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מקור: Urban Legend, פורסם: 30/06/2004, 07:07

  מחלה? קשקוש.   נסו להיזכר איזה שיר ביצע ניסו סימנטוב. ללא ספק...

Sony Releases One Pound, 3.31-Megapixel Camcorder
Source: The Raw Feed, published: 29/06/2004, 13:35




Sony announced its new $1,300 DCR-PC350 MiniDV Handycam camcorder, which sports a 3.31-megapixel CCD, excellent Carl Zeiss lens and a weight of just one pound. The downside is that it uses Memory Stick media.

זה לילה סתווי, ואין כוכבים, ואין לי מפה, אז איך אני אגיע אליכם הביתה?
מקור: Urban Legend, פורסם: 29/06/2004, 12:17

  עד לפני כמה שעות הפרסומתפרומו הזו עוד שובצה ככותרת השלישית בעמוד הראשי של YNET, אב...

Modern East Asian Cinema Masterpieces - Hong Kong: Infernal Affairs
Source: kuro5hin.org

Although Hong Kong is most known for its kung-fu flicks with flying Chinese à la Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and various bullet ballets, it has a long history of varied cinema mostly unknown to us westerners. I was introduced to HK cinema while I lived there in 1999 and quickly grew to love it for its differences from the usual Hollywood fare, its honest portrayal of humanity and unique style of storytelling. Infernal Affairs is the best movie set in modern times to come out of Hong Kong since John Woo's A Bullet In the Head. This truly brilliant masterpiece is near-perfect. And as a fresh reminder of HK cinema's versatility Infernal Affairs is not a kung-fu movie nor a bullet ballet: it's a taut psychological thriller with little action, lots of heart and professionalism, and cast which will make you come back for more.

Citizen enemy combatants have a right to judicial review
Source: kuro5hin.org

In a decision which will come as a massive relief to civil libertarians, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled today that United States citizens detained as enemy combatants have the right to challenge their classification in court, and sent the case of Hamdi v. Rumsfeld back to the district court with instructions to hear Hamdi's case and determine whether or not he was properly classified as an enemy combatant. As a necessary condition for that ruling, the Court also ruled that the administration could detain US citizens who were captured in a combat zone (and who were supporting an opposing army within that zone) until the conclusion of the conflict. (A related case, involving a US citizen apprehended at an airport and held as an enemy combatant, was dismissed on the procedural ground that the case had been brought in the wrong district court; the petitioner, Jose Pedilla, will probably file a new case in the correct court shortly).

Using Quantum Cryptography to Find Invisible Men
Source: kuro5hin.org

Since HG Wells first published his lauded exploration of racial identity, Invisible Man, people have been entranced by the myth of invisible men--be they heroes such as Invisible Woman of the Fantastic four, or villains such as Hollow Man's Sebastian Caine. But is it truly a myth, or do invisible men walk among us? And if an invisible man were to be created, how would we detect him and track his movements?

Hypocrisy in action
Source: kuro5hin.org

For those of you following online politics, it's been an interesting couple of days between the Re-elect George Bush site and Democrats.org. Amidst the harsh language and finger-pointing about Hitler imagery, neither side deigns to tell the whole story.

And you thought the Libertarians were bad
Source: kuro5hin.org

Leaving New Hampshire to the Libertarians, We now have another state to worry about: South Carolina. Christian Exodus proposes to move "thousands of Christian constitutionalists to specific legislative districts in South Carolina through a series of emigrations." While advocating secession from the Union (boy, that's gonna win 'em some black votes), their stated purpose is "ChristianExodus.org really desires the return of constitutionally limited government to the whole of these United States." Great.

Libertarian Rhetoric is Counterproductive
Source: kuro5hin.org

There's a problem with typical libertarian rhetoric, and it's illustrated in this article in New Hampshire's Union Leader. When we speak like crazed Rand-worshippers, how do we expect people to react? Of course they're going to call us 'cultists.' From the article: "if you care at all about New Hampshire, you should do everything in your power to cause the Free Staters and Towners to abort their mission. They're nothing but a selfish group of anarchist carpetbaggers whose sole purpose is to destroy a place and people they don't give two hoots about." (I'm not a member of the FSP by the way, just taking an interest.)

You have the right to remain silent
Source: kuro5hin.org

On Friday, June 25, the Washington Post held an online interview with David Bossie, the president of Citizens United, a conservative advocacy group. Mr. Bossie has filed a complaint (pdf) with the Federal Election Commission against Michael Moore's controversial film, Fahrenheit 9/11. The following is a transcript of the discussion.

