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Wolverine
You scored 80 Hero Points!
The badass from Xmen. You’re real name is James Howlett , but you dont
know that. You hang out with the Xmen but only really to bang Jean. You
can heal and have claws that extend from your knuckles. They make a
cool can opener
My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

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You scored higher than 50% on Hero Points

Link: The Which Superhero/Savior Are You Test written by Etchelion on Ok Cupid

Death Test

OK, OK. It’s time to go to sleep – but I did think that was interesting:

The Death Test

www.okcupid.com/death

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According to our research, you’ll be dead by

September 2031
at age 75

– probable cause –


heart attack
YOU DIE: 74.8 years
AVERAGE MALE LIFE SPAN: 72.5 years

As you can plainly see, you have more health & vitality than the average man.

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56% heart attack
24% car accident
13% loneliness
5% drowning of the lungs
2% wounds
You have 9624.3 days left on this earth.
You’ve already lived 65% of your life.

A FEW COLLECTED STATISTICS
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12% are impressed with themselves.
The top cause of death among relatives was cancer.
The most widely suffered ailment among takers is high blood pressure.
The average day for an OkCupid user involves 7.8 hours of sleep and 1.1 movements of the bowel.
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// “I remember my Grandmother always hated my moustache and long hair. One day I walked up to the back door of her house, and when she saw me she shook her finger and said “Hippy, hippy!”I looked over my shoulder quickly and said, “Where?”

She laughed, and her campaign to get me to shave and cut my hair was put off for a week. ”
—WB, Richmond Hill

// “My Brother Died May 8 2002 of a cancerous brain tumor….every year we hold a car show in his memory and raise money to benefit the charities that helped him through his sickness…My truck is designed to honor him and his way of life…I LOVE YOU BILL Love ALways AMY”
—AC, Missouri

// “i love my grandpa he died 8 years ago and i still cry alot bout it.”
—kas, usa

This test is always available at:
www.okcupid.com/death

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Maureen O’Gara

Some people make my teeth grate. Maureen O’Gara is one of them.

Her new article in Client Server News has stepped so far over the line that I don’t know if she’ll ever make it back. The article, “Who is Pamela Jones,” is a blatant attack on PJ, the proprietor of Groklaw, the legal blog.

The article was echoed across the entire Sys-Con publishing network, angering the editorial staff of one of the magazines – two of them have stated that if she isn’t dumped they are no longer interested in working there.

There’s low, and then there’s Maureen. After this stunt she could walk under a snake while wearing a top hat.

And I’m not the only one who feels this way, check out this story:

http://linuxtoday.com/infrastructure/2005050900926OPBZ

Speaking ill of the dead

I was taught when I was younger to never speak ill of the dead – by people who were quite happy to blame Adolf Hitler for World War 2.

Of course you couldn’t say anything about that while Adolf was alive if you lived in Germany – the Gestapo was not known for it’s sense of humor. A similar situation existed in the Soviet Union where saying anything that wasn’t positive about Josef Stalin was a great way to get a night time visit from the NKVD.

The recently dead include Yasar Arafat, terrorist, statesman, and quite probably thief.

All considered it’s the “Thief” part that would bother me the most.

Yasar Arafat was a terrorist – he admitted and was even proud of it. The Palestinian Authority, basis of what may be a Palestinian state was founded in part on terror, as were the Republic of Ireland, Israel, The United States of America, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, Socialist China, Cuba, and others. In other words Yasar Arafat has a lot of company.

If a terrorist is successful he/she often becomes a statesman. George Washington is only one example of this.

It’s the “THIEF” part that really bothers me. Many Palestinians live in abject poverty, despite the huge amounts of money donated by people around the world to support them. Interestingly many of Yasar Arafat’s closest advisers are now rich. Arafat himself is estimated to have left a 3 Billion dollar fortune.

Now “terrorist” is an unpaid job. Statesman doesn’t pay well. If there really is 3 Billion US dollars in Arafat’s personal fortune, the only way he could have accumulated it is by theft. And his advisers are in the same situation – there’s no legal way they could accumulate a lot of money either…

Just think of what the Palestinian Authority could do with that amount of money – improved water supplies, improved sewers (and other infrastructure). Part of what has been driving the Intifada has been to horrible living conditions in Palestine, as compared to the conditions in Israel.

If Arafat was a thief the Palestinian Authority is in a desperate bind. It would be impossible to hide a theft of that magnitude, however they need the symbol of Arafat as a leader, otherwise their own legitimacy may be called into question.

And of course there are the families of the suicide bombers – if they were to learn that their children were sent to die by a cynical leadership, which was interested more in it’s own wealth than anything else, there could be an explosion of unrest.

At present the Palestinian Leadership appears to have adopted delaying tactics. If they can quiet down the undercurrents of resentment, and build a nationwide consensus before the large scale thefts become public, they have a chance to hold things together. If they can’t, Palestine may tear itself apart, as those who feel they are Arafat’s victims try to destroy those who were his friends.

