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L'anti-sémitisme se porte bien. On se demande pourquoi...

Mutating Virus: Hatred of Jews

[NY Times 17.05.03]
A conference on anti-Semitism this week found the old virus freshly seeping through Western culture, taking new pathways, seeking new hosts and posing new threats.

Finalement, Clinton ne faisait que suivre la tradition...

JFK intern confirms affair, but spares the details

[Sydney Morning Herald 16.05.03]
A 60-year-old woman has recently admitted that when she was a teenager working as a White House intern, "I was involved in a sexual relationship with President Kennedy." And there appears to be solid documentation. "Newly declassified archives show that at the age of 19 Ms Beardsley was one of a harem of young girls hired by the White House press office, principally to be at the president's disposal. She was flown around the country on air force planes so that she was on hand for JFK on his travels." The young woman was hired to work in the press office, even though "Mimi had no skills. She couldn't type. She could answer the phone and she could handle messages and things but she was not really a great asset to us.

Que faire quand vous trouvez des contenus illégaux sur le PC d'un client ? Cafter ?

Blow the Whistle, Lose Your Job?

[ 17.05.03]
"You're a systems admin. On a routine PC repair, you discover a trove of child porn on an employee's PC. You call the cops. The employee pleads guilty and goes to jail. Then what do you do? You get fired. InformationWeek has an interesting expose on whistleblowers who lost their jobs, they say, because they publicly embarassed the company. The company has another version of the story . No matter what the reality is, at the center of this is a good question: If you discover illegal goodies on a machine, what should you do about it?"


Ca serait surtout très bon l'économie américaine...

US Wants Iraq To Quit Opec

[Indian Express 17.05.03]
A top American official has said Iraq may best be served by exporting as much oil as it can and disregarding quotas set by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Finalement on vous rendra votre souveraineté dans.... euh... quelque temps.

In Reversal, Plan for Iraq Self-Rule Has Been Put Off

[NY Times 17.05.03]
In an abrupt reversal, the United States and Britain have indefinitely put off their plan to allow Iraqi opposition forces to form a national assembly and an interim government by the end of the month. Instead, top American and British diplomats leading reconstruction efforts here told exile leaders in a meeting tonight that allied officials would remain in charge of Iraq for an indefinite period, said Iraqis who attended the meeting. It was conducted by L. Paul Bremer, the new civilian administrator here. "It's quite clear that you cannot transfer all powers onto some interim body, because it will not have the strength or the resources to carry those responsibilities out," The Associated Press quoted Mr. Sawers as saying. "There was agreement that we should aim to have a national conference as soon as we reasonably could do so."

Après le jeu de cartes des ministres de Saddam, voici le jeu de cartes des Anti-guerre

New 'Deck of Weasels' Exposes War Opponents

[ 17.05.03]
The Pentagon's Iraqi Most Wanted "Deck of Death" playing cards was a huge hit with Americans. Now, is raising the ante - with the Deck of Weasels, depicting the 54 worst leaders and celebrities who opposed America and were key members of "The United Nations of Weasels."
This hot new set of playing and informational cards - which will surely be a collector's item - depicts the enemies of America and Iraq's liberation in a satirical way while revealing the evidence of their hatred - their own quotes against America!
No doubt the Deck of Weasels will enrage those included - including Michael Moore, Tim Robbins, Jacques Chirac, Barbra Streisand, Teddy Kennedy, Kofi Annan and many more.
The Ace of Spades is none other than French Prime Minister Chirac, Saddam Hussein's partner in crime of 30 years, and includes his most infamous quote: "Our position is no matter what the circumstances, France will vote 'no.'" The Washington Times' new revelation that France helped Saddam's top goons escape shows just how relevant and useful this deck is


Un rapport des défenseurs des droits civiques sur la surveillance des citoyens aux USA

New ACLU Report Specifies Questions Needing Answers About Total Information Awareness Cyber-Surveillance System

[ACLU 16.05.03]
In anticipation of the impending deadline for the Pentagon's required report to Congress on its Total Information Awareness (TIA) super-surveillance system, the American Civil Liberties Union today released its own report posing a series of questions that need to be answered before Congress can make an informed decision on whether to continue funding the hi-tech spy program.
"The Pentagon's report will not be complete unless it comes completely clean about the capabilities, effectiveness, potential for misuse, and impact on privacy that this program would have," said Barry Steinhardt, Director of the ACLU's Technology and Liberty Program, which authored the report. "We don't see how this massive data-mining system could even work. Government boondoggles don't make us safer." The ACLU's report on the TIA program can be found at:

Il y a des passages dans la bible qui sont clairement limite, limite...

