A Question of Sustainability
Jun 03, 2004

Technological sustainability is one of the pressing issues of our
time. Should we continue to use our natural resources with wild
abandon, or should we try to be more careful with them so we don't
lose them?

Since the answer to that question is basically a foregone conclusion
when stated that way, how should we be more careful? What's the
optimal strategy?

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Viruses and Valuing Human Lives
May 28, 2004

A popular satirical article
examining the idea of executing virus writers
is offending a lot
of people in a number of ways... but it's offending a lot of people
for the wrong reason.

First and foremost, hello, satire! ("...a
young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious,
nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or
boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee
or a ragout.")

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Jerf Answers Your Mail
May 22, 2004

Today, I'm going to answer some of the fan mail I receive for this
site that has been backing up. I figure, why write something to one
person when you can write it to everyone at once? Cuts some effort out
of the repetition. But I get so many fan mails (1,500 in the last ten
days!) that I can really only answer a sampling, and to keep things
short, I can only really respond to the titles. Here we go:

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Frontier Open Sourcing
May 18, 2004
Iron Lute

will apparently be open source in the near future
. I've actually
spent a significant time with the product, and I have an interesting
perspective on this issue as I
have a project started in no small part because of the closed nature
of the Frontier code
. (A project, I might add, that I really,
really, really wish I could get back to, but a guy's gotta eat.)

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Theories As Exclusion
May 15, 2004

In response to Amritas post on
scientific theories, referenced in this
Den Beste post
, after thinking about it I realized I would go one
step further. Amritas quotes Stanley Starosta:

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