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Environmentalists oppose GM crops, let Africans starve to death? [ Politech ] As if it’s not bad enough that “Stalin” Mugabe created a famine, now his
Aug 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Envi­ron­men­tal­ists oppose GM crops, let Africans starve to death? [Politech]

As if it’s not bad enough that “Stal­in” Mugabe cre­at­ed a famine, now his ide­o­log­i­cal broth­ers want to keep the affect­ed peo­ple from receiv­ing food aid. I’m end­less­ly dis­gust­ed by the way col­lec­tivists eager­ly pro­mote suf­fer­ing and death as long as their ide­ol­o­gy is advanced in doing so.

Earth Summit Bogs Down in Bitter Trade Debate .
Aug 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Earth Summit Bogs Down in Bitter Trade Debate. The trade debate spilled onto the streets outside the tightly guarded conference center in the wealthy suburb of Sandton, where 200 poor farmers and local street traders from nearby shanty townships shouted slogans demanding freer trade.

"We want the freedom to grow what we want, when we want, with what technology we want, and without trade-distorting subsidies or tariffs," said Barun Mitra, an Indian farm activist leading about 30 farmers from his country. [Reuters]

This has been pretty much ignored by the US media--even here it's only a few paragraphs of a longer story. Still, it's nice to know that there are some voices of sanity present, even if they are mostly drowned out by Tranzi propaganda.

Liberal domination on college campuses is even worse than you thought. [ OpinionJournal ] It’s hard to think of an ideal propounded with m
Aug 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Lib­er­al dom­i­na­tion on col­lege cam­pus­es is even worse than you thought. [Opin­ion­Jour­nal]

bq. It’s hard to think of an ide­al pro­pound­ed with more fer­vor on our nation’s cam­pus­es than that of diver­si­ty. So it is with more than pass­ing inter­est that we noticed a new study con­firm­ing that when it comes to the polit­i­cal alle­giances of col­lege fac­ul­ties, there is no such ani­mal.

The study looks at par­ty reg­is­tra­tion for fac­ul­ty mem­bers, and divides them into right and left. I do object to their inclu­sion of Lib­er­tar­i­ans as “right”–the peo­ple who did the study seem to have missed the point a bit there. How­ev­er, it’s irrel­e­vant to the results of the study, because near­ly all fac­ul­ty mem­bers belong to left par­ties.

As I mentioned yesterday, I took part in the survey of Newton users mentioned by Wired.
Aug 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

As I men­tioned yes­ter­day, I took part in the sur­vey of New­ton users men­tioned by Wired. Now you can read my respons­es in the sto­ry titled “Apple New­ton Research”.

Brad Pettit : “As for Lawrence Lessig’s romanticized notions of MORE (‘many who share my affection for this clean bit of code’), and for those who think the MORE source should be place
Aug 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Brad Pet­tit: “As for Lawrence Lessig’s roman­ti­cized notions of MORE (‘many who share my affec­tion for this clean bit of code’), and for those who think the MORE source should be placed in pub­lic domain, be fore­warned.” [Script­ing News]

He answered the ques­tion of what hap­pened to the MORE source:

By the time Doug left (being the last of the real LVT devs) after ship­ping MORE 3 (The David Whit­ney era), Syman­tec had giv­en up. There was 3.1 that fixed a few bugs, and a fea­ture I added for a spe­cial build sup­pos­ed­ly used by one of the Hub­ble devel­op­ers (ORA, for “their” bug fix). When I left Syman­tec for Apple, while on the Mac ACT! team, I archived the MORE source code and dev envi­ron­ment to a dri­ve and gave it to my man­ag­er in case it was ever need­ed. “Just run this script.”

A few years ago, Syman­tec asked me where they could find the code (how f-ing irre­spon­si­ble is that?). I nev­er could quite under­stand because the source for every release, on mul­ti­ple flop­pies, was to have been in some vault some­where. Go fig­ure. Any­way, they were going to show the source to an out­side par­ty, but I don’t know why. They tracked it down when I told them about the dri­ve.

