1. Warrantless wiretaps now have a court overseeing them.

    18 January 2007

    George W. Bush has deceed that all warrantless wiretaps now have to go through an independent court for review before they can be enacted. Congress seems to be of two minds about this: While they are no doubt relieved that there is now a control on this power, they also hastened to add that Bush still has the authority to order wirtaps regardless. It is also not yet known if the order covers all such surveillance actions or arbitrary ones to be named later. The legal body that will review all such orders is the FISC, the Foreign Intelligence Service …


  2. You might be a CLAMP character if...

    17 January 2007

    • Capes and cloaks are practical fashion accessories. They always hang properly, always have stiff collars that never fall over or flop around, and always conveniently trail behind you when moving at high speed at shoulder height, which obviates the possibility of getting tangled up in it and wiping out.

    • Impalement through any part of the body is merely an inconvenience, not a reason to visit the trauma unit of the local hospital.

    • People standing on objects several times too thin to support their body mass are a commonplace occurrance.

    • The fastest mode of locomotion is telekinetically-enhanced high jumping.
    • Your torso …


  3. You might be a technopagan if...

    17 January 2007

    • You write computer viruses that contain copies of your memories. You're going to live forever, dammit!
    • An antiviral software company has to release updates as a result.
    • You've used a fractal explorer as a pathworking tool.
    • You've used awk and sed to assist in temurah.
    • You've written a compiler for a magickal language.
    • You've defined a new Unicode mapping for a magickal language you've created.
    • You wrote a search engine for your book of shadows.
    • You've ever consecrated a PDA.
    • ...and now no one else understands how to use it.
    • You use a .wav file, Google, and your display instead …


  4. The Doctor's weblog drinking game.

    17 January 2007

    Take one drink...

    • whenever I bitch about work.

    • whenever I mention hating my lives, being depressed, or hating my family.

    • for every piece of electronic equipment I mention having on my person (batman factor).

    • for every time I'm logged onto ICQ--but aren't actually there.

    • every time I crow about finding a new toy.

    • every time I mention another possible apartment or new job.

    • every time I worry about being too selfish or weird.

    • everytime I slap myself in the head.

    • when I mention purring--for as long as I purr.

    • when I get to have something with cinnamon in it.

    • if …


  5. Linux on the Dell Inspiron 700m.

    17 January 2007

    Distributions successfully used: * Slackware Linux v10.0 * Gentoo Linux 2006.1

    Hardware assay: * CPU: Intel Pentium-III M, 1.6 GHz, clocked at 3193.03 bogoMIPS * Memory: 512MB * Chipset: Intel ICH4 * Video: Intel 855GM. Hardware graphics acceleration works. * USB chipsets: UHCI, EHCI, OHCI. Use all in-kernel drivers. * Audio: Intel i810. Use in-kernel ALSA drivers. * Modem: Intel AC'97 Winmodem. Use SLmodem ebuild. * Wireless networking: Intel IPW2200. Use IPW2200 and IEEE 802.11 ebuilds. * PCMCIA/Cardbus: Texas Instruments PCI7420 Use in-kernel Yenta driver. * Firewire/IEEE 1394: Texas Instruments PCI7x20 * Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments PCI7420/7620 CardBus/OHCI * Ethernet: Broadcom BCM4401/B0 * Touchpad …


  6. Hackers: The Drinking Game

    17 January 2007

    Take one drink:

    • ...every time Dade grins.

    • ...every time Dade yells "Sh-hit!!"

    • ...every time someone is called "elite."

    • ...every time Dade is shut down by Kate.

    • ...every time Nikon recites a particular piece of information from memory.

    • ...every time someone wakes up from a dream.

    • ...every time the Plague walks in someplace he really doesn't belong, like the local FBI field office.
    • ...every time someone strikes a dramatic pose.

    • ...every time Phantom Phreak makes an illegal phone call.

    • ...every time Cereal Killer asks to crash with someone.

    • ...every time Phantom Phreak says "What SUP?"

    • ...every time Cereal Killer gives his …


  7. Fun facts!

    17 January 2007

    • I've been known to meow instead of talk. I often have conversations with certain people in this manner.

    • My handwriting is quite awful, which is why I prefer to type or print if I have to. Given time and a fine enough fountain pen, though, I'm fond of calligraphy. When I was younger I was quite skilled with the Gothic and Unicial scripts, but time and years have worn that away, slowly but surely.

    • I try to make plans to give me an idea of what to do in the future, though I know full well that I won't be …


  8. UPDATE: Grand Canyon park rangers do NOT have to avoid scientific explanations to avoid offending Creationists.

    17 January 2007

    A couple of weeks ago a story hit the newswires from a group called PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility), who said that park rangers at the Grand Canyon are forbidden from discussing scientific theories of the origins of the Grand Canyon, and are forbidden from discussing how old it is to keep from offending Creationists who come to visit. There's just one thing about this story: It's jetwash.

    It seems that nobody called the National Park Service or the Grand Canyon National Park office to verify this story, myself included. A couple of national park rangers, however, stepped up …


  9. Attorney General decides that federal judges and national policy don't mix.

    17 January 2007

    Alberto Gonzalez has decreed that federal judges can't decide on matters of national policy, and though he didn't name any names he certainly made a couple of references that those in the know will get. In essence doing so is activism, and he's gone to great lengths to give his opinion of 'activist judges', which he seems to think are those who don't always agree with him.


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