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Tuesday, September 18 2001

Stewart Baker and Eugene Volokh : Civil Liberties in Wartime

"So the measures we adopt todayóconstitutional rules, statutes, and perhaps even media ethics principlesówon't be temporary. They won't go away. This doesn't mean these measures are wrong; they may be good permanent measures to have. But let's not fool ourselves that we can have them just for a few months and then return to business as usual. This is going to be business as usual."

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Anthony Lane : This is not a movie

"If the disaster movie is indeed to be shamed by disaster, we would do well to remember the exact moment of its defeat. It came, I think, when the cameras began to pick up moving dots in the steel grid of the towers: people waving for help that would never arrive. Was it just me, or did the networks back off of these long-lens shots, and revert, with something like relief, to the wider view? Too late: the aesthetic habit had cracked, and there was no going back."

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The nice people from the band Ozomatli

have posted their two albums online, in RealAudio format. Note, you'll need to reverse-engineer the URLs on the most recent ablum. This really just means stripping the "30sec" from the link, which sort of begs the question.

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Matthew Mirapaul : "There is an undeniable voyeuristic allure to viewing other desktops,

akin to rummaging through a co- worker's papers and finding a pay stub, medical bill or an incriminating memo."

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Tom Hukins : FreeBSD::Ports.pm

"and FreeBSD::Ports::Port[.pm] are modules for parsing FreeBSD's Ports INDEX file and selecting ports that match certain criteria." This does not appear to have made its way in to the CPAN yet, so you'll have to install it from ports, proper.

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Nathan Torkington : Apache::Vermicide.pm

"[is] a mod_perl handler to catch the requests as soon as they arrive, and discard them with a minimum of work to Apache. If your web server is struggling under the load, this might help. The heuristic it uses for "requests to ignore with prejudice" is the presence of root.exe, cmd.exe, or default.ida. You might want to tweak the regexp if those files are part of your web site :-)" We were talking about this sort of thing at work today, while we the tailed the Apache logs. I commented that it would probably be the catalyst for someone to adapt Apache::CodeRed in to some more generic, pluggable, set of modules. Something like Apache::Win32::Worm.

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The dict-ified dictionary.com word of the day is wiseacre

| source : web1913 | Wiseacre \Wise"a*cre\, n. [OD. wijssegger or G. weissager a foreteller, prophet, from weissagen to foretell, to prophesy, OHG. w[=i]ssag?n, corrupted (as if compounded of the words for wise and say) fr. w[=i]zzag?n, fr. w[=i]zzag? a prophet, akin to AS. w[=i]tiga, w[=i]tga, from the root of E. wit. See {Wit}, v.] 1. A learned or wise man. [Obs.] Pythagoras learned much . . . becoming a mighty wiseacre. --Leland. 2. One who makes undue pretensions to wisdom; a would-be-wise person; hence, in contempt, a simpleton; a dunce. | source : wn | wiseacre n : an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments [syn: {wise guy}, {smart aleck}, {wisenheimer}, {weisenheimer}]

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Monday, September 17 2001 ←††→ Wednesday, September 19 2001