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It's very relevant to what we've been discussing, and one of the more
interesting things I've seen written about and discussed on the net in recent
times. The original article by Raymond is available at:
and well worth reading when you have a moment.
Additionally, Paul Phillips, a recent graduate of UCSD's undergraduate
Computer Science department, has written the first published advocacy article
for Netscape's "mozilla.org" web site. See
My hope is that Paul Phillips' immediacy, the popularity of Netscape, and
the success of Linux will drive other members of the class to become
interested in this. I know at least one other UCSD graduate student, David
Moore, is a contributor to the public development efforts for GNU Emacs and
associated libraries as well.
To which I replied: Maritza, the idea should simply be that the two
representations are morphisms and one of them preserves something important
that the other doesn't. This does not have be formal, just clear. Hope that
Top 50 Oxymorons... 50. Act naturally 49. Found missing 48. Resident alien 47. Advanced BASIC 46. Genuine imitation 45. Airline food 44. Good grief 43. Same difference 42 Almost exactly 41. Government organization 40. Sanitary landfill 39. Alone together 38. Legally drunk 37. Silent scream 36. British fashion 35. Living dead 34. Small crowd 33. Business ethics 32. Soft rock 31. Butt head 30. Military intelligence 29. Software documentation 28. New York culture 27. Extinct life 26. Sweet sorrow 25. Childproof 24. "Now, then..." 23. Synthetic natural gas 22. Christian scientists 21. Passive aggression 20. Taped live 19. Clearly misunderstood 18. Peace force 17. New classic 16. Temporary tax increase 15. French bravery 14. Plastic glasses 13. Terribly pleased 12. Computer security 11. Political science 10. Tight slacks 9. Definite maybe 8. Pretty ugly 7. Twelve-ounce pound cake 6. Diet ice cream 5. Rap music 4. Working vacation 3. Exact estimate 2. Religious tolerance And the NUMBER ONE top OXY-Moron 1. Microsoft Works
Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, by Patricia T O'ConnerShe is an editor for The New York Times Book Review and has written for William Safire on vacation ... but now I'm just regurgitating things you can easily find at http://www.clark.net/pub/bell/review/other/oconnor_woe_i.shtml.
I just read "Agents of Alienation" and I think it will be great discussion material for tomorrow's CS 271 section. I must admit that I don't agree with Lanier, because I think he fails to provide enough evidence to support some of his arguments ( I have underlined those passages and we can all discuss them ), but I must admire his courage for taking such an unpopular position. Anyway, as a result I went to the Internet to look for further articles on the subject and I stumbled upon an interesting IBM site that explains what agents are and even lets you download one for free! The address is http://www.networking.ibm.com/iag/iaghome.html. I'll download it right now and do some experimenting; perhaps I'll have something to report tomorrow!(Since she didn't show up for class that day, maybe the agent ate her up, or as Lanier might say, dehumanized her?)
From Mona Wong (email@example.com), Wed, 21 Jan 98 15:56:07:
I thought you might be interested in knowing that you can put spaces around the entries in a table. You can use HSPACE, VSPACE to give your a table entry some breathing room. Also Netscape supports CELLPADDING and CELLSPACING.
From Kai Lin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Thu, 22 Jan 1998 10:41:32:
HSPACE and VSPACE are supported only by IE, not by Netscape. CELLPADDING can be used to define the margin between the border of cell and the content of the cell. It's default value is 1. CELLSPACING defines the space between the individal cells, and it's default value is 1.
Two interesting things: (1) my solution, using the "secret" undocumented space character, and also the HSPACE, VSPACE solution, violate the basic philosophy of HTML, while CELLPADDING does not; and (2) it seems that HSPACE, VSPACE are only supported by Internet Explorer, whereas CELLPADDING is part of the HTML standard. So this illustrates the "browser war" between Netscape and MicroSoft, as does the following further information:
From Mona Wong (email@example.com), Thu, 22 Jan 1998 18:40:38:
Hmm, my  O'Reilly HTML book says that the HSPACE and VSPACE are extensions to HTML but doesn't say anything about it being only for IE. Also, according to the same book, CELLPADDING and CELLSPACING is for Netscape only.
Finally, we have the following from Kai Lin (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mon, 26 Jan 1998 16:57:18:
For padding in table, Netscape 4.0 and IE4.0 both support style sheet which can be used to control space, margin and element size. To solve your problem, you can use the following statement:But these more detailed padding commands violate the HTML philosophy as just much as as HSPACE, VSPACE do. The browser war is fought (in part) by adding features that are not in the HTML standard.border style=" padding-left: 10pt; padding-right: 10pt; padding-top: 5pt "
Okay, now I've got to vent again. I haven't barely begun this "Agents of Alienation" paper and now I've just got to say it--why is it that whenever a new technology comes out and people start talking about it, they always either hail it as the saviour of humankind or trash it as "evil?"
Look folks...any new power can be used for whichever side the user of the power wishes; greater power merely intensifies the result. Things move more quickly--both evil and good.
I made a list of things from various levels of technology, both evil
and good, and one can see how through the list the evilness and goodness
can intensify as a result of the technology in most ways. I'd probably
have to argue with some of these...the main point is not so much that good
things are better, but rather they affect more people more quickly.
I personally think a good book is far better than nearly any TV show, but
a TV show can reach you much more quickly than a book.
|Books||Aesop's Fables||Superhero Comics|
|Amy Tan||Danielle Steele|
|TV||Sesame Street||Transformers: Beast Wars|
|Babylon 5||Xena: Warrior Princes|
|OSes||System V||Windows 95|
|WWW||Timothy Leary's Homepage||www.persiankitty.com|
It's not the medium that matters, but the content. There's always
more crap out there than good. Technology doesn't really make one more
prominent than the other; it just makes the stuff easier to reach, more
condensed, easier to digest...just the same as it was, only more so.
(I'm really just proud of my list, which is the only reason I sent you this.)
The book I mentioned in class today is Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age. He's the author of the more widely known sci-fi novel, Snow Crash, which is also excellent and bears reading if you like this sort of thing. There's a web page with some interviews with the author, and reviews of his books at http://www.scifi.com/pulp/fw/stephenson/index.html.