Saturday, January 18, 2003

every poll I hear .....

what sort of person stops to contribute to a poll ?
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 2:52 PM Þ

US friendly fire pilot 'ignored order'

"One of two US pilots charged with manslaughter for mistakenly bombing Canadian troops in Afghanistan last year was under order to hold fire when he dropped the bomb, according to prosecutors.
On a videotape of the bombing played by US Air Force lawyers at a military hearing on Friday, a flight controller is heard saying "hold fire" after the pilot, Harry Schmidt, requested permission to use his 20-millimetre cannons.
A fellow pilot also testified that Major Schmidt thought he was being fired on from the ground - and never blamed air force-sanctioned amphetamines that his lawyers say were at fault."

What is going on with these people?
posted by chriszanf , 2:47 PM Þ 

Interesting patterns in bookbuying.

In plain english, this diagram displays what is called "preaching to the converted". I wonder if people who have music on these lists would be groupable into the "overground" and the "underground". Certainly, they would be groupable into genres that overlap on the "crossover" artists.

Astounding and frightening, how this display seems to show that people really are closed off from the thoughts and analysis of "the opposition".

This has to be unhealthy.
posted by Irdial , 2:28 PM Þ 

fellow geeks, your wisdom is needed

case sensitivity. your local machine is windoze, is the remote machine running a unix OS?

use the same version of php on both machines.

use the same version of apache on both machines.

something else I dont know about.
posted by Irdial , 2:18 PM Þ 

SÓNAR organises a conference at Midem 2003:


As part of the activities of the Electronic Music Village, the electronic area of MIDEM, SÓNAR is organising a round table discussion on the current panorama of electronic music distribution in Europe and its future potential.

In doing so SÓNAR wants to put forward a rigorous analysis of the issue which will allow us to assess from every possible angle why distribution has stagnated and to answer the following questions: What is the distributor's role today? How is the crisis in the record industry affecting the electronic music market in Europe? Can a pan-European distributor operate in the same way as a local distributor? Is online distribution profitable? What other distribution/promotion channels are there and are these viable? What do the labels think of their distributors?

The aim of the encounter is to take an in depth look at traditional distribution routines, to assess their position in the specialised market of electronic music and to envisage new alternatives that will ensure survival, consolidation and improvement.

The Conference will take place on Monday January 20 at 16 hrs in Auditorium K (Floor 4) of the Palais des Festival, Cannes (France).

Conference participants will be:

Gerardo Cartón, General Manager of Pias España (SP)
Thomas Morr, Label Manager of Morr Music and head of the independent material of Hausmusik distributors (GER)
Paul Esposito, Label Manager of Domino Records (UK)
Peter Thompson, General Manager of Vital (UK)
Dominic Smith, Label Manager for Europe of Ninja Tune (UK)

Gary Smith, journalist (UK), will chair the discussion.

For further information contact us at the Electronic Music Village area of Midem 2003.
posted by Irdial , 2:11 PM Þ 

note to self: When Steamboat Willie copyright (hopefully) expires next year, post full mpeg to blogdial.
posted by Mikkel , 1:27 PM Þ 

> hell hell hell on earth

Wow. My sentiments exactly.
Another week without Blogdial has led me to a long and depressing read of the week's news.

I have been wondering. There is so much literature now against Bush's war, and it all very clearly states the EASY TO UNDERSTAND reasons why Bush is an evil fucking man, and going to war is completely insane and stupid.
Why then, does every poll I hear that comes out of the states reflect that the citizens are just as fucking stupid as Bush? The vast majority always supports him, and no one knows their facts - yet Blogdial alone is a good example of PLENTY of good information on the whole issue. WHY ISN'T THIS INFORMATION REACHING AMERICANS?
I'd say the stupid gits deserve whatever comes to them for their ignorance, and sure they do, but the ENTIRE WORLD doesn't deserve this - and that's the rub. The entire world is at stake here, for the pockets of a few rich white men. A greater injustice has not existed.
And all the others in the world know this by looking in from the outside... and Americans don't seem to want to recognize from their own inside. Is it them, or is this information being forcefully detained?
posted by Barrie , 8:23 AM Þ 

Short quip. Interesting patterns in bookbuying.
posted by Mikkel , 3:00 AM Þ 
Friday, January 17, 2003

i have, thanks alex, and yes, it is by far the easiest option, but the pages that i'm writing the scripts for are part of a company's cms ... the information that i'm trying to store into the database is supplied by html forms ....
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 6:57 PM Þ 

not that i can offer an definitive answer, as i don't know php or mySQL, but have you tried using phpMyAdmin. almost everybody i know that makes sites with php/mySQL uses this...
posted by alex_tea , 6:24 PM Þ 

fellow geeks, your wisdom is needed ........ does anyone have any idea why, when i attempt to update a database table with a php/mysql query, the table's fields are all returned to their default values ??

it has been sending me crazy all afternoon ... the command works without a hitch on the local machine, only misbehaves on the live site ... both are being hosted on apache, using mysql manipulated with php ... the versions of php are different, but i can't see why that would make any difference ...... any light you can shed would be of extreme benefit .......
posted by a hymn in g to nann , 6:12 PM Þ 

Lord, I am hungry....
posted by Irdial , 3:28 PM Þ 

There has been press comment recently about `voluntary vetting' of foreign research students being made compulsory. See for example the Sunday Telegraph of the 12th January:

Tis is a disturbing political development; it is both a direct threat to academic freedom and an attempt by the Foreign Office to make an end run round Parliament.

The existing `voluntary vetting' scheme works as follows. If a foreign student wants to do a PhD in a possibly defence-related field, academics are supposed to call a phone number in London and ask advice. If the advice is that HMG would rather not have that student study that subject, then we're supposed to turn the applicant down saying `sorry, you're too thick' (or whatever the local euphemism is).

The reason for this scheme is this. Some organs of state want to place severe restrictions on foreign students. For example, GCHQ does not want any Chinese to be allowed to study cryptography (despite the fact that many universities teach it to all maths and computer science undergraduates). Now if someone is coming to the UK to acquire knowledge for evil purposes, it is the job of the Foreign Office to refuse them a visa. However, the Foreign Office would get into trouble with China if they stopped giving visas for any Chinese students to study mathematics or computer science. Also, the FO prefers to avoid blame when things go wrong. And how can they argue `Bad Iraqi person X studied biochemistry in the UK and now works on war bugs for Saddam' without immediately drawing the criticism `Well, why did you give them a visa then?' They don't want to have to admit `Well, back in the mid-1980s we were desparate for Iraq to beat Iran so we gave Saddam all the discreet help we could with chemical and biological weapons.'

The voluntary vetting scheme is designed to let the Foreign Office escape from this dilemma. It isn't about increasing the security of the UK; that would be best served by taking honest visa decisions and sticking with them in the face of criticism. It's about enabling the FO to wriggle out of what they see as an inconvenient duty.

Some universities go along with it, but Oxford and Cambridge always refused to in the past. The main reason was one of principle: we always considered the scheme to be unethical. If we are going to refuse a place to a perfectly well qualified Chinese candidate, simply because a faceless voice on the telephone tells us to, we are not going to pretend to the candidate that he or she was too stupid to get in. There is also the practical consideration that at Cambridge, at least, the admission of students is decentralised: decisions are taken by the individual academics who would supervise the candidates if they get in. So it is not practical to keep such a process secret, even if it were desirable (which it isn't).

