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Disaster Strikes Norwegian Government Web Portal

KjetilK Future possibilities by automated taxes (176 comments)

It is certainly very convenient, when it works. It feels kinda strange to trust every financial detail of my life to the government, so whether it is good in a real sense is a question I'm very open to debate. It does allow some very useful applications to be developed, with a very nice potential for streamlining interaction between government, citizens and private sector. This is actually very high on the government's agenda, which I'm happy about, because the bureaucracy is sometimes both heavy and heavy handed. If it is done well, it could potentially enable citizens to simulate possible choices in their lives before they make a decision: "If I do $that, the taxes will be $this". It would also enable an improved public debate: now it is a lot of bickering of the style "if you raise $that_tax, it will adversly effect $that_group" "no, it won't, but not doing it is required by $that_group". They're just making things up, of course, the debate is usually completely devoid of facts. Soon, it might be possible to simulate those scenarios on a regular basis, so we get real facts on the table before making a decision. Unfortunately, there's a long way from good ideas to actual implementations. I've been in meetings with the people who actually order these systems, and what can I say... Heads gotta roll to go anywhere... They're easily blinded by suits, and they have no idea what makes a robust system. So, for now, I'm not too confident it will happen, even though there are some very interesting ideas around.

more than 2 years ago

Disaster Strikes Norwegian Government Web Portal

KjetilK Re:Public Data (176 comments)

That's not correct. Only the final sums are/were published after the affected person has had a chance to verify and correct the information. Here all his details were published, which is a severe violation of his privacy.

more than 2 years ago

SPARQL Graduates to W3C Recommendation

KjetilK Re:What's the difference from regular SQL ? (111 comments)

Yup, this really doesn't change so much. What is the true utility about the semantic web isn't syntax, it is the fact that you can query across very diverse data sources. If you have a look at the open linking data project page, that I linked in the story, you'll see a figure showing the data sources you can currently use, they are in the process of putting up endpoints for them, takes a while to do. It is like you'll have all that data in one large database, where you would give everyone a username and password so that they could maintain their own data. Which is something that just won't happen.

more than 6 years ago



SPARQL is a W3C Recommendation

KjetilK KjetilK writes  |  more than 6 years ago

KjetilK writes "The W3C just gave SPARQL the stamp of approval. SPARQL is a query language for the Semantic Web, and differs from othe query languages in that is usable across different data sources. There are allready 14 implementations of the spec, which is a lot. Most of them are free software. There are also billions of relations out there that are queryable, thanks to the Linking Open Data project. The structured data of Wikipedia are now queryable at DBpedia. Also, have a look at Ivan Herman's presentations.

Lets have an example: You could do this on dbpedia.org (with the standard prefixes you find there) and it will return computer scientists born before 1945: SELECT ?name ?birth ?death ?person WHERE { ?person skos:subject <http://dbpedia.org/resource/Category:Computer_scientists> . ?person dbpedia2:birth ?birth . ?person foaf:name ?name . OPTIONAL { ?person dbpedia2:death ?death } FILTER (?birth < "1945-01-01"^^xsd:date) . } ORDER BY ?name"



The World Needs Your GWBush Gateways

KjetilK KjetilK writes  |  more than 10 years ago As reported earlier, GW Bush' campaign website blocks accesses from outside the USA. Mike Nachbaur has just posted a simple mod_perl Handler that makes it easy to set up a simple gateway. If you are in the US, and feel that people outside should at least be able to see what Bush says on his website, please consider configuring a gateway and post your URL in a comment. The Bush campaign recently cited "security reasons" for the block, but it is very hard to see any valid such concerns.


Netcraft confirms: GWBush is dying

KjetilK KjetilK writes  |  more than 10 years ago Eh, well, not quite, but for some reason, his website seems to be blocked from outside the US, and Netcraft reports this. Guess it isn't important for most voters, but a really annoying thing for those of us who are outside the US, is that the guy wants to be a World Leader, yet, I can't vote him down. I absolutely refuse to recognize anyone as leader unless I can elect him. As such, it is welcome that the Netcraft confirms, GWBush is dying. :-)

What's the reason? I get a 403, and if I traceroute, it stops nearby, and I really can't see any other reason than administrative prohibition. Akamai isn't usually incompetent, it has to be a campaign decision.


WIPO Changes Course

KjetilK KjetilK writes  |  more than 10 years ago I guess the journal is useful for posting my rejected submissions. This was just rejected, but there is a place for it here, so here goes:

Cory Doctorow reports a "massive victory" at a meeting in The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)! So far, the WIPO has advocated only stronger and stronger Intellectual Property regulations, such as the the treaty leading to DMCA, the broadcast flag, and was easily lobbied to kill a meeting on open exchange of ideas.

The tide has turned. Successfully advocated by Jamie Love and brought to the table by Brazil and Argentina, the WIPO finally realizes that there must always be a balance.


