January 2010

More from James Fallows: Counting the new Republican Senator Scott Brown from Massachusetts, the 41 Republicans in the Senate come from states representing just over 36.5 percent of the total US population. The 59 others (Democratic plus 2 Independent) represent just under 63.5 percent. (Taking 2009 state populations from here. If you count up the…

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Another month, another business trip. On Monday I’ll be heading back to China for nearly three weeks. First I’m going to Xi’an, flying United to Beijing and Hainan to Xi’an. A week later, I’ll fly down to Shenzhen, before flying home from Hong Kong. It’ll be my first visit to Xi’an, and fortunately I’ll have…

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From the last few days…. Grendel: free/open source software for protecting your cloud data Providing Single Sign-On to Amazon EC2 Applications from an On-Premises Windows Domain Have we reached the end of scaling? Bandwidth Disparity in the Cloud Very Lower [sic] Power Servers Progress Coolness @ Storage Visions/CES 2010 (especially the “Mobo-mounted SSD” from Soligen)

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Colin McGinn has written a marvelous essay on “Why I am an Atheist”. He begins by pointing out that the atheist cannot rationally limit his stance to a simple assertion of non-belief: he… … doesn’t just find himself with a belief that there is no God; he comes to that belief by what he takes…

Read More Post-theist, post-atheist (and post-polytheist too)