The first ethical questions of robotics in society are upon us.
Source: kuro5hin.org

As machines and computers grow more intelligent, as a society we must consider their place within our societal code of ethics. For awhile now, these questions have been regarded by many to be so far away that to seriously worry about them now is a waste of breath and time. I intend to show that not only are serious issues of ethics regarding robots and artificial intelligence coming very soon to us, in some aspects, they already are here.

Ask Chuck Palahniuk: the Kuro5hin Interview
Source: kuro5hin.org

Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club, Choke: A Novel, Survivor) is back. Of course, in a community like K5, where Fight Club quotes in signature lines are considered cliche, Palahniuk needs little introduction. His most recent work, Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories presents a pastiche of interviews (Marilyn Manson, Juliette Lewis), articles and essays presented through the minimalist, dystopian perspective that is uniquely his own. In short, Chuck has a book to pimp and he is willing to do an interview with K5, so this is your chance to ask Chuck Palahniuk.

Total Annihilation Redux
Source: kuro5hin.org

I was in the store the other day, looking for a new computer game in the less than ten dollar range. I stop in every once in a while to see which old favorites now had cheap jewel case versions. This month I got very lucky and found a copy of Total Annihilation for six dollars. Sure, the game is now seven years old, but it is still a classic in the RTS (Real Time Strategy) genre. I've gotten burned out on Galactic Battleground and Age of Empires II lately, which are the same for the most part, except for different graphics. Total Annihilation was a leap forward in the RTS evolutionary chain.

June 25, 2004
Source: Joel on Software

Brendan Eich recently wrote: “The best way to help the Web is to incrementally improve the existing web standards, with compatibility shims provided for IE, so that web content authors can actually deploy new formats interoperably.”

Dave Shea nicely summarizes the conversation about web applications. “The recession is over, the slump is ended. Web development is in demand, and the demand is only going to increase.”

Patrick Breitenbach pointed me to General Interface, a company that has built a commercial windowing/UI system on top of DHTML allowing almost-rich-client-apps inside the browser. They lean a bit too heavily on IE-only features for now and the overall look is more like a rich client app than a web app (very much like Oddpost), but hey, it's one way to do it.

Ben Nolan has a dusty library called phplive. “It's event driven programming for the web - but the whole page isn't refreshed - whenever you click a button, focus an element, or fire any event that has a handler on the server - an RPC call is dispatched to the server...”

Ian Hickson of Opera: “Our own position was that any successful framework would have to be backwards compatible with the existing Web content, and would have to be largely implementable in Windows IE6 without using binary plug-ins (for example using scripted HTCs). We were the only ones to even remotely suggest that the solution should be based on HTML.”

Espen Antonsen shares his wishlist: “As a web developer I find many tasks more time consuming and difficult to accomplish when building a web application - we develop a web-based ERP system.”

SysAdmin Week

I just wanted to announce that SysAdmin Week will hence be known as "SysAdmin Fortnight."

June 23, 2004
Source: Joel on Software

SysAdmin Week

New server at Peer 1 NetworksThis week is sysadmin week, in which I catch up on a few months of accumulated system administration headaches.

On Monday I went down to Peer 1 Networks' colocation facility in New York, where the main Joel on Software server lives. Peer 1 provides free bandwidth and a wee shelf (shown at right) for Joel on Software, for which I am extremely grateful. Michael and I installed the original server there about a year and a half ago, and it's been running fine ever since, down only because of Windows Updates. (Don't get me started.) Sometimes the server didn't come back up properly after one of the reboots required for patching Windows, so we installed a remote controlled power strip, which has a web interface allowing us to power cycle the server. There's supposed to be such a thing built into the server itself, something Dell makes called RAC, but it crashes more often than the server, requiring a full power cycle to get it back to life, which defeats the purpose...

Anyway the reason I went down on Monday was to slide in another 1U Dell server into the rack which will serve as a "hot backup" in case the main server dies. I'm going to set up some simple replication from the main server to the hot backup so we should be able to switch back and forth between the main server and the backup server without more than a few seconds of downtime. The replication will use robocopy for files and log shipping for SQL databases like the database behind the discussion group.

