Saturday, August 21, 2004

The Would-Be-Goods live at Quad, LSE  16/10/03
posted by Irdial , 11:50 PM Þ 

Hundreds Report Watch-List Trials

Some Ended Hassles at Airports by Making Slight Change to Name

By Sara Kehaulani Goo
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 21, 2004; Page A08

For more than a year and a half, Rep. John Lewis has endured lengthy delays at the ticket counter, intense questioning by airline employees and suspicious glances by fellow passengers.

Airport security guards have combed through his luggage as he stood in front of his constituents at the Atlanta airport. An airline employee has paged him on board a flight for further questioning, he said. On at least 35 occasions, the Georgia Democrat said, he was treated like a criminal because his name, like that of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), appeared on a government terrorist watch list.

While Kennedy managed to get security officials to end his airlines hassles after three weeks of trying, Lewis had no luck for months. Then he found his own way around the security mess.

Lewis added his middle initial to his name when making his airline reservations. The computer system apparently didn't flag tickets for "Rep. John R. Lewis," and the hassles suddenly ended.

"The 'R' is the only thing that has been saving me," Lewis said from Atlanta yesterday.

Hundreds of passengers -- possibly thousands -- have contacted the Transportation Security Administration complaining that the government's secret watch lists are unfairly targeting innocent travelers and causing travel headaches. Just last month, more than 250 passengers sought to be removed from the list.

But even more disconcerting, some of these travelers and security experts say, is that the system can be easily circumvented by a simple adjustment to one's name. "The no-fly list assumes that dangerous people are going to use the same name the government thinks they use. If I'm Osama bin Laden, I'm going to use a fake ID when I go on an airline and hijack it," said Aaron H. Caplan, attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union. "The whole notion that keeping a list of names contributes to safety is kind of questionable, especially when terrorists use aliases all the time." [...]

Amazing. Of course, the biometrics vendors will jump on this as an example of why their tools are so perfect; "you cant add an initial to your fingerprint" they will claim.

The whole idea of secret lists being used in this way is deeply offensive to anyone with an intact set of morals. In a partially ideal world there would have been a boycott of airlines facilitating this nonsense; that would have been enough to banish this list forever, because nothing is allowed to disrupt commerce.

How can Americans live like this? During the Cold War, it was the enemy that had the do not fly lists and exit visas, now its the USA using these tools. Are there no Americans who can see the evil their country is emulating? Of course, there are, but why are they not in the majority, and how on earth is this rogue administration getting away with this?

posted by Irdial , 11:28 PM Þ 

[brewers] Hi Room
[\\Dogz//] slt
[\\Dogz//] quelle langue ca parle ici?
[\\Dogz//] what laguage is talking here?
[IDX1274] we use telepathy here
[IDX1274] you are not actually seeing this text
[IDX1274] i have made it appear as such so as to not startle you
[IDX1274] actually i am sending the message to your cerebreal cortex ans also
telling your vision center to seee matching text
[IDX1274] complete with randomly placed typo's
[IDX1274] so it seems more natural
[Rusty_Brother] and you're doing it very well glenn
[Rusty_Brother] I really seem to see it
[IDX1274] @@
[IDX1274] "acid burnout eyeballs"
[IDX1274] how you been ruben
[Rusty_Brother] fine - was on holiday for 1st 2 weeks of Aug
[IDX1274] nice
[IDX1274] i took 2 weeks in late june/early July
[IDX1274] and pplayed a few gigs
[IDX1274] seattle eugene or and university of cali
[IDX1274] 3 dates in seattle
[IDX1274] diff clubs around city
[Rusty_Brother] when are you going to start international tours?
[Rusty_Brother] come to Zaragoza and play to an audience of 1
[Rusty_Brother] I'll even bootleg it
[IDX1274] well if i could afford it id be there
[IDX1274] i bootleg my own
[Rusty_Brother] lol
[Rusty_Brother] takes all the fun pout of it
* Disconnected
posted by Irdial , 11:16 PM Þ 

"The little missus was away at a Tupperware convention, so I had to do my own laundry,? Klansman Arnie Stevens told reporters outside his house in Pigeon Hole, Oklahoma. ?But I?m not used to washing clothes, and they say this has happened because I didn?t separate my whites from my coloureds. A Cincinnati Reds tee-shirt must have gotten into the wash, that?s why my robe turned pink. This just goes to show that segregation is the way of the Lord. In laundry and also in life.?

Stevens was speaking after trying to attend a Ku Klux Klan rally, dressed in a pink hood and pink robe, and being ordered to leave. ?I only have one robe and hood, so I had to wear them. But the others told me to go home immediately, because they said pink made me look like a faggot. Unfortunately, my fellow Klansmen judged me solely on the colour of my robe. But I can?t help what colour my robe is, can I? It?s what?s inside that counts.? (Maryland Live Journal, 27/5/04. Spotter: David Harvey)

posted by Alun , 7:13 PM Þ 

Then you will never have to list what you are listening to again.

Especially with the iTunes vinyl plugin.

Am I thinking too much?

Keep thinking - blog the results.
posted by meau meau , 6:23 PM Þ start with.

Go to

sign up and then download the plugin for iTunes. Then forget that you did that.

Then you will never have to list what you are listening to again.
posted by Irdial , 4:46 PM Þ 

I need your advice. I bought an iPod and need some quality cans to replace the joke earbuds that come along. They must be smaller than your ordinary audiophile cans, but can't be in-ear ones. I have listened to the Sennheiser PX100, the Grado SR60 and SR80 and I am rather disappointed with their audio quality. My benchmark is the Beyer Dynamic DT770, but they are simply to large to run around with.
What I am looking for is a pair of open to semi-open audiophile quality cans preferably below %80 250. Any recomendations?
posted by Claus Eggers , 3:04 PM Þ 

Jah Wobble English Roots Music
Ali Farka Toure Radio Mali
John Adams Gnarly Buttons
Woody Guthrie Best of
Elvis The Million Dollar Quartet
Johnny Cash At San Quentin
AC/DC Back In Black
Vic Chesnutt Is The Actor Happy
Smithsonian Folkways American Roots start with.


Never stop dreaming either. That way lies intellectual slavery.
posted by Alun , 2:41 PM Þ 

I am having some annoyances with my job at the moment (which I won't go into here), and yesterday when I was leaving I felt really unhappy and frustrated, and there was no one around to talk to and I didn't feel like slipping into my equally annoying commute home with a head full of waspish thoughts. So I decided to ride home via a long, winding cycle lane which would take me about 5 miles out of my way, but would hopefully clear my head for the start of the weekend.

The weather was heavy and grey as it has been for much of the summer here in the UK, and about one mile into the journey I passed through a neighbourhood I recalled riding through almost 10 years ago to the day. I was in a similar mood back then (albeit for different reasons), and it made me feel even worse - the idea that here I was, trundling around the same old places, feeling the same old way. And then I remembered that 10 years ago, shortly after that, things started to look up for me, and the reason I felt bad 10 years ago was really turned around into something good. This gave me a real boost and I was beginning to feel like I was shaking off what was bothering me about my job and that the weekend might even turn out to be relatively annoyance free.

My mind then slipped down a gear into a pleasant reverie of the good things in life, and my burgeoning optimism spread out over the landscape of my mind as I pondered what I might achieve if I really could have anything I wanted. Some of these thoughts slipped back into the unfulfilled ideals of my youth, and whilst basking in these a voice called out from the back of my mind and said "You're 33, stop thinking about what you wanted to be when you were 15", and then another voice called out from a different part and said "Nonsense, you must hang onto your dreams and stop being so grown up and fuddy-duddy", and then, just as I addressed the first voice with the thought of "Yeah, I am turning boring, what's wrong with indulging in silly thoughts once in a while?" I clipped a bollard with the end of my handlebars and was knocked right off my bike.

Was that a sign, or what? It was as if the first voice had just said "Oh do shut up" and clipped my ear. I wasn't hurt in any way (though I was aware that I could have been) but I was stopped clean in my tracks, and then it started to rain. I spent the next 20 minutes under a tree sheltering, but completed the ride home in the end.

Thus I really am wondering - was it a sign? When I found the Mega City Four LP on Thursday I felt good, as I'd forgotten about the teeshirt (read further down if you didn't see my earlier post) and it put some of my current woes into perspective. And it might have been a sign to say, hey, your life isn't just your current achievements, you know?

So if it was, and the bollard was a sign - not withstanding that it really WAS a sign telling me not to get carried away thinking and stop paying attention to the road when out on your bike - I wonder if another one is coming, and if it does, what will it mean?

