genetic network engineer

Well, I’m in a bit of a better mode today, thanks to a couple of nice emails, and a really productive day at work. Still no progress on the CMS front, largely because of #BlogIRC, a/k/a the Wednesday night time sink.

Last week, a company engaged in the worst type of science via press release to announce they had cloned some cows, which didn’t appear to be aging normally. Don’t buy it until they release the data, folks. At least the author of the story took the time to track down some opposing voices…

Kuro5hin covered the Gnu Privacy Guard last week, in case anyone is looking for a GPL’d PGP replacement. So far, I’ve been falling on the side of not signing things because it’s a PITA, and tends to annoy people who don’t know any better, but if I can get Gnus, mailcrypt, and GPG to play together nicely, I might change that.

The Seven Levels of Perl Mastery.

Curious about the various factions behind some of the recent protest activity in Seattle and D.C.? Protests have been happening in England too, and a reporter for the Sunday Times infiltrated some of the organizations to report on them. More than a little weak to cut out before the action, though, Mr. Poseur Reporter.

Steven Pinker says the future won’t be as wierd as you fear, because human nature is unchanging. I’m not sure I agree, but most of us will hopefully be around to decide for ourselves.

Larry Niven talks about the economics of space travel, and name checks D. D. Harriman along the way. An interesting read, but much like Destiny’s Road, I’m not sure what his point is.

Scott McNealy blows more smoke:

He told investors that eventually every device with a digital or electronic heartbeat, including lightbulbs, would be connected to the Web one day, driving enormous growth for Sun servers.

Why are people going to buy Suns when Pentium-class systems running Linux will handle all these varied micro-server needs at a fraction of the cost?

See ya tomorrow…