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Carry on, gun-control .
Nov 30th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Carry on, gun-control. I briefly toyed with the idea of posting this under the ‘Humour’ category but, the trouble is, I am not… [Samizdata.net]

There’s a particularly good comment on this post:

bq. The modern Leftist religion has several dogmas, such as gun control works, or higher taxes stimulate the economy, or Alger Hiss was framed.

Proponents of gun control continue to support gun control for the same reason devout Catholics believe in the Immaculate Conception, or evangelical Christians believe the Biblical account of the Creation. Such things are matters of faith, not fact, and as such are immune to rational examination.

For a Leftist, denying Gun Control is heresy. Guns are Evil Talismans, with supernatural powers of mind control. No matter how few guns are legally held in society, no matter how ineffective gun laws are, they will always seek to “control” them further.

Kevin

Kenya probe focuses on Somali militants .
Nov 29th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Kenya probe focuses on Somali militants. United States officials say a Somali-based Islamic group may have carried out Thursday’s twin attacks on Israeli targets in Mombasa. [BBC News | Front Page | UK Edition]

I’m sure the US would love to find (or invent) a connection to Somalia. That would give them an excuse to resume Clinton’s failed attempt to conquer Somalia for the UN.

I ran across an article titled “The Uncomfortable Truth” in the Liberty Impact newsletter.
Nov 28th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

I ran across an article titled “The Uncomfortable Truth” in the Liberty Impact newsletter. Since their archives are out of date, I reproduced the article here.

Record the Lens That Records You .
Nov 28th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Record the Lens That Records You. A poly sci professor wants shoppers to photograph mall surveillance cameras that photograph them. The point is to dramatize how vulnerable we’ve become to prying eyes. By Patrick Di Justo. [Wired News]

A friend of mine did that at an indoor mall in Southern California a while back. Sure enough, mall security threw him out–they didn’t believe that “turnabout is fair play.”

Arafat Aide: Uprising Fails Palestinians [ AP World News ] Yasser Arafat’s top deputy said the armed uprising
Nov 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Arafat Aide: Uprising Fails Palestinians [AP World News]

bq. Yasser Arafat’s top deputy said the armed uprising against Israel has been a mistake for the Palestinians and must be stopped, declaring it had held up Palestinian independence and led to a reoccupation of West Bank cities by Israeli troops.

Although this is obvious to any outside observer, it’s unusual for someone in the PLO to be saying it. I wonder how much longer he’ll be Arafat’s top deputy?

My new “Micron” arrived yesterday, and I spent some time setting it up at home.
Nov 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

My new “Micron” arrived yesterday, and I spent some time setting it up at home. The hardest part was finding room on my desk–I already have my PowerMac G4 with two monitors there. So far it’s working out nicely.

I’ve noticed a significant difference between the Mac and Windows versions of “Mozilla”.
Nov 25th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

I’ve noticed a significant difference between the Mac and Windows versions of “Mozilla”. In the PC version the Download Manager works correctly, but in the Mac version the progress bar and “xx of xx KB” displays don’t update until the download is complete (which makes them useless). Hopefully the Mac version will be fixed soon.

Is Microsoft Truly ‘Trustworthy’? .
Nov 25th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Is Microsoft Truly ‘Trustworthy’?. Microsoft seems to have gotten security religion, but its initiatives to convince users to blindly install every patch could create even more problems. Commentary by Lauren Weinstein. [Wired News]

This may be true, but I don’t expect anything to change. After all, the best way to ensure the security of your personal computer is to buy a Mac, and Microsoft is hardly going to encourage that.

Do People Really Use Their PDAs? [ Slashdot ] I work in a high-tech industry and I see more people carrying their PDAs than actually using th
Nov 24th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Do People Really Use Their PDAs? [Slashdot]

bq. I work in a high-tech industry and I see more people carrying their PDAs than actually using them.

The people I know with PDAs don’t even bother carrying them, let alone using them. Until recently I was in the Wireless products division at Symantec, and even in this group of people who created PDA products, I was the only one who actually used a PDA. It’s a common thing to see a meeting room full of people with yellow pads in front of them–and if they have a PDA at all, it will remain off throughout the meeting. Perhaps this is because my PDA is a Newton, which is actually useful, whereas others have Palms and PocketPCs, which are not.

Man dies from rabies after bat bite .
Nov 24th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Man dies from rabies after bat bite. A conservation worker has died after contracting Britain’s first case of rabies for 100 years.. [BBC News | Front Page]

Perhaps this is why the British government finally ended their policy of quarantining pets for six months–they finally realized that a rabid bat could just fly across the English Channel.

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