Peer 1, by the way, is doing incredibly well. When I installed the server there last winter they only had two rows of racks, mostly empty. On Monday when I went down there the whole data center was crammed with racks and they were turning away new customers until they could arrange for a bigger data center. Joe Cooper, the NY manager, told me they had gone from 20% to 90% capacity in their colo facility and were trying to reserve the remaining 10% for existing customers. A nice problem to have. I couldn't be happier with their hosting services and they're the nicest people, so even though I'm completely tainted since they host my site for free, I most heartily recommend them if you're looking for colocation (or wicker furniture, har dee har har).

bike found
Source: some words to not, published: 29/06/2004, 07:13

this seems to be a day of closures.

f9/11 by tony pierce
Source: some words to not, published: 29/06/2004, 06:13

i wasn't the only one laughing and crying at fahrenheit 9/11, tony pierce was, too (warning: spoilers).

poem mystery solved
Source: some words to not, published: 29/06/2004, 05:13

cynthia solved the davis sq station poetry mystery:

רפובליקת בטטות: Less מואה טמה, בבקשה
מקור: Urban Legend, פורסם: 29/06/2004, 00:13

  ממש לפני כמה ימים הכתרתי את הערוץ של ג'ו ככזה המסוגל לבצע את המשחק המקדים הארוך בי...

Australian Navy Gets Underwater Wireless Windows PCs
Source: The Raw Feed, published: 28/06/2004, 16:50

Australian Navy clearance divers are being issued underwater PCs. British multinational Nautronix will supply the presumably water-cooled Windows machines, complete with GPS or sonar peripherals and the ability to do "underwater SMS."

Overcaffeinated Maniac Shatters Texting Record
Source: The Raw Feed, published: 28/06/2004, 16:35

Student Kimberly Yeo, 23, typed 26-word message on her phone in 43.66 seconds, shattering the speed record. The new record bid will be submitted to Guinness World Records. She must be very popular at school.

ומתי אפשר יהיה לגלוש לנתן יונתן ב-WAP?
מקור: Urban Legend, פורסם: 28/06/2004, 12:20

  אין...

New Use For Mobile Phones: Birth Control
Source: The Raw Feed, published: 28/06/2004, 12:12

Hungarian researchers reportedly plan to announce their findings at an international conference this week that carrying cell phones can lower men's sperm counts by as much as 30 percent. Other researchers, contacted by cell phone, said in high falsetto voices that they're skeptical about the Hungarian claims.

two pieces by rubinstein
Source: some words to not, published: 28/06/2004, 06:13

The separation wall and fences are a good example. The fence's route in the northern West Bank, and around the settlements, has ruined the livelihood of masses of Arab peasants who returned to working the land after they lost their jobs in Israel. The wall in Jerusalem destroys the fabric of life for hundreds of thousands of Palestinian residents of the Ramallah, Abu Dis and Bethlehem regions. But Israeli public opinion has become deaf to Palestinian suffering, because a clear equation has been created in Israel: They are suffering - but we are not being blown up. They will lose their livelihoods, and their children will not be able to reach their schools or doctors' clinics, but we will be able to ride the bus or go to the supermarket with less fear.

new column: until the end of the world
Source: some words to not, published: 28/06/2004, 05:13

this week's column is up, entitled 'until the end of the world'.

מסכנים, הילדים
מקור: ערס פואטי, פורסם: 27/06/2004, 21:49

יש אינטרס ברור גם לימין וגם לשמאל לתאר אירוע כמו התקפת הגרילה על המוצב ברצועה בשם "פיגוע". כלומר, אין בעיה לדבר על "זו מלחמה", או "לתת לצה"ל לנצח", אבל ברגע שחיילים בפעילות קרבית נפגעים, מייד משתנה הטון.

מבחינת הימין, "פיגוע" כזה זהה לפיגועים שהיישובים בעזה סופגים. אין הבדל, לכאורה, בין הסוגים, למרות שעל פניו הוא ברור. הפיגוע נגד ...

New Service Offers 'World's Longest' E-Mail Address
Source: The Raw Feed, published: 27/06/2004, 18:37

Enjoy the many benefits of an impossibly long e-mail address: nobody can remember it; spammer databases can't handle it; e-mail thieves can't use it in most e-mail applications; and more! (And it's free!)

Don't Try This At Home: Building a UNIX-Based Motorcycle
Source: The Raw Feed, published: 27/06/2004, 18:27



An enthusiastic two-wheeled geek named Ben has built UNIX into his motorcycle, mainly to run his helmet cam. It's either a very cool motorcycle upgrade or the ultimate case mod.

למי שייך הקרדיט של דנונה?
מקור: ערס פואטי, פורסם: 27/06/2004, 14:28

פיליפ בולקיה הוא ממעצבי המותגים המובילים בישראל. על החיפוש אחר האיפוק האירופי, ההתרגשות בעבודה עם חברות קטנות והויכוח על הקרדיט של דנונה

 


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