Saturday, June 02, 2001
Peter Sellers as President of the USA, phoning Soviet premier Kissof to break the bad news.
Posted 6/2/2001 by Beorn
Where we started with a ship and crew dedicated to confidently conquering the unknown and imposing our own sense of justice on the galaxy when necessary, we now have a ship suffering from a constant lack of confidence, desperately trying to get home to mommy. The first Trek crew would have sold their souls to be in a whole new quadrant of the galaxy no one had ever seen. The last line of the first Trek movie, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, concludes (mercifully) with a helmsman asking Kirk for a new heading. He answers, "Out there…thataway." This is not a man in a hurry to sleep in his own bed.
Friday, June 01, 2001
Downloading right now. Time to find out how many of mine they've got in there.
Also time to stop revealing one of my current ones in clear text on every page of this website. I just learned a very simple trick to fool webcrawlers: Turn it into an image. So here it is, my new e-mail address, (which does support PGP btw):
Posted 6/1/2001 by Beorn
Thursday, May 31, 2001
Posted 5/31/2001 by Beorn
So here's my view on taxes and government spending. It's not based on extensive economical analysis of the norwegian economy, nor on heavy political reading, or party indoctrination, all of which I leave to professionals. It's based on a very simple thought experiment:
Imagine there were no taxes, and every government agency was financed by knocking on peoples doors and begging for money. Which of the following welfare services would I personally, out of my own wallet, make an effort to keep alive?
So that's my political philosophy. You may disagree, but the important thing here is not my answers, but the question itself: How much would you donate to these causes?
See, the problem is that whenever somebody identifies a problem in society, they always say "we must do something about this", "we can't let this happen". Not "I must do something". We. The difference is that "we" are always rich, "we" have always got extra time and money to make all bad things go away. However, "I" am poor. "I" have to struggle to make ends meet. "I" am too busy to help.
Next time some man in the street wants government to do something about it, ask them if they personally would finance whatever they're proposing, and suddenly everything looks very very different. And yet they are financing everything government does, through taxes.
Using the word we (or they!) in any discussion involving government spending, is dishonest and misleading, and the least I expect is a bit of honesty and perspective. (Respect for other peoples money as well is an optional bonus.)
Wednesday, May 30, 2001
Posted 5/30/2001 by Beorn
The site also recommends installing ZoneAlarm, a free personal firewall. In protects you from outside attacks, but also prevents unauthorized programs on your own PC (like trojan horses) to access the internet. Easy to configure, and propably a good idea if your PC like mine is connected almost 24/7.
Tuesday, May 29, 2001
Particularly liked the draft to Roosevelts war-speech, with hand-written comments and changes, such as two unreadable words replaced with the inspired "infamy".
Monday, May 28, 2001
Have to admit the name's original, though, Star Trek: Enterprise. How on earth did they think of that?
Posted 5/28/2001 by Beorn
Now let's see, where did I put that checklist:
You may think all this is overkill. You may be one of those people who don't mind if strangers shuffle through your personal papers, your letters arrive opened, and people stare in your bedroom window. Then again, you may have a normal need for privacy, and a natural distrust of the motives of surveillors, (whether they do it for a living, pleasure, or both.)
Obviously, if anyone really wants to read my files there is very little I can do about it. Operating systems can be cracked, encryption broken, and secrets revealed through torture or threats. But you see, that's just it. Encryption makes it time-consuming and expensive to intercept civilian data, limiting law enforcers to only watch actual suspected criminals - like they used to do.
The Internet enables effortless mass-interception of private data by anyone with enough power or money, and the nature of power makes abuse inevitable. Encryption just makes it difficult again.