Cowlix Wearing my mind on my sleeve

Sunday, February 17, 2002 Permanent link to this day
Nomadic sysadmins, this one's for you

GEORDI: hey sysadmins, need to check on your box? ssh in to a minimal GUI showing the basic lifeline commands. What's special about that? It runs on a Palm. [via Boing Boing]

Generation ships

"Magic number" for space pioneers calculated: a University of Florida anthropologist has calculated the minimum number of passengers needed on a generation starship in order to sustain a viable community. [via Boing Boing]

Restricting science

U.S. Tightening Rules on Keeping Scientific Secrets: Britain isn't the only country limiting scientific publication as part of the WoT.

The Bush administration is taking wide measures to tighten scientific secrecy in the hope of keeping weapons of mass destruction out of unfriendly hands.

Last month, it began quietly withdrawing from public release more than 6,600 technical documents that deal mainly with the production of germ and chemical weapons. It is also drafting a new information security policy, to be released in the next few weeks, that officials say will result in more documents' being withdrawn. It is asking scientific societies to limit what they publish in research reports.

Terrorist gold

Al Qaeda's Road Paved With Gold: on the role gold and Dubai's financial system played in the movement and laundering of money for al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Planning for war, revisited

10 Days in September: the full Washington Post series on the initial days of Bush's planning for the War on Terror.

(defun window-or-aisle ...

Carl de Marcken on the code, mainly Common Lisp, behind the Orbitz airline reservation system. [via rc3]

British nukes

Doomsday UK: an excerpt from Peter Hennessy's book The Secret State discusses the British nuclear deterrent in the cold war and today.

Caņo-Limon pipeline

Protection for Oil Pipeline Raises US Profile in Colombia: more on the new U.S. assistance to Columbia in protecting Occidental's oil pipeline from the ELN and FARC. [via Robot Wisdom]

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