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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. [kuro5hin.org]

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.

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.
[MacCentral]

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 [ PDABuzz.com ] 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 [PDABuzz.com]

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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