Am I thinking too much???
posted by captain davros , 12:15 PM Þ 


# re: Changing the Default E-mail Client in Mac OS X 10.3.x (Panther)

Is it me, or that Apple is doing this change deliberately. It doesn't make sense to go through that pain to change your default mail client, unless Apple wants to lock you into the its own Mail program. Am I missing something here?
5/18/2004 2:49 AM | Asa

# re: Changing the Default E-mail Client in Mac OS X 10.3.x (Panther)

Nope you are not missing anything. Apple regularly get away with stuff that Microsoft would be crucified for. Must be to do with the 'underdog syndrome'.
5/18/2004 4:41 AM | Anon

# re: Changing the Default E-mail Client in Mac OS X 10.3.x (Panther)

Use this freeware to set a host of Internet preferences, including Mail.
5/18/2004 2:24 PM | le0pard13

# re: Changing the Default E-mail Client in Mac OS X 10.3.x (Panther)

5/18/2004 2:24 PM | le0pard13
posted by Irdial , 12:04 AM Þ 
Friday, August 20, 2004

Drop a batch of un-iconed jpegs onto this and it will create icons for them all.

posted by Irdial , 11:03 PM Þ 

SolarSeek is a decent native OS X client for SoulSeek. It is not as comprehensive as Nicotine, but it is also a hell of a lot easier to install. It needs 10.3, which I just managed to install a few days ago. Czech it out.
posted by Barrie , 10:13 PM Þ 

or is it? Generated in 0.431 seconds

posted by Irdial , 7:38 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 6:37 PM Þ 

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Tokyo court on Friday rejected a request by former world chess champion Bobby Fischer to have the Japanese authorities halt procedures to deport him, his lawyer said.

Fischer is wanted by the United States for violating economic sanctions against Yugoslavia and has been in detention in Japan since last month, when he was stopped at Tokyo's Narita airport as he tried to leave for Manila on a passport that U.S. officials say was invalid.

"This does not mean that he will be deported right away," Fischer's lawyer, Masako Suzuki, told Reuters, adding Justice Minister Daizo Nozawa still had to respond to a separate plea from Fischer. No deportation order has been issued, she said.

The eccentric Fischer, considered one of the greatest chess players the world has ever seen, has been wanted in the United States since 1992 when he violated economic sanctions by going to Yugoslavia to play a match against old rival Boris Spassky.

Suzuki revealed on Monday that Fischer, 61, planned to marry Miyoko Watai, acting head of the Japan Chess Association. It was not clear if that would help his case with the Japanese authorities.

He has also been trying to renounce his American citizenship as a way of avoiding deportation.

He can only do that by telling a U.S. official face to face, but until now he has had no response to his request from the U.S. embassy in Tokyo.

However, speaking to a Philippine radio station from his detention center, Fischer said late on Friday that the U.S. embassy in Japan had finally agreed to send an official to see him so he could formally renounce his citizenship.

"Hopefully, I'll be out of this stinking hole soon," he told Manila's DZRH radio station in a live, hour-long phone interview littered with anti-Semitic and anti-American remarks.

Asked to talk about "pleasant things," he said: "Here's something pleasant. I want to talk about the destruction of the U.S.A."

After the Sept. 11 attacks, Fischer said in an interview with another radio station in the northern Philippines that the United States had got what it deserved for its foreign policy.

The former champion did not spare Japan and the Philippines, criticizing Tokyo for getting involved in Iraq and the Philippines for its high crime rate, although he praised Manila's decision to withdraw its troops from Iraq. [...]

Fischer renounces US citizenship
15.08.2004 Bobby Fischer has been moved to a new detention facility in Tokyo, pending a decision on his deportation to the US, where he faces a 10-year jail sentence. A lot of new material has surfaced, including Fischer's handwritten renouncement of his US citizenship and a blow-by-blow description and picture of his arrest at Narita Airport. Harrowing stuff...

When Narita immigration officers took custody of Bobby Fischer on July 13, the chess champion felt betrayed by the country that had granted him sanctuary. Now the former grandmaster and his supporters ready his last gambit. There is a long article in the Japanese English language magazine Metropolis, written by Steve Trautlein. Here are excerpts.

Fischer came to Japan for all the ordinary reasons ? to visit, pursue business deals, and just enjoy getting away. But Bobby Fischer found his prized anonymity shattered on July 13 when attempting to board JAL flight 745 to Manila. His US passport was stamped VOID and he was put into the airport detention facilities as immigration case No. 20210.

But with the help of old friends and newfound allies, Fischer is fighting back. One of them is John Bosnitch, a 43-year-old communications specialist and former junior chess champion, who is trying to stave off deportation and a possible ten-year prison term in the US for Fischer. [...]

Fischer was put in a cell in the Immigration Detention Office at Narita?s Terminal 2, and the next day, July 14, he received a mysterious visitor?someone named ?Peter? who claimed to be a US Embassy official. When Fischer asked ?Peter who?? the man replied, ?That?s none of your concern.? The visitor then said he was authorized to replace Fischer?s confiscated passport with a document allowing a one-time, one-way trip to the US. Fischer refused the deal, feeling that there was no legal basis for either his detention or the seizing of his papers. He similarly refused to give his name, sign documents, or be photographed or fingerprinted. The next day Fischer was brought to a deportation hearing, and after again not cooperating, a verdict ordering his deportation was returned. He had three days to file an appeal. [...]

Free Bobby Fischer

Free Bobby is the name of a web site where you can sign a petition to US president Bush and the United States Government to drop charges against Fischer and set him free from detention in Japan. Fischer may face a $250,000 fine, ten years in prison, or both. "Not a single person involved in the 1992 Fischer-Spassky Match has been indicted or even criticized for their participation," writes the site author. "No one except Fischer. No other Americans were indicted for their involvement in the organization and arrangement of the match and neither Boris Spassky, Lothar Schmid or others involved were faced with any rapprochement for their participation. In 1992 in Yugoslavia, Bobby Fischer's only crime was to play chess again, after years of isolation.

Fischer is unlikely to ever repeat his crime; it is assumed he has left chess forever. Through his exile, Fischer's punishment has already been severe. Twenty years after being hailed as a national hero in his home country, on the 20th anniversary of his legendary US victory in the 'Match of the Century', Bobby Fischer finally returned to chess and earned a US arrest warrant."

To date over 4000 supporters have entered their names in the petition list.

posted by Irdial , 6:09 PM Þ 

Life without numbers in a unique Amazon tribe

Piraha apparently can't learn to count and have no distinct words for colours

Friday, August 20, 2004 - Page A3

1+1=2. Mathematics doesn't get any more basic than this, but even 1+1 would stump the brightest minds among the Piraha tribe of the Amazon.

A study appearing today in the journal Science reports that the hunter-gatherers seem to be the only group of humans known to have no concept of numbering and counting.

Not only that, but adult Piraha apparently can't learn to count or understand the concept of numbers or numerals, even when they asked anthropologists to teach them and have been given basic math lessons for months at a time.

Their lack of enumeration skills is just one of the mental and cultural traits that has led scientists who have visited the 300 members of the tribe to describe the Piraha as "something from Mars." [...]

Man without Number. Its like man without the wheel. This is what it would be like if we could time travel and meet cave men; we would meet people profoundly different from us, on the most fundamental level. Now, imagine people from 5000 years ahead of us asking us to do their equivalent of "counting" whatever that might be. If you can imagine that.

This is a good read btw.

posted by Irdial , 5:58 PM Þ 


There are lots of pictures of my friends (and possibly me) doing this. Sad but true.

Also Subservient President - I haven't this posted here yet. A bit of a one-trick horse.
posted by alex_tea , 4:57 PM Þ 

The image has shocked, sickened and outraged people. But more importantly, it has captured the imagination of young men and women up and down the country who don't give much of a shit about anything. The result is a new craze called "doing a Lynndie". If you aren't "doing a Lynndie" now, you soon will be.
posted by Irdial , 12:55 PM Þ 

At MONSTER MUSIC is on SoulSeek.
posted by Irdial , 12:48 PM Þ 
posted by alex_tea , 12:24 PM Þ 

Judge rules Grokster, StreamCast not liable for copyright violations
File-sharing verdict major setback for recording industry

Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer

A federal appeals court offered sweet music for online file sharers and dealt a bitter defeat to the entertainment industry Thursday, ruling that two companies that make popular file-sharing programs aren't responsible for copyright violations by people who use their software.

Observing that courts are "ill-suited to fix the flow of Internet innovation,'' the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld a federal judge's April 2003 ruling that validated the operations of Grokster Inc. and StreamCast Networks and stunned major music and film companies.

The issue before the court was whether the companies, whose software is used by millions to swap free music and movies, are responsible when -- as in most but not all cases -- someone downloads a copyrighted work without the author's permission.

Holding the two companies liable would force them to change the nature of their operations or shut down. That was the choice presented to Napster, which had to end its free file-sharing service after another panel of the same court ruled in 2001 that it could be considered responsible for users' copyright infringements.

