THE VIEW FROM CHAOS MANOR
View 316 June 28 - July 4, 2004
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June 28, 2004
I am hard at work on my new novel. I also have bills to pay. There are good discussions in MAIL, and I'll get back to the rather depressing situation in Iraq. Again I take no pleasure in having been right, and I can hope that ultimately things will work out well there; but I have not changed my mind. We should do what we can to extricate ourselves from all foreign entanglements and invest heavily in energy independence: at least 50 1000 Megawatt nuclear power plants; x-projects and prizes to develop fuel cell and other electricity to mobility technologies; and x-projects and prizes to develop economical access to space. Once it's cheap to go to space, space solar power becomes quite economical.
The transition from filling stations and petroleum and internal combustion engines as the primary ecosystem for transportation to a new system based on electricity won't be easy. It may involve some intermediate distribution medium like hydrogen or propane. (Hydrogen has advantages and disadvantages, but it is a distribution system; there are no hydrogen wells. The power has to come from something else like solar or nuclear power.)
Energy independence won't come instantly, and it will be neither easy nor cheap -- but it will be both easier and cheaper than trying to transform the Middle East into peaceful nations friendly to the West.
There was a lot of good stuff in MAIL over the weekend.
and indeed it is: why we need perpetual war for perpetual peace...
And we have from last Friday:
More on IIS/IE compromises
Be thankful you run Apache on Linux, heh:
Actually, my web site is run on a Unix box, and isn't likely to be attacked. I haven't seen what a firewall and NAT does to this worm.
Note that the first reference above gives information on how to detect and treat infections, and how to guard against them. No machine at Chaos Manor has been infected in any way.
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I was wondering if your readers could help me. One of the people I work with gave one other individual and me some stones that have Chinese Ideograms engraved on them. He said they represent us pretty well, and that we have to find out what they mean. I've been searching the Internet, and haven't found anything close to the symbols on them. I'm guessing some of your readers can interpret these. Can you help? By the way, the one designated for me is on the left. I hope it's nothing bad!
I have less than no idea, but as you say, perhaps a reader can help. (And how! See mail.)
June 30, 2004
Subject: Chinese Ideograms http://www.jerrypournelle.com/view/view316.html#ideogram
As always, your website amazes me. Truly, your readers are from everywhere, and have access to everything. It was with amazing speed you had the answers for me.
Thank you so much!
It was an interesting exercise. I have come to expect that there is almost no subject on which we don't have at least two experts and three knowledgeable amateurs among my readers.
http://www.cycad.com/cgi-bin/pinc/dec98/books/r_kors.html and another view of it is at http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/0503/hackney3.html
But we were born free. I am collecting some of these bizarre incidents since that is the atmosphere of my new novel set in the US about 40 years from now.
The notion that one's entire life can be changed simply because you called someone a water buffalo is so bizarre that the actual outcome is unimportant.
But we were born free. And see mail
The end of an era
And if you have any interest in the IQ controversy, this review of Stephen Jay Gould should be of interest: http://www.cpsimoes.net/artigos/art_davis.html
July 1, 2004
There is important matter about malware in Mail.
And SpaceShipOne fans may find http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5327529/ interesting.
And this is from Allen Smalley:
And gives some critical information. Big ships turn slowly; it will take a long time to change that substantially. But it can be done.
July 2, 2004
I would have had this up earlier but the phone rang: my appointment with the Group Product Manager for Digital Media at Microsoft. The column this month will be about that, Doctorow vs. Microsoft and the whole DRM future.
There is in mail the fix for the Russian Hack. Interestingly, last night I talked to some Microsoft product managers in the security team, and they wouldn't say when they would be releasing the Russian Hack fix.
Note that if you have Windows XP Sp-2 Rc-2 installed (this is a release candidate not a released product, but I have been using it since WinHEC on my TabletPC, this machine, and the main system I write on without problems) -- if you have SP-2 RC-2 installed you are already safe from the Russian Hack.
There is also a fix for The Lovegate Worm, and I have recorded both of these on the Security Page, which tries to keep track of some of this stuff.
July 3. 2004
Most of the action this weekend is in mail. Go look there...
In the year of our Lord 2004 and of the Independence of these United States the 228th
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, America
While poking around looking for something else I found this old essay on Republics and Conscription, and it ain't bad.
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