Liars

Ann Coulter and Michael Moore have more in common than they think. They are both rude, insulting, and willing to twist the truth for their causes. In the inflexible American political system (consider that the presidential election campaign rules haven’t been updated since the days of horse drawn carriages…) they are considered to be at opposite ends of the spectrum.

Instead they are two heads of one beast – Cerberus would puke if he got stuck with them.

For reference their web sites are:

http://www.michaelmoore.com/

http://www.anncoulter.org/

Neither is interested in the truth – and there is no doubt that would recognize it. Why do two intelligent people do this to themselves and their fellow citizens? Money? Fame? Who knows.

The only thing I am sure of is that neither is doing the country or the political system any good (despite their stated goals).

This is just a short post (yes, I’m alive). I’ll get back into the swing of things over the next month.

The supposed right wing

What people consider “Right Wing” bothers me.

Neo-Nazis. Republicans. Criminals of all sorts. Well guess what folks – they are no more right wing then Joe Stalin.

Ever here of a corporate statist? Corporate Statists are known for a strong belief that government should support the corporate sector, especially the big corporations. If you read the reports on the Alexis de Tocqueville site (as an example) you will note that all of them favor corporate interests. Famous Corporate Statists include Adolf Hitler, George W. Bush, and Jean Chretien.

A Canadian Politician once coined the phrase “Corporate Welfare Bums.” People laughed at him, but man was he ever right. You got a car company that is looking for a place to build a plant, you got a car company looking for government handouts. Who’s money is the government giving them? Yours and mine.

In short “Socialism for Companies.”

It really bothers me when people refer to these jerks as right wing, when they are really so far left that many of them were happy to deal with Joe Stalin.

I’m right wing. The real right wing. The people I work with won’t talk politics with me – my views scare the living daylights out of them.

The real right wing upholds the rights of the individual above all else. Many right wingers are therefore open source fans, since open source enhances the individuals rights.

The true conservative (right winger)is a paragon of moral virtue, who considers the individual first. Individuals are the foundation of society, not governments or corporations. Governments and Corporations exist only to serve the individual.

A true conservative believes in freedom – freedom to choose, whether it’s sexuality, lifestyle, or type of software.

And a true conservative believes in responsibility. Responsibility for what he or she does, responsibility for what he or she owes, responsibility to their brothers and sisters of whatever faith or color, and responsibility not to foul our home.

That’s what a true conservative believes in – not the corporate dominated interchangeable political parties that exist in North America today.

It is to weep…

KSL TV – another example of a media outlet that didn’t check a story…

So a company calls up their local TV station, and wnats to get a story run. The reporter (Jed Boal) does enough checking to find out that there is a controversy of some sort, and then proceeds to interview Darl McBride of SCO. Unfortuneately Jed didn’t do enough research. The result is a story that tells only one side of the issue at all well.

So I wrote to the General Manager at KSL and politely pointed out that they’d missed a few points. That was last Thursday. So far, no response.

So I’ve decided to post my message to them here. Make your own judgement.

The KSL story is here

This is my response:

In regards to the story below, there are several innaccuracies that need to be corrected:

> Lindon-based software company…S-C-O…
> or sco…is a lighting rod of controversy in the
> computer world today…

True enough.

> (Darl McBride/SCO President and
> C.E.O.:) “IT HAS BECOME THE BIGGEST
> ISSUE IN THE COMPUTER INDUSTRY IN
> DECADES.”

Not really. The Microsoft Anti-Trust lawsuit was far bigger, as was the IBM Anti-Trust lawsuit.

> This summer, free software
> advocates…picketed SCO…

> They’re fired up over a fundamental
> fracture in cyberspace…free software
> versus intellectual property.

And who owns the valuable intellectual property in this free software? If you check you will find copyright statements by a variety of individuals and organizations. Public License Software is valuable intellectual property, in fact at the current rate of growth of GPL/BSD license (or shared source) software the intellectual property
value will exceed that of proprietary software sometime in the next year.

> In one corner I-B-M and free software
> users…

> In the other…SCO which owns the code
> they argue is running the business
> world.

Correction – SCO claims it owns code that has been incorporated into some shared source applications, particularly the Linux Kernal. This
claim is difficult to substantiate as SCO is not willing to specify what/where the code is. Also part of what SCO appears to be claiming
as theirs appears to belong to IBM – at least IBM holds copyrights and software patents related to it.

> SCO sued IBM in March for three BILLION
> dollars…claiming IBM broke a contract
> and misused trade secrets.

> (Darl McBride/SCO President and
> C.E.O.:) “THE STAKES ARE EXTREMELY
> HIGH…THE BALANCE OF THE SOFTWARE
> INDUSTRY IS HANGING ON THIS.”

This is debateable. While shared source code can often be usefull, proprietary code also has it’s points. Shared source projects may die because of a lack of interest by programmers, whereas a company like Intuit can push a project through.

> SCO claims ownership of Unix…an
> operating system used to run small to
> huge businesses…

> SCO says its client…IBM, has placed
> UNIX code into the LINUX operating
> system.

