ndogg (158021) writes "Mozilla is considering pulling TeliaSonera from its list of root certificate SSL providers. They have asked for comments on this on their mailing list. They're concerned about the use of the certificates by those governments for spying on its citizens, particularly in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan — where TeliaSonera operates subsidiaries or is heavily invested. Mozilla's concern is that TeliaSonera has possibly issued certificates that allow hardline government servers to masquerade as legitimate websites — so-called man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks — and decrypt web traffic. This alleged activity would contradict Mozilla's policy against "knowingly issuing certificates without the knowledge of the entities whose information is referenced in the certificates"." Link to Original Source top
ndogg writes "Shawn McGrath is of the opinion that the Doom 3 source code is some of the most beautiful code he's seen. He likes the abundant use of const'ness throughout, the restrained use of templates, the self-explanatory code that requires few comments and documentation, and a number of other things." Link to Original Source top
Giant squid has finally been caught alive on camera
ndogg writes "Netflix has been released on Linux...sort of. The folks at iheartubuntu have figured out a way to get Netflix to run on the Windows version of Firefox using Wine (with a number of custom patches) and Silverlight. They plan on releasing packages for it all soon. Currently, it seems they have only had success with 32 bit while compiling for 64 bit is tricky." Link to Original Source top
Parallela: A $99 supercomputer met its Kickstarter goal
ndogg writes "Todd Akin's comments were not merely wrong and anti-scientific, they seem to be almost completely the opposite of the science that's out there. A study, "Are per-incident rape-pregnancy rates higher than per-incident consensual pregnancy rates?", published in the journal Human Nature by Jonathan A. Gottschall and Tiffani A. Gottschall, two professors at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. seemed to indicate that rape victims are actually twice as likely to become pregnant than women that had consensual sex. One of the hypotheses put forward as to why is that rapists are attracted to fertile women." Link to Original Source top
ndogg writes "Lenovo CEO, Yang Yuanqing, has decided to give his $3,000,000USD to his workers instead of keeping it. Those 10,000 employees include receptionists, production line workers, and assistants. That works out to about 2,000 yuan or $300 per employee which is about a month's worth of salary." Link to Original Source top
Google launches global campaign to legalize gay marriage
ndogg writes "In every place that has a Google office, Google has launched a campaign to legalize gay marriage. “We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office,” says Google's Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe." Link to Original Source top
ndogg writes "A network engineer just recently found out that Comcast censors its Internet connection, and requires that each block website have a form filled out for it to be unblocked. He found this out when he tried to visit a porn site link sent to him by his girlfriend, and he decided to post his chat conversation with a Comcast representative to Reddit." Link to Original Source top
ndogg writes "There are talks underway by the GCC developers that GCC 5.0 could be modularized like LLVM, and its different components be split up, and put into libraries. Doing so would be a massive undertaking (some saying it's probably practically impossible), which would mean that GCC 5.0 release would be very long in the making. There would be likely sacrifices to performance, and optimizations during the process." Link to Original Source top
ndogg writes "A company, Specialisterne, or "the Specialists," out of Denmark has made its mission to specifically hire people with Asperger's syndrome so that their talent can be used for the good of the world. They help to bring those talents to businesses that may have overlooked them otherwise due to the inability of those with Asperger's to socialize. They are looking to expand their operations to the rest of the world." Link to Original Source top
" rel="nofollow">ndogg writes "Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum charged on Monday that President Barack Obama and Democrats were “anti-science” because they refused to exploit the Earth’s natural resources to the limits of technology. Over the weekend the candidate had been criticized for saying that President Barack Obama followed a theology that was not “based on the Bible.” He later insisted that he was talking about the president siding with “radical environmentalists.”" Link to Original Source top
ndogg writes "Google has decided that its Codesearch is going to be shut down on January 15, 2012. Miguel de Icaza talks a little bit about alternatives, but none of them seem closely comparable to Codesearch." Link to Original Source top
ndogg writes "GIMP doesn't have a way of easily making a rectangle, and a number of other such tasks aren't so readily apparent, but what if it had a built in search capability that sought out someone else's macro for creating a rectangle, or performing other such tasks? What if there was a wiki-like interface where you can add your own macros for people to use? That's what Adaptable GIMP. They call the macros "tasklets," and it was created at the University of Waterloo with some help from the University of Manitoba." Link to Original Source top
ndogg writes "The open source Python projects Pantyshot and Upskirt have caused quite a stir within the Python community, and catalyzed the leaving of one of their developers (a woman who's native language is not English.) The original developer Frank Smit has renamed Pantyshot to Misaka, but that too has suspect etymology, as Violet Blue points out." Link to Original Source top
Do health insurance companies sponsor research for cures to diseases and illnesses? I would imagine it would be in their best commercial interest to do so, but I have no idea. Of course, this is something so common sense that I doubt it happens.