A further practical problem is that anyone in the University can go to any lecture (with a few specific exceptions, such as dissections in the Anatomy school). My lectures on cryptography are open to all members of the University, and our postgraduate security seminars and security group meetings are open to everyone, including interested members of the public. The only way to stop our Chinese suspect from attending is to exclude him from the UK completely. The alternative, of demanding ID cards from all students as they turn up for lectures, would involve an unacceptable change in the open culture that is an essential part of all great universities.

Rational argument did not, however, cut any ice with the FO. Their response was to try to give ministers the power to license teaching of foreigners under the Export Act of 2000. The idea was that the transfer of knowledge between a UK academic and a foreign national who might then leave the country constituted an export. This was shot down last year by Parliament, much to the mandarins' disgust.

In the process, there was some quite interesting dishonesty by the officials promoting the bill. They had their ministers say in public that there was no plan to use the bill to license foreign research students, while they had also informed lobbyists in writing that such transfers of knowledge would in fact be licensed. In order to maintain the pretence that ministers had not lied, they concocted the argument that the licences would not apply to students but to teachers. In other words, instead of saying that Chinese student X was licenced to be taught cryptography by Dr Anderson, the license would say that Dr Anderson was licenced to teach cryptography to Chinese student X. It was further explained that the requirement for a license would be triggered by the DTI sending a notice to the academic in question. However, this clearly raises serious issues with academic freedom, and Parliament decided it was too much; a research exemption was written into the bill as a result of the Lords' vote. The Lords voted 155-108 against the government on academic freedom; Lib Dems, Tories, plus such crossbenchers as Lord May (President of the Royal Society) and Lord Butler (former Head of the Civil Service) combined to give Blair one of his worst defeats ever.

Now, it seems, the Foreign Office are using the ricin incident to try to get voluntary vetting back on the agenda. The subtext is that the DTI are currently working on the regulations that will give force to the Export Act, and the FO seem to be pushing for some hook that they can use to punish recalcitrant academics. An indirectly enforced `voluntary' scheme could be even worse than the powers they originally bid for. Maybe any University that refused to take part in the scheme would find that it wouldn't get licenses to import semiconductor test equipment for its engineering labs. In other words, if academic A refused to play ball with the FO's silly little scheme, then academic B (in another department entirely) would find his research cut off? That is just insane. It is also unlikely to work, as in democratically governed universities with tenured staff, the centre simply doesn't have the power to boss its staff around. However, the FO seems to hope that while there is a terror scare going on and the universities are awaiting a decision on fees and funding, they might just get away with it.

This is not just being extremely silly, it's blatantly defying the will of Parliament. That's not the sort of game that crown servants should be playing. Instead, they should do the job they're paid to, and refuse visas to anyone who is reasonably suspected of wanting to come to the UK in order to acquire education or training in order to do wicked things.
posted by Irdial , 2:56 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 1:22 PM Þ 

Blowfish Dinner

posted by Irdial , 1:21 PM Þ 
posted by captain davros , 10:11 AM Þ 

hell hell hell on earth
posted by Irdial , 9:41 AM Þ 
Thursday, January 16, 2003

Okay, so I'll renege on that comment, written in the heat of the moment after reading up on UA's use of the song. Gershwin's Etate doesn't deserve the money as they had nothing to do with the creative input, and said creative input happened almost 80 years ago.

If youwould not be turned, you would have been DESTROYED.

But does UA deserve to have this piece of music swallowed into its marketing image, to forever claim a piece of music that they have but a monetary claim to as their theme song?

How do you mean "deserve"? If it was free from copyright, everyone would have the RIGHT to use it( and benefit from it) in any way they see fit, thats the whole point of copyright expiring. Not just huge corporations, but ANYONE would be able to exploit Gershwin.

Perhaps they do "have the right,"

they dont, they are leasing it.

but the issue bugs me and arises another question in this copyright tangle. Or at least in a corporate/artistic tangle. How will artisticly creative ideas be claimed as their copyrights run out?

they wont be claimable, thats the whole point.

Those with the most media power can represent these images, sounds, &c. as their own without any threat of a challenge from folks like you and me (the public domain) who will also own the rights.

Corporations are part (or should I say, have equal access as if they were individuals) of(to) public domain works, and only copyright owners have the right to challenge copyright infringement.

History can easily be reshaped with a slick marketing team.

And you can un do it, by setting up your own archive and making it available. Think about it, a for keeping history accurate; impossible if copyright never expires, which is why we argue infinite extension is evil.
posted by Irdial , 8:31 PM Þ 

This video is aparently being played on TV in the states. One to forward for sure.
posted by Irdial , 8:18 PM Þ 

Granted, they can usurp the imagery and sounds, but they can do that already, as illustrated by the UA case. As it is right now, only those with money (500k) have the rights to a work, whereas us povos do not. If a work is allowed to get into the public domain, everyone has the right to it, and they will actually have a harder time being the only ones playing Gershwin (or whatever) in their commercials. I reckon that's a good thing?.

By the way, did you know that it's illegal to sing Happy Birthday in a public forum, since it's also copyrighted? You cannot print the lyrics/melody either.
posted by Mikkel , 7:48 PM Þ 

The funny thing about the Girl Scouts not being able to sing God Bless America is that in 1940 Irving Berlin (the songwriter) donated all future royalties from the song to the Girl and Boy Scouts. They continue to recieve royalties from it, but must pay the fee to sing the song at camp.
posted by Josh Carr , 7:34 PM Þ 

Okay, so I'll renege on that comment, written in the heat of the moment after reading up on UA's use of the song. Gershwin's Etate doesn't deserve the money as they had nothing to do with the creative input, and said creative input happened almost 80 years ago. But does UA deserve to have this piece of music swallowed into its marketing image, to forever claim a piece of music that they have but a monetary claim to as their theme song?

Perhaps they do "have the right," but the issue bugs me and arises another question in this copyright tangle. Or at least in a corporate/artistic tangle. How will artisticly creative ideas be claimed as their copyrights run out? Those with the most media power can represent these images, sounds, &c. as their own without any threat of a challenge from folks like you and me (the public domain) who will also own the rights. History can easily be reshaped with a slick marketing team.
posted by Josh Carr , 7:23 PM Þ 

The gershwin estate deserved every penny for the airline usurping such a piece of music...

This is wrong. Mikkel is completely correct. Reading the dissenting views in Eldred vs Ashcroft should give you an idea of what copyright is for, from a pure legal standpoint.

Copyright is a bargain and balance between the interests of the public and the creative individual. That work should now be in the public domain, and in fact, this is an example (which is why it is in the dissent) of how extension of copyright hurts the public interest, and also hurts business.

If copyright had not been contiunally extended in this unconstitutional way, UA would not have to pay 500gs to the Gershwin Estate, no member of which has any right to continue to benefit from the copyright of the genius of Gershwin. Everyone flying on UA is suffering because of this, every school orchestra that wants to play Gershwin music suffers because of this.

Did you know that the owners of the song "God Bless America" wanted to charge the Girlscouts of America $1000+ per year per troupe for the right to sing that song around a campfire? Totally Absurd.