But the court said Grokster and StreamCast differ from Napster in crucial ways: They merely enable users to locate and share files and lack the ability to block access to particular files or evict copyright violators from their networks.

Unlike Napster, which maintained a central index that people would consult in order to locate a file stored by another user on the network, Grokster and StreamCast (whose software is called Morpheus) provide programs that allow users to conduct their own searches.

Hooray for common sense, and a good day for decentralised information!
posted by meau meau , 11:57 AM Þ 

There are a lot of angry spies at Langley, and one of the angriest is Mike Scheuer, a senior intelligence officer who led the Bin Laden station for four years. While some of his colleagues have vented their frustrations through leaks, Scheuer has done what no serving American intelligence official has ever done - published a book-length attack on the establishment.

His book, Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror, is a fire-breathing denunciation of US counter-terrorism policy. In it, Scheuer addresses the missed opportunities of the Clinton era, but he reserves his most withering attack for the Bush administration's war in Iraq.

He describes the invasion as "an avaricious, premeditated, unprovoked war against a foe who posed no immediate threat but whose defeat did offer economic advantage". He even goes so far as to call on America's generals to resign rather than execute orders that "they know [...] will produce more, not less, danger to their nation". Bin Laden, he believes, is not a lonely maverick, but draws support from much of the Islamic world, which resents the US not for what it is, but for what it does - supporting Israel almost uncritically, propping up corrupt regimes in the Arab world, garrisoning troops on the Saudi peninsula near Islam's most holy sites to safeguard access to cheap oil.

"America ought to do what's in America's interests, and those interests are not served by being dependent on oil in the Middle East and by giving an open hand to the Israelis," Scheuer argues. "If we're less open-handed to Israel over time we can cut down Bin Laden's ability to grow. Right now he has unlimited potential for growing." What makes these comments the more challenging to the Bush administration is that they come from a self-described conservative and instinctive Republican voter. [...]

This is as refreshing and reassuring as it is sickening. They KNOW THAT WHAT THEY ARE DOING IS WRONG. Finally, someone at the very core of that nation has come forward and said it. Now the real war begins; will the people who run the systems in America, like Mike Scheuer now do everything in their power to utterly destroy the Bush Neocon Axis, or will they sit quietly and watch their country be thrown into the garbage?

The choice is simple, either sit quietly and watch America be dismantled by these monsters or use all of your powers to finally rid us of them and return the world to stability. Whatever they need to do, they need to do it immediately - perhaps this book is the beginning of that action - because as time goes on, this new false "reality" will become the default reality, and people will not even remember the real America. In that scenario, it will be nearly impossible to go back.

Either way, it is really very heartening to read that someone, in the CIA of all places, has laid it out in prcicsely the way that we know is right.

I said "all of your powers". Twice. I am presuming that you know what that means!

posted by Irdial , 11:53 AM Þ 
Thursday, August 19, 2004
posted by Ken , 8:29 PM Þ 
posted by Ken , 8:26 PM Þ 


Bought 3 LPs on vinyl for £1.99 each today from Oxfam.

"Gods of Grunge" by Art Phag - heard them on the Peel show donkeys years ago (89/90), saw an article in Maximum Rock N Roll around the same time too, sounds a bit like the very early Cramps, or to a teenager/40-something/Hoxtonite of today, "The White Stripes". It's pretty far out.

"Tranzophobia" by Mega City Four - a little known fact about this album is that on the cover, second from left, the guitarist Danny is wearing a Vehicle Derek teeshirt that I hand painted in my bedroom in 1988.

"Broadcast" by Cutting Crew - I remember this group from my teens, as they had a big hit with "I just died in your arms tonight". As a teenage metaller I paid no more mind to this song than was necessary at the time (given that it was on TV and radio and so forth), but last year I was reading a thing on the marillion website (which you can only get to by clicking here and then clicking on the red question mark next to the title "map of the world" on the tracklisting) and read about the singer of Marillion going on holiday to Barbados with the singer of Cutting Crew and eating a strange apple. Evidently that's all it takes to get me to part with £1.99 these days.
posted by captain davros , 6:55 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 6:44 PM Þ 

Looking for interesting dud/e/ettes on Audioscrobbler, I came across this chap:

who, wait for it, is:

Registered on: April 24th, 2004
Num. songs: 25081
Forum posts: 0
Vital Stats: ~ / 47 years old / Male
Now Listening: ???? - ?????????????

Did you see that? Registered in April 2004, and has TWENTY FIVE THOUSAND AND EIGHTY ONE PLAYS.

So, in 116ish days, this person has played 25,081 tracks. This is 97.0007575 plays each day, and if each one lasts 5 mins, thats 8.08339646hrs of music a day.
posted by Irdial , 6:34 PM Þ 

Today I heartily recommend "ozeanische gefühle" by irr. app. (ext.). It is a beautiful treatment of the subject matter (Wilhelm Reich's ideas) and handles it in a completely intelligent way. I have never heard this band (man?) before, and I must say they are very very good. Long, slow sophisticated drones interspersed with complex melodic treatments. Probably better than any recent output by NWW and Hafler Trio. Very, very impressed.
Also very nice album art.
That is all!
posted by Barrie , 6:07 PM Þ 

When Adam Katz attempted to line up to buy shares in the soon-to-come Google Latest News about Google initial public offering, he was heartened by the company's promise to be more accessible to small investors.

But after he registered online to bid on the IPO, he found out that his broker, Fidelity, required a minimum balance of $100,000 to take part in the IPO. So while Google's Dutch auction differs from the traditional IPO process of doling out IPO shares to wealthy individuals and institutions, it's still not as democratic as some would hope.

This report highlights the kind of system the Google IPO is trying to counter.

What people should do if they want to invest in Google is together form a trust or holding company to buy the required value of shares if they can't do it by themselves, no?
posted by meau meau , 5:04 PM Þ 

Iran warns of preemptive strike to prevent attack on nuclear sites
DOHA (AFP) Aug 18, 2004

Iranian Defense Minister Ali Shamkhani warned Wednesday that Iran might launch a preemptive strike against US forces in the region to prevent an attack on its nuclear facilities.

"We will not sit (with arms folded) to wait for what others will do to us. Some military commanders in Iran are convinced that preventive operations which the Americans talk about are not their monopoly," Shamkhani told Al-Jazeera TV when asked if Iran would respond to an American attack on its nuclear facilities.

"America is not the only one present in the region. We are also present, from Khost to Kandahar in Afghanistan; we are present in the Gulf and we can be present in Iraq," said Shamkhani, speaking in Farsi to the Arabic-language news channel through an interpreter.

"The US military presence (in Iraq) will not become an element of strength (for Washington) at our expense. The opposite is true, because their forces would turn into a hostage" in Iranian hands in the event of an attack, he said. [...]

Whats good for the goose is good for the gander. Would you expect anything less?

posted by Irdial , 4:37 PM Þ 

This thread has me in stiches...!!!!
posted by Irdial , 3:53 PM Þ 

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Really I should have known that this album wasn't the Ladytron I was thinking it was going to be (Light & Magic + 604 etc.). Despite this massive mistake I don't hate this album, it sounds like some sort of early 70s' psychadelic rock ...Hmmm I don't know a lot of tunes from this time but I think this sounds a bit like Pink Floyd when Syd Barret was in the band. In short this isn't what I wanted to buy .....but it's O.K. ......if you like this sort of thing. [...]


Like I keep saying, you cant make this shit up!!!!!
posted by Irdial , 3:33 PM Þ 


A lot better than Ladytron as well.
I laughed out loud!

GoogleIPO - have they lifted the US residents only restriction?
I wouldn't be in anyway. They will be USURPED within 5 years.
You heard it, hear first.
posted by Alun , 3:28 PM Þ 

Unless its AT.
I have to......
Pity the Ladytron hating fool!!!!!!!!!
posted by Irdial , 3:21 PM Þ 

We have three Gmail invites to give away; first come, first served. Email to be served. The Google IPO price has been set at $85 - which of you are in? There have been some interesting articles about the Dutch auction system being "too complicated" for the average punter to understand. Is this really a surprise? Buying stock is not like toddling off to Ladbrookes and punting on The Grand National - maybe it should be...........NOT!

Audioscrobbler is a very interesting beast. Take a look at the way people listen to music, and the frequency graphs. Most of the time, they all have the same shape; a power law function. Do I have to say anything about WHAT people are listening to? A very interesting thing happened last night. I was watching MTV2 for a moment, and a group came on whose image I did not recognise. I guessed that it might be Interpol; they were dressed in black from head to toe, and as the music started, it sounded like what an Interpol track might sound like...then, the music REALLY started, and the "players" started jiggling around like schaufensterpuppen and then the LYRICS started...then something else happened...

