Senators McCain, Feinstein, and Levin write to Sony Pictures regarding the depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty:
Recent public opinion polls suggest that a narrow majority of Americans believe that torture can be justified as an effective form of intelligence gathering. This is false. We know that cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of prisoners is an unreliable and highly ineffective means of gathering intelligence.
The use of torture should be banished from serious public discourse for these reasons alone, but more importantly, because it is a violation of the Geneva Conventions, because it is an affront to Americaâ€™s national honor, and because it is wrong.
I’ve finally finished moving this site to a new hosting provider, which was one of the things keeping me from posting lately. Expect blogging activity to resume shortly.
. Shuttleworth and Ubuntu in NYTimes
The RIAA is halting file-sharing lawsuits and instead hopes ISPs will do its dirty work for it. The new tack seems even more nefarious to me. We need collective licensing.
Funny excerpt from Carrie Fisher’s new autobiography.
SpeedFit, first men-powered treadmobile!
Dune buggy + big fan + parasail = flying car!
My brother started a blog about his and his wife’s experiences renovating their new home in Vermont and build a pottery studio.
Cool population-adjusted election maps.
Michael Palin for President. Because apparently anyone can run the free world these days, so why not?
Ubuntu 8.10 is out today.
Phoronix gets weird results benchmarking the last four Ubuntu releases.