in lieu of radio ...

a somewhat random collection of pages and thoughts started sept 16 2001. now that i'm not on the radio 6 hours every day, blogger allows all of us to harangue...

Monday, August 30, 2004

By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created. This set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer matches the correct votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. It takes only seconds to change the votes, and to date not a single location in the U.S. has implemented security measures to fully mitigate the risks. The Diebold GEMS central tabulator contains a stunning security hole (Black Box Voting)

Sunday, August 29, 2004

Horan on track, silverstone

This guy.... again!!!!!????????

Saturday, August 28, 2004

Bright, concise, damming, incomplete.... The real issue: Bush is incompetent (Richard Reeves UPI/IHT)

Bob Barr, one of the most conservative congressmen there ever was: The FBI's Pre-Emptive Interrogations Of "Possible" Demonstrators - Chilling Political Speech (Findlaw)

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Independent 527 groups opposed to Bush have pumped far more cash into the race than the anti-Kerry groups and they, too, have made irresponsible assertions. And though two Bush campaign officials have now quit because of their ties to the swift boaters, Kerry's operation has all the same kind of ties to the anti-Bush groups.

What Kerry and the Democrats do not have is an explicitly ideological cable network, a dedicated publishing house and a pantheon of sympathetic, wildly popular talk radio shows that essentially function as 527 groups.
CBS News | Dirty Tricks, Patrician Style

group hug Not exactly what one would think...

SSSHHHHUUUUDDDDERRRRRR.... Dogpile - SearchSpy ( "Ever wonder what the rest of the world is searching for? )

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Speaking for many, I suspect : Kill Microsoft Word (Dvorak, PC Magazine)

Monday, August 23, 2004

"You cannot speak about a team that represents freedom. We do not have freedom in Iraq, we have an occupying force. This is one of our most miserable times," he said. Olympics-Soccer-We're no symbol of freedom, Iraq coach says (Reuters)

Sunday, August 22, 2004

Medical professionals in hospitals and facilities treating returning soldiers were threatened with $10,000 fines if they talked about the soldiers or their medical problems. They were also threatened with jail. Because this is more than just a privacy concern. The Pentagon is not telling us about DU. Is it because they don't know? Don't want to know? Depleted uranium: A Dirty bombs, dirty missiles, dirty bullets

Friday, August 20, 2004

The CIA has taken much of the blame for the security lapses that led to 9/11 and the false intelligence on Iraq's WMDs. But now one spy has broken ranks to point the finger at the politicians - and warn that the war on terror could plunge the US into even greater danger. We could have stopped him Julian Borger - Guardian UK

SANS Internet Storm Center says that the average time for an "out of the box" Windows XP installation to be infected once connected to the internet is... 20 minutes. Here is their useful paper: Windows XP: Surviving the First Day

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Wide-ranging interview: GrepLaw: John Gilmore on inflight activism, spam and sarongs

Pretty good page about IM for parents: LADA Protecting Our Kids - Instant Messaging (LA County DA) but I'm not sure about the ComputerCop disc, I wonder what false positives that throws up.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

The President of the United States should be able to answer any question, or at least dance around one. At some time--early and often--he should submit to questioning and be held accountable, because if you don't have that then you only have one side of the story. The Presidential news conference is the only forum in our society, the only institution, where a President can be questioned. If a leader is not questioned, he can rule by edict or executive order. He can be a king or a dictator. Who's to challenge him? We're there to pull his chain and to ask the questions that should be asked every day, for every move. Helen Thomas Interview (The Progressive)

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

"I'm not willing to show my passport to travel in my own country," Flight ID Fight Revived (Wired News)

Monday, August 16, 2004

Companion piece to below. I bet the poor sucker is still running Outlook Express and IE! A Digital Doctor Treats Computer Contamination (washpost)

Diverting essay on unecessary computer problems. Why is this happening to seemingly otherwise intelligent folks? What a Tangled Web Wove (washpost)