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Friday, July 30, 2004

DES headed for retirement

Ah, DES. You have left us all with such fond memories. The hours of memorizing your inner workings in order to pass certification exams *sniff*. We bid you a fond fare well.
Battle of the Lees round 3

Lee Sedol defeated Lee Changho in game three of the 38th Korean Wangwi final. Lee Sedol forced a resignation after 184 moves following an uncharacteristic low Chinese opening by Lee Changho. It was a classic Lee Sedol game involving an eight stone sacrifice in order to secure a massive territory at the bottom of the board. The next game is scheduled for August 4th.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Patriot Act used to enforce copyright?

I find this story to be extremely disturbing. If this story is true, the FBI invoked the Patriot Act to get an alleged copyright violator's records from his ISP in response to an MPAA complaint. To quote the /. posting, "Is copyright infringment now a terrorist act?"

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Lee Changho takes game two

Lee Changho takes game two of the 38th Korean Wangwi title match, forcing a resignation after 184 moves. Lee Changho was able to construct a vast solid territory in the upper right while Lee Sedol struggled for life in the centre. The best of seven match is now tied 1-1.

Monday, July 19, 2004

Bobby Fischer's blog

What's on Bobby Fischer's mind these days? Read on at your own risk. Strong language and strong opinions here.

Sunday, July 18, 2004

Lee Sedol defeats Lee Changho

After a fairly quiet year of go, my boy Lee Sedol takes game one of the Wangwi title match from "the best go player alive", "Stone Buddha", "8 time Wangwi title holder". Lee Changho. The next game to be held on July 20, 2004. This is a best-of-seven match.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Bobby Fischer busted

Former chess world champion Bobby Fischer was picked up by Japanese officials after trying to travel to the Philippines with an invalid passport. Fischer has been wanted by the US for 12 years for violating an embargo against Yugoslavia. Fischer has become a vocal critic of the US in recent years. Want to bone up on your Fischer history? See Colby Cosh's review of David Edmonds' Bobby Fischer Goes to War.

Friday, July 09, 2004 not exactly following the ethos of traditional archives

I do not know what to say about this. This sort of behavior certainly dilutes's value as a reliable historical record.

Monday, July 05, 2004

The 17th Fujitsu Cup crowns a new world champion

19 year old Park Yeonghun (6p) defeated Yoda Norimoto (9p), current holder of the Japanese Meijin and Gosei titles, to take his first international championship.
Firefox is better than IE - according to Microsoft

If any of you have any doubt that freedom of the press can exist for publications owned by large diversified corporations, check this out. MSN's Slate has published an article that claims, in no uncertain terms, that the Mozilla project's open source Firefox browser is clearly superior to Microsoft's own Internet Explorer. Columnist Paul Boutin even goes on to recommend that readers consider Mozilla's Thunderbird email application and Sunbird calendar application as alternatives to Microsoft's Outlook and Outlook Express, which he describes as "two other virus carriers". Indeed, open source software is the biggest threat to Microsoft's near monopoly. If only the open source community could create an office product superior to Microsoft Office!

This, of course, was slashdotted here. Expecting the register, k5, and ars technica to chime in at any moment.

Sunday, July 04, 2004

US libraries suffer a blow to intellectual freedom

If you are an American library, and you want to keep your 'E-rate' funding, July 2nd is the day that you need to turn on your Internet filtering. Lord knows that libraries don't need any more money, right? It is anticipated that the adoption of filtering will be nearly universal.

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Senate OKs Pirate Act

Distressingly, the so-called Pirate Act, has been approved by the US Senate and will now head to the House of Representatives for approval. What's the big deal? See my earlier posting.
Globe and Mail Comment: Songs of the Internet

A thoughtful and well reasoned commentary on the two recent Canadian legal decisions concerning online music sharing. Here is a thought provoking sample - no punches pulled here: "We hope the court was wrong and will be overturned on appeal. If it was right, the act should be amended." What do you think?
A new free online service: MD5 cracking

Forgot your password but still have your shadow file? Got someboy else's shadow file? Submit it here and have your answer in a few days.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Drop everything! Go TV 24/7!

Korean Baduk TV 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, available for free as a Windows Media stream! I am signing up for Korean lessons tomorrow.

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