I thought about this question when I thought about the accusation that drug companies specifically do not sponsor such research since they make money off of people buying their drug treatments at semi-regular intervals, and profits from a cure would be temporary and sporadic. I don't know whether this accusation is pure conspiratorial myth or completely true or somewhere in between, but I have heard it before.
I don't know the answers to any of these questions. Maybe both industries do research into various cures. I can see the reason behind not wanting to find a cure and keeping people on treatments perpetually. Any such research would be for purely humanitarian reasons, which, I guess, would be a good commercial reason as well, or at least the guise of there being research would be a good commercial reason.
I'm beginning to notice a general trend about movies lately, at least within my close circle of relationships (friends, relatives, etc.) Many of the males within this circle, inclusive of myself as well, have a pretty good idea of many of the plots of so-called "chick-flicks", and I am often able to predict the entirety of the plots within them. Let's turn the coin over and I can say that many of the women within my circle of relationships have a similarly uncanny ability to predict the entirety of the plots of action, horror, and other such largely male-targeted movies. Such occurrences are are not simply limited to movies either. I have noticed as such with similar mediums.
I got an interesting email to this journal entry. I've posted my response below, along with the email.
On Wed, Jul 21, 2004 at 10:47:25AM -0400, <name_protected_but_encourages_author_to_respond_here> wrote: > >>No war is justifiable, nor will there ever be a justifiable war, not even > WWII. Was WWII necessary? Yes, it was to protect the lives of innocent > people. Justice would have been convincing the Nazis that what they were > doing was wrong, and making them stop without force, but protecting the > lives of innocent is a more important issue that can necessitate force. > > Do you know your history lesson on the root causes of WWI and WWII? > > Not a chance in hell anyone could have convinced the Germans (note, not > Nazis...Germans) that their "exapansion" policy was wrong, in their eyes, it > was extremely justified. > > Bad japanimation aside, try not to mix your ideals. Concentrate instead, on > backing up your opinions. "Justifying" a war is tricky, but I'm certain > there are several hundred thousand Brits who would disagree with you on > whether WWII was "justified" or not. > > Something to think about.
I'd rather debate you on my/. journal than over email. If you repost this there, I'll gladly respond, but...
What makes something justifiable, doesn't necessarily make it moral. The moral actions that were taken for WWI and WWII were the necessary actions that were taken. Part of the reason I wrote that journal was in response to many things, much of which I will not mention, but I will say that too often, people try to do the "justifiable" actions, when what they really do is dismiss a person and any possibility for that person to become better. That's exactly what happens in the justice system here in the US. People get locked up, and the key is "thrown" (metaphorically, not literally) away. There are very few attempts at rehabilitation or helping them to find job skills that would keep them out of prison when/if they get out. I'd rather have tax payer money spent on something that may have a small success rate than just locking them up and hoping they get better.
Dean lost Wisconsin, which saddens me, but does not surprise me. I had invested so much time and energy into trying to get students at my campus to vote. There seems to be such a blasé attitude around here towards politics, but I blame part of that on campus policies, which were originally intended for solicitors and evangelizers, but people have been using it to depress any sort of political campaigning as well. It seems to be such a shame from my perspective. Noting that, I hear students complain about tuition hikes, unfavorable policies placed upon college students, etc. and they all act as though they are things that just happen to them, outside of their control. If they are not willing to participate within the politics of this nation, then they should not be surprised with what happens to them. Some people expressed the notion that they did not vote because they had not gathered enough information to make an informed decision, which is something of which I understand, but I still place blame upon them since it is simply an extension of the blasé attitude that I had mentioned earlier.
