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Only Qwest Didn't Capitulate
Topic: Society 12:34 pm EDT, May 11, 2006

I only read USAToday on the can in hotel rooms. This morning I read something that I knew was going on but didn't want to face. This is important stuff. America cannot hold the moral high-ground without checks and balances.

Apparently, the NSA is most interested in the "Social Networks" that who you call when exposes. I wonder if they have mapped our social network yet ;) The other thing that concerns me about this is that the NSA basically provides their data mining service to other branches of government.

The America I know and love is in jeopardy. We must hold our leaders accountable for their actions, insure transparency and preserve checks & balances in government!

Only Qwest Didn't Capitulate

Shmoocon. Hell Yeah!
Topic: Society 7:39 pm EST, Feb  6, 2005

I had a great time and plan on attending next year. ShmooGroup were totally gracious hosts. The crowd was subdued but talkative and intelligent. Very few Shmooballs flew.

Jason Scott's preview of his BBS Documentary series was awesome. We hackers have a very interesting history. This is a must see (I will post a operate review).

Caezar's keynote was very inspirational and smacked of good 'ol common sense.

We pimped stickers and flyers promoting Interz0ne & Packetwars.

Dan Kaminsky's talk was great. It is the first time I have seen him live. Very good energy level and overall good speaker. But the content was what impressed me the most. DNS is evil. Even though a couple of his demos didn't work, most of them did. Streaming video through DNS lookups bypassing firewall rules was very impressive. But his last demo was potentially even more impressive; Spoofed MD5 hashes from a command line utility; no public code available at this time ;(

Shmoocon. Hell Yeah!

Topic: Society 7:57 am EDT, May 10, 2004

Now, even without visiting Cambridge, you can experience some of the exciting research, teaching, and public addresses making news at Harvard University.

Each of the 41 programs offered on this site contains edited video and multimedia ranging from 45 minutes to 3 hours in length. We hope you enjoy this way of strengthening your connection to the intellectual center of the University.

Lectures include:
    Unlocking the Promise of Stem Cells
    A New American Empire?
    The College Experience
    Magic of Numbers

    E.O. Wilson, on the relation of science and the humanities


Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: May 02, 2004 - May 08, 2004 Archives
Topic: Society 7:44 am EDT, May  7, 2004

[Crossposting from the Supernicety :

Indeed, more proof that Shakespeare has already said pretty much everything that’s worth saying… Josh Marshall over at Talking Points Memo provides the following excerpt from Henry V in which the king, disguised, talks with two soldiers :

KING HENRY. I dare say you love him not so ill to wish him here alone, howsoever you speak this, to feel other men’s minds; methinks I could not die anywhere so contented as in the King’s company, his cause being just and his quarrel honorable.

MICHAEL WILLIAMS. That’s more than we know.

JOHN BATES. Ay, or more than we should seek after; for we know enough if we know we are the King’s subjects. If his cause be wrong, our obedience to the king wipes the crime of it out of us.

MICHAEL WILLIAMS. But if his cause be not good, the King himself hath a heavy reckoning to make when all those legs and arms and heads, chopp’d off in a battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all ‘We died at such a place’ - some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of anything when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the King that led them to it; who to disobey were against all proportion of subjection.

…Act IV, Scene I

Our president wishes himself king, and wishes us to be Bates’ — unknowing, unquestioning followers of his cause, which he believes both just and honorable. The neocon movement, by denouncing all forms of dissent, subverting open discussion, wontonly tossing Coulterian charges of Treason at anyone who would challenge their King, would simultaneously have themselves absolved of whatever wrong may someday come to light. “Our obedience…wipes the crime of it out of us”, they’ll say, in so many words… “Who are we to question the King… he said there were Weapons of Mass Destruction and we obeyed his call to war!” At the same time, they deny that the King Himself should shoulder any guilt either, for he is the King, whom God alone may judge, not mere mortals, not his SUBJECTS, not us.

But we are not like Mr. Bates. We have more information and more freedom. We are *not* subjects, and we have the capacity, the right, and even the duty to challenge our leaders. Challenge them to justify their actions, so that we can be satisfied that their cause is just, their quarrel honorable, so that we can be sure that the crying dead have bought something of value with their lives. As such, we are all accountable as well. We owe no obedience to any King, and nothing but ignorance un-asked-for may absolve support for a dishonorable King.

The burden is heavy for all, and I’m not so unreasonable as to believe that President Bush doesn’t feel it as strongly as any. I believe he is genuine in his respect for the fallen. But his reckoning has not yet come. More and more we learn that the cause was misguided, mishandled and ill conceived… and the price grows ever higher. The King’s reckoning must come in November, when the people voice their disapproval and choose a new leader; one whose causes will be worthy of our support.

Just some thoughts I had while sitting idle this evening. -k]

Talking Points Memo: by Joshua Micah Marshall: May 02, 2004 - May 08, 2004 Archives

GROKLAW on M$ new DRM -- Janus
Topic: Society 8:13 am EDT, May  5, 2004

] Here's a hopeless scheme. Microsoft has revealed its DRM
] Janus software to the world, named after the Roman god of
] gates and doors. An inside joke, a little double
] entendre, I gather. It's designed to make your music go
] poof after a time, no matter where you put it. That's
] appropriate. Whenever I've bought Gates' software, my
] money went poof.

GROKLAW on M$ new DRM -- Janus

Clear Channel Sucks: Don't take my word for it
Topic: Society 8:07 am EDT, Apr 29, 2004

Don't hate the media, buy the media.

Clear Channel Sucks: Don't take my word for it

Professional Visualization Tools
Topic: Society 7:33 am EDT, Apr 29, 2004

Look at their list of customers and product descriptions. Imagine using this against your data stores!

Professional Visualization Tools

One Ring to Rule Them All
Topic: Society 7:26 am EDT, Apr 29, 2004

This is a very nice looking visualization system. If the data was current it could become an effective "Social Responsibility Decision Support Tool".

One Ring to Rule Them All

My Interz0ne III Presentation
Topic: Society 7:19 am EDT, Apr 29, 2004

Here is the presentation I gave at Interz0ne III.

My Interz0ne III Presentation

Howard Stern: A General in the Culture Wars?
Topic: Society 8:50 am EDT, Apr 23, 2004

Even if you are not a fan you should checkout some of the stories and links on his web page. I think Howard is making up for lost time. He sat on this domain for many years with almost no content posted and now the site is suffering from information overload. You be the judge.

Howard Stern: A General in the Culture Wars?

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