Wednesday, December 31, 2003
to play at on the heads of their drums, being only ruled by
hazard, and subject to knavish cogging; and as for the chesse,
I think it over-fond, because it is over-wise and philosophicke
a folly." -- Henry VIII, quoted in The sports and pastimes of the people of England, A new edition, with a copious index, by William Hone.
Thursday, December 18, 2003
That have been so bedazzled with Sun
(apologies to Shakespeare).
OK, well it's certainly not the first time Sun has been perceived as an enemy of open source, and apparently there is good reason:
Sun should have owned Linux and should have owned the community. It is Unix, and all Unix developers should have been Sun developers with Linux.This is from Ed Zander who just left Sun after being second to Scott McNealy for 5 years (ref).
Thursday, December 11, 2003
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Wednesday, December 03, 2003
Monday, December 01, 2003
- The WTO can act quickly (15 months, I think) in its rulings
- The rules are effective, if even Bush must cave
- The rules are principled, because Bush's argument for the steel tariffs was based on convenience. The excuse for the tariffs was that they were only temporary. When you argue for such a weak exception to a rule, that can reinforce the principle beind the rule.
If Bush had never put the temporary tariffs in place, there wouldn't have been this clear an opportunity for the WTO to strengthen its hand.
Seablogger has a good post on the event, including notes on the difficulty of agreeing that Kyoto is good even if we all agree that global warming exists.
There are plenty of reasons people are proposing these new commercial ventures, however. One proposed wind farm in West Virginia, would cost $300,000,000 to build, but would recover those costs and then some through various tax shelters and subsidies equaling $325,434,600. In many cases, the profit from this government largesse exceeds the income generated from electricity sales. Wind farm owners enjoy windfall profits at taxpayer expense. Green is very attractive when there are greenbacks involved...The article overall is whether wind farms are in fact an environmental win over gas consumption. It's a difficult issue, and often involves comparing apples to oranges (noise and bird death to chemical pollution, for example). But it certainly clouds the issues to have such large tax-payer-backed government subsidies. Just think how much that $325 million in subsidies could have done if it had gone directly to protecting wildlife or unspoiled areas.
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