However, going back to Dean, I cannot figure how people can just seemingly ignore what he had done in Vermont. He balanced the budget there (in fact, he turned a $60M deficit into a $100M surplus), brought in jobs, got almost everybody health care coverage, particularly those under 18 (~96%, with an additional 3% that are eligible). Not only that, he's not trying to promise everything plus the stars. His promises are realistic goals that can actually be met.
About that last point, one should take into consideration that he is a medical doctor. That means he is a scientist. Scientists must often make decisions based upon preponderance of evidence. A preponderance of evidence allows for objectivity when making a decision. That is, however, somewhat of a weak, and fallacious argument. It is, nonetheless, something to consider, although a decision about political candidacy should not be made upon such a characteristic.
Some people do not like that he was born into a rich family, however, that is as fallacious as my point about him being a medical doctor.
Overall, this is simply my own rant. I needed to write about it somewhere, and I decided to write it here.
Dean may not become the Democratic nominee, but the first link that I provided gave me some hope that something will come out of Dean's historical campaign anyway, and I sure as heck hope so. I want something for all my time and effort here on campus. Maybe he will become the running-mate to who ever wins the nomination. Even if he does not get that, I hope that maybe some type of political action committee will be formed with all the funds. I voted for him, not because I agreed with everything he stood for, but because I felt he could do the best for our country out of all the people running for the presidency. Perhaps, by some miracle, things will turn around in the next few elections. I have heard that Dean's campaign is very large in New York (as was related to me by some of his campaign managers that came here to Oshkosh).
What the hell is "whinging?" I'm seeing people use that word here more and more often. From whence the eff did it come? I understand that it is to mean "whining," but poor spelling is just a sign of a thoughtless troll.
People also need to learn the proper utilization of "there," "they're," and "their." It is not of much difficulty. If something or some group is not possessing some other entity/object and replacing it with "they are" does not make sense, then "there" must be used.
The "dict" command is available and installed on many *nix systems, and yet it seems underutilized.
For a site that prides itself upon its knowledge, and extols the virtues of *nix systems, I find myself boggled that such erroneousness is so prevalent.
I could write a composition detailing all the spelling and grammar errors that would be of equitable length to that of a modern novel.
I apologize for the rant, but the grammar and spelling here is getting worse everyday, which is both frustrating and demoralizing.
I've been spending too much time writing stupid littlescripts (and other things that I'm too lazy to link to) over the last few days. I need to get some real work done. I need to earn some money. Money, yes, I remember money. I remember being able to get stuff with it. These days, I just make the lame excuse that I'm a poor college student, ok, so that's not really an excuse, but I'm too lazy to have my employer come around and drop off the checks he owes me. Wait, that doesn't seem right. Oh, that's right, I remember now, I get paid crap.
I should ask Elizabeth out. I know that everyone is going to think she's rather odd, but I don't really care. </streamofconscience>
War may be necessary, but it is never justifiable. What would be justifiable would be changing people's lives and ideas into what one believes to be right and truthful. However, the threat that certain people pose to others may necessitate immediate use of force. No war is justifiable, nor will there ever be a justifiable war, not even WWII. Was WWII necessary? Yes, it was to protect the lives of innocent people. Justice would have been convincing the Nazis that what they were doing was wrong, and making them stop without force, but protecting the lives of innocent is a more important issue that can necessitate force.
Was the war in Iraq necessary? I consider myself to be rather liberal, far left standing, but I am not sure. Getting rid of an evil regime that would murder its own people is a compelling reason. The motivations of terror and WMDs seemed to rely on sketchy evidence, at best. Throwing people's lives (the lives of the people of Iraq, in this case) into chaos seems be a compelling reason against the necessity of war. War brings to point the darker sides of human nature, which cannot bring about justice.
