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Comment to the FCC in support of Net Neutrality.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

(This is what I wrote in the comment I just sent to the FCC from battleforthenet.com. Please consider submitting your own comment!) Net neutrality is absolutely necessary if the Internet is to continue to serve the broadest public interest. The principle that ISPs must treat all data equally is easy to articulate, easy for users […]

English to live by.

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

I finally found an example of how ending a sentence with a preposition in English is not only not wrong, but is sometimes the best way to avoid ambiguity: Make sure your facility’s storage room is clearly organized, so that people will know how to fit in their boxes. vs Make sure your facility’s storage […]

Support Snowden all the way, New York Times.

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

In an unsigned editorial today, “Edward Snowden, Whistle Blower”, the New York Times is needlessly weak: … Considering the enormous value of the information he has revealed, and the abuses he has exposed, Mr. Snowden deserves better than a life of permanent exile, fear and flight. He may have committed a crime to do so, […]

Lucky in 2013.

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

It’s the last day of 2013. I’ve thought a lot this year about how lucky I am: I get to work on freedom full-time, among other places at OTS, OpenITP, QCO, and the OSI. I don’t want anything different for 2014, except for more people to be so lucky. Free Clarendon! Speaking of freedom… The […]

Healthcare.gov, why do you taunt me so?

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

The new healthcare.gov web site sure looks great. Under the hood, though, it’s apparently implemented with Bronze Age web development technology :-(. I tried to sign up today. After dutifully filling out my name, state of residence, and email address, then choosing a username and password, then answering three required security questions, I got this […]

IRC away messages.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

I set my IRC client to keep logs. Among other things, that means I have a record of all my away messages from the past couple of centuries or so… Some themes emerge, notably a nostalgia for an imagined Paleolithic past: kfogel is away: http://www.rants.org/2013/12/10/irc_away_messages/ kfogel is away: slowly leaching toxins from bloodstream while in […]

My Contempt Knows No Bounds: The Starbucks “Come Together” Petition.

Sunday, October 13th, 2013

This petition was on a table by the doorway at a Starbucks near my house, and the top sheet had even collected a lot of signatures. I wonder what those people thought they were accomplishing. You can click on the photo to get an enlarged version, but here’s what the text says: To our leaders […]

Eben Moglen talks in New York City: “Snowden and the Future”

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Arrgh, I wish I could go to this! Eben Moglen is giving a series of talks entitled “Snowden and the Future” on four Wednesday nights, spread across October, November, and December. I’d even fly into New York to attend some of them, but I have choir rehearsal on Wednesday nights (and I’ve already missed rehearsals […]

Dear Lazyweb: How long will it take you to fix the LOVEINT problem?

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Just for the record, I know I could have created the English-language wikipedia entry for LOVEINT myself. But I wanted to see how long it would take from tweeting (and denting) it until someone else creates the entry :-). Embarrassing — German Wikipedia has an entry for "LOVEINT" but English doesn't. (Yet?) http://t.co/dT6kpKB6uO — Karl […]

My favorite RSS reader, Feedbin.me, goes open source!

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I’d been waiting for this! (N.b.: had inside information it was coming.) The code behind my favorite RSS reader, feedbin.me, has been open sourced. See the announcement, or grab the code from github.com/feedbin/feedbin. Feedbin is the RSS reader I use every day now. The minimal design is a pleasure: nothing gets between me and the […]