January 20, 2006
Bad Laws, Opinion
It seems that everyone wants to collect information about us. From name and address to demographic, medical and financial information.
And everyone wants to share that information… for a price.
This amusing yet disturbing vignette shows what could happen when everyone shares information with everyone, and also gives a good sold reason why we should NOT have a national ID card system..
January 18, 2006
He’s the third richest person in the US after Bill Gates and Warren Buffett – and the seventh richest in the world.
His name is Paul Allen.
January 16, 2006
I like it!, News
F-22A Raptor Aircraft Ready For Combat
The Air Force’s Pride and joy, the F22A Raptor has finally gone into service.
I’ve been flying this baby in simulation for about ten years.
I hope it lives up to the hype.
January 13, 2006
BBC NEWS: China map lays claim to Americas
Looks like ol’ Chris Columbus has some explaining to do…
January 12, 2006
News, You're losing me...
Sprint Refuses To Reveal Location Of Cell Phone In Carjacked SUV
Car is stolen with 10-month-old baby in it. Fortunately, also in the car is Daddy’s (Sprint) phone. Daddy talks to Sprint, who says they have the information, but will not divulge it without a subpoena. Daddy and Mommy go nuts while Sprint rep ties them up in red tape. A couple of hours later the car is found by local Sheriffs with Junior safe and sound.
Sprint claims that their employee should have followed their “emergency protocol” but did not. Ironically, I switched from Sprint to Verizon a few years ago, mainly because of lousy Customer Service. Looks like things have not changed.
Bottom line. No provider should EVER object to telling you where your phone is. It’s your phone!
January 11, 2006
News, Opinion, Politics
According to This story from the Daily Telegraph, A Scottish driver makes the V-sign (the British equivalent of “the finger”) at a speed trap camera.
He was neither speeding nor driving dangerously, yet gets banned from driving.
- Was the Camera placed there as a method of surveillance? No, it there to catch speeders.
- Was he speeding? No.
- Was a passer-by upset by his “offensive gesture”? No.
- Did he lose control of the vehicle? No.
I think it a little heavy-handed to ban someone from driving for an offensive gesture that offended no-one… but apparently being rude to surveillance cameras is now a crime in Britain.
Personally, I think it should be a national sport!
Postscript: Actually, from the photograph, it looks like the V-sign was backwards, which as any British schoolboy knows is the V-for-Victory sign as popularized by Churchill (and later horribly mangled my Margaret Thatcher)
January 6, 2006
Bad Laws, Politics
The Bureaucrat in Your Shower
Another example of Governmental intervention run amok. Apparently they have the authority to much water you use – water that most of us have to pay for anyway.