Archive for July, 2006
Posted by Jack in General
about Mark Twain. Halley’s Comet is coming in just a few years. 2060 or thereabouts. I wonder if I will see it?
Posted by Jack in General
A question arose last Tuesday on how the SSA funds are accounted for in calculating the Federal deficit. So I started looking around and was surprised how long it took me to find an answer. If the SSA is off-budget, then its monies don’t count to the deficit/surplus figures (if I have that right)
I found this to be an interesting article on how the current state of our politics arose. History can be a useful tool.
Posted by Jack in General
This is an interesting looking link from Making Light. This is just a reminder for me to come back and read it when I have soem time.
Posted by Jack in Geek Stuff
Google, Yahoo, Youtube, and other large content providers don’t push content to the user. The User requests it, through their service providers. The User’s Service Level Agreement is the gating factor on the Quality of Service that affects the transport. If the Content provider isn’t on the user’s ISP network, there’s no real way for the service provider to identify where the content is coming from, other then the numeric IP address. And that address doesn’t need to be associated with the content provider.
So it is rather difficult/complicated for the service provider to bollix up what is being sent if the user is paying for a QoS.
As an added feature:
- That We, the People of the United States, in Order to:
That the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
That a well-regulated Local Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed by the federal government.
That all persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.
That no State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States.
That the people have a right to privacy in their affairs and in their property.
- form a more perfect Union,
- establish Justice,
- insure domestic Tranquility,
- provide for the common defense,
- promote the general Welfare, and
- secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity,
- do ordain and establish this Government
- That no private property shall be taken for public use, without just compensation.
- That in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the Government and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, said district shall have been previously ascertained by law.
- That in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation.
- That in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall be confronted with the witnesses against him.
- That in all criminal prosecutions the accused shall have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor.
- That in all criminal prosecutions the accused shall have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.
- That in suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed a reasonable amount set by law, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved,
- That no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court except in accordance to the rules of the common law.
- That excessive bail shall not be required.
- That excessive fines shall not be imposed.
- That cruel and unusual punishments shall not be inflicted.
- That the enumeration of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people.
- That neither slavery nor involuntary servitude shall exist, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted.
- That no Government deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.
- That no Government deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
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- That the government shall make no law in respect to the establishment of a religion.
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- That the government shall make no law in respect to abridge the freedom of speech.
- That the government shall make no law in respect to abridge the freedom of the press.
- That the government shall make no law in respect to abridge the right of the people peaceably to assemble.
- That the government shall make no law in respect to abridge the right of the people to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
- That no Soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor, in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
- That the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated
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- That no person shall be held to answer for a capital crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury (except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger.)
- That no person shall be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.
- That no person shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself.
- That no person be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.
- That all People are created equal.
- That all People are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, Including Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
- That Governments are instituted among People, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
- That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of the People, it is the Right of the People, it is the Duty of the People, to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government and to provide new Guards for their future security.
- That Prudence dictates that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.
- That all experience has shown that People are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
Tech Faceoff: Net Neutrality, In the Eye of the Beholder
Looks like the WaPo is answering some of the questions I had earlier. It still seems to me that both sides are arguing apples and bricks.