Google Factoid
Feb 04, 2003

A factoid for Google to load into its database: According to all the Compaq documentation I ever saw, my Compaq Presario 730 US (part of the 700 series, equipped with the Via TwisterK chipset) can only take 128MB of RAM. (Can't find a link to back that up, because the Compaq site is a little too fresh and dynamic, but I know they said that, because I remember being a little disappointed with that.) Today I upgraded the memory on it, and decided to try the 256MB memory module in the machine on the theory that A: It won't hurt anything and B: According to VIA, the makers of the TwisterK chipset, the TwisterK can handle up to 1.5GB. The 256MB memory module is working fine. And Crucial also seems to think that Presarios can take 256MB parts.

YMMV, of course, but it may be worth a try if you don't mind terribly going a bit out of spec.

ob-iRights: I'm working on finishing up my Bayesian Spam report, which will hopefully be posted later today in my writings area. Of course a note will be posted here.

Fourth Amendment as Natural Law
Jan 30, 2003

Essay: The Fourth Amendment as Natural Law: Why the Fourth Amendment (protection against search and seizure) isn't just a good idea for a society that cares about Justice, but why in the light of modern technology, it's impossible to have Justice without it.

This is what I had meant to post Monday but I was fighting with Radio Userland, which kept crashing. (I now know why but have not had success creating a test case, which I will try to do tonight. It has something to do with having the outliner in HTML mode, pasting <a href="http\://something" </a> into the outliner, and having the formatter run on that. Note the missing >. That's not quite it though; that makes the handler definately misbehave but that exact thing doesn't crash it.)

Absolutely Outrageous
Jan 25, 2003

This is absolutely outrageous. It's worth reading the comments there, but frankly, I don't care whether the inspectors had the official power to save this man (though in a comment jeanne a e devoto says they did; sorry but I don't care to read the official UN resolution because it won't change my opinion either way). Sometimes morality calls for hard choices to be made, at personal risk to yourself.

Senate Severely Restricts TIA
Jan 24, 2003

"The Senate voted today to bar deployment of a Pentagon project to search for terrorists by scanning information in Internet mail and in the commercial databases of health, financial and travel companies here and abroad." [Scripting News]

It's not quite a total block, but most importently it shows the legislative branch has no intention of just letting the executive branch do whatever it feels like when it comes to surveillance. Checks and balances at work again. I have no doubt us civil libertatian types will still be unhappy with the final product, but we'll be much, much less unhappy then we would have been if TIA was started in its previously proposed form.

Which reminds me, I have an essay on why TIA wouldn't have worked I need to brush up and post. It's another essay on the "danger of false positives" scheme, but A: it does have a unique twist at the end and B: I really think we need to keep showing people over and over again how dangerous that is, until it penetrates the "common American's" conciousness. It never will, of course, but the closer we get, the better.

Another Interesting View on Bayesian Spam Filtering Effects
Jan 14, 2003

Tim Peters, a Really Smart Guy who is responsible for a lot of the most clever Python code and currently (among other things) a developer on the SpamBayes project, posted an interesting comments in comp.lang.python. It shows another possible 'second order' effect of spam that could occur if the odd few people who seem to respond to the spam, and thus may want it, start using Bayesian-type filters to make sure they get that type of spam, and only that type of spam.

In other news, I'm just about to start coding the attack I proposed on November 19th, 2002 tonight. I've designed it, got the classifier in place, and obtained my sample emails. (The 'good' emails are not as diverse as I'd like, but before I go to too much effort to collect more, I'd like to see if it may be enough already... it IS 20,000+ good messages...) So, we'll soon see if I'm full of it or not in a concrete way...

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