I laughed out loud!

At the end of the track, as MTV2 does, it displayed the who and what of the video (but sadly, not the WHY) it was.....Franz Ferdinand. Do you mean to tell me, I thought to myself, that THIS is the "Franz Ferdinand" that everyone is mad for? These are the lyrics? This is the music? Wtf?

Thus ended another eye opening session of watching MTV2.

On a related note, FTV is going paid. FTV, which is the only real music TV on the air, only it isnt, is going to be getting some money from me - unless they want too much. I have heard alot of great music from FTV, the majority of it untraceable, since it is instrumental, and cannot be googled, and they never say what is playing behind the pictures. This is where I found "Post Industrial Boys" for example.

Feedburner is a great tool; providing stats on who clicks on the links in your feeds. The last time we offered Gmail accounts to people, we gave them all away sucsessfully; now we can see who clicks on the link to this item via Feedburner's stats.
posted by Irdial , 3:12 PM Þ 
posted by meau meau , 3:10 PM Þ 

Today I recommend The Knife, Heartbeats (Rex the Dog remix). I think this originally came out about 18 months ago. I remember seeing the video, but there's this remix 12" coming out in a couple of weeks which my friends have been playing. Nice Kate Bush synthpop stuff. A lot better than Ladytron as well.

posted by alex_tea , 3:08 PM Þ 

Why is the US doing its best to alienate all of its allies?
By Stephen Robinson
(Filed: 19/08/2004)

It must have been around the fifth hour of internment during my visa ordeal on Tuesday when the quiet, controlled anger of my little gang of fellow visa seekers hardened into rebellious contempt. It was hot, there was no water to drink, and the US embassy vending machine was not working.

Then, a young US Marine in fatigues and flashy desert combat boots, kitted out as though he was just back from patrol in Najaf, sauntered through the waiting room, with a military baton swinging from his belt.

We despondent huddled masses, who had been queueing in Grosvenor Square since just after dawn for a stamp in our passports to allow us to go to America, looked in utter bewilderment at this preposterous show of force.

I declare an interest here. Normally, I am absurdly, unquestioningly pro-American. I lived in Washington for seven happy years. I have many American friends, and a 10-year-old American god-daughter who is as delightful as she is precociously intelligent.

When my Leftie friends refer to George W Bush as a grinning monkey, I rebuke them and tell them to show more respect to the leader of the free world. I take the "War on Terror" seriously, even if I think the term is daft. I reached for the sick bag when, at the end of a showing of Michael Moore's tendentious Fahrenheit 9/11 at our local cinema, the audience rose as one to give it a burst of sanctimonious applause.

Yet even I find I am enraged by the current attitude of America in its disproportionate approach to defending the homeland. Too many friends and colleagues report horror stories of being held in rooms, separated from their children, for trivial, easily explicable visa violations.

This week, The Daily Telegraph reported that the American authorities will no longer shackle foreigners whose visas have expired. I suppose we should be grateful for this concession, but I have come to loathe the voice of post-September 11 American officialdom, the bogus politeness you hear in visa and immigration lines: "Sir, please don't put your foot on that line, Sir." Go to hell!

The treatment of captives held without charge in Guantanamo Bay may well be a disgrace in terms of civil liberties. But at least you can mount a defence of the practice on practical, if not moral, grounds.

What is baffling is why America is doing its best to alienate those who are its natural allies around the world - those who want to go there to study, or work, like the Home Counties businessman sitting next to me on Tuesday who suddenly wondered if he really did want to take his young family out to America for a year.

Anyone who wishes to go to the US to work or study is required to set up an interview by dialing a £1.30-a-minute premium telephone line, as though you are seeking hot lesbian sex.

Then you join a queue outside the embassy at 7.30am. As it happens, the information I and my fellow queuers had got from the premium telephone line turned out to be incorrect, so we had to leave the queue to find a bank, wait for an hour for it to open, pay in £60 for our visa fee, then rejoin the back of the queue.

"Sorry about that," said the affable young man doing the crowd control in Grosvenor Square, "they're an outsourced private company in Scotland who give out the wrong information to everyone."

Seven hours after I joined the queue outside the embassy, I was summoned without apology or explanation to be fingerprinted like a common criminal. No doubt my dabs will be stored in perpetuity on some gigantic computer in Washington, and passed on to David Blunkett in due course to be incorporated in his exciting new ID card.

"I'm glad to say, your application has been successful," the woman told me after inspecting my application form for 30 seconds, in a voice suggesting I had won the lottery. But, of course, I could not take my passport home with me. That cost me another £10 for the courier service, the only way you can get your passport back.

Why are we forced to jump through these ridiculous hoops? My guess is that it has something to do with the fact that shortly before the September 11 atrocities, the Bush administration relaxed the rules for Saudi nationals so that they no longer had to appear in person to pick up their American visas.

This turned out to be embarrassing when 15 of the 19 hijackers were later identified as Saudis. So now everyone has to suffer, whether it be a Daily Telegraph journalist going to cover the Republican convention, a post-graduate student wanting to study at Princeton, or the Home Counties businessman rethinking his decision to take his family to the Midwest.

The thinking behind America's understandable concern about homeland security seems to be that the next terrorist attack will be exactly like the last. Thus, nail clippers cannot be taken on aeroplanes because on September 11 the hijackers slit the pilots' throats.

I wish I believed that al-Qa'eda terrorists were stupid enough to try to repeat the playbook, but I very much doubt it.

A friend just back from touring the US-Mexico border reports that he was singled out for intense immigration attention while Mexicans - and anyone else who might or might not be Mexicans - continued to stream through the porous border without any scrutiny or papers.

In the meantime, a large part of Mayfair is cordoned off like a military camp. William Farish, the last American ambassador, went home in June, even though no successor will be appointed until after the November presidential election. As he left, Mr Farish made all the right noises about the special relationship between Britain and America.

Let us hope his successor realises it is best to try to defeat terrorist foes without first making enemies among your natural allies. [...]

The Telegraph!!!!!

Can you hear the burning outrage, the seething anger? Nothing can stand up to this forever, something has to give, either this mawkish and blind love for the USA must die, or the USA return to what it was; more of a great nation than it is today.

If, by some misadventure ID cards are introduced here, as the penny drops, the reaction will be massive. Total refusal to comply with them will sweep throughout the country. The system will be broken. Utterly. Hopefully we will not have to go to the length of waiting for the disaster to happen. Either way, it is clear that there is enough Britishness left in this island to fend off Bliar Blindkid and their un-British plans.

posted by Irdial , 12:46 PM Þ 

posted by meau meau , 12:32 PM Þ 

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posted by Irdial , 12:22 PM Þ 

Blunkett is an enemy of the people
By John Redwood
(Filed: 19/08/2004)

David Blunkett's love life is in the headlines when his work as Home
Secretary deserves the brickbats. I do not want to make a window into his
private life. My concern is the way he and the rest of this Government are
systematically undermining English institutions, taking away our freedoms
while claiming they have our safety at heart.

For David Blunkett has been on one of these incredible New Labour journeys.
He has crossed the political spectrum, starting out on the Left, passing
through the soft Left, to become the outrider of Blairism. Many of his old
socialist sympathisers find his new clothes ill-suited to their beliefs.

David Blunkett, like the other few remaining New Labour figures, believes he
can use Conservative language to woo the middle ground while acting like a
socialist in the Mirror. As a Conservative who believes in our institutions
and who wants to see law and order upheld, I find myself appalled by the
crudity of some of Blunkett's language. He is not talking Tory as he thinks.
He is speaking authoritarian, pandering to the worst instincts of some
Labour voters tempted by the National Front. He loves rows with the judges
and delights in second-guessing the judiciary, breaking a strong safeguard
of our freedoms.

His agenda is surveillance coupled with ever more intrusive controls on the
daily lives of largely law-abiding people. He wants identity cards, even
though the Government has shown it cannot run a National Insurance numbering
system properly and cannot prevent forgeries of passports or people arriving
and staying with no passports at all. The Government with its EU friends is
launching the ID prototype, the photo health card. He wants a national
databank recording DNA, finger prints or iris shapes. He is thinking of
allowing the police to arrest people for any alleged misdemeanour, however
small, including dropping litter. He favours ever more surveillance cameras,
and belongs to a government that sees the motorist as the source of much

He is even thinking of renaming the Crown Prosecution Service the Public
Prosecutor. Robespierre and the Jacobins would be proud of him. They would
urge him no doubt to close Parliament Square - with the help of Ken
Livingstone - and place the guillotine there for offending motorists.

