Archives February 2006

Family-values news of the day

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.


  • Gainesville, Georgia — A 37-year-old woman who married her son’s 15-year-old friend, and who gave birth to a boy earlier this month, pleaded not guilty to charges of statutory rape, child molestation and enticing a minor. (The minimum age for marriage in Georgia is 16, unless the bride is pregnant.) The marriage occurred a few ...

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Blasphemy in the UK

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

I keep seeing articles, both in newspapers and blogs, that have something to do with the right to publish images that are offensive to some religion or another. Most of these have such a dog-bites-man quality that they’re not worth passing along1, but Wingrove v. The United Kingdom got my attention.

The United Kingdom ...

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Your Senator is underpaid

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

A while ago, James Carville and Paul Begala proposed a campaign-finance reform that combined a Congressional pay raise with draconian limits on fund-raising. bellatrys strenuously objected to the first part of this plan, arguing that if you aren’t willing to serve in Congress for the current rate of $160K plus benefits, you don’t belong in ...

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I found this on The Web™

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Since when did “XHTML” grow a trademark symbol? Especially since the W3C’s own trademark list describes this term as “generic”?

via Elliotte Rusty Harold, who has a completely different reason for complaining about that document

Welcome to the machine

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

If you can read this, your browser or feed aggregator was successfully redirected to the TextPattern-based version of this blog. Permalinks to the old blog will continue to work until I either set up a massive number of redirects or screw up my Apache configuration again.

All the old entries should have been imported ...

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We value your opinions…

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

...but comments have been temporarily disabled.

After a new reader noticed some particularly amusing comment spam, I searched some more through my archives, and installed a plugin to email me every time a new comment was posted, and…wow.

Unfortunately, blosxom (or, more precisely, blosxom’s standard “writeback” plugin) stores all the comments for one post in ...

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I lost a Geek Purity Point today

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

Today I realized that a bug in a certain shell script, which involved the output of a sort command being in almost but not quite the right order, could be fixed with the judicious use of ed.

The scary thing is, this is the second time I’ve resorted to ed in my profession. The first ...

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Star-cancelled lovers

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

The United States Postal Service informs us (PDF) that customers can send their Valentine’s Day cards to the postmaster at Romeo, MI 48065 and get “a pictorial postmark illustrating Romeo and Juliette [sic] with the Romeo, MI cancellation”.

One postal customer in Malden, MA 02148 responded: “Don’t both Romeo and Juliet wind up killing themselves due to ...

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Sympathy for the Borg

Last update on Nov. 11, 2014.

For a moment there, I actually felt sorry for Microsoft.

Two years ago, the European Union decided that Microsoft was violating the EU’s antitrust laws, and ordered Microsoft to license and document Windows server protocols, so that other companies could interoperate with Windows. Microsoft turned over 12,000 pages of technical information, but according to ...

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