A visit to Roberto di
Cosmo's web site will give some interesting insights into Micro$oft's
antics. Those who can't read French might benefit from buying one of his books,
CyberSnare or The Planetary Hold-Up instead.
Bruce Schneier on the common
falacy that alleges a conflict between privacy and security.
Amita Guha's account, Fingered by the
movie cops, of how the DMCA can cause someone to be punished for being
falsely accused. This article is a perfect illustration of the common fallacy
that law-abiding folks have nothing to fear from being snooped on: when
the snoop makes a mistake, law-abiding folks can get punished for things they
didn't do; and, in this case, there is no means either for them to obtain
compensation or even to oblige their accuser (and the ISP who punished them) to
acknowledge their innocence.
Brian W. Vaszily's assorted articles discussing some scary
truths about marketing.
engineering and the new world order, a fine diatribe against the culture of
distraction our media peddles; 'though the author associates all morality and
virtue with religion, and I have some disagreement on what constitute morality
and virtue, the general thrust is sound. If you want to find the cause of moral
decline in our culture, look to the corporate media, not your political
beginings of the history of making folk feel bad about themselves in order
to con them into buying products they didn't need; insecurity sells !
… higher rates of belief in and worship of a creator correlate
with higher rates of homicide, juvenile and early adult mortality, STD
infection rates, teen pregnancy, and abortion in the prosperous democracies
William Dalrymple casts a critical eye over the history of
India Company and pokes the obvious parallels with contemporary corporate
The Doonesbury comic
strip is full of insightful satires on politics; unfortunately, it's now on a
site which only gives you the latest month without a premium
subscription, so I can no longer offer you a link to their page for the
1993/Nov/29th strip which begins Trudeau's excellent take on the conspiracy
theorists … but (oh, irony) I can link to the images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Lawrence of Arabia foreshadowed the modern Iraqi
situation. He was an expert on guerrilla insurgency – having fomented
one, among the arab peoples of an area including much of what is now Iraq.
To announce that there must be no criticism of the president or
that we are to stand by the president right or wrong is not only unpatriotic and
servile, but is morally treasonable to the American