Labour in opposition was always ready to defend people's liberties whatever
the threat to those of us in office. No cry went up to introduce ID cards,
ring Westminster with concrete and steel, put in bullet-proof glass screens,
or detain more people without trial when terrorists murdered three
Conservative MPs in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, the threat of terrorism has
shifted to another part of the world. Now Labour believes we should
surrender all too many of our liberties in an attempt to prevent an attack.

Most of their ideas are likely to prove as ineffectual at dealing with the
claimed problem as they are offensive to all of us who love liberty. The
glass screen in the Commons had no sooner been put in than we had a flour
attack from that very gallery on the Prime Minister! Armed police swarming
around the Palace could not prevent climbers assaulting Big Ben and are not
the right response to a possible enemy who needs tracking by good use of
targeted intelligence.

David Blunkett allows many people to be held without trial under the
terrorist legislation, only to be released without charge. He showed no
remorse about the way detainees were handled at Guantanamo Bay. He has
presided over a shambles of an immigration service, where political
leadership has been sadly lacking. One junior minister had to go for her
failure to get a grip, while her boss distanced himself from all blame.
Ministers have little control over who is entering the country or little
knowledge of some who have come, so their answer is more checks on everyone
already legitimately here! They promised not to detain new arrivals in camps
and prisons, yet end up doing just that.

Many of us who wish to obey the law and live in a free and peaceful country
feel we are living under an alien occupation from this Government. In our
daily lives many law-abiding people now fear authority rather than see it as
an ally. People have to be careful what they say, in case they offend the
thought police. Thought crimes are often taken more seriously than theft or
violence against a person.

As drivers, we have to follow an ever more bewildering array of signs and
rules. We are told we will be pilloried for speeding even when the road is
clear, conditions good and the speed limit self-evidently foolish. We know
we will have the book thrown at us if we park in the wrong place or get
stranded in a box or cycle lane or bus lane because the vehicle in front
suddenly does something unpredictable. Meanwhile, the driver of a stolen
vehicle without insurance often escapes unchallenged.

David Blunkett and his colleagues in government are the new Jacobins, who,
like their French forebears, are unleashing a cultural and institutional
revolution. Their attempt to talk Tory and reassure the law-abiding is now a
grotesque caricature, serving only to reveal just how they wish to use the
threat of global terrorism and death on the roads as excuses to tighten the
noose of control around the rest of us.

They demolish our proud institutions without a by-your-leave, pulling down
the Lords, trying to evict the Law Lords and abolishing the Lord Chancellor,
savaging the great universities, wrecking the buildings of Parliament with
their authoritarian concrete blocks and steel and glass control posts. The
symbols of Labour are becoming the surveillance camera overhead, the
multiple question forms we need to fill in for everything and the armed
policeman in the Mother of Parliaments. No wonder people feel they are now
living in Prison Britain. It is high time Mr Blunkett's record was unpicked,
rather than his private life.

At last. The right language. The correct level of outrage.

That was in "The Telegraph".

The sleeper awakens.

is the TINY URL.
posted by Irdial , 11:19 AM Þ 

The International Herald Tribune

Sharp, new focus for U.S. election
Brian Knowlton/IHT IHT
Wednesday, August 18, 2004

WASHINGTON For the first time in decades, foreign affairs and national security issues are emerging in the final months of the U.S. presidential campaign as greater concerns among American voters than economic matters, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

Not since 1972, during the Vietnam War, have security and foreign affairs concerns dominated at this point in a campaign, the Pew Research Center said in the report.

The survey suggests that public views on Iraq, and the administration's success or failure in overcoming violent opposition there in coming months, could decisively influence the election between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry, said the Pew director, Andrew Kohut. The study also found that Americans' views on Iraq and other foreign policy issues had diverged to a historically unusual level - the foreign policy opinions of Republicans and Democrats had been much closer in the past- reaffirming the notion that the candidates would have to continue scrapping through to Election Day for votes among small numbers of undecided voters.

For instance, Republican support for the doctrine espoused by Bush that pre-emptive war is justifiable against potential enemies has grown, to 88 percent from 79 percent last year, while Democratic support for it has fallen, to 44 percent from 58 percent.

Nearly the same number of Americans said they favored a "cautious" foreign policy as a "decisive" one.

"The debate about whether it is better to be loved or feared is shaping up as a major issue," said Lee Feinstein, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, which collaborated on the Pew study.

Four in 10 Americans now cite international and defense issues as the most important problems confronting the country, the survey found. Only one in four mentioned economic concerns. [...]

Compare and contrast with the poll conducted for The Guardian. WTF? People over there are finally getting the message? Tell me I'm not DREAMING.

The split down party lines is however, very worrying. It indicates that at least some of the people are simply believing what someone is telling them, rather than coming to the logical conclusion that, yes, fire burns your hand if you thrust your hand into the flames. If this were not the case, then all the numbers for pre-emption would be down, and there would be no split.

Either way, if this poll is accurate, its a move in the right direction.

EPI, charge 200, CLEAR!!!!
posted by Irdial , 10:42 AM Þ 

A tourrorist


Mr Bin Laden Is Jealous of the Western Pigs


The pigs build a 'secure home' but their freedom depends upon never leaving it, h-a/mmmmmmmmmm!




Crying Wolf
posted by meau meau , 10:37 AM Þ 

In a spirit of plagiaristic neophilia...

Global ID is the new Blogdial

And a big thanks for your ideas on uses for the camera. All logged and noted, and if anything comes of them, you'll be the first to see.

More on cloning.
At Newcastle, Murdoch and Stojkovich now have the chance to see just how difficult human therapeutic cloning will be. "It could be that it works in humans straightaway, or it could turn out to be much tougher than doing it in animals," says Murdoch. "There are big hurdles, but none is insurmountable. If you think back 25 years to when IVF first started, if we'd given up when the first few attempts didn't work, we'd never have the routine service we have now. The potential benefits of what we are doing is so great, we'd have to have several years of it not working at all before we'd even think of giving up on it."
posted by Alun , 10:35 AM Þ 

The Private Eye has a neophiliac section:

"Is Beckham the new Diana" Daily Mail.

"Is Talinn the new Prague" Newsnight.

"Iraq is the new Vietnam as pop protest returns to the airwaves" Sunday Herald.

"Giggs: Ronaldo is the new me" Sky Sports.

"Trendscouts at Euro RSGC worldwide say this fall ugly is the new pretty" unpopular is the new popular" PR drivel.

"Is 50 the new 40" Is 60 the new 50" Radio Five Live.

"Welsh is the new Black" Western Mail.

"Disposing of Property Assets is the new Black" Property Review.

posted by meau meau , 9:51 AM Þ 

More information

The programs that are listed in this article have apparently changed their names in Windows XP SP2. You may not notice some of these changes. Additionally, Microsoft may have resolved some of their errors since this article was published. Contact Microsoft?s technical documentation department for more details, and try to cheer them up, for they seem to be having a bad day.

Old name New name
Adobe PageMaker 7 Adobe Pagemaker 7
Ad-Shield 3 Ad-Sheild 3
Extra Enterprise 2000 Extra Enterprise 2000 2000
Command AntiVirus Command Antivirus
WordPerfect Family Pack 5 Word Perfect Family Pack 5
1st & 2nd Grade Excelerator 1st nd Grade Excelerator
McAfee VirusScan 7 McAfee VisursScan 7
Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator 3 Microsoft Comabt Flight Simulator 3
Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 Microsoft Power Point 2002
Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 Microsoft Virutal PC 2004
ViewNow 1.0 View Now 1.0
ViewNow 1.05 VewNow 1.05
Norton AntiVirus 2003 Norton Antivirus 2003
Symantec AntiVirus Corporate Edition Smantec Antivirus Corporate Edition
posted by Irdial , 2:26 AM Þ 

Something is the new something
A list of cliches (via Google) where something is being transposed to be the new thing:
  • Clarendon is the new Helvetica
  • The location field is the new command line
  • Fake is the new real
  • Orange is the new black
  • Quiet is the new loud
  • Nearshore is the new offshore
  • Red is the new blonde
  • Blacker is the new black
  • Iraq is the new Vietnam
  • Movie piracy is the new plague
  • Fat is the new thin
  • Wide is the new black
  • Fat is the new tobacco
  • Organic is the new kosher
  • MFA is the new MBA
  • Small is the new big
  • Spim is the new spam
  • Being uncool is the new cool
  • Gay marriage is the new abortion
  • 30 is the new teenage
  • Butt crack is the new cleavage
Of course, everything is the new black.


And according to Beautyon, "Minimalism is in Simplicity is out". Or is that another sort of thread? And of course, "Brown is the New Black". Chime in. Later.
posted by Irdial , 2:12 AM Þ 

Microsoft pays dear for insults through ignorance

The company has now launched geography classes for its staff to avoid further bloomers which have caused embarrassment and cost money on a grand scale. He said that as a geographer himself it was depressing that Americans had a reputation for being particularly unaware of the rest of the world. The annual National Geographic Survey had thrown up the sad fact that only 23 out of 56 young Americans knew the whereabouts of the Pacific Ocean. [...]

