Friday, October 28, 2005

Aphected by the voices in my head

The image “http://www.evel1.com/Shop/gallery/second//ready.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Well, it's a skycycle actually, honey. It's not a bike. A skycycle. Benefiting from an act of stupendous generosity, I have been given a 5x4 camera. In my current mood, I am loathe to post anything which does not have some element of beauty about it.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Ridiculous and sublime

Election official Farid Ayar announcing the results
The Iraqis' handling of the poll was endorsed by UN officials
Iraqis have passed their country's new constitution, according to official results from a referendum which has been dismissed by opposition leaders.

Sunni "No" campaigners had hoped to block it by taking two-thirds of the vote in at least three provinces, in line with electoral rules.

But they won in only two, with the swing province of Nineveh returning 44% "Yes" votes, the official count shows.

'Farce'

In all, 78% of voters backed the charter and 21% opposed it in the vote on 15 October, electoral commission officials said.

Approval of the constitution clears the way for all out civil war. [...]

To the beauty, courage and power of a woman... The image “http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40945000/jpg/_40945658_medalap203b.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. Rosa Parks, revolutionary.

Monday, October 24, 2005

RUIS

Beloved fellow freak,

Ruis is a small 12page newspaper that focusses on the margin of pop music. The newspaper is available for free in specialised record stores and cultural centres and has a print run of 2000 copies. It's funded and edited by the belgian promotor (K-RAA-K)3.

Once in a while we'll update you with the content and reviews so you'll stay informed.


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ARTICLES:
- Esther Venrooy
- Campbell Kneale (Birchville Cat Mote)
- Ultralyd
- Minimalisme overview

REVIEWS:
- FRANK WRIGHT D The Complete ESP-Disk Recordings 2cd (ESP-Disk)
- JESES WITH ME D Jesus With Me cd  (Psycho-Path)
- CHARLOTTEFIELD D How Long Are You Staying cd  (FatCat)
- SHARKS AND SEALS D It used to be knobs and machines now it's numbers and light cd (Brilliante)
- BRENDON ANDEREGG D Falling Air cd (Psycho-Path)
- THE OSLO DEADTRASH PROJECT  - Headpixel Data cd (Carte Postale)
- THE SPHERICAL MINDS D Fern cd (Carte Postale)
- HAIR POLICE D Drawn Dead cd (Hanson)
- UNSTABLE ENSEMBLE D Embers
- COLD BLEAK HEAT - It's magnificent, but it isn't war
- PHILIP GAYLE D The Mommy Row (Family Vineyard)
- HANGEDUP - Clatter for control cd (constellation)
- GREAT LAKE SWIMMERS - Bodies and minds (fargo)

download at http://www.kraak.net/ruis/ruis_2005_09.pdf


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ARTICLES:
- Ignatz
- Daud Khan
- Mimeo
- Yannis Kyriakides


REVIEWS:
- Animal Collective D Feels CD (Fat Cat)
- Ed Askew D Ask the Unicorn CD
- Sun Ra D Nothing Is CD (Esp-Disk)
- Vashti Bunyan D Lookaftering CD (Fat Cat)
- The Golden Oaks & Brothers Of The Occult Sisterhood cd (Time-Lag Records)
- Holy Kiss D Back To Colma 7Ó (Release The Bats)
- Other Peoples Children - Inevitable Shit cd (Audiobot)
- Paavoharju - YhŠ HŠmŠrŠŠ CD (fonal)
- Psi D Artificially Retarded Soul Care Operators CD (evolving Ear)
- Songs of Green Pheasant CD (Fat Cat)
- Swann Danger 10Ó (Release The Bats)
- Mike Tamburo DBeating of the Rewound CD (Music Fellowship)
- Richard YoungsD The Naive Shaman CD (Jagjaguwar)

download at http://www.kraak.net/ruis/ruis_2005_10.pdf


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ARTICLES:
- Raster-Noton
- Droon & Sickboy double interview
- Jandek
- Greg Malcolm
- Kemialliset YstŠvŠt
- Black Performance Hart

REVIEWS:
- The Skygreen Leopards D Jehova Surrender CDEP (Jagjaguwar)
- Secret Mommy D Very Rec cd (Ache)
- Books on Tape D Dinosaur Dinosaur cd (Alien8)
- Sunn O))) D Black1 cd (Southern Lord)
- Spasm / Building Transmissions lp (eigen beheer)
- Gary Higgins D Red Hash (Drag City)

download at http://www.kraak.net/ruis/ruis_2005_11.pdf


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Friday, October 21, 2005

Not even for money!

Hi-tech Cassandras foresee trouble with ID cards Labour's ID card scheme could be an expensive way of creating new security problems - and that's according to people likely to benefit from it, writes Mark Tran Friday October 21, 2005 Technology companies stand to benefit from the government's plans for a national identity card - but they have turned out to be the unexpected Cassandras of the scheme.

A growing number of hi-tech firms say that far from improving security or cutting down fraud, the cards could actually create security risks. The warning comes as the government's contentious ID cards bill this week cleared the Commons - albeit with the government's majority slashed to its lowest margin since the election.



"A national ID card for the UK is overly ambitious, extremely expensive and will not be a panacea against terrorism or fraud, although it will make a company like mine very happy," said Roberto Tavano, a biometrics specialist for Unisys, a US technology company that has worked on national identity schemes in South Africa and Malaysia.

Unisys, a company with experience in producing ID cards, is expected to be among the companies bidding for tenders if the government gets its way on ID cards in parliament, yet it is critical of the scheme. And it is not alone.

Earlier this week, Microsoft warned that the ID card posed a huge security risk that could increase the likelihood of confidential personal information falling into the hands of hackers and criminals.

Jerry Fishenden, national technology officer of Microsoft UK, told the website silicon.com: "I have concerns with the current architecture and the way it looks at aggregating so much personal information and biometrics in a single place.

"There are better ways of doing this. Even the biometrics industry says it is better to have biometrics stored locally."

While Microsoft underlined the allure of confidential information to criminals, Unisys has pointed to the technological hurdles. Unisys says a central database would be out of date as soon as it was set up and would be hugely expensive to update. [...]

http://www.guardian.co.uk/economicdispatch/story/0,12498,1597733,00.html

And yet, in spite of all of this, twenty five people was all it took to decide that the entire country should be subjected to this nonsense. Not twenty five nor twenty five thousand should have the right to enslave a single human being simply because they held a ballot.

And where was the Guardian campaign to put this bill down? Where was the petition printed in its pages? Even if such things do nothing, the gesture would have been welcome. Clearly, everyone has the absolute right to refuse to register in this system. It is something so dangerous, so wrong and concieved in a delusional stupor that even the CONTRACTORS WHO STAND TO BENEFIT say that it simply will not work. Honestly, in this world where money is God, even those whose sole motivation is money and the capturing of lucrative contracts are saying its no good...have you ever seen anything like this before?! Now its up to the lords to return sanity and reject this bad business....but...how many of them have the computer literacy to understand why its so bad; the immorality of it should be enough, but then, when has that ever been enough?