Everyone benefits from copyright, only when it expires and passes into the public domain. The creators have many decades to milk thier works, and in the end, the public can (not in America at present) make use of these works for thier own benefit. Society is bolstered and knowledge flourishes and spreads freely.

Read the dissenting views. It is going to be impossible for anyone to put together a historical database because every photograph, piece of music and sentence of text will be perpetually protected by copyright. Just researching and getting clearance takes up money and time that will automaticall limit the quality of archives throughout the usa.

Of course, this is a market opportunity for everywhere in the civilized world. Now, an entrepreneur in the UK for instance, can set up an archive full of USA copyrighted works, with complete freedom, and then charge Americans to access that database (or not, depending on her philanthropic bent).

I read on slashdot, a most interesting post along the lines that Disney are a bunch of hypocrites, having just made "Treasure Planet" a bastardization of "Treasure Island" without having to pay a single penny in royalties, since the original is out of copyright. Amazing how its one rule for Disney and another for every other person, and that there are people who actually support this.
posted by Irdial , 7:00 PM Þ 

I disagree.

Gershwin died in 1937. The piece was created in 1924. That is the same era as my grandparents getting born/married (depending which side I look to). What did the Gershwin offspring do to create that piece? What are their rights to it? Sure, they should inherit the money that George made from it, but also bear in mind that he created it knowing full well that it would slip into public domain after 28 years (or 56 with extension). That was in 1952 (1980), or back before my parents (I) were born.

Only because of the Mickey Mouse acts did the copyright even last until the times were television (and by extension, commercials) were commonplace. There's no reason for copyright to be this long (apart from making gratuitous amounts of money by doing nothing; again, what did Gershwins kids contribute?).

The fact that a piece of music is beautiful should not grant it special rights.

I can't really put it eloquently, I'm too stuffed and tired.
posted by Mikkel , 6:30 PM Þ 

Just for clarity on the United Airlines/Gershwin payment: They used a snippet of Rhapsody in Blue (da-da da-da da-da da daaah) in an advertising campaign. People really began to know it as the United Airlines theme music and not as a wonderful piece of 20th century music (as evidinced here and here.) The gershwin estate deserved every penny for the airline usurping such a piece of music...
posted by Josh Carr , 5:08 PM Þ 

Yeah, just let it all hang out!!!

I would think that your attitude to your body might have an influence; if you are confident you may feel free-er and funkier with less clothes on; if you are depressed about your shape/weight/image you may feel worse. If you're lucky it might make you feel better/more powerful, like air-guitar or something (!). It usually does me, even though I don't like my body shape right now.

I think our ears are only one of the ways we experience music.

Dear Captain D,
I think You misunderstand me. It is not a question of your body-selfconfidence, but of sencing (I didnt spell that right, did I? but have no dictionary) with your skin. Music is waves in the air, waves of sound. so you can sense the musics waves on your skin. ..Well, I can... I personally do not feel very confidenet with my body, it is not at matter of that, more a matter of sencing. Thats why I recommend it. Just switch the lights of, be naked, have a cigarette and listen and notice at the same time (the music should be loud, but not to loud), how you can feel it on your skin...

As for the Lancet articel, just go to your Library, they can get it for you (in some or another way). In Denmark getting articles are free of charge, some times you pay a very little amount of money for the photocopies. If you are a lazy man, just call the Library and give your order.... By the way Alun, you are cool with pubmed.

Besides that, WOW it is SO depressing to read so many of your posts! Really, I have been living in a bubble since New Years Eve, only doing things thats nice, in some way....

Beeing ignorant on purpose, is really great for a change... I am so filled with emotions, cant have space in my brain for reality. My heart is torn apart, broken... feels like it can never be fixed... and my reasearch on my novel makes me cry at least 2-3 times a week
So right now the rest of the world just have to do whatever - I cant handle it anyway...

Take care and enjoy the sun when it shines
posted by Alison , 4:55 PM Þ 

"Our food is better than yours now"

Daniel Boulud's DB Burger, served at his DB BISTRO MODERNE in Midtown, is not properly a burger. It contains too much foie gras for that. But it is nonetheless a delicious, if expensive, specimen of ground and braised meats, served with wonderful fries. At 55 West 44th Street; (212) 391-2400.

"I HAVE eaten hamburgers every day for the last two months. I have traveled the five boroughs of New York City to do so. And in the city's lowliest corner diners and loftiest expense account restaurants, I have found satisfaction. New York, my research has documented again and again, is a hamburger heaven."

New York Times
posted by Irdial , 2:57 PM Þ 

Swearing or loitering could be punished by jail in France

Jon Henley in Paris
Wednesday January 15, 2003
The Guardian

Streetwalking, begging, loitering in public places and swearing at a policeman will become crimes punishable by a jail sentence under radical new laws that France's National Assembly began debating yesterday.

More than 30 human rights and civil liberties groups, as well as the leftwing opposition, have united against the 75-article "internal security bill" tabled by the hardline interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy.

But the centre-right government, elected mainly on a promise to fight crime, is unlikely to soften its plans despite 100 amendments from Socialist and Green MPs, and the bill - dubbed "a war on the poor" by its opponents - should become law this spring.

The package introduces a new offence of "passive soliciting" for prostitutes, making them liable to fines of up to €3,750 (£2,500) and two months in jail for "soliciting by any means, including dress, position or attitude". [...]

[...]The bill also dramatically extends police powers to search vehicles, frisk people, and take DNA samples from suspects. An amendment proposes to drop the police obligation to tell suspects that they have the right to remain silent.[...]

So, does this mean that Jean Paul Gautier is going to be imprisoned for insiting prostitution by virtue (!) of the outrageous clothes he makes?

How much more crazy can it get????

The Guardian
posted by Irdial , 2:36 PM Þ 

BREYER, J., dissenting:

"The extra royalty payments will not come from thin air. Rather, they ultimately come from those who wish to read or see or hear those classic books or films or recordings that have survived. Even the $500,000 that United Air-lines has had to pay for the right to play George Gershwin’s 1924 classic Rhapsody in Blue represents a cost of doing business, See Ganzel, Copyright or Copy-wrong? Training 36, 42 (Dec. 2002). Further, the likely amounts of extra royalty payments are large enough to suggest that unnecessarily high prices will unnecessarily restrict distribution of classic works (or lead to disobedience of the law)—[...]"

$500,000 to play a piece of music on airplanes? Extraordinary. How was this calculation made? On a per seat basis? On any aircraft, each person has a choice of music from a large selection. In fact, its possible that no one may listen to Rhapsody in Blue whilst in flight. Either way, this is further evidence (as if you needed it) that royalties are the future of the music business.

As for disobedience of the law; the 100,000 copyrights that were "promised" to the public but which now have been unfairly and arbitrarily withdrawn from entering the public domain by a small number of corporations will cause much disregarding of copyright law. Why obey the law when the goal posts can be changed in a moment, always favouring the corporations?

Something to think about.
posted by Irdial , 11:28 AM Þ 
posted by alex_tea , 5:30 AM Þ 

Just wait.

