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.
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, Â£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.)
Wednesday, March 24
Maybe we shouldn't write off France just yet.
From Merde in France and The Dissident Frogman to Sabine Herold of LibertÃ© j'Ã©cris ton nom, we are hearing the voices of French men and women who understand what is going on in the world and are willing to speak up for what is right.
The Dissident Frogman weighs into the debate regarding the assassination of Sheikh Yassin with this thought-provoking piece.
Tuesday, March 16
Cityrail requests that you keep your personal belongings with you at all times. If you see unattended baggage, do not touch it, but inform station staff immediately.
I think someone has been putting Rumsfeld chow in Colin Powell's bowl:
"I don't know what foreign leaders Senator Kerry is talking about," Powell said on "Fox News Sunday." "It's an easy charge, an easy assertion to make. But if he feels it is that important an assertion to make, he ought to list some names. If he can't list names, then perhaps he should find something else to talk about."A bit wordy, but still a B+ effort.
For your safety and security, Cityrail staff, and the police, patrol this station.
North Sydney station this morning; they played that message three times in a row.
There are no rubbish bins in the underground stations in Sydney. They were removed in 2000 before the Olympic Games, because they make a perfect place to hide a bomb. That's where the bomb was left outside the Hilton Hotel in Sydney in 1978 during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. That bomb went off early when the rubbish was collected, and only one person - a policewoman - was killed.
It's just one of those little adjustments we have to make because some people want to kill us all.
For your safety, surveillance cameras continually monitor this station.
Correction: I've been fact-checked on this, and it turns out that three people were killed in the Hilton Hotel bombing, two council workers and a policeman, Constable Paul Burmistriw.
Monday, March 15
The Volokh Conspiracy reports on a proposed law to ban swords here in Australia.
What they fail to mention is that this is a state law, not a federal one, and it is being proposed in Victoria, which has an even worse case of the Nanny State Syndrome than New South Wales (where I live).
And New South Wales bans fireworks (But then, I understand a number of U.S. states do to.)
Left or right, these miserable regulate-everything politicians are a blight on the nation. Bring back the small-government conservatives!
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