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Read Andy Oram’s Article “Does Network Neutrality Really Matter?” Please.

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

I don’t usually write a blog post just to say “go read this other person’s blog post”, but some cases are worth an exception. Andy Oram’s recent post at O’Reilly Radar Does net neutrality really matter? is a must-read if you think you know where you stand on network neutrality. The million comments received by […]

Quick update on the Craig Shirley affair: NYT Public Editor agrees Rick Perlstein was smeared.

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

A quick update for those who’ve seen my previous post (and followup) about the false charges of plagiarism levied by Craig Shirley against historian Rick Perlstein: The New York Times Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan, agrees that Rick Perlstein was unfairly swift-boated here, and that the NYT contributed to the problem. See her post today: “Was […]

The Craig Shirley / CIA / Wikipedia Mystery.

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Last week I wrote about how historian Rick Perlstein had been falsely accused of plagiarism by author Craig Shirley. In the course of writing that post, I looked at Craig Shirley’s Wikipedia page, and found something really surprising. At that time, the page contained this — completely unsourced —  assertion about Craig Shirley: He was a decorated contract […]

According to Craig Shirley, Your Choices are Plagiarism or Amnesia.

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

So, a friend of mine just got accused very publicly of plagiarism by author Craig Shirley. The charge is completely bogus, and note that I have carefully arranged the above phrasing so as not to cause the Internet’s search engines to add any weight to the charge merely from my mentioning it here. You can’t […]

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 […]