And you think it is different where you are.
posted by Claus Eggers , 1:38 AM Þ 

no more yahoo.

i currently use yahoo for webmail and am subscribed to a couple of yahoo mailing lists. i think i'll change, i don't really like the service anyway. there are plenty of home grown alternatives.

hushmail seems a better webmail alternative, and i expect i could even set up webmail on my own box now. and i can certainly run a mailing list on my site, which is an option as the main list i am subscribed to is a personal list of just 6 or so people.

if you use yahoo for your news feeds, then there are hundreds of options out there. from desktop based ticker-tape headline apps to independent media 'portals' and loads of customisable rss / xml sites.

i think people should move away from centralised database services, as an increasing number of people have the technology and knowledge to host these services themselves. i'm quite lucky as i have moved my hosting to a friend's box, which means i have greater control over things and i get the service for free as i hardly get any hits anyway.

i also think blogdial should ditch blogger. not that i've read any dirt on blogger, or had any problems with them so far, but there are more autonomous ways to do things, and with irdial's new server capabilities, maybe this is now acheivable.

moveable type seems like a good start, although i think mikkel was talking about writing his own web blogging software. not only would that be autonymous, but also extensible to the limits of our collective knowledge as we could all contribute to it's functionality. from raw ideas, to code, graphics and bug testing.

why should we do it ourselves? because there is no alternative.
posted by alex_tea , 12:43 AM Þ 

posted by Claus Eggers , 12:11 AM Þ 
Wednesday, January 15, 2003

The United States of America has gone mad

John le Carré
America has entered one of its periods of historical madness, but this is the worst I can remember: worse than McCarthyism, worse than the Bay of Pigs and in the long term potentially more disastrous than the Vietnam War.

The reaction to 9/11 is beyond anything Osama bin Laden could have hoped for in his nastiest dreams. As in McCarthy times, the freedoms that have made America the envy of the world are being systematically eroded. The combination of compliant US media and vested corporate interests is once more ensuring that a debate that should be ringing out in every town square is confined to the loftier columns of the East Coast press. [...]

The Times
posted by Irdial , 11:31 PM Þ 

** *** ***** ******* *********** *************
The Doghouse: Yahoo

When you register for a Yahoo account, they ask you for your date of birth. The purpose is security; if you forget your password, they can authenticate you with this information. Someone's birthdate isn't a secret, and is a terrible way to authenticate someone. But Yahoo goes one step further. "My Yahoo," the company's popular personalized news page, uses the information to put a "Happy Birthday, !" message at the top of your page when you visit on your birthday.

An excellent example of not getting it.


** *** ***** ******* *********** *************
posted by Irdial , 11:14 PM Þ 

Did anyone hear about this?

FBI software cracks encryption wall
?Magic Lantern? part of new ?Enhanced Carnivore Project?

Nov. 20 ? The FBI is developing software capable of inserting a computer virus onto a suspect?s machine and obtaining encryption keys, a source familiar with the project told The software, known as ?Magic Lantern,? enables agents to read data that had been scrambled, a tactic often employed by criminals to hide information and evade law enforcement. The best snooping technology that the FBI currently uses, the controversial software called Carnivore, has been useless against suspects clever enough to encrypt their files.
posted by alex_tea , 7:47 PM Þ 


just got off the tube after seeing that headline over someone's shoulder!


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Information recorded through these web beacons is used to report aggregate information about Yahoo! users to our partners. This aggregate information may include demographic and usage information. No personally identifiable information about you is shared with partners from this research.

When conducting research Yahoo!'s practice is to require our partners to disclose the presence of these web beacons on their pages in their privacy policies and state what choices are available to users regarding the collection and use of this information. You may choose to opt-out of Yahoo! using this information for this research. Please click here to opt-out.

Note: This opt-out applies to a specific browser rather than a specific user. Therefore you will have to opt-out separately from each computer or browser that you use.


Yahoo!'s practice is to include web beacons in HTML-formatted email messages (messages that include graphics) that Yahoo!, or its agents, sends in order to determine which email messages were opened and to note whether a message was acted upon.

In general, any electronic image viewed as part of a web page, including an ad banner, can act as a web beacon. Advertising networks that serve ads onto Yahoo! may use web beacons in their advertisements.

Dirty, rotten scoundrels. How offensive is that? Plus notice the way there is currently no way to opt out of the HTML email use -- unless you use an non html email client, which isn't really fair. Do any mail clients offer options on cookies?
posted by alex_tea , 7:12 PM Þ 
posted by Alun , 6:08 PM Þ 

have you seen this yet?
posted by mary13 , 5:57 PM Þ 

Supreme Court Opinions are here:

Majority op by Ginsburg:

Dissent by Stevens:
"Ex post facto extensions of copyrights result in a
gratuitous transfer of wealth from the public to authors, publishers, and their successors in interest. Such retroactive extensions do not even arguably serve either of the purposes of the Copyright/Patent Clause."

Dissent by Breyer:
posted by Irdial , 4:39 PM Þ 

The deal with copyright is that authors get to benefit from the work that they create, and then, much later, the public gets it for free.

This ruling goes to show that there is no law, save that which you can buy. The only people who are going to benefit from this are the small number of shareholders in large corporations. The public good is an irrelevance to the courts. To the sadness of all concerned, Europe will no doubt enact similar legislation so as to "cork the bottle". Asia will bend over so that they can feel like they are equals.

Everyone in the states needs to simply take the law into their own hands, since the law is clearly only working for the corporations.

And that is why they need guns. Without the guns, the corporations would have total control over everything and everyone in the states. That is not a hypothesis, it is a fact.

All Americans are not evil or stupid, alot of them cannot read English however. Any categorical statement in this type of discourse is immediately taken as a form of rhetoric, and is never taken literally. If this were not the case, we would all be arguing like children, nitpicking over qualifiers and adjectives.

This leads us to wonder what would gestate and be born if the tears of Chief Scientist A.K. were mixed with a robust homosapien ovum and a little "spunk".

A cry baby!!!
posted by Irdial , 4:35 PM Þ 

Quick in to mention that the Amerikkkans are _fucked_ for eternity now. Have a good life in corporate hell, you poor suckers. Slashdot: Disney Wins, Eldred (and everyone else) Loses) - Copyrights are now officially without end (in America). Here's hoping that it doesn't happen here in Europe as well.
posted by Mikkel , 3:58 PM Þ 

First, the Weekly Standard is a well-known administration apologist. Second, not all americans think like that.

Re: Christopher Caldwell.
It's saddening and maddening to see that from september 11th the U.S., and it seems, 'Americans', have learnt nothing at all. Not even how to listen to others with differing viewpoints. Europe neither needs nor desires US 'protection' since the end of the cold war. Innernashnul trrrsts (©G.W.Bush) give the US the excuse to appear powerful, strong, righteous and necessary. Amongst other things.

I'm off to cry into my test tubes.
posted by Alun , 1:48 PM Þ 

if guns were freely available in the UK, the gun crime rate would not go up...

First, why take the chance? Why introduce guns if they are unnecessary? So we can have hundreds of kids dying in accidents? And foremost should be that the above statement is a hypothesis and not a fact.
Second, US gun law is based on A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed. --Amendment II, United States Constitution, and maybe this was true in the America of the 18th century, but is there anyone other than Charlton Heston and his acolytes who can really argue that this is still why gun control is wrong in a 21st century society? (Well, Joyce uses it as the starting point for her arguments.) With the size of the current US army I doubt there is ever again going to be a need for a well-regulated Militia to defend the US.
posted by Alun , 1:31 PM Þ 

I've seen Nike tattoos and haircuts, but this is ridiculous...
posted by Alun , 1:13 PM Þ 

but it's simpler to recommend 'Bowling for Columbine' and to say that in almost 15 years in London I don't know a single person that has ever come across a gun crime in person.