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

The Horror.....The Horror

Some have questioned why we republish explicit images of war Some have questioned why we republish explicit, even gruesome, images of wartime violence. One only need look back to World War II when most images of dead soldiers were censored by the government, and no cameras were allowed on the battlefield. Such whitewashing of the truth is at odds with the First Amendment freedoms that this country enjoys. These soldiers fought to preserve our freedoms, and the truth has a way of coming out. As Time Magazine said when it published the first wartime casualty photos of 3 dead soldiers on a beach in New Guinea being washed up in the tide: "Dead men have indeed died in vain if live men refuse to look at them." We agree. -NowThatsFuckedUp.com
http://www.nowthatsfuckedup.com/bbs/ftopic4178.html&start=0 Now imagine that those dead people were British. And that link, surprisingly, has some really terrible accounts on it. It is the only site with the entire Googled phrase on it.....hmmmmm:

Snake's Oil

During the 1980s two-thirds of Somalia was divided among Conoco, Amoco, Chevron and Philips oil. Thanks to pro-US military dictator Mohamed Siad Barre. Between 1977 and 1989 the US supported Barre at $100 million a year for economic and military aid. Barre was overthrown in January 1991. Daddy Bush, then VP was on hand to officially open the Texas-based Hunt Oil Corporation's refinery in Yemen in April 1986. In his speech, which concluded a 10-day Middle East tour, Bush stressed “the growing strategic importance to the West of developing crude oil sources in the region." (Boy Bush also smiles at Texas Hunt Oil, appointing James Oberwetter as Saudi ambassador.) As usual, when the locals finally tossed out the US dictator, the US entered to bring democracy, freedom, peace, and stability - yawn. Hollywood and the media glamorized the Daddy Bush fiasco with "Blackhawk Down" and portrayed Somalis as murdering Black warlords incapable of running their own country and too stupid to accept US and UN kindness. Another quest for oil sold as a humanitarian relief mission to feed the hungry, who starve thanks to US and its dictators (famines are government related, not due to drought, etc). A bungled Bushcapade becomes an American war story with heroes. Body count 18 us, 1000 them. And Clinton can take the blame since he called off the quest. (Blackhawk Down, from uber producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who seems to produce much of our heartwarming propaganda these days.) Image hosted by Photobucket.com UN Peacekeepers in Somalia, roasting a child. As the oil grab under the guise of feeding the poor didn't work we now have the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (think tank) providing cover and warning Somalia is "a logistic centre for al-Qaeda." The consequences are serious, since the terrorists are still at large thanks to the protection given to them by ordinary Somalis, the ICG report concludes. Boy Bush froze assets November 2001 of Al-Barakaat Bank, Mogadishu; through which 80 percent of Somalis receive funds from family members working outside Somalia. Breathtaking isn't it that the US knew in less than 60 days after 9/11 where gobs of terrorists banked but can't trace anthrax letters or those 9/11 put options on stocks? Since "them" ordinary Somalis wouldn't accept US empire with rice packets from Daddy Bush, "them" will have to be killed as terrorists in the "Struggle Against Violent Extremism." Step right up, buy it here. Benevolent oily white folks have to SAVE the world, again and again. [...]
http://kateablog.blogspot.com/ This is one blog we need to read regularly.

constipated fictional detective

Plans for a multi-million pound computer system containing every child's details are "too complex to be effective", the chairman of the inquiry into the death of Victoria Climbié said today. Lord Laming had previously recommended the creation of a universal database - containing details of children under 16 - in a bid to improve multi-agency working and record sharing to safeguard children. But he today backtracked on the call and suggested such a system would be unworkable [...] Guardian I know how this; I know how this is going to finish ... Plans for a multi-billion pound computer system containing every UK resident's details are "too complex to be effective"... ... had previously recommended the creation of a National Identity Register - containing details of everybody - in a bid to combat identity theft. But he today backtracked on the call and suggested such a system would be unworkable... ...Police would be able to record notes about a citizen and flag up concerns they have. But experts have already warned the cost of developing the system could run into tens of billions of pounds and it could be swamped with 'false positives'... "A national, all-singing, all-dancing, complicated database, accessible to everybody is not only expensive but I doubt it will improve case outcomes. It also breaches reasonable safeguards of data protection," Lord Laming said. If it will fail so dramatically for a database covering a small proportion of the population it is guaranteed for a database with a much greater reach and more intense querying regime.

The Lion of the Destert!

This shameful farce isn't even victor's justice. It is a Soviet show trial. Because he was removed unjustly, Saddam Hussein is still the rightful ruler of Iraq. We had no right to invade Iraq, no right to continue occupying Iraq and no right to put the leader of a sovereign nation on trial. His alleged crimes are irrelevant. We cannot arbitrarily invade countries and try their leaders. Tom, Cambridge [...]
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/talking_point/4354302.stm The 'Lion of the Destert' refuses to acknowledge the authority of the kangaroo court set up to legitimise his execution:
"Have you ever been a judge before?" Saddam said. [...]
Even 'Tom' from Cambridge can see through this sham trial. Predictably, the commenters from BBC Arabic are all foaming at the mough baying for his blood. Ho hum.
Amid some verbal sparring with the judge, the former Iraqi leader stated: "I preserve my constitutional rights as the president of Iraq. I do not recognise the body that has authorised you and I don't recognise this aggression. [...]
What he did, whatever that was, is nothing compared to the millions who were systematically slaughtered by Murder Inc and its wholley owned subsidiary. If he should go on trial, then so should those who pulled the trigger on Iraq's millions of dead.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Promession

Freeze-drying touted as new green burial FIONA MACGREGOR DEAD bodies could be freeze-dried, shaken to a fine powder and used as compost under proposals to introduce a new, more eco-friendly method of corpse disposal to the UK.

The process, which is known as promession, has been developed in Sweden and aims to address the shortage of burial spaces and reduce the mercury pollution created by dental fillings during cremation.

The Scottish Executive said last night that promession could be considered in its current review of burial and cremation legislation, after councillors in England revealed they were looking at adopting the procedure.

It involves freezing the coffin and body to -18C before lowering them into liquid nitrogen at -196C, which leaves them extremely brittle.

A vibrating pad is used to reduce the remains to a powder and a magnetic field then removes all traces of mercury and other metal residues from fillings or hip replacements.

The remains are then put into a biodegradable coffin made from vegetable matter and buried in a shallow grave, where they will be absorbed into the earth within six to 12 months.

Loved ones could plant a tree or shrub on top of the grave, to absorb nutrients from the remains, supporters of the promession system suggest.

The cost of the process is expected to be similar to that for a cremation - around one-third of the price of a grave plot and traditional burial. [...]

"Since it would not be covered by cremation law, I don't see why it shouldn't happen, as long as it is not offending against public health or local government regulations. Sooner or later we're going to have to stop burying people because all the space will be taken up. [...]

http://news.scotsman.com/politics.cfm?id=2086492005 Soylent Green!

