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"The future masters of technology will have to be lighthearted and intelligent. The machine easily masters the grim and the dumb." -- Marshall McLuhan, 1969

The Case for the Empire
Topic: Movies 8:06 pm EDT, May 17, 2002

In all of the time we spend observing the Rebel Alliance, we never hear of their governing strategy or their plans for a post-Imperial universe. All we see are plots and fighting. Their victory over the Empire doesn't liberate the galaxy--it turns the galaxy into Somalia writ large: dominated by local warlords who are answerable to no one.
Which makes the rebels--Lucas's heroes--an unimpressive crew of anarchic royals who wreck the galaxy so that Princess Leia can have her tiara back.

The Case for the Empire

Springsteen for Senate
Topic: Current Events 8:37 pm EDT, May 15, 2002

"Labeling itself Independence for New Jersey, the Haddonfield-based group insists that Springsteen's "Glory Days" are ahead, and it intends to gather the 800 signatures needed to place the Monmouth County superstar on the November ballot. The deadline for filing petitions is June 4."

Springsteen for Senate

Another Deep-Link Suit
Topic: Intellectual Property 11:54 pm EDT, May 14, 2002

Rodale Press, the publisher of Runner's World magazine and many other prominent health-oriented publications, sent a stiff note to a hobbyist website this week, demanding it delete a hyperlink to a "printer-friendly" version of a article or -- face the consequences.

Another Deep-Link Suit

All Over the Area, Data Centers Assume New Identities
Topic: Economics 5:28 pm EDT, May 14, 2002

Not long ago, the Washington region was one of the hottest spots in the nation for building bunker-like warehouses for the powerful computers that send, receive and store data on the Internet. Now, with many of those data centers gone dark, the region has become a magnet for bargain hunters.

Only 34.7% of data-center space is being used. About 1/3 of the excess is for sale, at a 50-90% discount off the construction cost.

The data centers originally blossomed as the Internet bubble grew. The theory was that Internet traffic would continue to double every six months ... "There was sort of an ad hoc land-grab mentality." ... "The heyday of telecom expansion is not what it was and will not be coming back."

All Over the Area, Data Centers Assume New Identities

Global Village Idiocy
Topic: Society 12:24 am EDT, May 14, 2002

"At its best, the Internet can educate more people faster than any media tool we've ever had. At its worst, it can make people dumber faster than any media tool we've ever had. The lie that 4,000 Jews were warned not to go into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 was spread entirely over the Internet and is now thoroughly believed in the Muslim world. Because the Internet has an aura of "technology" surrounding it, the uneducated believe information from it even more. They don't realize that the Internet, at its ugliest, is just an open sewer: an electronic conduit for untreated, unfiltered information."

Global Village Idiocy

Google Catalog Search
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:14 am EDT, May 14, 2002

Google has developed a tool to do text searches on printed catalogs vendors mail them.

Google Catalog Search

WorldCom to declare bankruptcy?
Topic: Economics 8:04 pm EDT, May 13, 2002

As WorldCom's financial situation darkens, analysts say bankruptcy could be just around the corner. Even if it isn't, the telecommunications company and its competitors are in for a rough ride for the next few years, according to Wall Street analysts.

... debt slashed to "junk" status; $32B in debt, but customers aren't defecting [yet]. "The bigger problem is going to be two, three or four years out. It's a long-term situation." ... price wars, excess network capacity and a weak economy have taken their toll ... After Thursday, analysts are talking more about the possibility of bankruptcy. "WorldCom's problems will likely cast a further pall on other leveraged telecom carriers with perceived liquidity issues -- primarily Sprint and Qwest."

WorldCom to declare bankruptcy?

New Details Emerge From the Einstein Files
Topic: Society 7:15 pm EDT, May 12, 2002

Einstein had socialist-anarchistic leanings.

New Details Emerge From the Einstein Files

E*Trade downgrades CEO's pay - Tech News -
Topic: Economics 11:24 am EDT, May 11, 2002

"In 2001, Cotsakos pulled in $4.9 million in salary and bonus, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. E*Trade also forgave a $15 million loan to Cotsakos last year, gave him $15.2 million to pay the taxes related to forgiving of that loan, paid him $29 million worth of restricted stock, and contributed more than $9 million toward a supplemental retirement plan.

In that same year, E*Trade posted a loss of $241.5 million, or 73 cents per share."

E*Trade's CEO salary is 30% of their annual loss!!

E*Trade downgrades CEO's pay - Tech News -

Lucas Helder Mailbox Manifestos
Topic: Current Events 1:14 am EDT, May 11, 2002

"Marijuana was placed here for a reason people."

More Manifestos from the Smiley-bomber... Mostly random mish mash of Hindu and New Age stuff; arguing about the afterlife. I think he predicts the end of the earth in 2011, but "the word" is open to interpretation.

Lucas Helder Mailbox Manifestos

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