Archive for June 2003

GLASS HOUSES AND STONES

Orrin Hatch is using pirated code on his official site.

ORRIN HATCH WANTS TO DESTROY PEOPLE’S COMPUTERS

“No one is interested in destroying anyone’s computer,” replied Randy Saaf of MediaDefender Inc., a secretive Los Angeles company that builds technology to disrupt music downloads. One technique deliberately downloads pirated material very slowly so other users can’t.
“I’m interested,” Hatch interrupted. He said damaging someone’s computer “may be the only way you can teach somebody about copyrights.”
The senator acknowledged Congress would have to enact an exemption for copyright owners from liability for damaging computers. He endorsed technology that would twice warn a computer user about illegal online behavior, “then destroy their computer.”
“If we can find some way to do this without destroying their machines, we’d be interested in hearing about that,” Hatch said. “If that’s the only way, then I’m all for destroying their machines. If you have a few hundred thousand of those, I think people would realize” the seriousness of their actions, he said.
“There’s no excuse for anyone violating copyright laws,” Hatch said.
Washington Post

I don’t have the words to properly express how stupid this is. Illegal downloading is wrong, but that isn’t an excuse to destroy someone’s property. If someone steals a CD from Best Buy the folks at Best Buy don’t have the right to burn the coat the guy hid the CD under, do they?
The best way to stop illegal music downloading is to provide an easy legal way (like iTunes) to download music. Beyond that, downloaders should be prosecuted; the answer isn’t vigilante justice.

IT’S ABOUT TIME.

It looks like Ohio will have a concealed carry law.

GLAD THAT’S OVER

You can now consider me a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Engineering in Computer Science. Now for the hard part, finding a job. If anybody’s got any leads let me know. 🙂

YOU HAVE YOUR KING JAMES VERSION, YOUR NRSV, YOUR GOOD NEWS…

Now there’s the Lego version.

A FEW QUESTIONS FOR THOSE WHINING ABOUT NOT HAVING FOUND WMD IN IRAQ:

1. Would you concede that Iraq had WMD before Gulf War I?
2. Would you concede that a large number of these weapons were unaccounted for when the inspectors left in ’98?
3. What do you suggest Iraq did with those weapons? Do you really think Iraq destroyed them and just decided not to show us just to be petulant?
Just because we haven’t found the weapons (yet) doesn’t mean they didn’t exist. You can argue that they were shipped off to Syria, or you can argue that they were destroyed and Saddam was just to stupid or egotistical to show us, but I don’t think you can argue that they didn’t exist in the first place.

HOMER SIMPSON… THE GREATEST AMERICAN?

He’s leading the BBC poll.

ATTACKS IN ISRAEL

Hamas continues to carry aout attacks in Jerusalem. I think it’s important for the peace process to remember that there is a difference between Hamas and the Palestinians. Isreal needs to work with the Palestinian leaders to root out Hamas and not take unilateral action. For the peace process to work I think it’s important that the Palestinian leaders be involved in knocking down Hamas. The Palestinians need to be willing to help defeat Hamas, and Israel needs to give them the chance.

FEEL UP FOR SOME CRAZY/BIGOTED READING?

Eat your heart out. (via Cincinnati Blog)

AN ARAB CALL FOR LIBERAL REFORM

And it’s coming from the Palestinian Authority daily of all places.

“I am still convinced that there are many dynamic opportunities for promoting liberal ideas in our countries, following the spectacular collapse of [all] the other political trends such as nationalism, socialism, and Islam. There is no doubt that these political streams will grasp at any straw before being swept away by the trend opposing them