Perhaps the best known, and one of the most expensive, errors was a colour-coded world map showing time zones, which showed the disputed Jammu-Kashmir region as not being in India - an offence under Indian law. The mistake led to the whole of the Windows 95 operating system being banned in the country, losing large sales. For its replacement, Microsoft, Office 97, Microsoft removed the colour coding and sold 100,000 copies in India. [...]

For example when employees were arrested in Turkey because Kurdistan had been shown as a separate entity on maps of the country, a decision was taken to remove Kurdistan from all maps.

"Of course we offended Kurds by doing this but we had offended the Turks more and they were a much more important market for our products. It was a hard commercial decision, not political." [...]

One mistake that caused catastrophic offence was a game called Kakuto Chojin, a hand to hand fighting game. The fighting went on with rhythmic chanting in the background which in reviewing the game Mr Edwards noticed appeared to be Arabic.

"I checked with an Arabic speaker in the company who was also a Muslim about what the chant meant and it was from the Koran. He went ballistic. It was an incredible insult to Islam." He asked for the game to be withdrawn but it was issued against his advice in the United States in the belief that it would not be noticed.

Three months later, the Saudi Arabian government made a formal protest. Microsoft withdrew the game worldwide. His investigations showed the Japanese, who had developed the game for Microsoft, had added the chant to the tape because they liked the sound of it without checking its origins. "They were chastised and corrected," he said. [...]

· The Spanish version of Windows used the word Hembra - meaning "woman" in Spain - for choosing gender. But in some Central American republics, notably Nicaragua, the word is an insult meaning "bitch". The programme was changed. [...],3604,1285890,00.html

Well...I laughed my ass off!!!!!

Legend of Zelda "The Ocarina of Time" also has some Islam baiting chants in its sound, but this was never noticed.

posted by Irdial , 1:46 AM Þ 
Wednesday, August 18, 2004

The more word spreads about it, the more useless it becomes...

Unless they buy up a lot of domains anonymously. But like it says on the site, it's hard to find appropriate domains. His Spiceplay site is just some tacky, get-rich-quick, Suicidegirls rip off. Lame.
posted by alex_tea , 11:41 PM Þ

Please thrash this FeedBurner XML feed so I can test the stats!
posted by Irdial , 9:50 PM Þ 

Finally, a network music player that looks as good as it sounds! Roku SoundBridge lets you play your Mac or PC digital music files anywhere in the house ? connecting your stereo or powered speakers to your computer?s digital music library. MP3, AAC, AIFF, WAV music formats are supported ? and it's network ready with wired Ethernet or an optional CompactFlash Wi-Fi adapter. A large, bright display and Apple Rendezvous? and iTunes® support make this player a winning part of your home entertainment system.

Both M1000 and M2000 make playing your favorite music files a breeze. The only difference is the size and capabilities of the display. Features include:

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  • Ultimate Access - Play your Mac or PC digital music files (AAC,* MP3, WAV, AIFF) anywhere in the house via Ethernet or Wi-Fi network. (*AAC DRM files are not supported.)
  • Use Your Existing Sound System - connects to powered speakers via the
    included RCA-to-mini audio cable, or to your stereo system using
    SoundBridge's analog RCA or digital Optical or Coax audio outputs.
  • Internet Radio - Listen to a large selection of free music and talk Internet radio stations.
  • Fast Browse - (patent pending) Quickly browse huge music collections by Album, Artist, Genre or Composer. Play your iTunes playlists. Or use keyword search to find the exact title you're looking for.
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Read More Detailed Feature List >


Now. If only you could have neighbors with good taste in music...

posted by Irdial , 6:22 PM Þ 

What's Wrong With Showing ID?

"There are good people with bad papers; and bad people with good papers."
- Bertold Brecht

What does an ID, any ID, do for security? The honest answer is 'not much'. If anything, relying on ID for security purposes actually makes things worse.

Showing ID only affects honest people. If you're dishonest, you can obtain false documents or steal the identity of an honest person.

If a 19 year-old college student can get a fake ID to drink, why couldn't a bad person get one, too? And no matter how sophisticated the security embedded into the ID, wouldn't a well-financed terrorist be able to falsify that, too? The answer to both questions is obviously 'yes'.

Honest people, on the other hand, go to Pro-Life rallies. Honest people attend gun shows. Honest people protest the President of the United States. Honest people fly to political conventions. What if those with the power to put people on a 'no fly' list decided that they didn't like the reason for which you wanted to travel? The honest people wouldn't be going anywhere.

Bad people, besides using fake IDs and stolen identities, can also make the system of checking IDs work in their favor. The Carnival Booth effect, as described by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, means that terrorists can probe an ID security system by sending a number of people on innocent trips through the system and noting who is flagged for extra searches and who isn't. They then send only those who the system doesn't flag on terrorist missions.

Still, some Americans think that 'if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear'. Were the Founding Fathers criminals trying to protect themselves when they inserted the 4th and 5th amendments into the Bill of Rights? After all, nobody who hasn't done anything wrong needs to worry about being searched or being forced to testify against himself.

Over the years, Americans have become accustomed to showing ID in any number of circumstances. Few have asked the question, 'Why?'.

The custom of showing ID at airports came about in July of 1996, in the wake of the TWA flight 800 disaster. Faulty fuel tank insulation caused TWA 800 to explode over Long Island Sound. Before we knew that, there was concern that terrorists had blown up the plane. According to former terrorism czar Richard Clarke's book, the ID requirement was instituted as a temporary measure so that then-President Clinton had something to announce to the families of the victims when he met with them. After the 2001 World Trade Center bombings, the ID requirement became mandatory, as anyone who has flown since can testify.

The Department of Homeland Security has attempted to institute programs predicated on the use of ID to improve air security. One such program, the Computer Assisted Passenger Profiling System II (CAPPS II) would have required every citizen to undergo a background check as a precondition to travel by commercial airline.

CAPPS II depended on the presentation of government-issued photo ID in order to function. The information contained on the ID would have been cross-checked against a variety of public and private databases, and an individual threat assessment would be generated based on this information. The CAPPS II program was pronounced 'dead' in July of 2004, but the Department of Homeland Security is continuing to work under wraps to produce a replacement system that works similarly.

Another program which depends on showing ID is the Watch List and No-Fly List. Airlines are issued these lists by the federal government and are required to request ID from their passengers in order to check them against the lists. This has resulted in countless citizens with names similar to bad people being harrassed, arrested, or prevented from travelling by air - including every person named 'David Nelson'.

Much has been done to make travel by air safer. Cockpit doors have been secured, pilots are armed, and Air Marshals patrol airplane cabins. Increased physical security at airports has dramatically increased the safety of our nation's skies. Above all, the mindset of the flying public has also changed: no longer will passengers remain passive in the event of a skyjacking.

The demand for ID does nothing for security while making honest Americans less free.

How can such systems be dangerous? Learn more...
posted by Irdial , 5:53 PM Þ 

Police want you to pay for their wire taps

Ottawa ? Canada's police chiefs propose a surcharge of about 25 cents on monthly telephone and Internet bills to cover the cost of tapping into the communications of terrorists and other criminals.

The suggestion is intended to resolve a standoff between police forces and telecommunications companies over who should foot the expense of providing investigators with access to phone calls and e-mail messages.

Police say they cannot ? and should not ? be forced to pay the often hefty costs involved in carrying out court-approved wiretaps and message searches, warning that investigations will suffer if they are expected to pick up the tab. [...]

Globe and Mail

posted by Irdial , 5:46 PM Þ 

Rejection Messages

This is the message that is currently sent out to rejected people (written by solarrhino). If you'd like to help make it better, you can.

Subject: Nice to hear from you

Ha ha, just kidding. Actually, this is a rejection letter. The person who gave you this email address does not want to have anything to do with you.

This is probably bad news, and many people cope with bad news in phases: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Let us help you through these:

"It must be a mistake": Nope. You got an address in the form or, right? Well, all we here at do is send rejection notices. If you got this email address, it wasn't an accident. No, you've definitely been rejected.

"Why is this happening to me?": Well, there are two main points. First, the person you wrote to obviously had this email address ready to give you, so they probably get hit on a lot. Second, for whatever reason, that person would rather let you get this rejection letter than reject you in person. So who should you be mad at: all the other creeps who have hit on this person before you, ruining your chances; or you yourself for being too intense or scary to be let down gently? Either way, you really shouldn't be "angry" at anyone - what good does that do? [...]

