Posted in November 2005

Fit != “fit”

Obvious, but true. I’d rather some drunkard pie-eater, any day of the week.

Massive statistics shock

Apparently developing world governments massively lie about statistics, especially in rural areas where they won’t get found out. Colour me ‘surprised’.

The Man In The Iron Mask

Or something like that. I’m glad it first happened in France, whatever.

The perils of being well-informed

So I just tried and failed to watch Question Time. Imagine the near-infinite number of witless things that could pointlessly be said about this case. Then square it. You’re still not quite up there with Question Time’s panel of The Great British Public and axe-grinding celebrities who clearly haven’t been following the trial. I gave up before a full-on apoplectic fit set in…

A serious one

Software patents are bad. If you don’t understand why, visit the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure. If you do, then vote for The Campaign for Creativity as Europe’s worst lobbyist (they’re a Microsoft front posing as an NGO and lobbying in favour of restrictive IP controls) and vote for FFII founder Florian Muller for silicon.com Man of the Year. Incidentally, if you vaguely give a monkey’s about IT, you could do worse than reading Silicon.com – it’s not a bad site, albeit not quite up there with El Reg.

Ignore da police

If Pigdogfucker were to call for the reintroduction of the death penalty, but only for people who murder the proprietors of offensive websites, that would be a pretty lame piece of hypocrisy.

It’s not surprising, given that Lord Stevens is a terrible man who holds wrong-headed opinions about every subject on which it is possible to do so, that he’s been expounding precisely this hypocritical suggestion about people who top his fellow coppers.

Relatedly, can everyone shut the fuck up about Sharon Beshenivsky now? Her death is sad for her family, but matters not in the slightest on a wider scale. The only reason the police get get paid more than people in other equally low-skilled jobs is because of the additional risk involved, and people factor this in when they accept the role – just as rally drivers know they might die of crashing into things.

Indeed, killing a copper should really be viewed as less serious than killing someone who didn’t volunteer to be a target…