Hindu Riots in India Kill 38 Muslims .
Feb 28th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Hindu Riots in India Kill 38 Muslims. A Hindu crowd set fire to a block of Muslim homes Thursday, killing at least 38 people, including a dozen children, amid riots across the Indian state of Gujarat sparked by a Muslim attack on a train full of Hindu nationalists. [AP World News]

Just in case anyone was thinking that only Islam breeds homicidal maniacs like flies, here is a story about Hindu homicidal maniacs.

Guantanamo Detainees Refuse to Eat .
Feb 28th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Guantanamo Detainees Refuse to Eat. More than a third of the detainees at this remote U.S. military outpost refused to eat breakfast Thursday after two guards stripped an inmate of his turban during prayer. [AP World News]

How is this a problem? Muslim fundamentalists are generally eager to die, and if they want to do it in a way that doesn't hurt anybody else for a change, let them. Maybe we can start a service where fundamentalists can report to a US prison facility to starve themselves, blow themselves up, or whatever, without bothering anyone else.

Dan Gillmor: Trusting the News .
Feb 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Dan Gill­mor: Trust­ing the News. What this hack­er dis­cov­ered is bad enough. But there are even more alarm­ing sce­nar­ios. One of these days, some­one is going to change the online news pages of the Wall Street Jour­nal or New York Time or CNN or oth­er major news orga­ni­za­tion, in a way that does severe dam­age. [Tomalak’s Realm]

This assumes that peo­ple are unwise enough to trust the news when it’s not being hacked. Every time I read an arti­cle in the main­stream media that cov­ers an area I’m famil­iar with, the sto­ry is often wrong in some obvi­ous way, and some­times a bla­tant lie. This leads me to sus­pect the same is true of sto­ries that I don’t have per­son­al knowl­edge of.

Jeremiah, a New Series from B5 Creator, Debuts Sunday [ Slashdot ] This sounds interesting.
Feb 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Jere­mi­ah, a New Series from B5 Cre­ator, Debuts Sun­day [Slash­dot]

This sounds inter­est­ing. Between this new series and Star­gate SG-1, I’m think­ing of sign­ing up for Show­time.

On this day four years ago the Newton was “Steved.” There is still no PDA that has reached the level of the MessagePad 2100, and it looks like it might easily be four more years before anything even approaches it.
Feb 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

On this day four years ago the New­ton was “Steved.” There is still no PDA that has reached the lev­el of the Mes­sagePad 2100, and it looks like it might eas­i­ly be four more years before any­thing even approach­es it.

I just found a new tip-jar service that uses e-gold .
Feb 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

I just found a new tip-jar ser­vice that uses e-gold. It’s remark­ably sim­ple to use:

Computer Company Dell Anti-Gun? .
Feb 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Com­put­er Com­pa­ny Dell Anti-Gun?. On the 26th I placed anoth­er call this time to can­cel the order. After a few hours I got a call back, with this amaz­ing rea­son for the delay. It seems some­one in Dell had already can­celed my order, when I asked why I was told Dell was afraid I was going to use the machine for ille­gal pur­pos­es. When I asked why some­one would think that I was told it was because of the name of my busi­ness ‘Weigand Com­bat Hand­guns Inc.’. Because I am involved in firearms I might be doing some­thing ille­gal. []

I rec­om­mend buy­ing PC hard­ware from some oth­er rep­utable man­u­factuer instead. Per­haps HP?

RIAA Almost Down To Pre-Napster Revenues [ Slashdot ] This is hardly surprising, since Napster is gone.
Feb 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

RIAA Almost Down To Pre-Napster Rev­enues [Slash­dot]

This is hard­ly sur­pris­ing, since Nap­ster is gone. While it last­ed, my record pur­chas­es from RIAA mem­bers went from noth­ing to not very much. With Nap­ster gone, my pur­chas­es are back down to noth­ing. The RIAA can tell what­ev­er lies they like, and who knows, maybe they even believe their own lies. But it won’t change the fact that the only thing that got me to buy CDs was Nap­ster.

Digital Security Fomenting a Feud .
Feb 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Dig­i­tal Secu­ri­ty Foment­ing a Feud. A pro­posed bill with heavy­weight sup­port from the enter­tain­ment indus­try gar­ners dis­trust from tech­nol­o­gy fac­tions; it would make cre­at­ing, sell­ing or dis­trib­ut­ing dig­i­tal sys­tems with­out embed­ded copy pro­tec­tion a crime. Declan McCul­lagh reports from Wash­ing­ton. [Wired News]

This bill would be total­ly uncon­sti­tu­tion­al, of course. Not that this will make any dif­fer­ence to the gov­ern­ment.

Ricochet Bounces Back, Cautiously [ Slashdot ] Apparently the service will be turned back on in Los Angeles first, in the spring.
Feb 25th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Ric­o­chet Bounces Back, Cau­tious­ly [Slash­dot]

Appar­ent­ly the ser­vice will be turned back on in Los Ange­les first, in the spring. This would be great, if it hap­pens. I’ll cer­tain­ly sign up again.

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