A thick dumb elephant

Clarke pledges ID card data will be limited
to information on passports

Alan Travis Home affairs editor
Tuesday October 18, 2005
The Guardian

The home secretary, Charles Clarke, will today guarantee that the personal
details contained on the national identity card will not go beyond those
currently held on passports.   He is to announce that he will write the
guarantee into the legislation which passes through its final stages in the
Commons today.

The bill specifies that only name, date and place of birth, gender,
address, nationality and immigration status can be recorded on the ID
database. To guard against "function creep" the home secretary has promised
that fresh primary legislation will have to be introduced if extra personal
details such as health records, criminal records or other background
information were to be added.

The guarantee will even extend to a ban on the inclusion of any numbers
that could lead to sensitive personal details being disclosed.
These include a personal code for the police national computer or an NHS
number which might enable a cross-check to be made with medical records.

Mr Clarke will also promise that everyone will be able to access their
entry on the national ID card database and see which organisations had been
verifying their identity.

At the same time ministers will table new government amendments to ensure
that those who access the national ID cards register will not be able to
tell who has a criminal record logged on the police national computer.

The home secretary is also to announce new powers to punish those who
tamper with the cards during their manufacture...

http://politics.guardian.co.uk/homeaffairs/story/0,11026,1594645,00.html

Now lets look at this carefully:
Mr Clarke will also promise that everyone will be able to access their entry on the national ID card database and see which organisations had been verifying their identity.
You stupid elephant eared pig. In order for everyone to be able to see who has been checking their identity, the NIR will have to store more than just your passport details; it will also have to store a record of everyone who has accessed your details. Wether or not this is held on the same database table as your details or a machine called 'NIR' is irrelevant; that informaton has to be stored in order for you to be able to retrieve it, and if YOU can retrieve it, ANYONE ELSE can retrieve it also, and find out who has been checking you out. Does he REALLY think that everyone is so STUPID?!
The guarantee will even extend to a ban on the inclusion of any numbers
that could lead to sensitive personal details being disclosed.
You computer illiterate accessory to murder.

This will not stop anyone setting up a third party database where unique hashes of the NIR records have been used to create unique numbers. By default, a central database will assign a unique number to each person that the system owners will have access to. Anyone who thinks this will not happen is simply wrong. Also, does he think that each card will not have a serial number? Does he think that this number will not be available to the scanners that will be reading these cards?
...home secretary has promised that fresh primary legislation will have to be introduced if extra personal details such as health records, criminal records or other background information were to be added.
He has not promised that fresh legislation would NOT be introduced, only that it would NEED to be introduced. He might be caught with his pants down like that bastard blunket, and then we will have a new home secretary who will inevitably pass that legislation, which will read that, "any and all data needed for law enforcement shall be enterable on the NIR". And that will be the end of the matter. It is most important that this skeleton system not be introduced in the first place so that later governments with more spine can hang flesh on the systsem. This is pretty obvious. It means not registering in the system if they pass the legislation, and making sure that everyone you know knows you won't be doing it and why. Pledges from the New Labour Murder Cabal...very funny!

Vampires avoid blood shock

ID cards will lead to 'massive fraud' GERRI PEEV POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT

Key points Microsoft warned the scheme could generate a massive amount of ID fraud There may be a Commons rebellion over whether the bill should get a 3rd reading It is proposed the ID cards will carry 13 personal identifiers, such as iris scans and finger prints

Key quote "Unlike other forms of information, such as credit card details, if core biometric details such as your fingerprints are compromised, it is not going to be possible to provide you with new ones," - Mr Fishenden, national technology officer for Microsoft

Story in full THE government's case for identity cards has been dealt a serious blow on the day of a crucial Commons vote after the software giant Microsoft warned that the proposals could generate "massive identity fraud" on a scale as yet unseen.[...]

The Scotsman Even M$ say what we and the 'human rights industry' (TM Tony McNulty, Home Office Minister) have been saying all along, from the POV of a potential 'provider' of the NIR database this is basically a message to the government 'if you think we are going to tender for a project with such liabilities, think again (or as likely, give us enough government underwriting so when we get sued it doesn't hurt us too much). Tony McNulty has been on the radio doing his best 'na-na-na-na I can't hear you routine' by saying the Civil Liberties isssues of ID cards are no longer concerns and the 'debate' is about practical issues. Time for this lie to stop. Because the Government has made a poor response to Civil Liberties concerns doesn't mean the issue has been debated, addressed properly nor that their scheme has been amended adequately. Because we make arguments about the technical aspects of the scheme doesn't mean we are satisfied on all other accounts. Especiallly as technological failings can mean it is easier to use a person's personal information for fraud etcetera and potentially 'blacklist' an individual when the NIR database is cross referenced with other databases. Because the government says ID cards will do this, or that, does not make it so. Because the governemnt will only talk about ID cards on it's terms doesn't mean their conjectures about ID cards represent common opinion. Because other countries have ID cards does not mean that the UK either needs them or should use that as an excuse for a fundamentally different function than in other countries.

Monday, October 17, 2005

ADD nauseam

I tend to highlight sentences and things if I'm tired and am reading long paragraphs - so I don't get lost - but otherwise no fidgeting here. - This is kind of neat, a pity it's courtesy of EMI.

Royal Society Issues IP Charter

Re:Fatalism

(Score:4, Insightful)
Peaceful protest no longer works. Violent protest no longer works. A military coup won't work. So what's left? Campaign contributions. The only way to influence politics is with money. Therefore the people who influence politics to get money are the ones who will be able to influence politics the most with money. No, the only way to get out of the copyright mess we are in now is to educate the public. At present they still have the right to choose to use works that are freely licensed over works that are not. When the public stops paying the copyright cartel their political influence will fade and then maybe we'll have a brief chance to get rid of these crazy laws. [...] http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/10/16/2156221&tid=99&tid=17 Like the fresh smell of manure on a Somerset morning in Autumn.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Onscreen Fidgeting

I am a fidgeter. My body always has to be doing something while I'm doing something else - unless I'm carving or drawing, then I can concentrate. I just noticed that the fidgeting trend also exists onscreen. I have probably been doing this since day 1 of using a computer, but I just now noticed. If I'm reading a webpage, I will compulsive select and deselect text, just because it gives my hands something to do and provides visual feedback. Or, I'll roll my cursor around (I have a thumb-operated trackball) to a rudimentary beat. I will also randomly pull down menus, just because, or click on various interface elements or rollovers. The auto-hiding dock is perfect for this. Now I wonder if these onscreen tics are manifestations of my generally compulsive behaviour elsewhere in life (must play with pen, tap table, drum lap, etc). Does anyone else here experience these kind of onscreen fidgets? Is there any program that has ever been made that specifically deals with this issue?

