Permalink
Oct 30, 2001

FBI Terror Detentions Questioned
Misc.
'Civil liberties groups are demanding that the U.S. government disclose information about hundreds of people who have been detained after the Sep. 11 attacks. At a press conference on Capitol Hill on Monday, the groups said it's time for the Justice Department to provide at least some details on the continuing investigation, such as how many people are detained, who has been charged with terrorism, and whether they've had access to attorneys.'

I love my country, but that doesn't mean I love everything it does, all the time. If there is a reason to hold a man, fine, hold him, but give the reason. If there's no reason, then let him go. Are we a freedom loving country, or a tyranny? That question is not answered by great acts, but by a series of little acts... and I don't think the little acts of holding a foriegner for no good given reason provides evidence for the "freedom loving" classification.

 


Permalink
Oct 30, 2001

Ananova - Michael Jackson looking forward to trick or treating

'Michael Jackson says he will be dressing up as a monster and going trick or treating on Halloween. In a rare webchat with fans, the singer says he is mentally "always in Never Never land."'

Another reason not to live in [the state Michael Jackson is living in]. ("Country" if you're feeling unkind.)

You just know BlackHoleBrain will have something to say about this sometime...

 


Permalink
Oct 29, 2001

New/Old Feature
Administrative
One of the biggest things I lost when I moved to the Radio Userland 'blog is a meaningful archive feature. The data's here, but if there's an easy way to make it accessible, it has eluded me. So, I've finally finished coding up a solution for myself.

It's a hack job (translation: Don't expect me to bundle this as a Tool). Hopefully, something like this is on the agenda for 7.1. In the meantime, I've got this. The plan is for Google to pick this up sometime, crawl it, and make it available to me (and others) via the search thingy you see on the right.

 


Permalink
Oct 29, 2001

News: AOL volunteers lose battle
Misc.
'The Labor Department has decided not to further investigate charges that AOL Time Warner unfairly used volunteers at its Internet unit. "We decided not to pursue the case from an enforcement angle due to the limited resources here at the Labor Department," said Stuart Roy, a spokesman for the government agency.'

 


Permalink
Oct 29, 2001

Wayback Goes Way Back on Web
General IP Issues
'The Internet Archive and Alexa Internet recently unveiled the free service, which provides digital snapshots from its archives that reveal the origins of the Internet and how it has evolved over the past five years.'

'"This will help make use of the cultural artifacts of our day," said Brewster Kahle, founder of The Internet Archive. "It will help people make sense of the world and give accountability to what's been published before."'

And the only question is, who will sue first? Archives like this are one of the better reasons that copyrights shouldn't last forever. But a mere five years ago may be a little soon. Still, fewer people were on the web then who would want to sue.

I note my website is not included. Maybe I didn't have it up when they scanned in 1996. It would have been a close thing.

 


<- Future Posts Past Posts ->

 

Site Links

 

RSS
All Posts

 

Blogroll