Newton’s Return: A Hit and a Myth .
Aug 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Newton’s Return: A Hit and a Myth. A pair of con­sumer behav­ior­ists is study­ing the New­ton com­mu­ni­ty as a case study of a ‘brand com­mu­ni­ty.’ They are par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in the recur­rent rumor of the Newton’s return. By Lean­der Kah­ney. [Wired News]

I took part in that study myself, back in Feb­ru­ary. I still have my answers to their ques­tions some­where, I’ll see about post­ing them here.

Apple’s Newton Just Won’t Drop .
Aug 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Apple’s New­ton Just Won’t Drop. Apple killed the New­ton hand­held com­put­er in 1998. It should have gone away, but thou­sands of fans still use it and keep its appli­ca­tions cur­rent. By Lean­der Kah­ney. [Wired News]

This is a thor­ough, well-researched arti­cle with only minor tech­ni­cal errors. The author also wrote about Hyper­Card two weeks ago–he seems to have an inter­est in advanced tech­nol­o­gy that was Steved.

A brief response to Larry Lessig’s story about releasing the source code of MORE.
Aug 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

A brief response to Lar­ry Lessig’s sto­ry about releas­ing the source code of MORE. [Script­ing News]

I’m a lit­tle dubi­ous about what Dave is say­ing. He address­es why, in his opin­ion, Syman­tec killed MORE in the first place when he says this:

Syman­tec made a bet that the team would stay at the com­pa­ny. But that didn’t work out. And with­out the devel­op­ers (key point) the source was worth­less. A lot of non-engineers don’t get this, but that doesn’t change it.

That may or may not be true–and Dave is in a posi­tion to know–but say­ing that nobody but the orig­i­nal team could use the source says, some­thing rather bad about the orig­i­nal team.

In any case, this has noth­ing to do with Symantec’s cur­rent posi­tion on MORE. I’ve worked at Syman­tec for sev­er­al years, and I’ve asked around about where the source to MORE is, just because I’m curi­ous about it. Nobody in the Mac group knows–I’m not even sure the com­pa­ny still has it.

I can state with absolute cer­tain­ty that the com­pa­ny has no inter­est in MORE or any oth­er pro­duc­tiv­i­ty app. Every time peo­ple talk about what new prod­ucts the Mac group should devel­op, I always sug­gest that we revive MORE–and peo­ple always laugh at me. In fact, as far as I know I’m the only Syman­tec employ­ee who even uses it. The cur­rent man­age­ment envi­sions Syman­tec as a “secu­ri­ty” com­pa­ny, and MORE does not fit that vision.

It’s pos­si­ble that if the source does exist some­where Syman­tec might be will­ing to sell the prod­uct. That did hap­pen with Act! after all. Some­body has to offer to buy it for that to hap­pen, though. So if any ambi­tious pro­gram­mers out there real­ly want to see MORE devel­oped fur­ther, try putting your mon­ey where your mouth is. It can’t hurt to try!

Libertarian Arrested In Arizona For Displaying Protest Sign at Televised Debate .
Aug 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Lib­er­tar­i­an Arrest­ed In Ari­zona For Dis­play­ing Protest Sign at Tele­vised Debate. Joe Duarte, a Lib­er­tar­i­an can­di­date for U.S. Con­gress, was arrest­ed on Sun­day, August 25, for dis­play­ing a hand-held paper sign protest­ing the League of Women Vot­ers’ unlaw­ful exclu­sion of Lib­er­tar­i­an can­di­dates from a tele­vised guber­na­to­r­i­al debate at Pima Com­mu­ni­ty Col­lege in Tuc­son. Duarte was advised by police at the event that he must either leave the debate venue or stop dis­play­ing his sign. When he refused, he was hand­cuffed and removed. [Sier­ra Times]

Larry Lessig thinks the world would be a better place if the source of MORE was in the public domain.
Aug 28th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Lar­ry Lessig thinks the world would be a bet­ter place if the source of MORE was in the pub­lic domain.   [Script­ing News]

He also men­tions Hyper­Card and the New­ton. In the case of prod­ucts which have been delib­er­ate­ly killed by the cor­po­ra­tion that owns them, despite the wish­es of their users, there’s some­thing to be said for the idea of set­ting them free after ten years.

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