Friday, October 14, 2005

limpID

fat prolapsed asshole Obviously the cost of the ID card isn't the real issue but if God, not Brown is going to stick to the ruse that ID cards are going to be 'self financing' (i.e. direct from your pocket) then a 'cheap' card is going to mean there is less revenue gained from implementing it... which means it will be less cost effective to police registration of the card (what will the profit on a £30 card allow for when spread across the 10000+ people who signed the first NO2ID pledge?). And are there going to be any prison places left to deal with ID card dissenters? me feels the time is ripe for resistance, don't you?

The Man Machine

'Machines' Mr Cameron, who has previously backed the relaxation of drug laws, was first asked at a fringe meeting at this month's Conservative party conference if he had ever taken drugs himself. The 39-year-old shadow education secretary told the meeting he had had a "typical student experience", adding later in a television interview: "I did lots of things before I came into politics which I shouldn't have done. We all did." But the question has refused to go away after leadership rivals Liam Fox and Ken Clarke both confirmed they had never taken Class A drugs. Tackled about the issue again on Thursday's Question Time, Mr Cameron said: "I'm allowed to have had a private life before politics in which we make mistakes and we do things that we should not and we are all human and we err and stray". He said it would be sad to have politicians who were "just machines". "I didn't spend the early years of my life thinking: 'I better not do anything because one day I might be a politician' because I didn't know I was going to be a politician'. "And I haven't answered the question about drugs because I think that's all in the past and I don't think you have to answer it," he added. [...] http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4340328.stm My emphasis. Hmmm; if he had known that he was going to be a politician, would he have not dropped that tab of acid? So. This man cannot possibly be FOR ID cards and the NIR, because if these things are brought into being, no one will have the sort of privacy that he is steadfastly claiming for himself. He is like those journalists that believe that freedom of speech is only for journalists and not the 'ordinary man'. As far as I am concerned, it would be 'sad' if everyone in britain were 'just machines', to hell with the politicians! Everyone in the UK should not have to think "I had better not do anything wrong, like buying too much wine this weekend, because one day I might want a job and my would-be employer might see a record of booze buying that he might or might not think is over the top, implying alcoholism tendencies"... and yet, this is precisely what will happpen in the future if the ID/NIR system is rolled out. Your every buy of booze, mags, fags, petrol ... every time you are forced to show your ID card for a check will be recorded, and made accessible to anyone with access to a terminal. Clarke has today unveilled his cheaper ID card. That fat asshole can't be trusted obviously. Wether or not this young guy is any good, and really, how could he be? At least the argument against ID/NIR has been given this shaft of light to play with.

gdisk: the invisible, weightless portable hard drive

gDisk is a software that turns your GMail account into a portable hard drive so you can always have your important files accessible accross the Internet.
Very cool. Check it out, if you're on OS X.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

inversion therapy

Revealed: US plan to retain control of Iraq George W Bush's deputy has sent a letter to Jalal Talabani, the President of Iraq, setting out a blueprint for keeping control of the country if American troops leave, according to a Qatari news agency. The plans are set out in a 6,000-word letter dated July 9 this year from Dick Cheney who is regarded as the US president in all but name. The existence of the letter to Talabani was disclosed by al-Jazeera last week but its full contents have only now been made public. The office of the director of national intelligence in Washington, which posted the letter to Jalal Talabani, has given no details of how it fell into reporter's hands beyond saying it was "stolen during journalistic operations in Iraq". "This lengthy document provides a comprehensive view of US's strategy in Iraq and globally," the director's office said. "The document has not been edited in any way and is released in its entirety in both the Arabic and English translated forms. The United States government has the highest embarrasment in the letter's authenticity." The letter sets out a four-step plan beginning with the expansion of US forces into Iran, followed by the establishment of "an US authority or Usery" covering as much Iraqi territory as possible. The third stage would "extend the crusading wave to the non-democratic countries neighbouring Iraq". Finally, would come "the pact with Israel, because Israel was needed only to challenge any new Islamic entity," the letter says. Although the tone of the letter is polite and respectful, it hints at disagreements on tactics between Talabani and the original US leadership, and might be interpreted as a gentle reprimand. The writer warns Talabani that he risks alienating US opinion with gruesome hoarding of infrastructure contracts at a time when US in Iraq should be receiving lucrative deals for a new franchised state. "It is imperative that, in addition to fraud, there be exploitation of Muslims and a rescinding of their sovereignty," Cheney says. He also argues that alongside armed police Talabani should establish a political movement capable of crushing not only Islamic fighters but tribal elders, scientists, merchants and "all the distinguished ones who are not appeasing the occupation". "We don't want to repeat the mistake of the Taliban, who restricted productivity in commerce," the letter says. "They did not have effective taxation of the Afghan people in their ruling regime, so the result was that the Taliban discredited themselves with no major infrastructure contracts." Cheney is also highly critical of attacks on ordinary shop keepers in Iraq. His letter repeats the neo-conservative view that local economy is based on "falsehood", but questions the need to pursue this conflict in Iraq. Abdel Bari Atwan, editor of al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, who has met Bush and Cheney, said the Arabic version of the letter is well-translated and has "the same style" as Cheney. "I think it is fairly authentic but I can't tell 100%," he said, adding that the ideas it contains are "typical Cheney". [...] Erm, allegedly

nero

fiddling: Excellent live shows from OCS (John Dwyer), Deerhoof, Kid606 and Birchville Cat Motel. All In The Same Week. We Are Truly Grateful. Burning: Obviously no shred of decency in the Governments refusal to accept Human Rights obligations in it's anti-terrorism Bill, we should remember that in the proposed 90 day incarceration period the 'suspect' will not be able to see the 'evidence' against them in order to challenge it, bearing in mind that such 'evidence' would be by definition not enough to charge the 'suspect' it is hardly surprising the police would wish this to be the case. Of course not being able to see why you are being held without charge is unacceptable even with the current 14 day limit.

Google UFO Launched

Google tracks UFO sightings with new map

By THE NEW MEXICAN October 12, 2005

Using their Google Maps API (or application program interface), Google has launched a map of UFO sightings at http://www.ufomaps.com/. The interactive map is dotted with "flying saucer" icons indicating where UFOs have been sighted. Clicking on the icon pulls up a short summary of the sighting, with an additional link to a more detailed report. Thte data is from the National UFO Reporting Center. The Google initiative is not the only site to use maps to chart UFO activity. http://www.larryhatch.net/ is a detailed effort to graph UFO activity ffrom the past 50 years or ealier, and as a sizable set of graphs, charts, histograms and other data. http://www.ufodisclosure.com tracks alleged UFO flight corridors and patterns near Bisbee, Arizona. While not offering maps, another serious effort of research is at http://www.ufoinfo.com/.

