Friday, August 29, 2003

My brother and I have been running Triathlons for two years now, and we are closing this season with a bang. The lobsterman triathlon is a 2 year old race (sidenote: I have a life goal to participate in 50 straight lobsterman triathlons, which would be extra cool since I was in the first one). My brother and I aren't in triathlons for the money or the fame. It's all about longevity. Next year, we hope to take our training up a notch, and break through 2:30 for an international length triathlon (the lobster is one). Last year I ran the lobster in 3:30 (abysmal) and was happy to survive. This year I hope to do it in under 3 hours, which was my time for the Fairlee Triathlon, a comparable race. At this point, finishing in 3 hours with no serious pain (I cramped badly in the first Lobsterman) is a thrill. [in italiano]

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

NOAA News Online (Story 2015) has valid (and fully referenced) photographs of the North Eastern US before and after the blackout. The unmistakeable conclusion is we have way too many lights.
Gadgetopia debunks a fabulous hoax photograph of the blackout.

Tuesday, August 26, 2003

Pride in authorship and pride in translation. A good friend of mine, a translator by trade, sent this along to me. The opening quotation is a rather remarkable tribute to the craft that rings, ironically, literary.
Not exactly ethical, but sort of humorous. Unfortunately, defacing/blocking a website doesn't quite portray opensource community members as mature, polished business people.

Saturday, August 23, 2003

Slashdot had a link to this posting on GROKLAW. The BSD license is pretty mellow. As far as my non-existent, unreliable, unquotable legal skills allow me to interpret, open for use under the GPL or LGPL. So SCO has released evidence of its own copyright violation. Unfortunately, they didn't release an example of GPL'd code, which would have implied all SCO unix code is GPL'd (see). GROKLAW

Friday, August 22, 2003

ah, the jbmq3.2 branch is open for business again. JBoss :: Professional Open Source
Random thought... the website Sobig.F hits could have been hacked by the author. I'd bet it is the counter for the virus' infection rate. Maybe the author has gained access to the website statistics, and is using it to track the virus' progress. Then the repeated Friday/Sunday polls could be the author's way of following infection. Wild guess, but I would think that if it was malicious, the author is waiting for a critical mass of dot-F to be dormant, to be ready for dot-G.
Viruses are a crime. But man are they interesting. Also, the effect reminds me of a blizzard. Things get shut down, business slows, school gets cancelled, but no permanent damage is done. Of course, barrels of cash are poured out, and IT staffs world wide have a bad day (or week). Also, I kind of wonder if the writer of Sobig.F felt the competition from Blaster. Here is blaster, with some second rate exploit based on a published flaw in IE getting all the press, and the Sobig.x dynasty is yesterday's news. Did Sobig push the virus sooner for the fame? Or the ultimate in conspiracy -- are they linked? Also, besides a psychological problem, what motivates someone or some organization to develop such an extensive parlour trick? InformationWeek > Security > Anti-Virus Experts Say Much-Feared Internet Attack Fizzles > August 22, 2003
oh boy. yuppies of boston rejoice! IKEA cometh. "In 2001, Ikea withdrew plans for a store in New Rochelle, N.Y., after months of fierce opposition by residents, clergy, and elected officials." Self-assembled furniture oppposed by clergy? huh? Boston.com / Business / Ikea sets sights on Avon site
So let me get this straight. Microsoft finds and fixes a security hole. The fix is published for the world to have and apply. Only the blackhats seem to actually retrieve and review these patches, and instead of applying them, they exploit them. So by posting these patches, windows is only seeding the virus makers with ideas. For my personal systems, I'd happily accept automatic updates. For my work equipment though, I don't think I'd be comfortable. Granted, we are developing extensively in C# so I am more worried about "updates" that are flawed than average joe user. InfoWorld: Microsoft ponders automatic patching: August 22, 2003: By : Platforms
Here's a nifty article on the SCO vs. Linux Community saga. The way I see it, as soon as SCO releases a definitive list of code infringement, that code will be lanced out of the public distributions. SCO clearly understands this "risk" to their case, and so they are attempting to keep the details of the infringement under wraps. Further, they assert that, essentially, linux is a derivative work of their copywritten material.
As the SCO forum incident shows, hiding the information is going to be difficult. As for linux being a derivative work of System V -- it is almost certain that there is code common to both. Identical code even. But my guess is, the bulk of the common code shares ancestry to some earlier, open product. SCO reveals 'stolen code'

Thursday, August 21, 2003

This happens every time I try to use blogger. I get all jazzed about this rolling log of my findings on the web, I try to post a link or two, and nothing works. So I try over and over (which Einstien declared the definition of insanity) and get frustrated and quit. I thought this was going to be the perfect activity for compile time idleness.
this is a post from the blogger app, not the google toolbar blog this, man.
no dice
absolutely astounding. what I can't believe is you can actually make a living with 3rd rate scams like theses... Wired News: Xupiter Mongers Deal Spam, Scams
blog alert!
Did the google toolbar just bring me back to blogging? XDoclet: Attribute-Oriented Programming - Tag Reference