This part is complicated. SCO does not own “UNIX”. They do own rights to one source tree of Unix. Please see the following link:
http://www.opengroup.org/comm/press/who-owns-unix.htm

> Linux is free…easy to modify and
> distribute…and is taking off
> worldwide.

> SCO says it cannot compete against a
> free product that relies on its own
> trade secrets.

Interestingly enough IBM (AIX), Sun Microsystems (Solaris), HP (HP-UX, VMS) and Microsoft (Windows) all seem to be able to compete with Linux. And of course at this point we have only SCO’s word that it’s trade secrets are in Linux.

> The attacks on SCO escalated to
> internet trash talk, hate mail…even
> death threats.

But calling hard working people thieves (and then trying to steal their work is fine).

> (Darl McBride/SCO President and
> C.E.O.:) “THIS THING WOULD NOT BE AS
> BIG A DEAL AS IT IS IF WE DID NOT HAVE
> A CASE. SO, INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR A
> JUDGEMENT WHERE THEY MIGHT LOSE,
> THEY’RE TRYING TO SHUT US DOWN IN THE
> SHORT-TERM WITH CYBER-ATTACKS OR
> PERSONAL ATTACKS.”

Actually many people believe that SCO does not have a case. Also many companies including Red Hat, IBM, HP, Fujitsu, Novell, SGI, and Sony believe that SCO does not have a case.

> SO, WHO OPPOSES SCO? THOUSANDS OF LINUX
> USERS HERE IN UTAH AND
> COUNTLESS MORE
> AROUND THE WORLD.

You forgot the mention Ford, Ebay, Amazon, Pixar Studios, etc.

> WE TALKED TO SOME STUDENTS HERE IN
> PROVO, WHO WERE PART OF THAT PROTEST.

> Linux-users and peaceful protestors
> like Jason Holt want the code
> available…without permission.

Again, as of this point SCO has not proven that “Permission” is needed. Many government agencies seem to agree – the NSA, US Army, DOD, White House, and NASA all use Linux.

> He adds to it..others add to it.

> (Jason Holt/Linux User:) “I CAN ACCESS
> THE CODE, I CAN ACCESS THE TOOLS, I CAN
> ACCESS THE PEOPLE…WE’RE WORKING
> TOGETHER TO BUILD SOMETHING AS A
> COMMUNITY.”

Kind of reminds you of the United Order, doesn’t it?

> Linux users argue they have not seen
> proof of copied code…or evidence that
> the IBM product IS a derivative of
> Unix.

> (Jason Holt/Linux User:) “I THINK IT’S
> COMPLETELY BOGUS, THEY HAVEN’T SHOWN
> ANYTHING.”

> SCO says it can prove it was
> lifted…and will.

Interestingly enough SCO has shown some snippets of code that they claimed were lifted from their product and added to Linux. One of the snippets was proven to have come from Free BSD. The other one came from SGI and may have been a problem. SGI immediately rewrote the function in question as they could not prove whether or not the code was at issue, and then ran a comparison of the code in their Unix implementation against that of Linux. The report is on their website,
and make interesting reading.

> (Darl McBride/SCO President and
> C.E.O.:) “IF SCO LOSES THIS
> CASE…SOFTWARE BECOMES FREE, THERE’S
> GOING TO BE A DOWNWARD SPIRAL.”

If SCO looses this case software doesn’t become magically free. What will happen is that SCO as a company will cease to exist, so I guess that for the CEO of SCO it will be a downward spiral. For the rest of the world, it won’t much matter.

If SCO does win this case it will cause severe dislocations in businesses all over the USA, and increased costs for IT infrastructure. This in itself could be enough to cause a recession.

> More battles ahead before the case
> makes it to federal court in Salt Lake
> in 2005.

Actually the case may be decided far sooner. I understand that SCO has not complied with requests from IBM for documentation. IBM has filed a notice to compell, and the judge will hear it in early December. If SCO has not complied by that point it is possible the judge could throw the case out and award damages to IBM, which could criple or kill SCO.

I’d suggest that you drop this on one of your reporters and have them check the net for further information. One place to start is:

http://www.groklaw.net

Another is:

http://www.sco.com

and the SEC is also a good place to check. There’s a lot of information in SCO’s SEC filings that they didn’t bother passing on to your reporter.

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And that’s what I sent to KSL – what do YOU think?

Blogging

I got a response to my blog – the exact words were. “rename it. Too explosive in connotations.”

My response is to tell about the guy who got some people together. He gave them something to believe in, and they soon became such a thorn in the side of the authorities that the authorities executed him.

His name was Jesus Christ.

Now most people today don’t consider him a terrorist – but he whipped the money changers from the temple (a violent act), counseled his followers to act as they believed right no matter what the authorities (government and synagogue) told them to do. In many ways he is the most dangerous man that every lived. His teachings have changed the lives of billions (see www.adherents.com for numbers of followers of various religions), and his followers now control the governments of many of the most powerful (politically and financially) countries on the planet.

He is in part the inspiration for this BLOG. I’m not fit to follow in his footsteps, but I intend to try, in my own way.