16 January 2009

Mike Murray, master of irony

Mike Murray donated $100,000 to the campaign to pass Proposition 8 in California . How did he make that money? Why, he was Microsoft’s HR Director, in charge of their diversity training program . Just because you do a job, doesn’t mean you learn anything from the experience, eh?

16 January 2009

You do what with it?

From the latest medical scare story on MSNBC : A new study warns about improper use of Vicks VapoRub for children under a certain age. […] Dr. Sherman says a safer alternative for infants is saline. For everyone else, he says, just stick to some chicken soup. “As far as the common cold goes, there’s really no study showing anything that speeds it along,” he said. So has Dr Sherman totally missed the point about what Vicks VapoRub is supposed to do? ... Read more

15 January 2009

A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth

The Wall Street Journal offers an opinion piece from Michael Stokes Paulsen stating that the Minnesota election of Al Franken is unconstitutional, based on Bush vs Gore (2000). I don’t have any strong opinion on whether Franken or Coleman should be declared winner, not having followed all of the shenanigans. However, there are two things that spring out from the article. The first is that Paulsen ignores the fact that the Supreme Court said that “Our consideration is limited to the present circumstances…”, and was not to be used as prededent. ... Read more

10 January 2009

Letter to the FTC 539814-00408

This is a copy of my comments to the Federal Trade Commission, who are asking for comments on DRM technologies for a Town Hall Meeting in March. As you are doubtless aware, the Copyright Act of 1976 codifies the First-Sale Doctrine. This states that a purchaser of a copyright work has the legal right to sell or give away the copy, once it has been obtained–so long as no additional copies have been made. ... Read more

9 January 2009

It’s not all fun and tweeting

For Christmas, we got the budgies a new toy. It dispenses clean white paper in a long strip, so they can chew and shred it. Since they finished demolishing their Xmas tree last night, I put the new toy in the cage. As soon as he got a good look at it, Chester went into a full scale panic attack. He was flying frantically back and forth, shedding feathers. Lola followed Chester’s lead and panicked too, though she clearly wasn’t sure what exactly she was supposed to be panicking about. ... Read more

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