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June 6, 2005 D-Day; The Longest Day
If you did not see Greg Cochran on overclocking the brain last week, go read that. It's certainly the most important thing that came out last week and possibly so far this year. Follow it up with the article on germ theory, also about Cochran. Greg Cochran is one of those who takes both evolution and the germ theory of disease seriously and looks for implications and explanations from assuming their truth. His application of logic to these theories has had some remarkable results. I look for more. (Comments on Cochran in mail.)
This morning at 10 Steve Jobs will announce that Apple will move to Intel chips. This has important implications for all of us, not just Apple Computing. Meanwhile, as I am saying in the June column (on the wire tonight) Apple's Tiger has just about all the features Windows promises in Longhorn; had them now; and got it right. Now if Apple moves to Intel chips, it's possible that a lot of graphics hardware Apple doesn't have will become available at commodity prices to Apple users. This has important implications. Stay tuned. And see below
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Subject: Apple switching to Intel ( priority one).
---- Roland Dobbins
http://www.afcea.org/signal/articles/anmviewer.asp?a=973&z=38 is interesting but tells nothing we didn't worry about many years ago. I have no idea what is planned now.
In 1965 I developed a credible threat against Apollo that could have been implemented by any one of several nations including both USSR and PRC. I would imagine that even terrorist organizations could come up with an ASAT if they really wanted to.
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The column is done and is getting minor line and style editing, and I'm exhausted as usual. There is lots of good mail.
Went to the opera Falstaff last night. If you're in the LA Area try to see it: good performance, good acting, great singing by the lead character, good supporting people, fabulous orchestra direction. What more can you want? And it's a very funny play.
Later this month I will be at a conference on the future of weapons of mass destruction, where I'll be joined by Vernor Vinge and Orson Scott Card as well as defense professionals and intellectuals. See
By coincidence today I received mail about "Rods from God" which long time readers will recognize as Thor, a concept I first published in the early 1960's.
Took Sable to be washed and brushed at the local U Wash Doggie. She seems to like the people there although she doesn't care for the muzzle I have to put on her -- she lets me brush her, but she won't let them do it. On the way back got Paul Harvey on the radio. His last item was "Three hundred virgins are dancing naked in the streets in Nepal. They think this pleases the gods and will bring rain." Long pause. "You'll know if it work. There are more than enough international reporters covering this event. Paul Harvey, Good ... Day."
I have letters from teachers union officials telling me that I am unfair when I write about American education. Heh. I'm their friend; they should see what Fred has to say on the subject:
June 9, 2005
We are exporting democracy. Under democracy everyone is treated equally. Here we have the way to treat people. "Next time you won't fight with us." http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/news/video/taser_video3a.html
This is what we will have them do in Iraq? And across the Muslim world? Welcome to democratic society. Be very sure you have the right attitude toward the police.
This is all right and proper. The officer even consoles the suspect. It was all done within policy, and after all, this was a really awful criminal, driving with a suspended license. It was all done properly.
So why are we not proud?
June 10, 2005
Large and painful dentistry this afternoon. Oh. Well.
Ordered a new battery for the Apple PowerBook last Friday along with other items. Other items already here. Have not even had acknowledgment that I ordered a battery. Just as I get a bit of enthusiasm for Apple I realize that dealing with them is often a source of pain and uncertainty. I suppose it's part of the Apple Experience?
June 11, 2005
I have a lot of mail about the Taser Incident, and an exchange of views on Global Warming, both important. It will be Monday before I get them up properly.
June 12, 2005
I took the day off. Blame Everquest II.
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