In BFC, it was shown that gun ownership in the USA and Canada was the same, but gun crime disproportionately low on the Canadian side. BFC makes her point; if guns were freely available in the UK, the gun crime rate would not go up, just as it has not in Canada.

posted by Irdial , 12:41 PM Þ 

Europe Needs to Get Real

To this American, it's Europeans who are naive, superficial and materialistic


Posted Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003; 2.09 p.m. GMT
Any American who spends time in Europe will have lived through the moment — usually around 11 p.m., after Bordeaux or Bushmills has got the better of the guests — when an old friend wheels his gaze slowly around the dinner table, like a piece of mechanized artillery, until you're staring into his angry muzzle. Out comes a salvo of imprecations about American foreign policy and the United States in general. Call it the George W. Bush-cowboy-Palestine-death-penalty-Enron moment. This is a transatlantic tradition, of course, but there's something discomfiting about hearing such things (as I did recently) from someone who'd called you up from Paris on Sept. 11, 2001, sobbing in solidarity with your country.

What happened to that solidarity? The piles of flowers in front of U.S. embassies in every capital, the concerts in Berlin, the Continent-wide three minutes of silence, the invocation of Article V by Europe's NATO members? It all seems very long ago.

It was a long time ago. Time heals everything. No sensible person would dewll on a tragedy for eternity. The time has long passed to put 911 behind us and to start to live and behave differently. Everyone in the world except Americans understands this profoundly.

Today a majority of French and Russians think America opposes Iraq only as a pretext to seize its oil.

Is that a lie?

A German Chancellor with an abysmal economic record won re-election by sneering at U.S. arrogance at every whistle stop.

That isnt how he won the election. A typically childish American oversimplification.

There is no questioning the sincerity of Europe's post-Sept. 11 mourning. But the turnabout since then has been so sudden, so strong and focused that I begin to worry that Europeans oppose America not despite the attacks but because of them.

You have not been listening. You have not understood the causes of both 911 and the near universal distaste for America and Americans. This inability to listen, this singular and spectacular failure of imagination is the cause of all Americas "international problems

Here's what I mean. For decades, Europeans of all ideologies asked whether the prosperous democracies of the West had become too decadent to defend themselves. Once the U.S. moved to dislodge the terrorist-sponsoring Taliban in Afghanistan, Europe was faced with an ally doing something it would not — could not — have done itself.

You should have said "should not". European governments are more careful, thoughtful and considerate of cultural differences than the American government is. The Taleban was a USA creation. Everyone outside America knows this. What is amazing, is that YOU dont know this.

It had the choice, then, of whether to consider the U.S. less decadent or less democratic than Europe. It's not hard to see which version is easier on a continent's self-image.

The new economy of the 1990s did a lot to set the two continents at cross-purposes. Americans have never developed a critique of globalization, because we haven't suffered either France's rolling strikes or Germany's festering joblessness. With impeccable market logic, European antiglobalists complain that in a global economy that fosters specialization, the U.S. has become the specialist — the monopolist — in the military defense of the West. Monopolies behave as monopolies do, in America's case by polluting disproportionately, throwing its weight around and flouting European norms on such matters as multilateral consultation and the death penalty. And monopolies, even if you happen to like their products, must be broken up for the greater good.

What a mish mash of nonsense. The death penalty is an internal US policy problem. Globalization, strikes, unemployment, "terrorism", defense spending...these should really be discussed at length, with care and preferably separately.

The American view is that the Europeans are looking a gift horse in the mouth. They get what defense strategist Robert Kagan of the Carnegie Endowment calls "free security," which subsidizes a Continental life of Riley.

Defese is fine. What everyone except Americans seems to understand is that defense is different to offense. Attacking Iraq is offensive (in both senses). Provoking Korea because it has withdrawn from the anti-proliferation treaty is offensive (especially when America refuses to sign up to the international court of justice and treaties like Kyoto). The double standards brutally enforced by the Americans are crystal clear to children. That you cannot see them means that you are either deliberatly being stupid, or that you are stupid by accident, or that you have in some way been brainwashed into stupidity.

If the Europeans want a larger voice in the defense of the West, let them pay for it, even if it means buying fewer garbage trucks or defibrillators or opera houses.

Only an American would say that paying for war is better than paying for Opera houses. Astounding

So when Europeans make their impassioned points across the dinner table, Americans tend to doubt they have the will to match their words with actions.

Thats because you are blinkered and stupid, insular and backward.

But Americans go further. We increasingly take the anti-American stereotypes of postwar Europeans and reverse them. We see ourselves as inhabiting history — doing the ugly, necessary work of the world — while it is the Euros who inhabit a superficial society.

This is nonsense. It would be far better for everyone on earth if the 50% of congressmen who do not own passports tried to visit other countries rather than the rather nebulous "inhabiting history". Perhaps then, some of the insular traits would be erased from their ranks. Of course, Americans only eat McDonalds when they go abroad, so its unlikely that these congressmen will get any sort of feeling on a trip to enlighten themselvs. It is incredible that Americans think that they have sufficient insight into the world to bomb other countries when fully HALF of their legislators, the very people who vote for such actions have never left the continental USA. If you dont know this, then you should. If you do know this, but say nothing, you are guilty, and a part of the American problem.

Europeans are materialistic; the E.U. has a low profile on strategic issues because it was designed by bureaucrats obsessed with trade and money.

Trade is better than war. All enlightened people understand this. All civilized countries practice this philosophy.

Europeans care more than we do about physical pleasure; they traffic in titillation (to judge from the nightly offerings on television or such bestsellers as The Sexual Life of Catherine M.)

Europeans are not puritanical. They are not prudish like the Americans, who will gladly suck on their mothers breasts for nourishment, but cannot show this act on television. Your puritanical society is violent, repressed and backwards. In the CIA world handbook, the USA is the only country listed as having a danger of rape for visitors. Your free speech and first amendment, which you wave to everyone in the world as an example of how man should live should apply to the program that you watched should it not? Use some logic!

and are obsessed with their food (which is, by the way, no longer superior to ours).

Now you are dreaming. Pray tell when this eclipse happened? When you looked up from your Big Mac sitting in Paris watching Porn perhaps?

And if "heritage," Europe's age-old bragging point, is measured by family traditions and religious values, then Europeans no longer have a lock on it. To American eyes, it's tough to have family traditions in a region where so many choose to be childless (the fertility rate in E.U. countries is 1.47 births per woman),

Everyone understands that the birthrate in the world needs to come down if we are going to create a sustainable world economy. Everyone except maybe Americans, who belive that unfettered growth is not only possible but desireable

tough to have religious values when less than 20% of Europeans regularly attend church.

The obsession with institutions demonsrated by this ignorant and pathetic comment is clear. For your information, just because someone doesnt worship in precisely the same way you do doesnt mean that they are not religious. Relying on statistics like this is a typically American way of experiencing the real world. They use them as a substitute for travel, first hand knowledge and real experience. It would not matter if Americans didnt operate a foreign policy, but sadly, they do, and the consequences are disasterous and deadly.

