Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Disbanding Terrorist Groups

A new Rand Corporation report comprehensively surveys the ways that terrorist groups have been disbanded in the past: "Military force was rarely the primary reason a terrorist group ended." Instead, historic wars on terror have been won with policing and settlements. Rand's conclusion? To defeat Al Qaeda, we need to end the war on terror.


Monday, July 28, 2008

This is entirely too much fun.

Speakeasy Speed Test

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Peters Who?

Boogies Burger is much better, and just around the corner.

The bacon maple milkshake is worth it.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Building a mod_secdownload using Apache and mod_rewrite

A friend of mine [1] runs a small record label, named Flemish Eye [2]. He's a great designer and understands PHP well enough to do most things, but I help him with anything that falls out of his expertise. He recently approached me with a request to build a secure download section.
The basic idea is that wants to provide a free download of the songs in an upcoming record in mp3 format to whomever purchases the record. So he would generate a set of secret codes, and

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Bill C-61

Meh, some acquaintances of mine met for a peaceful demonstration surrounding Bill C-61 which aims to make Canada's copyright laws more like those in the US. I haven't had the time to keep up with the bill or to read it and its critcisms, so I didn't feel it was appropriate for me to comment.

But, I am grateful to those who did attend and did voice their concerns as I'm sure that my feelings about the bill would likely be similar.

Hopefully some real dialogue can happen, and the bill can be updated to reflect everyone's interests not just the large companies supposedly fighting piracy. Specifically, I hope that the bill can consider those of us who do not partake in piracy, and our rights to digital mediums as a right of expression and right of backups.

I am sick of paying a 'piracy' tax.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

A simple problem deserves a simple solution


This past Friday evening I let some frustrations from the week boil over into name-calling on a friends blog post. I apologize to my friend, and I apologize to the Twisted community. Both deserve better.


In my final comment on that post I expressed my intent to respond and to further explain the feelings about twisted that caused me to react in the way I did. I also promised to do my best to ensure that my future posts would be a constructive experience. It is my intent that the series of posts will result in one of two things, or preferably both.

  1. I hope that I will learn something from these posts. Whether it be something about Twisted. Or whether it only turns out to be a lesson on communication.
  2. If any of my complaints are valid, hopefully they will be communicated in a such a manner that the Twisted community can address them and subsequently improve twisted.
Please read the rest of this post on my website.