The more word spreads about it, the more useless it becomes...unless its only idiots who get the napkins, but then they are more likely to get the napkins than the nice guys, so either way, the life of this is going to be short. Short and funny. Very funny.
posted by Irdial , 5:39 PM Þ 

L'école de Viole en France aux XVIIe et XVIIIe Siècles :

posted by Irdial , 5:13 PM Þ 

U.S. Visit

This provides a very important lesson; whenever a system like this is set up, the govt always uses it for purposes other than the ones intended.

That article talks about catching "terrorists" but does not mention the nebulous "persons of interest to law enforcement", which as we have seen, includes people who have not payed their parking tickets.

Not paying a parking ticket and being caught by US Visit means that you will be shackled like an animal, kept without food for 24 hours and humiliated, in case you were not aware.

10 million people have passed through the system. Can you HEAR the buzzing?!

The image ? cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.
posted by Irdial , 4:44 PM Þ 

U.S. Visit adds system to track departing travelers


James Carafano, a senior research fellow for defense and homeland security at the Heritage Foundation, a Washington think tank, said that although the exit system is neither complete nor foolproof, it plays a valuable role in overall border management.

"U.S. Visit is not a silver bullet. It doesn't have to have a zero error rate," Carafano said. "It just has to work as intended."

He said it must balance competing goals of tightening security while not impeding legal travel.

Currently, U.S. Visit has large gaps that well-informed enemies could exploit. For example, DHS still is working to coordinate the back-end databases.

But U.S. Visit?s fingerprint scanning system already has recorded biometric data on almost 10 million people.

It may not matter to the US government or its advisers whether there is a zero error rate or not but to those 'identified' as a threat there is the potential of unlimited detentiion without charge and all the rest that we currently see which of course is a complete insult to anyone who has been falsely 'identified'. Unfortunately if you do choose to go to the US their surveillance data won't leave with you but sit on a database for at least three years and probably more, even more unfortunately you don't even need to go to the US for this to happen because the reach of the US Datagrab is being globalised in a way that multinational corporationss must be green with envy.
posted by meau meau , 3:50 PM Þ 

Iraq given a low priority by voters

Download today's poll in full (pdf)

Alan Travis, home affairs editor
Wednesday August 18, 2004
The Guardian

The average voter does not share the keen interest of the political and media classes with Iraq, according to the results of this month's Guardian/ ICM opinion poll.

The survey shows that voters, including Labour supporters, rank Iraq last out of a list of 10 issues that they consider to be most important when deciding how they will cast their vote in the next general election. Only 12% say it is a crucial issue for them in deciding who to support.

Equally, the voters do not appear to share Westminster's preoccupation with the European Union and rank it only eighth out of 10.

Conservative voters do regard the future of the EU as a more important question to them than Labour voters, but it does not dominate their thinking about politics and they still rank it only sixth in their list of concerns.

The finding may give a jolt to those senior figures in the Tory party who regard a major crusade over changes to the EU constitution as the issue on which they can make the most progress at the next election.

Instead, the average voter overwhelmingly regards the state of the health service as the most influential factor in his or her decision, followed by education and law and order.

The polling evidence that Iraq fails to excite the voters may explain why Labour's poll position has remained buoyant over the past year despite the sharply divisive disputes within the cabinet and party over conduct of the war. [...]

What this means is that when the next slap in the face happenes, the next Mysteron retaliation occurs, no one will understand WHY it has happened, and it will be easy to say anything as a reason, and this reason will be swallowed hook line and sinker.

Lets spell it out. Iraq is the number one concern, for from this single situation, the entire future life of theUSUK flows.

Premptive invasion breeds people who will attack USUK, which will retailiate by erasing your liberty, and then attacking a new phantom menace, which in turn starts the cycle over again.

Your wishes for a health service are dashed by the wasted BILLIONS of your money that are diverted to these absurd attacks on other peoples countries; yes, IRAQ is your NUMBER ONE CONCERN YOU IDIOTS!!!

You will get more of what you want if you PAY ATTENTION!!!

posted by Irdial , 1:59 PM Þ 


people doing strange things with electricity

next meeting:

We're taking a break for the summer, but hope to see you all at the mega runme/dorkbot citycamp in denmark in August 2004!




  • tbc

if you'd like to speak at a future dorkbotlondon, please let us know.

past meetings
we've had seventeen!: 2001/11/07, 2001/12/05, 2002/02/06, 2002/03/13, 2002/04/10, 2002/05/07, 2002/06/09, 2002/07/03, 2002/08/07, 2002/09/11, 2002/10/09, 2002/12/07, 2003/02/19, 2003/06/11, 2003/08/13, 2003/10/22, 2003/12/13

if you took photos at a previous dorkbot and didn't let us know, please do!

what's dorkbotlondon?
first there was dorkbotnyc, a monthly meeting of electronic artists in new york.

    "dorkbotnyc is a monthly meeting of artists (sound / image / movement / whatever), designers, engineers, students and other interested parties from the new york area who are involved in the creation of electronic art (in the broadest sense of the term.)" [more dorkbotnyc]

some people realised that their home city of london was in dire need of such a meeting, and dorkbotlondon was born.

our dorkbots have been well attended by some great people, so we've made it an (ir)regular event.

mailing lists
we have an announce list and a blabber list.

posted by Irdial , 10:05 AM Þ 

Booji Boy, in his crib

destroying you.
posted by Irdial , 12:41 AM Þ 

post deletion is cool. now try deleting deez nuts!

posted by Ken , 12:12 AM Þ 

posted by Irdial , 12:00 AM Þ 
Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The suit is a continuation of Gilmore's original challenge (Gilmore v. Ashcroft), which he filed without backing from civil liberties groups in U.S. District Court in July 2002.

Although a traveling tips page on the Transportation Security Administration website advises travelers to "keep available your airline boarding pass and government-issued photo ID for each adult traveler until you exit the security checkpoint," government lawyers refused to tell the judge in the original case whether or not the requirement existed.

Government lawyers argued the government does not require passengers to show identification to fly and that "the challenged requests for identification are of central importance to achieving the government's objective of preventing air piracy."

But the government acknowledged that if the requirement did exist, it would be in a secret security directive that had to be challenged in an appeals court, an argument heeded by the judge when she finally dismissed the original lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds 14 months after hearing arguments in the case.

Gilmore, who made millions as the fifth employee of Sun Microsystems, has not flown or taken an intercity bus or train domestically since July 4, 2002, when he was not allowed to fly on Southwest Airlines without showing identification, despite having gone through the screening process.

Gilmore says he does not have a state-issued identification or driver's license and that the identification rule, unlike searches for weapons in carry-on bags, does not make the country safer.

"I'm not willing to show my passport to travel in my own country," Gilmore said in an interview. "I am not willing to have my rights taken away by bureaucrats who issue secret laws in the dead of night."

The identification requirement dates back to the Clinton administration, which put the measure in place just after the explosion of TWA Flight 800 in 1996. Terrorism was initially suspected as the cause of the disaster, though it was later determined that a faulty fuel tank was to blame.

Civil liberties advocates say that they are now backing Gilmore's challenge both because the stakes are high and because the political mood in the country has shifted since 2002. [...],1848,64599,00.html?tw=wn_tophead_7

posted by Irdial , 11:44 PM Þ 

5-0s get IBIS: License, registration, fingerprint, please >

Identix IBIS

Looks like those carefree days of not carrying an ID around with you in case the fuzz stops you up could be gone soon enough. Civil liberties groups are already up in arms, but we?re not sure what took the cops so long; in Minnesota the fuzz have begun testing handheld fingerprint scanners which are wirelessly linked to fingerprint and criminal records databases. Apparently this is going to be rolled out right quick because Identix has dropped the price from $14,000 to $4,500 for each one of these IBIS (Integrated Biometric Identification System) scanner (which, in case you were wondering, runs MS Pocket PC OS, has an SD slot, and a color 320 x 240 screen). But can we just say that even at that heavily discounted price it smells a lot like government cheese? Because it does, especially when you figure that an off-the-rack Pocket PC with a fingerprint scanner and software won?t set you back more than a grand or two at most.

posted by Irdial , 11:29 PM Þ 
posted by Irdial , 11:23 PM Þ 

That page is so beautiful, so perfect, superb, sublime -------- The Pity I feel.....



posted by Irdial , 10:24 PM Þ 

totally beautiful. I gasped.

are you kidding? this is what it looked like to me:
posted by alex_tea , 9:52 PM Þ 

When the book of classic CSS design is printed will be in there; totally beautiful. I gasped.
posted by Irdial , 5:16 PM Þ 

shake the house down for all things with cool textures and shapes, lovely colours, and then spend hours, making intricate landscapes. Of course with a protagonist. Shoot them with some pull-apart film, and then photo-transfer the images to blank journal covers or canvas.
posted by mary13 , 4:13 PM Þ 

I came by a book by Thomas de Hartmann recently, to think I must have walked by it many thousands of times and I must have held it in my hands at least twice before.