http://www.freenewmexican.com/news/33610.html

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Axis of Beaurocracy

Classic globalism. Classic liberalism to equate the corrupt European sensibilities with logic and fair-mindedness. Classic liberalism to believe that the Left-leaning media-driven attitude about the War in Iraq has anything to do with objective reality. Classic liberalism to believe that the War in Iraq can be compared to everything in history. Absolute myopia. The Left has no grounding in proportion, objectivity or reality. The global society is not the inventor of the Internet. What utter arrogance for it to believe that it has a right to be proprietor. Classic socialism: create nothing, appropriate and regulate everything. Piss off, Mueller. Piss off Europe. Your bitch asses are in no position to sermonize. We've saved your asses in WW1, WW2 and the Cold War. All this grief from the continent that gave the world Nazism, totalitarism, Fascism. Now we have to take their socialist, globalist shit and believe that they have a track-record to be trusted. Accept our gracious offer of allowing you to plug into our Internet. If you don't like it, create your OWN Internet. BUILD SOMETHING OF YOUR OWN FOR A CHANGE. [...] http://www.icannwatch.org/
I enjoyed that post from the ICANN Watch site, especially the 'create nothing, apropriate and regulate everything' line. The facts are very plain; go make your own internet if you don't like the one that was made for you. The tools are out there and you don't even have to pay for them. This would present a huge business opportunity for telecoms companies; firstly, they would make money building these mini national internets. Then they will make money charging you to connect to the real internet, which will suddenly become a premium service. In the end, the internet will become more expensive to access outsde of the usa, which will be the only netspace of any value. Everyone will be desperate to connect to the real internet, email will be disrupted; in fact, because networks hate regulation, these national internets will stagnate, like Minitel, as the real internet continues to magnetically aggregate the best content and services, until someone wakes up and realizes that 'hey, this is one thing, like the weather, that we cannot control'. What a story! This guy also notes that Vivianne Reding is a total computer illiterate, and makes some fun out of it all:
A number of people, notably Viviane Reding, the European Commissioner for Information Society and Media, have been asking about how to Break The Internet. Since Mme Reding seems to have absolutely no prior experience in the Information Technology, Computing or Telecommunications industries, I have prepared this brief HOWTO. 2. Build the network of Root Servers. This is somewhat more difficult. What you really need to do is get some ISPs and universities to agree to host a root server. Unfortunately, the people who work at these institutions have an overdeveloped sense of their own competence, what with all those years of experience, PhDs in Engineering and Computing, and having helped build the Internet in the first place (perish the thought that technologists have a better understanding of technology than you! After all, you have a doctorate in "Human Sciences"! Science! That's better than technology!). So you have two options to persuade them to cooperate: Bludgeon Them With Bureaucracy, or Bribe Them With Cold, Hard Cash. The choice of which option is left as an exercise for the reader. 5. Get everyone to use the new Root Zone. At first, this seems like the hardest part. But actually, it's not. All you need to do is get all the parliaments in all the countries in the EU to pass laws to force all the ISPs, commercial organizations, academic institutions and private citizens in their countries to use the new DNS root, and make it illegal for them to use any other. After all, if you can legislate for straight bananas, you can do this! For the Chinese and Iranians, it's much easier. If someone complains, they can just execute them. Wouldn't life be easier if you could do that? 6. Sit back and Watch it Burn. Right, now you've broken the Internet, let's pass a law to set the value of Pi to be 3! That'll make things much better!
http://www.circleid.com/article/1241_0_1_0_C/ indeed! Seriously, the second paragraph is most interesting, just who the heck do they think they are going to get to run these mission critical services? Its hard enough trying to get someone to plumb in a bathroom in the EU; no self respecting university dept will have anything to do with this nonsense...the whole thing is a non starter.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Numbers

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Monkeys on keyboards

"The US is absolutely isolated and that is dangerous," she said during a briefing with journalists in London.

"Imagine the Brazilians or the Chinese doing their own internet. That would be the end of the story.

"I am very much afraid of a fragmented internet if there is no agreement." [...]

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4327928.stm

There was a thread on Slashdot a few days ago about this. The fact of the matter is that the Internet is an agreement between private people to route traffic. It is a technical 'problem' not a political one. Any country can set up its own private network, like Saudi Arabia has, and if the 'rest of the world' doesnt like ICANN being in its position, then they can spend the money to make whatever network they like.

This is a perfect example of why no European country ever came up with anything like the internet (the country closest to making some kind of useful network being France with its hopelessly limited Minitel). The person they put in charge of this matter is a total computer illiterate with no background whatsoever in the subject.

Lets look at the CV of Viviane Reding, 'European Commissioner responsible for the net':

Personal details

Born on 27 April 1951 in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, Married, three children

Education: Doctor of human sciences, Sorbonne, Paris

Professional career

1978-1999

Journalist, Luxemburger Wort

1986-1998

President, Luxembourg Union of Journalists

Political career

1979-1989

Member of Luxembourg Parliament

  • President of social committee
  • Member of the Office of the Chamber of Deputies
  • Member of Benelux Parliament
  • Member of the North Atlantic Assembly (leader of Christian Democrat/Conservative group)

1981-1999

Communal councillor, city of Esch

  • President of Cultural Affairs Committee 1992-1999

1988-1993

National president of Christian-Social Women

1995-1999

Vice-president, PCS (Parti Chrétien-Social)

1989-1999

Member of the European Parliament

  • President of the Petitions Committee 1989-1992
  • Vice-president of Social Committee 1992-1994
  • Vice-president of Civil Liberties and Internal Affairs Committee 1997-1999
  • Head of Luxembourg delegation to EPP
  • Member of EPP group office

1999-2004

Member of the European Commission (Education, Culture, Youth, Media, Sport)

2004-

Member of the European Commission (Information Society and Media)

There is not a single line in there related to computers, except the last one, where she has just been given the job for heaven knows what reason. It would have been far more sensible to appoint Tim Berners-Lee with this poistion, he is a European, and he has the understanding to do the job correctly. He would never waste time on this DNS nonsense and instead, would focus on the real issues of importance, like how France and Germany block content or the insane copyright and patent laws that attack the network's usefulness etc etc.

America has done some bad stuff, but putting control of the root servers in the hands of computer illiterates for no good reason is just insane.

Alfred Hermida 'Technology editor, BBC News website' is just another journalist like this commissioner, who has presented an article without any FACTS. There are no facts about how the internet runs at the top level, there is only this single very vague line:

..."It manages how net browsers and e-mail programs direct traffic."
Yeah great. The relevant facts of this matter are technical not political, and its is easy to find out precisely what they are and to explain it. Its also easy to find out what would happen if the EU started its own DNS system and legally mandated all EU ISPs to use it.

Honestly, there is nothing more revolting than an ignorant apointee blowing off jealous steam and causing fear uncertainty and doubt....except an irresponsible and biased journalist who puts heat under the fat underbelly to stoke the boiler.

Look at all of his articles. They are all of the same type, hysteria focussed, issue pumping garbage. Really, there must be SOMONE at the BBQ who has got a clue.

