October 2007

The Register reports that the House of Lords debated the ban on carrying liquids onto planes, and thereby demonstrated that British politicians are as stupid and scaremongering as their US counterparts. At times, the debate seemed to verge on the whimsical. “We should not complain too loudly,” said the Baron. “I always celebrate the fact…

Read More Exploding Marmite!

Andrew Sullivan has posted a review of “Takeover: The Return of the Imperial Presidency” by Charles Savage. It looks like an essential, if blood-pressure-raising, read. One thing I’d forgotten, of course, is one central case in which torture did give us actionable intelligence: “Al Qaeda continues to have a deep interest in acquiring weapons of…

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King Kaufman, Salon’s sports correspondent: So I was thinking to myself, “What’s the deal with all this schlocky movie music Fox has been using on its postseason broadcasts?” Wednesday when the Fenway Park public address announcer introduced John Williams, the guy who writes all that schlocky movie music. He was there to conduct a subset…

Read More The straw that breaks the camel's back

Quite apart from ignoring their own End User License Agreements, it now appears that Microsoft doesn’t understand the concepts of A/B testing and “phased deployment”. One user reported that: Window Server Update Services forced Windows Desktop Services 3.01 on the fleet of machines even though admins had configured their system to install updates only for…

Read More "Never Attribute To Malice That Which Can Be Adequately Explained By Stupidity."