In the anime series, Trigun, Vash the Stampede refuses to kill anything, human and non-human alike, even though he himself is superhuman. He grows up with the notion that all life is precious, in stark contrast to his brother Knives' view that only the lives of people like themselves (Vash and Knives, who are in every manner superior to humans) are worth saving. Knives' motto is to "kill the spider to save the butterflies," whereas Vash's motto is "all our lives are open [ended]" (or something like that, I do not recall the exact quote.) Vash, ironically, has a $$60 billion bounty on his head, and is well-known to be an ace gunman. He does sport a gun throughout the show, but he always uses it to save the lives of others. His idealism leaves him with large scars all over his body. Knives, on the other hand, lives in secrecy using his henchmen (the Gung Ho Guns) to carry out his plan to destroy humanity (who he considers inferior.) Legato Blue is the top ranked Gung Ho Gun, who, ironically, does not carry a gun, but he does not need to. He has the ability to control people telepathically, and so therefore he can kill people without a gun. He is, arguably, more evil than Knives himself, and is one of the best villains I have seen in any show (second only to Vicious from Cowboy Bebop.)
Redemption and forgiveness seem to be notions lost upon many Christians, in spite of their constant preaching of them. If God gave people their freedom, why can people not give each other freedom? It is one thing to preach the wrongness of a viewpoint or lifestyle, but a wholly separate issue to enforce the Christian lifestyle upon others. They seem hell-bent (no pun intended) on pushing and enforcing their lifestyles and viewpoints upon others.
Brought to you by an organized and (hopefully) grammatically correct flurry of stream-of-conscious thought.
Sort of... Not really. I'm just signing up to a whole bunch of mailing lists. I don't really get any spam, though, and I don't get a whole lot of personal email, so my inbox was rather boring. I'm hoping that the mailing lists I've signed up to (debian-kde, kde-devel, mono-users) will help spice that inbox up a little.
I am a journal, and I am writing. Stuff, stuff, stuff, stuff... Muahahahaha! You can't get away from my nonsensical mannerisms.
Anyway, I still want to write some story about aliens and stuff. I just don't know what I want to write. Well, they really wouldn't be aliens, but rather us, humans, from the future, only we, humans of today, know nothing of that. That's my theory in a nutshell...a pistachio nutshell that is, not a peanut nutshell because I don't like peanuts.
...got modded up to five, but now it's back down to three. And all I did was rant. I really didn't expect to have any responses, or even moderation points from it, I just felt like ranting. Its strange that people even bother reading such flamebait. I usually ignore it, even as moderator.
I have this constantly nagging feeling in me and it won't go away. No, it goes away when I'm with a girl. I feel better when I'm with women. I'm not sure why.
If that doesn't happen, then I always feel it. Yeah, maybe I need a girlfriend, but why can't I just ignore this feeling. It doesn't matter what I do to distract myself, it's always there. This constant feeling of loneliness, emptiness. Not even writing about it helps right now.
Why is it that the things that you hate are the things you are really good at? That doesn't make any sense to me. I hate politics, partly because it's too easy for me, as is philosophy.
However, the things I like are the things I'm not that great at, for example, soccer. I love soccer, but I've never been that good at it. I made my high school's varsity soccer team my senior, but I didn't my junior year. Once I was on the team, I admittedly didn't contribute much to it.
Do I just dredge through my one time at life? Que sera, sera? With that out look, how can people look at life and say it's so beautiful?
Perhaps life isn't about doing what you're best at? Perhaps I'm placing too much emphasis on how good I am at something? I have a hard time doing something if I know I'm not doing that well in it though.
What's the point though? I've done this type of reflection a million times over. Why haven't I found the answer to these questions yet?
I realized today what it is I missed from what college students were ten years ago.
I want to be a part of that, but I'm too young, I missed it, the days of when college students were the vanguards of society, the ones who brought about political and social change. Not the hippie days of yore, but rather the collegiate enlightenment of when we we were all shocked by Tiananmen Square, were going to keep the US from collapsing in on itself due to its mass capitalism, and generally make the world a peaceful place.
Today, college students are stung by the disease of apathy and carelessness. "Each to his/her own agenda," or so goes the saying. What happened to the excitement of creating a new economy in which no one is poor? What happened to saving the Long Beak Echidna? What happened to all of that? Are things so bad that we no longer feel we can do anything about it?
Perhaps we need to start a movement to go against this trend of apathy. We will save the world by bringing back the excitement of yore, but making sure we are the vanguards of current topics. I want to feel rebellious again without the violence. I want the excitement of bringing about legislation that would change the world.
I do not want to just drink it all off, sex myself up, and ignore it all any more, because then history will forget us. I do not want my generation to be forgotten. I want to tell my kids that I was a part of something world transforming.