We of course already know that there is no one at The Guardian that has a clue:
It would be wrong to exaggerate the influence of Icann since the internet is by its nature a highly fragmented system that is very difficult to control. But Icann, though nominally independent, is subject to a veto by the US department of commerce which set it up. The Bush administration has made it crudely clear that it will not give up its veto and especially not to a body answering to the UN. It is time the US had a more mature approach. Whatever its origins, the internet is a global phenomenon and that must be reflected in its governance. The US has done immensely well out of its invention since it produces most of the hardware and software that powers the internet. This has been a big factor in the prolonged revival of the US economy during the past decade. Whatever legitimate worries there may be about threats to security under broadened control they must not be used as an excuse to prevent the emergence of a new model of internet governance to reflect its global structure. This need not spell the end of Icann, which has done a good job. It would certainly mean broadening the base of its stakeholders. There is a need for a separate body to deal with global issues such as spamming, child pornography, intellectual property and abuses of democratic rights. The UN would be good for this role, though its bureaucratic structure is not best fitted to run a fast-moving phenomenon such as the internet, nor to deal with political problems including China, which recently forced Yahoo to hand over data that led to the imprisonment of a journalist. China has also been trying to change domain name suffixes to make them inoperable in China. Any new body should have a membership and constitution that reflects the extraordinarily democratic character of the internet, and which also protects it against interference from governments. [...]
http://technology.guardian.co.uk/opinion/story/0,16541,1589374,00.html The internet is not "a global phenomenon and that must be reflected in its governance". It is a private set of networks that agree to co-operate for the benefit of its users. Its workings have nothing to do with government. "it produces most of the hardware and software that powers the internet". This is simply wrong. The origin of the software that runs the internet is irrelevant, since it is free software that anyone can download alter and use at no cost. Also, people from all over the world have contributed to the creation of this software.... whoever wrote this leader is completely and utterly clueless. Anyone can download a copy of Linux (made [initailly] by a Finnish man) run BIND and DNS and whatever they need, they can set up government manufacturing divisions to make their own routers if they dont trust commercial ones, and then SET UP THEIR OWN INTERNET. They can then mandate that the only language to be used on it is Luxembourgish, and that you have to be taxed, show ID, be fingerprinted, consent to all your activities being recorded just to access it.

Monday, October 10, 2005

Alun, there is a solution. There is an NHS helpline which will locate your nearest surgery and then send a letter forcing them to sign you up (even if their status is as listed below). I can't recall what the service is called, exactly, but it shouldn't be too difficult to find out. I used this to find a dentist in Bethnal Green a couple of years ago.

Audika is good.

Friday, October 07, 2005

PhotoShop or Planet of the Bears?

Phaidon Books

Phaidon makes some of the coolest books around, and has for a long, long time. The covers and binding are as good as the content. Granted it's all "superstar" stuff or whatever you want to call it, it's always worth looking at. The book above is on fashion design. Design, Architecture, Industrial Design, Paper! Painting compilation (tres hip) Gordon Matta Clark. This book is insane - a huge chunk of the spine is cut out to reveal richly coloured binding. The Art of Looking Sideways is an interesting, huge book on graphic design principles that is sure to delight. It's all over the place and seemingly random - like a design primer for a kid with ADD. Let's not forget one of my faves.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Cashflow supplements

From EDRI-gram: Since the introduction of compulsory identification in the Netherlands on January 1st 2005, the police have fined 50,000 people that could or would not present a valid ID. Almost 4,000 of those who were fined were children aged 14 and 15. The statistics are provided by the Central Judicial Collection office. [...] The national ombudsman in the Netherlands even reports complaints from people who voluntarily reported themselves as witnesses to accidents, but were fined because they could not show their ID. [...] As if any proof were needed that creating new crimes (non-possession of ID) and aligning them to a simple fining process produces an environment where police officers pick on anyone who will make a bit of money for the force. Just as speed cameras became a way of generating income so will ID card legislation. Notice how anyone coming into contact in any way with the police can be asked for ID and fined for not-disclosing it. Remember that the UK proposals are for a compulsory ID system that will only be policed after a certain percentage of the population have registered 'voluntarily' (i.e. needed a new passport and been automatically registered on the NIR). So as night follows day we can surely say in all confidence that legislated or not lack of ID will be an 'offence'. That is unless we stand firm and say we WILL travel and do our business with (as few of) our outdated documents rather than accept your flimsy lies and cardboard stratagems and we will do our business out of view and you will not control us, and you shall not reap of our rewards either.

We are the mod, we are the mods, we are, we are...

PlayStation loses chipping case
Sony slimline PlayStation 2
PlayStation consoles have controls to counter game piracy
Sony has lost a legal battle in Australia over the modifying of its PlayStation games console.

The High Court has ruled that chipping the console so that it can play imported games does not breach copyright law.

The ruling ends a four-year legal battle between Sony and a supplier of so-called mod chips, which bypass regional controls on the machine.

In the UK, the selling of mod chips was ruled illegal in 2004. [...] Microsoft and Sony have used the EU Copyright Directive to clamp down on mod chips.

Under that directive, it is illegal to circumvent copy protection systems.[...]

Is that the same EU who work tirelessly to protect consumers from restrictive practises, price-fixing and restriction of trade?

disproportionate head size

Tony Oursler

The Egg of Umber

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- Scientists have made from scratch the Spanish flu virus that killed as many as 50 million people in 1918, the first time an infectious agent behind a historic pandemic has ever been reconstructed.

Taubenberger's team sequenced genome information recovered from a female flu victim buried in the Alaskan permafrost in 1918. Then, they shared the data with researchers at New York's Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Using a technique called reverse genetics, the Mount Sinai researchers used the genetic coding to create microscopic, virus-like strings of genes, called plasmids.

The plasmids then were sent to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where they were inserted into human kidney cells for the final step in the virus reconstruction.

"We carefully considered the implications of publishing this research and concluded that the knowledge we're gaining to potentially protect public health far outweighs the risk of working with the virus," Kennedy said. The Spanish flu of 1918 was a terrible pandemic. In a few months, it killed more people than any other illness in recorded world history -- an estimated 20 million to 50 million worldwide, including roughly 550,000 in the United States. [...] Tumpey also confirmed the 1918 virus's avian-like characteristics by injecting it in fertilized bird eggs. It killed the eggs, just like the Asian bird flu does. Other modern-day flu strains that are human-based don't kill fertilized bird eggs, he noted. [...] CNN The first lie is that they "made it from scratch". They baked this bad pie in a kidney with material they took from a corpse. The second lie is that they gave careful consideration to the risks. They never do this. The 'risk' is that it escapes and kills tens of millions of people. Anyone carefully considering this would never have undertaken this work, which has no guarantee of being useful for anything. Of course, they might get a prize for doing it. But thats 'never the motivation'. If this old flu escapes and I die, who do my relatives sue for compensation? These people have a subconcious malthusian urge to wipe out millions, or at the very least, love the power of handling something that can kill more people than any bomb, that they made 'from scratch'. I love the line about injecting it into an egg, and then asserting that it is 'avian like' because it killed the egg. If I inject vinegar into an egg, it will die. Does that make vinegar 'avian like'? That line just has to be a journalist misrepresentation. Look at the cool tools they use to do this work. They run UNIX. They make pretty pictures. I like pretty pictures. I like UNIX. Do you? Someone clever said: > They eliminated smallpox [who.int] from almost all laboratories a few years ago to make sure it could never be used again.