Is the Bible hate literature?

[Yahoo News 15.05.03]
An attempt to broaden Canada's hate-crimes laws to include protection for homosexuals has sparked a fierce debate in Parliament over whether the Bible and the Koran could be branded as hate literature.
It centres on a bill from gay Member of Parliament Svend Robinson that would make it a crime, punishable by up to two years in prison, to incite or promote hatred against homosexuals.
But his attempt to end gay-bashing has brought warnings that pastors or imams could be thrown into jail for preaching homosexuality is evil and that their scriptures could be banned or confiscated.

A Fiji, tentatives de museler une des presses les plus actives du Pacifique...


[RNZI/Pacific Media Watch]
The Fiji government’s proposed Media Bill has faced more condemnation with the Labour Party describing it as mean, draconian and an outright attempt to gag the media, Radio New Zealand International reports. The Fiji Times reports that the bill proposes to control and censor the media through a government-controlled Media Council which will replace the current independent body.

L'Email reconnu comme élément judiciaire

A Ruling Makes E-Mail Evidence More Accessible

[NY Times 17.05.03]
UBS Warburg was ordered to pay for the search of e-mail messages requested by a plaintiff, giving aggrieved investors a new legal tool.


Comment faire sérieusement ch.... les robots anti-pirate de la RIAA

RIAA Pit of Confusion (Culture)

[ 16.05.03]
After reading about the RIAA threatening to sue yet another innocent archive operator, I decided to take some direct action: It occurred to me that the RIAA keep falsely accusing others of piracy because they put their faith in an unintelligent spider - a fact which can be simply exploited to make my servers into an RIAA no-go-zone...
Whilst spidering is nothing to worry about (and only to be expected on a public site), the way the association fires off legal threats based on this spider results alone seems wrong. Since this spider does not actually look at the whole title of the file, or even it's content, I figured I could have some fun at their expense:

Planque toi Patrice, (l'escroc de aucland), le FBI te cherche !!!

Internet Dragnet Goes After Scam Artists

[Washington Post 16.05.03]
The government yesterday announced a coordinated, nationwide assault on Internet fraud, cracking down on scams ranging from fraudulent offers of dates with Russian women to fake bank Web sites.

Les copieurs de DVD se rebiffent

DVD Copying Goes to Court

[PC World - 15 May 2003]
DVD-copying software maker 321 Studios is defending the legality of its products in court here, possibly facing an uphill battle before a judge who opened the hearing by saying she leans toward siding with Hollywood.,aid,110763,00.asp


Trouvez l'âme soeur grâce à Google (ou autre)

Net scan finds like-minded users

[TRN Mag 14.05.03]
When you search for information on the Web, chances are you aren't alone - there are like-minded groups of users across the Web searching for the same sorts of things.
Researchers from the University of Chicago have shown that is possible to identify these groups by analyzing browsing patterns, even in networks as far-flung as the Web.

Phil Barnhart, député de l'Oregon, propose une loi en faveur du logiciel libre

~~HB 2892 - Open Source Software for Oregon~

[Central Lane & Linn Counties Legislative Observer 10.05.03]
Open Source. It sounds so simple, so inviting. My House Bill 2892, to allow the State to consider open source and open standards when making purchasing decisions for the State's vast computer systems, would save us millions of dollars. It mandates...nothing. It suggests giving us... a choice! School districts across the state are already reaping the benefits of a system that is more reliable, more secure and free, why not the State? Dare I suggest the presence of an 800 lb. gorilla (a.k.a. Microsoft) in the Speaker's office might have something to do with the very popular bill failing to emerge from House Government Committee?

My colleagues on both sides of the aisle reported receiving volumes of mail supporting the sensible procurement process. Proprietary software costs us every time we upgrade; with 55,000 computers in the system, the licensing fees alone amount to about $8 million yearly. I have yet to hear a well-reasoned argument against saving the State money. The chair of the Committee stated in a work group that he "would have introduced this legislation had Barnhart not beat me to it." We made numerous concessions to the industry in the form of amendments. The Microsoft people simply had no desire to work out a compromise. The answer to my question of their lobbyist, "So, you just want this bill to go away?" was an unequivocal, "Yes." The answer to their question of me, "Have you given up on Open Source Software for Oregon?" is an unequivocal, "NO."
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