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and on it goes

More middle east violence, as two terrorist attacks today killed a dozen people or more and injured more than 50. This is clearly a"response" to the Israeli airstrike that killed a dozen innocent Palestinians about a week ago. Now we can certainly expect another "response" from Israel...

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 4, 2002 at 4:06 PM

politics and p2p

This News.com summary for the past week includes a few interesting links related to the recent legislative push in the US Congress to make hacking legal when done for the purpose of copyright protection. In response, somebody unleashed a DoS attack on the RIAA's website. Will this kind of cyber-guerilla warfare become the norm in the future, replacing the oh-so quaint idea of having a civilized discussion? It seems that the more technology and wealth we have, the stupider we get.

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 4, 2002 at 12:30 PM

human rights and the US

A few days ago an egyptian "court" sentenced a man to seven years of hard labor. His crime? Teaching university students what a ballot was, and other crazy ideas. Like in Saudi Arabia, the US seems to condone anything and everything as long as it doesn't collide with its strategic interests (usually, oil).

On this subject, T. Friedman writes in an op-ed piece in today's New York Times (quoting a human rights activist from Sri Lanka):

"America as an idea [...] is critical to the world but [...] Americans seem to have forgotten that since 9/11. [Americans] stopped talking about who [they] are, and are only talking now about who [they] are going to invade, oust or sanction."

Well, not all Americans. But its government (and maybe a growing percentage of the population) is certainly following that path.

Categories: personal
Posted by diego on August 4, 2002 at 12:16 PM

more on .notyet

CNET's Charles Cooper sounds off on the state of .Net (here's my previous comment on it) -- and Microsoft's and Gates's Clintonesque responses to simple questions like: what is .Net?

An answer Gates recently gave to that question:

"It's one of those great questions that people can say, 'Yes, it's come into focus at the infrastructure level,' but a little bit where we go beyond that has been unclear to people."

Say what?

Why can't they just say that they have no idea? I'd say that nobody in the computer industry is certain of what the next hot thing will be or where everything is going. So why not just admit that they are "betting the farm" on everything between web services, distributed applications, and games while at the same time updating their "monopoly apps" (Windows, office)?

"We really know what we're doing" ... yeah right ... well... Not that they are alone in the charade...

Categories: technology
Posted by diego on August 4, 2002 at 12:45 AM

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