But the heart of the American complaint — again, reversing an old European saw — is that Europeans are naive and provincial.

Your president has barely traveled outside of your country. Tony Blair for all his faults, is well travelled, speaks French, and actually worked in France as a young man. The president of Russia speaks fluent German. The president of Germany speaks fluent english, as do most European leaders. Europeans, are absolutely NOT "provincial" and in fact are working practically to permanently erase the borders, both real and imaginary, between all european states. This is hardly the behaviour of insluar "provincial" people. Another loud, childish and idiotic tit for tat statement. Utterly useless.

It is easy enough to browbeat Americans about the flimsy coverage the E.U. gets in U.S. dailies. But where does European interest in the world rise above the dilettantish? When has the E.U. come up with a workable plan for Iraq?

There is no need for a "workable plan for Iraq". After having armed Iraq to the teeth, America wants everyone to join in smashing this already shattered country, a "monster" that America created for its own ends (Raytheon & co selling arms).

For the Middle East? For North Korea?

North Korea? You dear sir, do NOT set the agenda by simply naming countries that you know absolutely nothing about, and that your President cannot even find on a map. Europeans will not be drawn into your ignorant and inflamatory nonsense.

After the carnage of two world wars, the European distrust of power politics is something for which we have reason to be grateful. The problem is that postwar Europeans think their strategic differences with America are the product not of a specific historic experience but of a new, higher morality.

Actually, Europeans have tasted devastating war, twice, ON THE GROUND. America has never tasted war in this way. They have always brought war to other countries, and then bombed them into oblivion from the air. Perhaps if you had some real world experience of total war, you would not be so eager to wage it or deride others for being cautious before in engaging in it.

And that is what George Bernard Shaw was talking about when he defined a barbarian as one who mistakes the customs of his tribe for the laws of nature.

Q.E.D. Your customs of religious practice are not the laws of nature. Your constitution is not a law of nature. Your puritanical society is not a law of nature. War as the only solutoin to international problems is not a law of nature.

You are a perfect examlple of the problems we in the civilized world face today.

Christopher Caldwell reports from Europe for the Weekly Standard, a U.S. opinion magazine, where he is a senior editor.

posted by Irdial , 12:32 PM Þ 

This woman is talking bollocks. "Lies, damned lies, and statistics."
I would deconstruct her argument further, but it's simpler to recommend 'Bowling for Columbine' and to say that in almost 15 years in London I don't know a single person that has ever come across a gun crime in person.
posted by Alun , 10:40 AM Þ 

From 11/26/02...
Saw this morning an advert for the GAP, complete with Happy Ethnic Minority Face®, tastefully amended with the prefix POVERTY.

The right word in the right place! The 'poverty' was painted on the glass over a poster ad. The poster has been changed through the following ads since then....

1. Harry Potter ad. Picture of Dobie dressed in rags. 'Poverty' appears as the strap-line.

2. Western Union. Ad reads 'Western Union money transfer. Fast. Reliable. Poverty.'

3. London Electricity. At top ad reads 'Watts cheaper?' (Geddit?!) And the answer, in big pink painted letters is... (all together now)... Poverty.

These small things keep me amused on my daily trudge to work.
posted by Alun , 10:04 AM Þ 

Citzenship Renouncer to Burn Flag in Protest if US Attacks Iraq

From: Kenneth Nichols O’Keefe
October 3, 2002

For Immediate Release

As a result of the continuing revolutionary actions that directly confront the United States and its policies of war, Mr. Kenneth Nichols O’Keefe is receiving increasing interest and invitations to express his alternative approach. He has publicly announced his intent to burn a US Flag before the US Consulate in Amsterdam if/when the US begins the invasion of Iraq. Former US Marine O’Keefe has already burned his US passport and has proven himself to be a victim of human experiments at the hands of the US Military during the Gulf War. He has called the CIA the "greatest terrorist organization of the 20th & 21st Centuries" and called for the CIA’s immediate abolishment. Additionally, he has publicly declared in his July 1, 2002 International Notice, his intention to bring formal charges against the US for ‘Crimes against Humanity’ for its use of Depleted Uranium in Iraq, but it is the burning of a US Flag that is sure to bring even more notoriety, both of praise and anger.

O’Keefe is now confronting the Dutch Government through his latest International Notice of September 30, 2002, which has been legally served to the Dutch Minister of Justice and Foreign Affairs. In this notice O’Keefe challenges the Dutch Government to defend its "injurious position which regards me as a US citizen." Specifically O’Keefe has been issued a Dutch ID (which he is required to carry as a Political Asylum seeker) that lists him as a US citizen. He says that if nation/states such as the US or Holland define him than the right of "Self Determination" does not exist.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Article 1

‘All peoples have the right of self-determination. By virtue of that right they freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.’

O’Keefe believes that exposing the hypocrisy of nation/states and their governments their routine denial of human rights is an essential step towards a just and peaceful world. "Nations have obligated themselves to honor human rights by lawfully entering into human rights treaties such as the pre-eminent Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the time has long since come to confront the hostile actions of these governments and demand a stop to it right now. In order to reject war we must also attack those who deny human rights, that is exactly what I intend to do by my actions."

Universal Declaration of Human Rights – Preamble

‘Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,

‘Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,

Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,…’

O’Keefe is currently demanding that the Dutch Government honor his human right to "Self Determination" and legally acknowledge his status as a Stateless "World Citizen" by issuing a new Dutch ID. Furthermore, at the invitation of the Stop The War Brigade, the German Peace Council, and the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation O’Keefe will be traveling to Berlin to speak at an event entitled "AMERICAN WAR--WITNESS ACCOUNTS ABOUT RESISTANCE IN THE US ARMY FROM THE VIETNAM WAR UNTIL TODAY." He expects to enter Germany without need to present his newly acquired World Citizen passport which has been issued to over 350,000 people world wide and accepted by over 150 nations (information at, but he intends to force the Dutch Government to honor his right to travel by intentionally demanding official reentry into Holland as a lawfully registered asylum seeker.

Geneva Convention on Refugees - Article 27 & 28 (Identity Papers, Travel Documents)

‘Article 27 - The Contracting States shall issue identity papers to any refugee in their territory who does not possess a valid travel document.’

‘Article 28 - The Contracting States shall issue to refugees lawfully staying in their territory travel documents for the purpose of travel outside their territory, unless compelling reasons of national security or public order otherwise require,’

O’Keefe is openly inviting media agents to accompany him upon reentering Holland from Germany. It is highly possible, he says, that the Dutch authorities will deny him the right to reenter and thereby reject his Political Asylum application based on his leaving Holland to attend the peace demonstration in Berlin. "I have been told directly by Dutch Agents that I do not have the right to travel. If they reject my rights we will have a legitimate international incident with serious consequences. If however they honor my new passport and my human right to travel we will also have a major event in support of human rights with broad implications. For those who choose world citizenship/allegiance instead of nation/state citizenship/allegiance travel rights will be affirmed and the flood gates to world citizenship registry may open. What I am doing is a direct challenge to the authority of all nation/states who currently deny human rights by arbitrarily demanding nation/! state allegiance via passports and citizenship. What I will be exposing, one way or the other, is that nation/states cannot have it both ways, either you honor essential human rights, or you do not."

