27 February, 2005

18 February, 2005

It has taking a bit longer than expected.

And, I am not happy yet with the results, but for the moment, you can download the AVI of the 60 Minutes hit piece on Ronnie Barrett and the .50. It is a DIVX encoded video, zipped and is sixty-four megabytes (64MB) in size that should play in all popular video players. Thus, depending upon your download speed, and do not even try to do so if you are on dial-up, you can get it here.

Just remember to get the DIVX Codec and the latest version of WinZip.

I am still working on getting the file size down in size so I can stream it, but for the moment, this will have to do.


15 February, 2005

Browsing via XP Pro 64

Not much left on the major Exchange 5.5 to 2003 migration which has been taking up quite a bit of my time these past three months and I have a few minutes to test out XP Pro 64 Beta running on a Gateway 7422GX- slick!

I will be posting more tomorrow on several things when I am not so tired...


11 February, 2005

I will have a follow-up very soon on CBS and the Fifty.

I received the video of the 60 Minutes hit piece on Ronnie Barrett and the Fifty this past week, and will get it to a managable size tonight or tomorrow.

I orignally posted on it here, and will have more soon.


Are you ready for your internal passport?

House approves electronic ID cards

By Declan McCullagh

Story last modified Thu Feb 10 17:46:00 PST 2005

The U.S. House of Representatives approved on Thursday a sweeping set of rules aimed at forcing states to issue all adults federally approved electronic ID cards, including driver's licenses.

Under the rules, federal employees would reject licenses or identity cards that don't comply, which could curb Americans' access to airplanes, trains, national parks, federal courthouses and other areas controlled by the federal government. The bill was approved by a 261-161 vote.

The measure, called the Real ID Act, says that driver's licenses and other ID cards must include a digital photograph, anticounterfeiting features and undefined "machine-readable technology, with defined minimum data elements" that could include a magnetic strip or RFID tag. The Department of Homeland Security would be charged with drafting the details of the regulation.

Republican politicians argued that the new rules were necessary to thwart terrorists, saying that four of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers possessed valid state-issued driver's licenses. "When I get on an airplane and someone shows ID, I'd like to be sure they are who they say they are," said Rep. Tom Davis, a Virginia Republican, during a floor debate that started Wednesday.

States would be required to demand proof of the person's Social Security number and confirm that number with the Social Security Administration. They would also have to scan in documents showing the person's date of birth and immigration status, and create a massive store "so that the (scanned) images can be retained in electronic storage in a transferable format" permanently.

Another portion of the bill says that states would be required to link their DMV databases if they wished to receive federal funds. Among the information that must be shared: All data fields printed on drivers' licenses and identification cards, and complete drivers' histories, including motor vehicle violations, suspensions and points on licenses.

The Bush administration threw its weight behind the Real ID Act, which has been derided by some conservative and civil liberties groups as tantamount to a national ID card. The White House said in a statement this week that it "strongly supports House passage" of the bill.

Thursday's vote mostly fell along party lines. About 95 percent of the House Republicans voted for the bill, which had been prepared by the judiciary committee chairman, F. James Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican. More than three-fourths of the House Democrats opposed it.

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton, a Democrat from Washington, D.C., charged that Republicans were becoming hypocrites by trampling on states' rights. "I thought the other side of the aisle extols federalism at all times," Norton said. "Yes, even in hard times, even when you're dealing with terrorism. So what's happening now? Why are those who speak up for states whenever it strikes their fancy doing this now?"

Civil libertarians and firearm rights groups condemned the bill before the vote. The American Civil Liberties Union likened the new rules to a "de facto national ID card," saying that the measure would force "states to deny driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants" and make DMV employees act as agents of the federal immigration service.

Because an ID is required to purchase a firearm from a dealer, Gun Owners of America said the bill amounts to a "bureaucratic back door to implementation of a national ID card." The group warned that it would "empower the federal government to determine who can get a driver's license--and under what conditions."

And just how many few short years ago, were these same slimy bastards fighting against just such measures...


06 February, 2005

Got Gold?


Selling into Dollar-Strength

The financial press sees the 2005 London G-7 statement essentially as a non-event and reports "no change"in China's Yuan policy. All of this is widely seen as "dollar-supportive."

Nothing could be further from the truth.


05 February, 2005

Care to bid on some Computer History?

Bid now for a piece of computer history
By Kieren McCarthy
Published Thursday 3rd February 2005 16:59 GMT

If you ever wanted to own a contemporary sketch of Charles Babbage's analytical engine - the forerunner to modern-day computers - or get your hands on the first business plan devised to sell computers, or even the original Arpanet documents written by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn - then now's your chance.

Though I really would like to own that sketch, and a few other things, the tiems are definitely out of the Paranoid purchase range...


No-Neck's Birthday Party is tonight.

His numbered years now are lamtenable in certain a culture, but I will not mention this- well, yes I will.

Happy Birthday...