Friday, May 21, 2004

Quote of the week
From Patterico's Pontifications: "Strictly speaking, Alter wasn't in private while on Franken's show, but he was on Air America, which is close enough."
Nick Berg's killers arrested?
This just in:
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi police have arrested four people in the killing of American Nicholas Berg, an Iraqi security official said Friday.

The suspects were former members of Saddam Hussein's Fedayeen paramilitary organization, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. They were arrested a week ago.
"Arrested a week ago", but this is the first I've heard of it. And no mention of al Qaeda. Interesting.
Who wrote what?
Some are challenging Linus Torvalds' claim that he wrote Linux from scratch. If it turns out that he borrowed code from other operating systems, would this mean that all of the existing Linux installations out there would have to be shut down?

At least Bill Gates had the decency to pay $50,000 for DOS. What a nice guy.

UPDATE: Rodney sent me this, which was written by one of Torvalds' former professors. Apparently, the proof that Torvalds did indeed write the OS is that Linux is a piece of crap (or at least it was in its original form):
Thus, of course, Linus didn't sit down in a vacuum and suddenly type in the Linux source code. He had my book, was running MINIX, and undoubtedly knew the history (since it is in my book). But the code was his. The proof of this is that he messed the design up.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Smoking gun
Sarin gas was used in an attack today. I would think this is a Very Big Deal. Isn't sarin a WMD? If they can make a road-side bomb, who says they don't have more? The military needs to step it up. If the terrorists are going to be whipping this stuff out with some regularity, then we need to crush them all the more quickly.