Archives July 2005

Is there a right to speak on double super-secret background?

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on whether or not to pass a Federal law giving journalists the right to keep their sources confidential. The people who spoke in favor of this law were right to say that freedom of the press is one of the fundamental principles of our democracy, and laws ...

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They stole my idea! And probably transported it backwards in time, too!

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

For a while, I’ve had this idea kicking around my head for a different kind of online dating service, but I haven’t had the Copious Free Time to implement it. Now I don’t have to, because the people behind OkCupid had a similar idea, only they had more Copious Free Time (if I had sold ...

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Acknowledgements

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Emily G., meet Olin Shivers and Steve Heller.

You’re welcome.

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The new job description

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Tim Bray looks forward to an era where blogging will create a “new public relations”, where senior managers teach employees their companies’ “goals and messages”, and regular employees, not just PR specialists, spread them to everyone else who cares to read about them.

Bray assures managers that this new system would not make them look ...

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The Goldstein Question

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

In a few months, God willing, a new rabbi will be installed at our humble synagogue, culminating a year-long search for someone to succeed our rabbi of thirty-nine years. When I served on the first rabbinic-search committee (more on that later), I contributed one question to our List of Things To Ask:

Suppose you had ...

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Bleg: Windows 95 in Hebrew

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

For my job, I obtained a six-year-old Israeli telephone directory on CD-ROM. (Why six years old? Because now that Bezeq has its directory on the Web, there’s no market for Israeli phone books on CD-ROM. Why don’t I just use Bezeq’s Web page? Because I don’t really care about looking up phone numbers—I’m trying to ...

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