Contact Note October 5th Amsterdam: At the invitation of event organizers O’Keefe will be a participant in an event sponsored by Vrij Nederland called "happy Chaos!" ( – in Dutch). The October 5th event in Amsterdam will include politicians, journalists, NGO representatives, activists and more. O’Keefe has been asked to deliver a short speech to begin a debate with the title of "War of the Worlds: Europe vs America." Among those in the debate will be a Dutch General (Adriaan van Vuren), notable journalist (Willem Oltmans) and several others. Those of you who know O’Keefe will know that he will not be holding back and it is sure to be a very "lively" debate indeed.
posted by Irdial , 9:05 AM Þ 

Release 1.2.5 of Celestia is finally ready. The new release includes a lot of bug fixes and some major new features. Linux users should be pleased with the new KDE interface (though the Gnome interface is still there, and even has bug fixes.) In 1.2.5 comet tails are rendered, so you can see striking views of Hale-Bopp in 1997 and other famous comet encounters. The accuracy of Celestia has improved dramatically. It's possible now to watch the moons of Jupiter eclipse each other, follow the Voyager spacecraft on their grand tours of the solar system, and see the eclipse of Xerxes in 479 B.C.E.
posted by Irdial , 12:28 AM Þ 
Tuesday, January 14, 2003

Will someone please DivX this prog?


New Documentary “The Secret” To Air On The Discovery Channel in Canada January
16th, 2003.

Provides Evidence for Government Cover-up of Extraterrestrials —
Further Exposing the Top Secret Operation Majestic 12

Broomfield, CO January 12, 2003- Wood & Wood LLC announces that “The Secret:
Evidence We Are Not Alone” has been licensed to Discovery Channel Canada and
will be aired January 16th throughout Canada. Check your local TV guide

For those in the US no specific licensing agreement has been concluded yet. When
we know the date and time of a US or other foreign country airing we will post
it to our website at and send out a specific press

The program was produced by the father and son team of Robert and Ryan Wood,
edited by iO Productions of Los Angeles (, and syndicated
with Cinamour Entertainment ( After over two years in
development, the one-hour documentary will be available for further licensing at
the National Association of Television Program Executives ( trade
show January 20-23, 2003 in New Orleans.

"We are excited about The Secret because of its unique perspective in the UFO
genre. Besides being an outstanding documentary, the program covers new ground
with a hard look at the Majestic 12 documents and their authenticity from
multiple expert perspectives," said Ryan Wood, Executive Producer.

The Secret presents the story of how "leaked" government documents prove that
the United States has been recovering crashed unidentified flying objects, often
known as flying saucers, since 1941, and has been successful in keeping this
information from the public. These documents have been examined using forensic
techniques and are declared genuine by those who examine the subtleties of
paper, ink age, watermark, type fonts, classification stamps and markings. The
central basis of the show is the content of the documents and the amazing story
they tell — a different approach.

The public is hungry for genuine UFO information, and they are not getting it
from the governments of the world. This program is not a rehash of the old
Roswell crash scenarios, providing evidence that the first U.S. crash was in
Missouri in 1941. A short interview with one of the principal sources of this
Missouri crash retrieval can be viewed at:
Not only does this show have some distinguished advocates taking compelling
supportive positions, such as Astronaut Ed Mitchell, and researchers Stanton
Friedman, Timothy Good, and Michael Lindemann, but some dissenting views are
included from skeptical corners.

"Despite the general lack of top tier television coverage by the major broadcast
corporations of America about credible stories concerning the UFO phenomenon, it
is not that way in the rest of the world. Lead stories in Europe, Asia, and
South America often have clear credible witnesses, visuals and military
participation," said Ryan Wood, Executive Producer

R Y A N S W O O D & D R. R O B E R T M W O O D
Majestic Document Investigators

For More Information Contact:
Ryan S. Wood
Phone: 720-887-8171
Or mail to: 14004 Quail Ridge Drive, Broomfield, CO 80020
posted by Irdial , 3:29 PM Þ 




14th January 2003

For immediate release

The government's plan to introduce a national ID card suffered a setback
today with the release of figures indicating a surge of opposition to the

A series of "consultation response initiatives" by Privacy International and
the campaign group STAND have attracted more than 2,700 responses to the
consultation since last Friday afternoon, nearly all in opposition to an ID

Yesterday, January 13th, more than 1,200 consultation responses were
forwarded by the organisations by email to the Home Office Entitlement Cards
Unit yesterday. By 3PM, responses sent through the portal were
being clocked at around six per minute.

Downing Street claimed on December 11th a 2-1 majority public support for
the initiative. This figure was drawn from an analysis of the 1,500
consultation responses received by that point. Based on the new figures, the
current support rate has dropped to less than 25 per cent.

The figures are likely to surge further with today's launch of Privacy
International's "phone to email" service. Privacy International has set up
two local rate numbers. In favour of the ID Card: 0845 330 7245, against the
ID Card: 0845 330 7246. Each message left on these lines will be converted
to an audio file, and then emailed to the Home Office.

In an unprecedented decision, the government confirmed last week that these
audio files will be regarded as legitimate consultation responses.

"This is an unequivocal vote against the government", said PI's director,
Simon Davies. "People are learning at the eleventh hour why this proposal is
so dangerous. Public support for the ID card is dropping by more than one
percent per hour."

"The government has failed to establish a convincing case for the card. The
consultation has been a sham from the word go".

"An ID card is costly, dangerous and unnecessary. Many of the responses
reflect this view. Many also complain about the sheer arrogance of
government in the way it has managed the consultation".

Mr Davies also strongly criticised the Office of the Information
Commissioner, which has organised an invitation-only conference tomorrow
(Wednesday) at which the Home Secretary will speak on ID cards. Privacy
International has been prevented by the regulator from distributing relevant
printed material at the meeting. "I am not sure we can rely on the
Information Commissioner's office to guard our rights when they are
compromised by an identity card. It appears in this instance that they have
a cosy relationship with the Home Office."

"It is disgraceful that a civil liberties group should be censored in this
way by the official responsible for freedom of information", he added.

Privacy International has predicted a total of 10,000 negative consultation
responses by the end of January, at which time the consultation closes.


Simon Davies can be reached for comment at 07958 466 552
posted by Irdial , 3:26 PM Þ 

I didn't loose my keypair luckily! I had an old back up, but with no signatures on the public key.

I'm using GPG on OS X and I just worked out how to search for keys. gpg --search-keys email@address

very easy. just hard trying to remember what email address everyone used for their keys! and not everyone seems to have them on the keyserver.

surely that's a good thing, no?


i managed to get my keyring back, searching through my old mail archives. i also had archived most the signatures i had collected which is good.

and i found you can also search by name, not just email address or key id, which helps a lot. silly me... there's a web interface to the search which is quite good:
posted by alex_tea , 12:20 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 12:05 PM Þ 

We are not alone.

Alex Tearse is that you? You're using PGP 8 on X right? You can search on all kinds of things in the 'PGPkeys' window in PGP. If you have updated the server with signatures on you key, they are still there, and all you have to do is import your keys from your backup and update yourself again from the 'PGPkeys' window.
If you indeed have lost your keypair, you can do nothing. Losing your keypair Is Not An Option®. I think that you can't even revoke the key, you just have to create a new one and start from scratch.
posted by Claus Eggers , 12:12 AM Þ 
Monday, January 13, 2003

Be a millionaire with no talents!


