Prenatal care for all, or a Roe v.
Jan 31st, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Pre­na­tal care for all, or a Roe v. Wade endrun?. The Health and Human Ser­vices depart­ment announced today that a new pol­i­cy has been pro­posed which will estab­lish a fetus as an unborn child. []

This is pret­ty clever of the “pro-life” crowd. They can’t just attack Roe v. Wade direct­ly, so instead they tie an indi­rect attack to anoth­er uncon­sti­tu­tion­al, bloat­ed, and waste­ful gov­ern­ment pro­gram.

The most obvi­ous way to attack this is to sim­ply point out that the new pol­i­cy (and indeed the entire Health and Human Ser­vices Depart­ment) has no Con­sti­tu­tion­al author­i­ty and is there­fore ille­gal. How­ev­er, the pro-choice move­ment is (regretably) dom­i­nat­ed by lib­er­als who think uncon­sti­tu­tion­al, bloat­ed, and waste­ful gov­ern­ment pro­grams are just great. They can’t chal­lenge the pol­i­cy on Con­sti­tu­tion­al grounds with­out mak­ing argue­ments that could be used against every­thing else they stand for.

This is an exam­ple of why it is dan­ger­ous to rely on lib­er­als to defend women’s right to an abor­tion. That right is based on the prin­ci­ple of self-ownership–the idea that a woman owns her own body and can do what she likes with it. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, self-ownership is at odds with the lib­er­al belief that peo­ple belong to the all-powerful State, which may dis­pose of them (and the fruits of their labor) as it sees fit.

Lib­er­als are then put in the posi­tion of argu­ing that a woman’s body belongs to the State, but as long as they con­trol the State they will allow women to have abor­tions. This is not very reas­sur­ing, I think. By con­trast, the lib­er­tar­i­an posi­tion is that a woman’s body belongs to her, and it is immoral for any­body else to try to con­trol it.

Read this article on Web Services interop.
Jan 31st, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Read this arti­cle on Web Ser­vices interop. It’s an eye-opener because they include sam­ple code for a web ser­vice in .NET. Look at all the over­head. Did they real­ly design an envi­ron­ment for web ser­vices? If so what are all those mag­ic incan­ta­tions about? [Script­ing News]

I also notice that the sam­ple code for the Perl ver­sion of the ser­vice is much sim­pler than the .NET and Java ver­sions. It’s iron­ic, since the oth­er two are the recip­i­ents of all the “Inter­net lan­guage” hype.

&T Broadband addresses home router concerns ."> AT&T Broadband addresses home router concerns .
Jan 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

AT&T Broadband addresses home router concerns. Johnson said that sharing cable modem access between domiciles is the same as sharing cable television access between domiciles -- not only is it against the company's terms of service, but it's a violation of federal law.

Does that mean that inviting your neighbor who doesn't have cable to watch something in your apartment is illegal? If not, how is that different from letting your neighbor access your 802.11b network?

Female bomber’s mother speaks out .
Jan 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Female bomber’s moth­er speaks out. The moth­er of the first female Pales­tin­ian sui­cide bomber says she hopes more women will fol­low her daughter’s exam­ple. [BBC News: world]

This demon­strates why peace between Israel and the Pales­tini­ans is impos­si­ble at present. How­ev­er, I believe the sit­u­a­tion will improve even­tu­al­ly. Such an insane and evil cul­ture will even­tu­al­ly die out as its mem­bers blow them­selves up, leav­ing the sane Pales­tini­ans to coex­ist peace­ful­ly with Israel.

Bush warns on terror .
Jan 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Bush warns on ter­ror. Pres­i­dent Bush’s first State of the Union address warns Amer­i­cans that
“tens of thou­sands” of ter­ror­ists still threat­en the US. [BBC News: world]

If he were to abol­ish the IRS, that would take care of 100,000 of them!

Nathan Cochrane on Japanese vs.
Jan 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Nathan Cochrane on Japan­ese vs. Chi­nese DVD play­ers, region cod­ing [Politech]

The Japan­ese man­u­fac­tur­ers need to decide who their cus­tomers are. The Chi­nese make DVD play­ers for con­sumers, so it’s nat­ur­al that their prod­ucts are more suc­cess­ful with con­sumers. The Japan­ese make play­ers for media cor­po­ra­tions that are hos­tile to con­sumers, but they still sell the play­ers to con­sumers. Con­sumers aren’t stu­pid, nat­u­ral­ly they’re going to pre­fer the prod­ucts that are actu­al­ly made for them.

Now that I’m working with Radio remotely much more, it’s especially nice to have the “Update Radio.root” page.
Jan 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Now that I’m work­ing with Radio remote­ly much more, it’s espe­cial­ly nice to have the “Update Radio.root” page. It’s cer­tain­ly faster than con­nect­ing to my home sys­tem via Tim­buk­tu! I do sort of won­der why there’s no link to that page in the desk­top web­site inter­face, though. I added a link, but it seems like the kind of thing that ought to already be there…

BBC bans non-PPC 2002 devices for security reasons [ ] At first I thought I was misreading the headline, but the BBC actually thinks Microsoft
Jan 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

BBC bans non-PPC 2002 devices for secu­ri­ty rea­sons []

At first I thought I was mis­read­ing the head­line, but the BBC actu­al­ly thinks Microsoft has the only secure PDA oper­at­ing sys­tem! I’d love to know what gave them that idea. Per­haps a large con­tri­bu­tion by Microsoft to some bureaucrat’s retire­ment fund?

A more prac­ti­cal approach to PDA secu­ri­ty would be to sim­ply tell employ­ees to keep their PDAs under their direct con­trol at all times. The whole point of a PDA is that you can car­ry it every­where with you, thus remov­ing the need for secu­ri­ty.

Of course, any sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion on my New­ton is encrypt­ed use Triple DES. Can an iPaq do that?

An old man with a curious little metal cross .
Jan 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

An old man with a curi­ous lit­tle met­al cross. Vin Suprynow­icz — An old man with a curi­ous lit­tle met­al cross — part of The Lib­er­tar­i­an series. Vin com­ments on the case of retired Marine Corps Gen. Joseph J. Foss, who was giv­en trou­ble at air­port secu­ri­ty because he was car­ry­ing the Medal of Hon­or that he was giv­en in 1943 by Pres­i­dent Franklin Roo­sevelt.
bq. I’ll tell you what would make us a whole lot safer in our skies: Spot­ting an 86-year-old Marine Medal of Hon­or win­ner in line about to board one of our planes, secu­ri­ty per­son­nel should have approached him, asked if he still felt steady enough of eye and hand to help out, and then hand­ed him a loaded Colt .45 and asked if he’d be will­ing to car­ry it at the ready for the dura­tion of his flight.[End the War on Free­dom]

El Al Passenger Brings Gun to NYC .
Jan 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

El Al Pas­sen­ger Brings Gun to NYC. An Israeli pas­sen­ger unwit­ting­ly car­ried a gun in his hand lug­gage on a flight from Tel Aviv to New York, and Israeli air­port offi­cials were try­ing to deter­mine Tues­day how their exten­sive secu­ri­ty checks failed to find the weapon. [AP World News]

A sin­gle flight was acci­den­tal­ly made safe from hijack­ing, and peo­ple act like that’s a bad thing. No won­der ter­ror­ists can turn air­lin­ers into cruise mis­siles.

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