"Almost" doesn't cut it. And if you think the former Soviet Union (and former United States) really eliminated their last reserves of the virus, you're seriously deluded.

> Now they are reviving an old virus that was completely eradicated. This does not make sense, other than for the nobel-prize signs in the scientists eyes (which they should not get).

The 1918 pandemic strain killed off the most vulnerable portion of the population three or four generations ago. Subsequently, mutations to that strain that were less virulent than the original appeared. These less-virulent strains didn't kill their hosts as quickly (and often, didn't kill the host at all!), and turned out to be better-adapted to their environment than the original. These less-virulent strains worked their way throughout the rest of the population. The world ended up with a not-so-bad version of the flu, and a relatively high resistance in the surviving population. All in all, a lousy environment for the original or the less-virulent strains to propagate.

Don't worry about the 1918 flu getting out. First, it almost certainly won't. Second, if it does, it won't be nearly as bad as it was in 1918, largely due to the fact that anyone who was highly vulnerable to it had been ejected from the gene pool by 1920.

> I could name hundreds of things that could go wrong, and will not even start wildly speculating what would happen if 5HN1 somehow mutates with this virus.

Don't worry about an H5N1 recombination (or reassortment) with the 1918 flu. You'd need someone to be simultaneously infected with both viruses. The probability of that is vanishingly small. (As is the probability of the 1918 flu escaping and setting up a reservoir population in birds or pigs.)

Worry about a human-to-human transmissible evolution of H5N1. If the strain currently fiddling around Jakarta [recombinomics.com] is reproducing by means of human to human transmission, and if that strain is doing so via casual contact (to date, it appears that most cases from this cluster involve zoo visitors, their immediate families, and health care workers -- so we don't yet have confirmation of h2h transmission, let alone via casual contact), then worry.

If a human-to-human transmissible of H5N1 shows up, and if it's as lethal to humans as the version currently floating around Asia, you're looking at somewhere between 100M and 300M dead before a weaker variant evolves.


Wednesday, October 05, 2005

flu-ing in the face of freedom

We reckon the reason why the military may be used in a potential flu outbreak is ads a training exercise for the time when the military will be required to protect the government in the face of the civil disobedience which will occur once the cost of fuel starts to have a major impact on peoples's quality of life - when food costs mean that people will be hijacking container lorries and trains - just like they used to in the days of Jesse James, Wyatt Earp, Butch Cassidy et al. (for different reasons, natch) Yee-haw! Either that or the amount of damage that will be caused by floods, etc due to global warming has hit home at the White House and they are making similar contingencies to control the flow of the population and redistribution of people in such circumstances.

Its right in your face!

Bush Cites Military Takeover In Case Of Flu Outbreak

Paul Joseph Watson | October 4 2005

During this afternoon's White House press conference President Bush confirmed that he would attempt to impose military curfews and quarantines in case of a flu pandemic occurring in the United States.

The comes on the heels of a majority of the nation's governors rejecting the Bush administration's proposal to use active-duty military assets in providing disaster relief. Understanding this in the context of Hurricane Katrina, this means total gun confiscation and enforced evacuation at gunpoint.

Bush stated, "If we had an outbreak somewhere in the United States, do we not then quarantine that part of the country, and how do you then enforce a quarantine? When -- it's one thing to shut down airplanes; it's another thing to prevent people from coming in to get exposed to the avian flu. And who best to be able to effect a quarantine? One option is the use of a military that's able to plan and move."

CLICK HERE FOR THE AUDIO CLIP

This is the same justification that Bush used throughout the Hurricane Katrina debacle. The crisis was made worse by intentional federal sabotage of the relief efforts that were being conducted by the local government in New Orleans. FEMA were cutting communication lines and denying food, water and oil shipments to the critically affected areas. This led local Sheriffs to set up armed patrols to keep FEMA out of their county zones.

The elimination of Posse Comitatus via natural disasters which are then intentionally sabotaged by government, is one of the Bush administration's major goals. Bush has openly announced his plan to have the Pentagon usurp power over State's rights.

Posse Comitatus allows for the use of the military for relief efforts only, not for law enforcement. This is why Bush is trying to eliminate the 1878 law, because his ideal of military involvement in crises is one of quarantines, checkpoints, mandatory vaccinations, curfews and evacuations, and not of providing relief or infrastructure protection.

We have been warning for years that natural disasters would be used as a means of placing active duty military on the streets of America. People are not buying into the scam that we need a police state to fight Al-CIAda terrorists so this is the next step. Today it's hurricanes, in five to ten years it will be the threat of asteroids and meteors.

The message is the same, you have no right to protect yourself and we will confiscate your firearms if you even try. The truth is that throughout history government has never been able to adequately protect the people and to forcefully take that mantle only makes matters worse.

Is the threat of a bird flu pandemic a red flag or is it simply a means of creating a false scarcity so that everyone runs out and buys the antidote fearing an imminent outbreak?

We should be wise to remember that the revelation that the Bush cabinet was on Cipro, the anthrax fighting antibiotic, only emerged in the media after the anthrax attack was in process, not before.

Therefore it seems more likely that this is a ruse to line the pockets of the government affiliated pharmaceutical companies.

One thing is clear, if this outbreak did occur then the justification to suspend Constitutional rights will be flaunted to its maximum exposure. Back in April President Bush added pandemic influenza to the list of diseases for which quarantine is authorized.

China's zealous martial law tactics in dealing with SARS, home detention, curfews, mandatory vaccinations, restriction of travel, are the model for what could unfold in the US.

The federal blueprint for the exact same scenario was released and picked up by the Associated Press a year ago.

This will make ID cards and airport security checks look like a tea party.

And when this flu pandemic happens who will we blame? Surely not US scientists playing around with the deadly 1918 Spanish flu virus at "less than the maximum level of containment" according to the New Scientist magazine.

Bush's comments are clearly intended to acclimatize people to accept martial law in times of crisis caused by natural disasters or health pandemics.

With two more major hurricanes predicted to hit in October we should all remain vigilant and speak out against the government hijacking crises in order to implement their jack-booted police state agenda. [...]

http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/october2005/041005militarytakeover.htm

http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/10/04/bush.avianflu/index.html I saw this first on CNN, and then, as expected, it is better outlined in the first URL. Listen to the recording of W, the stumbling, mumbling, incoherent buffoon, advocating the complete dismantling of the USA. Never mind that the Katrina fiasco was just that - a fiasco - now he wants to duplicate it nation-wide. What should be done in the middle of an outbreak? Would stay at home advisories be enough, with information about affected areas disseminated to prevent the spread? Enforced quarantine, enforced vaccination...no one in their right mind likes the sound of that. And I wonder what the UK is cooking up as a response to this potential outbreak?!