KjetilK KjetilK writes  |  about 12 years ago Well, it seems like my entries in the journals accept comments only for a short time, like the stories of /. themselves.

So, if somebody would like to help me with the problems I cite in my journal, please drop me a note at kjetikj@astro.uio.no. :-)


HELP: Using KDE's file associations in Mozilla

KjetilK KjetilK writes  |  more than 12 years ago I've got Mozilla 1.1 on my Debian Woody system, and I've set the file association for text/html to mozilla -remote openURL(%u,new-tab) & and it works, if not quite perfect.

Now, I'd like to go the other way, I'd like Mozilla to use the file associations defined in KDE. Anybody know how to do that?


Please HELP: Keybindings in KDE

KjetilK KjetilK writes  |  more than 11 years ago I have lots of nice keybindings in Emacs, that I've been using for a long time, and have gotten used to. Many of them involve F-keys. I also use KDE3 and I like that very much. But it also defines a lot of keybindings that I don't use. Rather than go and disable a lot of keybindings (I've disabled quite a few), the optimal solution would be that if I have focus on Emacs, then all keystrokes would go directly to Emacs, and none of the KDE keybindings would take place. Is this possible?


Please HELP: My disk partitioning is bad...

KjetilK KjetilK writes  |  more than 12 years ago Well, when I installed Linux on a box now serving as a server, I have to admit my disk partitioning was bad. I thought cfdisk would hold my hand and prevent me from doing something stupid, but apparently it didn't. The problem is that the virtual (or extended) partition, holding most of the partitions is at the end of the disk. I guess this reduces the efficiency of the disk.

Also, I have had a bit of a problem making new partitions. I'd like to make a /var/cache-partition, because there is often a lot of stuff there, and a /var/mail/junk-partition, so that the stuff I'll let SpamAssassin and Procmail put there won't affect the rest of the drive in case a spammer goes crazy against my mail server. I've got about 6 gigs of free space on that drive.

Is there a nice tool that will repartition my disk non-destructively (yeah, I know, backups), and do it more sensibly than I? I'm, running Debian Woody on this box.

Update 2003-07-29: I have found what I'm looking for: Part-GUI, is it, definately! Unfortunately, it is still in beta, and I don't think I have the skills to contribute so much, so I guess I would just have to wait.


Please HELP: Getting APM working well :-)

KjetilK KjetilK writes  |  more than 12 years ago Well, I guess this is a good place to ask for some help. I'm a Linux newbie (though I've been UNIX user for some years), I'm in it mostly for the freedom, and I'd like to understand what goes on under the hood. Sometimes, I get lost, however. So, if anybody has any advice, I would be happy.

This time, my problem has to do with APM. My mobo is a Asus A7M266, and I'm on Debian Woody (though I run things from unstable, to get KDE3), and I have 2.4.19 kernel running.

Once upon a time, APM worked beautifully on this box. I could do shutdown -h, and everything would halt. All fans would stop, monitor would go off, and the light indicating the machine is on would be turned off. When this worked, I was running a mix of Debian Potato and Progeny. Then I had to switch to RH7.2 for a while, but now I'm back to Woody, and I can't get it working.

I've enabled APM in my kernel, the config looks like this:

# CONFIG_APM_CPU_IDLE is not set

Yeah, I've experimented with turning things on and off (right now, I have even ACPI on, but that's recent, I have had it off most of the time). In /etc/lilo.conf, I have
append="apm=power-off" and indeed, dmesg has some sensible things:
Kernel command line: auto BOOT_IMAGE=Linux ro root=301 apm=power-off
apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x03 (Driver version 1.16)

However, when I halt the machine, and it comes to "Power down" on the screen, I can hear some of the fans stopping, but the monitor is apparently not shut down (I guess that has something to do with DPMS and that it is really a different issue), some fans are still going and the light on the front of the chassis is not turned off, like it used to be.

I have little further information. I've tried a lot of searches, and I have also apmd running now. Any good ideas?

Update 2002-11-02: Last night I learnt that I need I2C enabled in the kernel for the sensors stuff. I figure I'll enable that the next time I'll compile the kernel, which I guess will be when 2.4.20 is released (it's rc1 now). Could that be it?

Update 2002-11-30: I got 2.4.20 in yesterday, and the I2C-stuff that seemed sensible. Still no change... :-(

Update 2003-07-29: Yeeehaaaa! Got it working. I grabbed the kernel config from Debian Woody, and started building on that instead of starting out with the config from Linus' tree.

That had in fact just CONFIG_APM=m enabled. Nothing else. That's it. Then, I added apm power_off=1 to /etc/modules. Poof! Shutdown works! :-) It seems to be as simple as that...


KjetilK KjetilK writes  |  more than 12 years ago I really don't know what to write, but I just realized the "Friend" feature is a nice one, because it allows assigning score to people I have found to write good comments in the past, so that their comments drift up. So, I started using that. Yeah, and "foe" is probably good too, but nobody has annoyed me enough to use that.

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