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May 29, 2006

Weblog Upgrade?

In an effort to combat increasing comment spam, I upgraded my weblog today to movable type 3.2 from 2.64. It of course took a little longer than I hoped, and there have been a few wrinkles along the way. However, the job is done, so the results include a slight change in the look of the site, since my old templates didn't suppose the features in the new version of MT. This change also messes up most of the rest of my site, and it will be a few days before I get around to fixing it. Sorry.

May 19, 2006

Privacy

With all of the talk of terrorism and new laws to catch terrorists (and whatever other brand of criminal you abhor) over the last few years, many people seem to accept the idea that it is ok to compromise a little on some basic rights and freedoms in times of crisis.

Well-known computer security expert Bruce Schneier writes:

My problem with [arguments over privacy rights] is that they accept the premise that privacy is about hiding a wrong. It's not. Privacy is an inherent human right, and a requirement for maintaining the human condition with dignity and respect.

Privacy protects us from abuses by those in power, even if we're doing nothing wrong at the time of surveillance.

and later on

Too many wrongly characterize the debate as "security versus privacy." The real choice is liberty versus control. Tyranny, whether it arises under threat of foreign physical attack or under constant domestic authoritative scrutiny, is still tyranny. Liberty requires security without intrusion, security plus privacy. Widespread police surveillance is the very definition of a police state. And that's why we should champion privacy even when we have nothing to hide.

Read the whole article from Wired magazine.

May 13, 2006

Surprising? Not really

Turns out the world record in the 100m sprint was broken last night, just down the road from here. If I'd wanted to go, I bet the tickets we cheap or free. Anywhere else that might be bizarre, but here in Qatar, it just doesn't really surprise me.

May 08, 2006

Complaining about the MSM?

How about the sorry state of the US MSM leading up to the US invasion of Iraq?

Very interesting

I'm not the only one

to be terribly annoyed by the entertainment industry generally, and the STUPID DVD region scheme specifically.

DVD Madness