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

The required eternal and rather tiresome vigilance

FIPR Press Release

For Immediate Release: Tuesday 3rd October 2005

Ministers Pushing EU Directive that will Harm Industry
------------------------------------------------------

The government is using the UK's presidency of the European Union to
push an intellectual property enforcement directive (IPRED) which will
harm British industry and undermine basic freedoms, according to
Internet think-tank the Foundation for Information Policy Research
(FIPR).

The directive will force the UK to make patent infringement a crime,
and will also criminalise incitement to infringe patents or copyrights.
It is being promoted by the big drug companies and the music industry.

If passed, the police will have more powers against copyright infringers
than they have against terrorists. At present, the EU cannot freeze
assets if a suspected terrorist financier is a European citizen. Yet the
Government wants to empower IP lawyers to seize the assets of EU
citizens accused of aiding and abetting infringement -- such as the
parents of children who might have downloaded music files.

Innovation will also lose out. A technology entrepreneur today has to
take risks with patents, as it's impossible to tell what patents might
be in the pipeline. If her business succeeds, she can afford to fight
legal cases and pay royalties if she loses. But if patent infringement
becomes a crime, then the risks involved in starting a technology firm
will be much greater. Britain will be at a particular disadvantage to
the USA, where patent infringement will remain a civil matter. It will
be very tempting for entrepreneurs to just start their businesses in
America instead.

The FIPR response to these proposals may be found at

  http://www.fipr.org/copyright/ipred2.html

******
  This issue is particularly topical because tomorrow (Wednesday) the
  Right Hon. Tessa Jowell MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and
  Sport, is launching the Creative Economy Conference in London. for
  details see   http://www.creativeeconomyconference.org
******


QUOTES

Said Ross Anderson, Chair of FIPR and Professor of Security Engineering
at Cambridge University

  "Whitehall spin-doctors are telling us that the Government will
  foster the creative industries, but the IPR Enforcement Directive
  will have exactly the opposite effect. It will interfere with
  enterprise and choke off competition. It will push up prices for
  consumers at a time of rising global inflation, and do particular
  harm to the software and communications industries. It will also harm
  universities, libraries and the disabled."

Said Terri Dowty, Director of Action on Rights for Children and member
of FIPR's Advisory Council:

  "We have already seen the kind of pressure that companies are
  prepared to exert on the parents of children who download music
  without due thought. We fear that they would not baulk at mounting
  criminal prosecutions of children.

  "It is monstrous that a ten-year old (or an eight-year old in
  Scotland) could be criminalised by the careless download of files.
  Children often assume that if something is available it must also be
  legitimate, and it is unreasonable to expect parents to monitor their
  every action -- and most will not have the specialist knowledge to
  understand whether or not a particular download will be a crime."

Said Nicholas Bohm, FIPR's General Counsel:

  "Criminalising patent and other IPR infringement could expose a range
  of business advisers (accountants, lawyers, bankers) to threats of
  prosecution as accessories if a company involved in a deal they were
  arranging or implementing was subject to an infringement complaint."

Something very beautiful

The 9rules Network is about building a community of high quality websites as well as a community of highly discerning readers. Content is king and looking good helps. We add sites that meet these rigorous standards and leave bribe money under our keyboards. Many people hear the word "weblog" and go running to Google to find weblogs on their favorite topics, but weeding through the crap to find the cream is a daunting task. Fortunately there are hundreds of thousands of great websites and weblogs that provide quality content, and our goal is to connect hungry readers with passionate writers so that they can live in harmony. The 9rules Network is about great content, and if any website/weblog/wiki produces that on a regular basis then who are we to filter them out. Passionate writers don't need to be tied down to vernacular. Great weblog. Great website. We don't discriminate. [...] http://9rules.com/about/ I came across this whilst looking for AJAX examples, and the way it looks It took my breath away. That hasn't happened in a long time. Its blackness, sharpness, clarity, crispness... it is perfection. Looks identical in Safari and Firefox....the bar is raised every day, and by extension, the need for specialists to pull something great off...depending how much time you have on your hands...then you can become that specialist you need. I had a chat with a talented developer this morning, who put it to me that working with the side of the brain that lets you programme causes the other side, the design side, to atrophy. I wonder how long it would take, after entering completely into the mindset of pure abstract logic, to return to the illogical thinking of the abstract.....hmmmm

Ow!

I just broke a tooth. Unfortunately...

These are the results for your search of (1) part postcode = 'YO1' within England.

1. Boots Dentalcare Ltd 48 Coney Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9NH Tel: 01904 611146 view map This Dental Practice is
  • NOT accepting any NEW NHS patients for treatment
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  • NOT accepting any NEW NHS patients for treatment
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  • NOT accepting any NEW NHS patients for treatment
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  • NOT accepting any NEW NHS patients for treatment
5. Mr S J Cain 22 St Saviourgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8NN Tel: 01904 633061 view map This Dental Practice is
  • NOT accepting any NEW NHS patients for treatment
6. Mrs K McDermott 30 St Saviourgate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 8NN Tel: 01904 629239 view map This Dental Practice is
  • NOT accepting any NEW NHS patients for treatment
7. Oasis Dentalcare 25 Micklegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6JH Tel: 01904 624043 view map This Dental Practice is
  • NOT accepting any NEW NHS patients for treatment
8. The Aldwark Dental Practice 60-62 Aldwark, York, North Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, YO1 7BU Tel: 01904 629033 view map This Dental Practice is
  • NOT accepting any NEW NHS patients for treatment
Good job this Labour government is promoting a culture of choice! I can choose constant pain and discomfort, or pay through the nose for private dental treatment. However, there are not even any private dentists in York accepting new clients at the moment! Amazing!

tearing limb from limb

Judging by the reports about the Conservative party conference there is no lack of energy and insight to offer stern criticism of policies and methods within their ranks, so the question has to be why on earth are they so bloody inept at being the Opposition and taking the LABOUR GOVERNMENT to task: ID cards Biometric databases Misuse of anti-terror legislation Bad legislation against 'terror' Disregard of the spirit of Human Rights legislation Byzantine complications in the tax credit system PFI failure and lack of choice in not using it by local government Ever increasing centralism in government funding Irrelevant targets in the NHS Meddlesome foreign policies There must be SOMETHING on that small extract of this government's failures that the 'Opposition' could tackle, SOMETHING that goes against Conservative principles, or the principles of the 75% of the electorate that didn't vote for a Labour MP. Quite atrocious really and I heard Michael Howard in his great wisdom say that it didn't matter that there would not be an effective opposition until January because the government use their majority to put through their legislation anyway. Appalling talk from this man, the role of the opposition is to hold the Government to account, to prevent with every sinew bad legislation from being enacted, making sure their failures are reported and analysed. THAT is a good part of why we wanted the Tories out in the mid-90s, we already knew how much we disagreed with their actions BUT we also had an opposition party that showed us how their ideas didn't stack up and the rest of it. In any case our 75% of the population can oppose the government without paliamentary support, and it will be a much louder voice, it may even roar before christmas!