Showing posts from September 12, 2004



Why p2p sharing is A Good Thing

I found a great argument for P2P file sharing last night, as if we didn't already have hundreds of good arguments. Paula's PC was on its last legs - well the hard drive was. It wouldn't boot. Took it out and popped it on its side and it booted. A reprive. So I decided to clone the drive and there were two options. Norton Ghost, and Powerquest Driveimage. A guy at work gave me his copy of Driveimage and I p2p'd a copy of Ghost. Connected up a second drive and Ghost'd it - no joy. It copied inside windows (how can it do the protected files then?) and the new drive did a sort of half-boot. Norton claim that Ghost can replicate system drives for if you want to upgrade to a larger drive. Hmm. So I tried it again. No joy. So I tried Driveimage - took three times as long and did it all outside Windows, and it worked perfectly first time. So why is this a good argument for p2p file sharing ? Well if I'd bought Norton, I'd be $39 out of pocket with no chance

Unsavoury footage

Michael Moore is coming to speak at the UWVC in October and it's already causing a stink. The slap-your-forehead moment tonight was when they were interviewing a student there: "Academically I can learn nothing from Michael Moore. Do you know in that film (F9/11) he shows footage of American servicemen being killed - blown up. That's not what we want to see here in America." Er. Um. Well. Okay - we can not show it to you if you don't want to see it, but that doesn't escape the fact that they are actually being shot at, blown up and killed. Put your blinkers back on mate - the light is obviously blinding you.

US destroys N.Korea nuke facility?

Satellites recorded a 2-mile wide mushroom cloud over North Korea on thursday sparking fears of an above-ground nuclear test. Kin Jong Il has admitted it was such a test, but the Americans claim it wasn't. Officials with KCNA, the North's official news agency, said that Powell was "misinformed" and that they "possess evidence that positively identifies the explosion as having resulted from a nuclear weapon test." The evidence is considered to be conclusive, but, said one official, "Release of the materials at this time would constitute a national security breach." Seismograph stations surrounding North Korea report detecting the blast, but that the signature is not consistent with a nuclear test. "It registered more like an above-ground chemical explosives blast," reported one such station, "In fact, the signature suggests it was a timed series of twenty-five blasts, approximately one-half second apart." This lends credence