Name a title, get a picture

This is so much fun! This guy Sam asks people to send them a title, or a sentence, whatever. And he draws an image to the title! If you are down, send this guy a line, he’ll cheer you up!

Global Statistics

Did you ever wonder how many countries there are in this world, or what the population of the Bahamas is, or whether there is a country starting with the letter “X”? I found a cool statistics site, and want to make sure that I don’t loose the link. Also, I didn’t post here for ages!

Backdoor in Microsoft’s Web Server Software

There is a really scary article in the Wall Street Journal about a back door in Microsoft’s web servers software. With the right password, and a specific server configuration (Frontpage 97 extensions installed, I believe), you are pretty much in controol

I provided a link to Slashdot, because the online WSJ requires a paid account.

Microsoft’s offer to settle got rejected

Stay tuned! Today, the DoJ rejected a settlement offer from Microsoft. And tomorrow, Judge Jackson will deliver a verdict. This will be really interesting, but it’s unlikely that Microsoft is being broken up. Works for me – a breakup would probably strenghten Microsoft’s position, so I would prefer to see restrictions than a breakup.

Military Spending

[Nearly 70% of the military budget] is to provide men and weapons to fight in foreign countries in support of our allies and friends and for offensive operations in Third World countries .. Another big chunk of the defense budget is the 20% allocated for our offensive nuclear force of bombers, missles, and submarines whose job it is to carry nuclear weapons to the Soviet Union… Actual defense of the United States costs about 10% of the military budget and is the least expensive function performed by the Pentagon…
Rear Admiral Gene LaRoque, U.S. Navy retired

Update on Pine Ridge Occupation

The above link is a fine hub for more information on the peaceful occupation of the Red Cloud Tribal Building. Please support this group!

Indians occupy tribal council, and nobody reports it

Few people are aware of what’s going on in Connecticut. Read this highly interesting and disturbing article about one of the poorest regions in the USA – and the fact that the media refuses an occupation that has been going on for two months now.

Iridium abandoned!

Do you remember the Iridium wireless phones? You would be able to use your phone everywhere in the world? Well, seems that the servis will be put to rest forever. Motorola announced that the service will be discontinued. More interesting than the announcement is the Slashdot discussion.

Jeff Bezos’ Open Letter on Patents

Everybody is talking about Software and Business Patents lately. The whole discussion has been triggered by Amazon.com’s one-click ordering patent. Now Bezos wrote this letter, defending his practice and making suggestions on how to improve things. This is really exciting reading, and Tom O’Reilly’s follow-up letter is as exciting.

Boing throws Space Station parts away!

This is kind of amusing! Boing through away parts for the space station by accident – being worth $750,000. People were combing through a landfill to find them…