the world actually did right?
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Oh dear, now we're taking advie from american cops about highway drug searches.
Posted by Pacanukeha at 11:56
SiliconValley.com reports on Google Video.
With Google Video (www.google.com/video), Google is indexing the closed-caption transcripts from PBS, C-SPAN, Fox News, the NBA and others. Closed captions, originally intended for people with hearing impairments, are the text translations of program that typically scroll across the bottom of TV screens.
For now, the Mountain View search engine will not link directly to video content. Instead, when users click on a search result, they'll be taken to a "preview page'' that will show excerpts of the closed-caption text alongside relevant still images from the video program.
Where available, Google will also display programming information, such as the date and time the show aired and when it will air next.
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For people who haven't heard this quote before:
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Alrighty then ...
25% of Americans believe the sun goes around the earth.
26% of Europeans believe the Sun goes around the Earth.
Several other shocking misconsceptions (boil radioactive milk to make it safe) are also in agreement within the margin of error of the 2 surveys so iwas thinking that someone just took someone else's numbers, but the provenance seems to be pretty rigourously documented.
Posted by Pacanukeha at 14:12
Good news for real this time:
"61 EU members of parliament from 13 countries lead by the Polish ex-prime minister Jerzy Buzek are demanding that the legislative process on the controversial directive on the patentability of "computer-implemented inventions" begin again from scratch."
Posted by Pacanukeha at 13:04
Well, good news. The yanks are pulling up their socks and getting back into the banana republic game. Central American style death squads, now with a twist of Arabic! Please note the Newsweek byline. This article is appearing in a well respected news journal. Actually it's a "web exclusive" but close.
Posted by Pacanukeha at 12:48
The BBC is carrying more coverage of the alleged kidnapping in Venezuala of a Colombian FARC rebel by Colombian security forces without the knowledge of the Venezualan government. I wonder if there will be any fallout from this.
Posted by Pacanukeha at 12:23
Will you please listen to Reason?
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Just in case you want someone to explain why it's a bad idea to allow the teaching of "Intelligent Design" in science classrooms. Aside from the fact that 99.9% of their criticisms of evolutionary theory are either misleading or completely incorrect I mean.
Posted by Pacanukeha at 01:30
John Battelle proposes a blog version of MusicPlasma. Which is a seriously cool tool. And needs to be combined with that AllMusic thing I could have sworn I linked to but apparently didn't. (Click on "exlpore by ..." in the left column and then move your mouse over the spidery image at the top of the new page)
Posted by Pacanukeha at 16:58
Well, some pleasant news about Canadian banks for a change: "More than a week after tsunamis devastated South Asia, Canada's major banks scrambled yesterday to reassure the public that they will not profit from record charitable contributions to the relief effort."
Posted by Pacanukeha at 13:43
So the US already spends 10 times as much every year on a missile defense program that has never, ever, successfully completed a test than it does on all Customs and Border security (go go War on Terror Rah Rah!). Over Christmas, the Russians successfully tested a new kind of ICBM. One that is designed specifically to counteract the failed US program. So even if they do get it working, it will be too late.
My feeling about military technology is that offense is easier than defense and will be for the forseeable future. Two quotes that are relevant:
"The best defense is a good offense"
"The best way to win a battle is to win it before it is ever fought"
Posted by Pacanukeha at 12:52
Or "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Wikipedia Anti-elitism." It's an interesting article repsonding to criticism. The core of it is that the people who are criticising it are criticizing it from their own viewpoint and that the criticisms are not universally valid.
Posted by Pacanukeha at 14:34
Now that is interesting: "Boosting people's sense of self-worth has become a national preoccupation. Yet surprisingly, research shows that such efforts are of little value in fostering academic progress or preventing undesirable behavior."
Posted by Pacanukeha at 14:13
Start page-rendering with no delay and enable pipelining.
You do not need to do this in user.js, you can also do it from the about:config screen (just type it in the location bar, no http://). nglayout.initialpaint.delay probably won't be there. Just right-click on any line and choose new|integer|nglayout.initialpaint.delay|0.
Posted by Pacanukeha at 12:50
"Movie that I got on DVD and didn't watch for weeks because I was scared that it would be awful and ruin my fond childhood memories of it, but was actually was pretty good: Ghostbusters.
Movie I Watched On Dvd That Inspired The Aforementioned Dread By Actually Being Awful And Fond-Memory Ruinous: Tron."
I so walked down that road. Yrch.
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Software Patents Withdrawn from the Agenda of the Council of Agriculture and Fisheries at Poland's Request
Sometimes I am such an idiot. Sorry I didn't link to it last year. On a related note:
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