Im just so excited, I'M GONNA EXPLODE!
I FINALLY found some worthwhile information
on how to make it on the internet!

Doesnt matter if you have a product or not.
Doesnt matter if you have a website or not.

You do need one Important skill......
Can you point and click? GREAT!!

Go to this site

You can download a very special *FREE*
audiobook that you will actually TELL YOU
HOW ITS DONE! No Hype, No fluff!
Hear from the man himself how he is making
millions, and how you can too!

This information is causing quite a stir in the
industry from those so called Internet Marketing "GURU's",
and they are in the process of trying to have it shut down.
Figures! They dont want you to know what they know!


posted by Claus Eggers , 11:56 PM Þ 

I forgot to back up my PGP keys.

Please could y'all send me yours.

Is there some way of searching for keys by email address like PGP 7 on the Mac had? I also lost all the signatures on my key. Any idea of how I can retrieve them?

posted by alex_tea , 10:09 PM Þ 

PubMed is the database of most published peer-reviewed science. In all fields. It's administrated by the National Library of Medicine (US). And it's free access, and so are many of the articles it links to. In many ways, it is the first tool to use in assessing your research, before you even pick up a pipette, so to speak.

You can search for articles regarding the Cameroon vaccination programme in PubMed, but there is an acquired knack in getting the thing to spit out the results you're looking for and it could be a bit frustrating. It still is for me on occassion.

I put in the search "CAMEROON VACCINATION POLITICS" and got 1 reference...

Med Anthropol Q 2000 Jun;14(2):159-79 Related Articles, Links
Sterilizing vaccines or the politics of the womb: retrospective study of a rumor in Cameroon.
Feldman-Savelsberg P, Ndonko FT, Schmidt-Ehry B.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton College, Northfield, MN 55057, USA.

In 1990 a rumor that public health workers were administering a vaccine to sterilize girls and women spread throughout Cameroon. Schoolgirls leapt from windows to escape the vaccination teams, and the vaccination campaign (part of the Year of Universal Child Immunization) was aborted. This article traces the origin and development of this rumor. Theories of rumor and ambiguous cultural response to new technologies shed some light on its genesis and spread, but explain neither its timing nor its content. For this task we need to examine the historical context of Cameroonian experience with colonial vaccination campaigns and the contemporary contexts of the turmoil of democratization movements and economic crisis, concurrent changes in contraceptive policy, and regional mistrust of the state and its "hegemonic project." Drawing on Bayart's politique du ventre and White's thoughts on gossip, we explore this rumor as diagnostic of local response to global and national projects. This response, expressed in this case through the idiom of threats to local reproductive capacity, reveals a feminine side to local-global relations, a politics of the womb.

PMID: 10879368 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

I checked Lancet but online only goes back to 1996, so it's off to the library. Similar with above. An obscure journal so send a request to the British Library. (Or ask Alison?)
Check the handy 'Related Articles' link in the PubMed window and get 105 more articles. (Hope the link works so you can get an idea of the relation to the source).

The biggest 'problem' with PubMed is the wealth of data.

I haven't answered the basic question though. Is this just a rumour (or rumor, as some nations mis-spell it) or not? I guess it was just rumour.
posted by Alun , 6:03 PM Þ 

That sewing machine is hardcore! Imagine the day when you can install that as a network printer!
posted by captain davros , 4:48 PM Þ 

Yeah, just let it all hang out!!!

I would think that your attitude to your body might have an influence; if you are confident you may feel free-er and funkier with less clothes on; if you are depressed about your shape/weight/image you may feel worse. If you're lucky it might make you feel better/more powerful, like air-guitar or something (!). It usually does me, even though I don't like my body shape right now.

I think our ears are only one of the ways we experience music.

I've been melting my brain today with some tricky XML work that still isn't finished. But thankfully I've had King Crimson to help me along. I can't really work any more without a drink (non alcohol!), music, web to browse for distraction and something to draw on. The drink is handy as it means I go to the loo a lot and get away from the screen!
posted by captain davros , 4:46 PM Þ 

has the world gone mad?

i thought all that 'netted white goods stuff was just a joke.
posted by alex_tea , 4:16 PM Þ 

I just want to reccomend you guys to try to listen music, when beeing naked or only in your underwear ...for some reason, the music just feels and maybe even sounds better - how come?
posted by Alison , 3:12 PM Þ 

ok, so i found out what the problem is:

in the ftp client:
220 localhost FTP server (lukemftpd 1.1) ready.
Name (r107:alex_tea): anonymous
331 Guest login ok, type your name as password.
421 Service not available, remote server has closed connection.
ftp: Login failed.

in the logs:
Jan 13 14:27:39 R107 ftpd[2064]: connection from localhost to localhost
Jan 13 14:27:44 R107 ftpd[2064]: Can't change guest user to chroot class; remove entry in ftpchr

some documentation on this problem:

i tried the solution at chez ludo but i can't get it to work still. in fact, i tried both solutions. building the source or downloading his precompiled binary. i also tried the french site's binary. NONE of them work.

goddamn. which makes me think os x is running another ftpd somewhere else on the drive. but xinetd points to /usr/libexec/ftpd as does inetd. i can't see any mention of ftpd in ps though!


mikkel do you know the solution?
posted by alex_tea , 2:37 PM Þ 

argh FTPD!

i installed jaguar. it's very sexy. but i can't get anonymous ftp working...

when you try to log in you get booted off with this error: 421 Service not available, remote server has closed connection.
try it:

trés annoying! j'en ai marre!

on a better note safari is beautiful and works quite well. i'm juggling safari and chimera. apple mail is damn good too. and i have x11 installed. just need to get open office...

but i think it was time for bed about 6 hours ago!

if mikkel or ces have any ideas about ftpd i'd like to know...

also why can't you switch virtual terminals in single user mode? this is the most stupid thing ever.
posted by alex_tea , 6:19 AM Þ 
Sunday, January 12, 2003
posted by mary13 , 9:58 AM Þ 

How many people here feel completely helpless and depressed about this?

Sometimes I do, Barrie. They have cut a lot of trees down in BC, the last time I flew up North, I was appalled. When you fly over the mountains, you see the odd clear cut, but as you fly farther north, it is the untouched land that becomes sparse. For miles, it is barren. You can't tell me that taking down that many trees en masse does not affect the ecosystem (or should we just say Alberta, to be direct about it). "Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards." Soren Kierkegaard

You know, of course, us tree-lovin' BC hippies, we talk a lot about such things, one of my friends says this: "Think of the Earth as a 45-year-old woman. She didn't have an ocean until she was 10 years old, and her ozone layer didn't mature until she was at least 25. She gave birth to her first multi-celled organisms when she was 30, and in her early 40's, there were fish, and lizards, and little furry animals. Humans, well humans showed up just last week." My point being, Earth has been around, I don't worry about her. When she gets tired of us messing things up, she'll shake us off her back, and tidy the place up for the next round.
posted by mary13 , 3:31 AM Þ 

re: madness is the answer

I hope we look at those so no one else has too... good lord, the PAIN. I have about 10 swirling afterimages on my retinas now. Whoooaaaa!
posted by Barrie , 2:55 AM Þ 

It is snowing still .
posted by b , 1:42 AM Þ 
posted by Claus Eggers , 12:10 AM Þ 

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