tight around the jaws

Somebody called me their hero on Usenet today. Just thought I’d share.

Here’s a tutorial on using crypto in Web-based apps that I’ll probably find useful at one point or another.

There was a little piece in The Biochemist about choosing Linux versus UNIX for bioinformatics workstations. I only found this article because my Linux page is referenced in the article. I’ve contacted the author about some of the inaccuracies in the article – see the email I sent here. I know some readers are probably better defenders of the Linux Way than I am – if you’ve got any suggestions as to things I missed, or could say better, please mail me.

By the way, there are several interesting looking articles in the CyberBiochemist section of The Biochemist; expect to see some links in that direction in the future.

I played around with Galeon a little bit this weekend. It’s a bare bones browser based on just the Gecko HTML engine part of Mozilla. For me, it misses the target in the opposite direction from Mozilla – there’s not quite enough there, yet. Nevertheless, it’s the best graphical browser I’ve used in a quite, and I’m considering dumping Netscape for it. LinuxPlanet had a review of it today, in case you’re looking to ditch Netscape too.

The Foresight Exchange is open for trading, for people who want to speculate on a different sort of futures.

In the continuing spam fight saga, I found samspade.org, which has some tools that help you track down the sources of the spam you get.

Well, given the voyeur mania and the breakdown of privacy in our culture, I suppose this was somewhat inevitable: the Maricopa Country Jail (in Phoenix, AZ) is webcasting the area where inmates are booked.

Researchers note that doctors can track (in a loose way) if patients are taking their medication by talking to pharmacists, to make sure 'scripts get refilled. While it’s an invasion of privacy in many cases, there are situations where society needs to track this sort of information. I’m not sure the phone is needed, though – all of this info is computerized, so much of this could happen automatically. It’s also not going to stop the determined – they’ll just fill the 'script and not take the pills.

Review of a book about forensic entomology – using data about insects found in corpses to determine time of death and other details about murder victims. At the blogger gathering Friday, Mike yelled at me about talking about vomit while he was eating – so this book probably isn’t for him, but the strong of stomach might find it interesting.

Lance Armstrong is starting to talk some smack about Marco Pantini, one of his rivals in the Tour. What the article doesn’t explain is that “Elephantino”, the nickname Armstrong is using to refer to Pantini, is actually equivalent to “Dumbo” – and once you’ve seen Pantini’s ears (look at the picture on the linked page), you’ll understand why it’s appropriate.

Still on the Tour, the Post had a nice editorial today about the lack of praise for Armstrong in the American press.

Salon did a piece on Advogato today; I’m with Rafe in thinking this is probably less than good. I just hope they don’t cover kuro5hin.org next.

Speaking of kuro5hin, there was an interesting story posted there today, about a Hotline sysop who was shut down by the FBI because of copyright infringement issues. I’m not sure how much ground the guy has to stand on, but the story is at least a useful reminder of how quickly and easily community sites can be shutdown.

Air traffic controllers at O’Hare are staging a slowdown. Apparently this has been the worst summer on record for air travel, in terms of delays and cancellations. Lor’s made 3 or 4 business trips in the last couple months, and has run into delays on each one – very frustrating.

Wow, and I almost didn’t update today, because I didn’t think I had anything to say…see you tommorow.