My Keen Eyes
posted by meau meau , 2:39 PM Þ 

I'd photograph my fruit bowl of fruit, or my food if it weren't for all the steam it would be nice to get photo's of someone else's sleeping head in that thing.


Unheimlich Schön
posted by meau meau , 1:42 PM Þ 

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luc ferrari "danses organiques" long playing record

  • danses organiques - cinema pour l?oreille (1971-1973) 1 - 6?07?
  • danses organiques - cinema pour l?oreille (1971-1973) 2 - 7?59?
  • danses organiques - cinema pour l?oreille (1971-1973) 3 - 11?19?
  • danses organiques - cinema pour l?oreille (1971-1973) 4 - 7?38?
  • danses organiques - cinema pour l?oreille (1971-1973) 5 - 7?38?
  • danses organiques - cinema pour l?oreille (1971-1973) 6 - 10?33?

vinyl version of one of ferrari?s more engaging all-electronic pieces...
posted by Irdial , 1:31 PM Þ 

What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?

Philip E. Agre
August 2004

Liberals in the United States have been losing political debates to conservatives for a quarter century. In order to start winning again, liberals must answer two simple questions: what is conservatism, and what is wrong with it? As it happens, the answers to these questions are also simple:

Q: What is conservatism?
A: Conservatism is the domination of society by an aristocracy.

Q: What is wrong with conservatism?
A: Conservatism is incompatible with democracy, prosperity, and civilization in general. It is a destructive system of inequality and prejudice that is founded on deception and has no place in the modern world.

These ideas are not new. Indeed they were common sense until recently. Nowadays, though, most of the people who call themselves "conservatives" have little notion of what conservatism even is. They have been deceived by one of the great public relations campaigns of human history. Only by analyzing this deception will it become possible to revive democracy in the United States.
posted by Irdial , 12:49 PM Þ 

Hyperlink Policy

ATHENS 2004 Organising Commitee for the Olympic Games -Website Hyperlink Policy

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a) Use the term ATHENS 2004 only, and no other term as the text referent

b) Not associate the link with any image, esp. the ATHENS 2004 Emblem (see paragraph below)

c) Send a request letter to the Internet Department stating:
* Short description of site
* Reason for linking
* Unique URL containing the link (if no unique URL than just the main URL)
* Publishing period
* Contact point (e-mail address)

Once the request has been mailed, interested parties can proceed to include the link and will only receive a response if ATHENS 2004 does not accept the link. All requests should be sent to:

The Internet Department
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The emblem of the ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games
posted by Irdial , 12:27 PM Þ 

NHS patients will need three cards
.... a European health insurance card to replace the E111 form, which entitles UK residents to free or reduced-cost emergency treatment when travelling in Europe.

.... the NHS smartcard that is being developed to allow patients to book hospital appointments and access their personal "health space" on the internet. The space will store information about treatment preferences, next of kin and personal health records.

... the national identity card being proposed by the village idiot, David Blunkett - as proof of entitlement to NHS services. Patients may not be able to register with a GP or get non-emergency treatment without it.
posted by Alun , 12:21 PM Þ 
Monday, August 16, 2004

What would YOU do with it? That's my question.

I would get a selection of interesting books, make slides of the images, hire a slide projector and then either

a. start an electro band and use them as a backdrop to imply a great cultural background to my abstract bleepery


b. have an excellent far out party and use them as a backdrop to imply a great cultural background to my rampant debauchery

or do both. Possibly even simultaneously

After that, I'd put it in the shed.
posted by captain davros , 7:32 PM Þ 

I also travelled this weekend, to southern Alberta. Specifically to the Drumheller region, where you will find beautiful desert-like scenery, deep valleys gouged by ancient rivers which reveal the beautiful layered sediment, and lots and lots of dinosaurs. Drumheller itself is a dumpy, pathetic old mining town that doesn't take its natural resources (fossils) seriously so let's not concentrate on that. Going outside the town you with find the Royal Tyrrell Museum, one of the best fossil collections anywhere. The truly bizarre Burgess Shale is always my favourite, but the big gallery of therapods is always impressive as well. The landscape of the area is also beautiful, featuring many plateaus and odd natural forms carved by wind and rain.

Also I got this new toy. Very cool. Now I can rip vinyl again, using my big ol' 80's amplifier as source (you don't need amplified input for this thing, but I don't trust that it would sound good without pre-amplification). Griffin are awesome.
posted by Barrie , 5:54 PM Þ 

I have just acquired, free of charge, this.... now what do I do with it?

What would YOU do with it? That's my question.
posted by Alun , 5:32 PM Þ 

I did some charitable computer support today for some friends and found that one of their 4 machines didnt have Norton Anti Virus on it.

I installed it on the machine, and rebooted. When it got up, NAV immediately started scanning outgoing email messages. LOTS of them.

Some of the messages caused NAV to launch a popup with a failure notice; each mail was trying to use a machine somewhere to send the mail, and was failing for one reason or another. I immediately realized that I was dealing with..... a ZoMbiE machine! It was something uncanny; watching messages being sent out 10 or 20 at a time to different relays...increadible, and there was no way to stop it, no immediately visible process to explain why these mails were being sent out...rather strange, offensive and eerie all at the same time.

I realized that it had to be one of the recent spamming tools, but which one? I went to symantec, tried out Netsky and Sasser removal tools, because they are the ones causing all the trouble, and sure enough, it was Netsky, with 2308 files deleted after the tool ran. Sasser was not found on the machine.

I wonder how many mails were sent from this machine? It could have been in the hundreds of thousands, if not more...imagine, millions of these machines, all spewing out messages....devious!
posted by Irdial , 2:32 PM Þ 

"I have stuck to that principle over the years, whatever the pressure to confirm or deny a particular story and defended all politicians' right to a degree of privacy in their private life."

Fine words indeed we all have a right to a 'degree' of privacy in our private life and that attitude should cover not only our actions but our bodies too, neither of which should be databased and the rest of it.


Tony Liar wants to open the way for former ministers and senior civil servants to accept lucrative jobs in private industry without having to wait months to take up the posts because of their inside knowledge of government decisions.

Sounds like the profile of a certain dame I've heard so much about.


Another Tony
Deserted With
Junk Food
posted by meau meau , 1:43 PM Þ 

Rare record labels - Ska, Calipso, Rocksteady, Reggae, Dub, etc. Beautiful.
posted by alex_tea , 12:43 PM Þ 

NoRelevance - Really cool visual junk.

Check out the beautiful 7" labels and the hand painted signs.
posted by alex_tea , 12:31 PM Þ 

From the ID article...
"I don't want to start talking paranoia language but data protection has a strong continental European flavour," said Mr Thomas.
"Some of my counterparts in eastern Europe, in Spain, have experienced in the last century what can happen when government gets too powerful and has too much information on citizens."

Latest magnificent anarchist grafitto in Hackney...
If voting changed anything it would be illegal

And a very disconcerting spam I received today...

Message-ID: <010101c4833f$4922e6b5$>
From: "Drew B. Global" []
To: Alun
Subject: johansen
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 22:15:41 -0500

posted by Alun , 9:48 AM Þ 

Dav you can use this:

to access any website that is blocked by your emloyers. Yes "emloyers".
posted by Irdial , 9:16 AM Þ 

Watchdog attacks ID card scheme
Demonstration ID card
British information watchdog says government should clarify ID cards
Government plans for identity cards have been criticised by Britain's information watchdog.

Information Commissioner Richard Thomas says the scheme could result in the UK "sleepwalking into a surveillance society".

He raised concerns over ID cards, a separate population register proposed and plans for a database of every child from birth to the age of 18.

But the Home Office said the scheme would help fight identity fraud.

A spokesman added: "The Government remains committed to its plans for a national identity card scheme which, among other things, will protect people in the fight against identity fraud and organised crime."

posted by alex_tea , 1:35 AM Þ 

Something's up. Boris Johnson seems positively liberal, a pillar of commonsense amongst a frenzy of politicians and commenators trying to forge a false moral high ground.
posted by alex_tea , 1:25 AM Þ 

Gmailers, gmail me. I don't get enough gmail!
posted by captain davros , 12:57 AM Þ 

Alun, thanks for your interest in little old moi. I am not bad, had the weekend away at a friend's wedding in Sussex. Saw several excellent shooting stars on Friday night.

Latest artwork was this, a white rectangle of stones done on Bognor Regis beach on Sat'dy afternoon whilst the GF caught some rays.

Alas Blogger (but not Blogdial) is blocked at my work now, so there will be no more posts from me in the daytime. C'est la vie...
posted by captain davros , 12:24 AM Þ 

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