Oh, today is a Very Good Day™ so far. I did my french homework, didn't fall asleep and miss the...

posted 21 February 2003
Oh, today is a Very Good Day™ so far. I did my french homework, didn't fall asleep and miss the lecture, and then I read this article. Oh wow. Potentially every developer of software for Microsoft's SQL server software suddenly owes a company called Timeline a lot of money in patent royalties. This is because Microsoft negotiated a licensing deal that didn't cover third-party developers who used SQL server to develop further software, and in typical Microsoft fashion tried to use its weighty legal might to weasel out of this situation (it tried to sue the company instead of renegotiating the terms). Hilarious. If you use SQL server, now's the time to switch to a real database.

Oh, and colour me clueless, but I only found out this today:

when the UN goes into session next month, the Human Rights Commission will be chaired by Libya, and the Disarmament Commission will be chaired by Iraq with co-chair Iran.
What??? That's almost as nuts as appointing Kissinger and Poindexter was. And that was totally insane.
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All that needs to be said about America's domestic security: me: I was wondering where the...

posted 21 February 2003
All that needs to be said about America's domestic security:
me: I was wondering where the "duct tape and plastic sheeting" meme was sourcing from.
ed: that's how we protect ourselves from chemical weapons, silly
ed: we've been told that ever since we got bumped up to orange
ed: i think it's really stupid that the entire country has the same terror level (let's ignore the stupidity of "terror levels" themselves for the moment... can't really think too much about domestic security policy or my head will explode)
ed: if NYC is on orange, i don't think Auburn Hills, MI need be on the same level
ed: i was reminded of this when some delivery guy noticed that the bank we're at out there had no guard at the desk, and was like "aren't you guys afraid of terrorism?"
ed: i wanted to slap him.

If I didn't know Ed, I would have no idea how absurd life in the US really is at the moment. Or rather, I wouldn't believe it.

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