This matters. This is important. Why did you say six months?
Why did you say five minutes?
Sunday, March 28
This post on the Idea Shop is an excellent explication of my exact thoughts on the matter of wealth redistribution. Go read.
MuNu is throwing a party, and you're invited!
Friday, March 26
I'd noticed that of late my Sitemeter numbers hadn't been growing very fast. I put it down to my writing being less scintillating that I'd like.
Apparently, though, scintillation is not the issue here:
Grr! Grr, I say!
Thursday, March 25
Microsoft claims that it should not be fined at all because it did not know its behaviour would breach EU law.I weep.
Hang on, no I don't.
Microsoft has been slapped with a 497-million Euro fine (that's US$613m, £331m, AU$810m) by the EU. Now I loathe the EU at least as much as I loathe Microsoft, but Microsoft has a history of blatant abuse of their effective monopoly position and they've had this coming for years.
It won't stop them, of course. No financial remedy that doesn't bankrupt the company will do that. What will stop them is open source software, a triumph of Marxism over Capitalism. Only in a good way.
Because things are different when your incremental cost (Is that the right term? The cost for producing another copy of something?) is effectively zero. Our first taste of post-scarcity economics. It isn't really post-scarcity economics, and in a finite universe you can't have pure post-scarcity economics, but it's close.
(Article on BBC. Yeah, I know, one bunch of weasels reporting on a legal action by a second bunch of weasels against a third bunch of weasels. But what am I to do? It's weasels all the way down.)
I just looked at my credit card statement.
It seems that when you buy two computers, plus various extra bits and pieces, plus a bunch of anime, and a printer and a couple of office chairs and then some more bits and pieces, that they actually want you to pay for it. Damn!
Now, my latest pay cheque will take care of it all, but still. The nerve of them, expecting me to pay for things I've bought.
On the other hand: I dropped by the CX computer store in Pitt St just now. I can get 50 DVD-Rs for $59, or 25 for $29. Um, guys...
Wednesday, March 24
My mail server just died. The one completely reliable box I've had, kerflooie.
Well, let's reboot. Uh, Kernel panic: Aiee stopping interrupt handler is a bad sign, right?
Let's power off, and... Uh oh.
Try the Fedora rescue mode and... Nope.
Well, let's check the BIOS settings, maybe put it in a safe mode and -
580MB of memory? How can you possibly have 580MB of memory? Let me pull those bad old DIMMs for you.
256MB? Yes? Feeling better now? What's that? You're going to spend the next twenty minutes recovering your journal?
Fine. That's fine. Whatever.
I screwed up the secondary DNS for my pixymisa.net domain when I changed ISPs recently. So if you've emailed me recently and it bounced, or I didn't reply, that might be why.
(I just got 15 delayed emails through, but fortunately none of them are from people waiting for a response.)
What's weirder than a preview release of a bugfix?
A review of a preview release of a bugfix.
(Thanks - I think - to The Inquirer.)
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