Saturday, December 31, 2005

White House wiretapping: Wow, the media has gone overboard

First, we had the story about how the NSA left cookies on those who visited its website. Now, we have the much more nefarious story of how the White House website tracks how many hits its site gets.

Should the government really be tracking how many hits that whitehouse.gov gets? Does a website really need to know that kind of information, and doesn't such information leave the public at large open to all manner of abuses of privacy?

God. Either the media assumes that the literate public has no idea what a cookie is, or what a hit counter is, or they are really desparate for stories against the Bush administration.

Friday, December 30, 2005

The Year in Review

Well, with the year's end upon us, I feel almost obligated to write a retrospective on what has transpired over the past few hundred days.

As far as news goes, not much really occurred. It's been quiet on the political front for I don't know how many months, and besides natural disasters, the year 2005 seems like a big yawner.

On the personal front, I made the big transition (apparently) from college student to working person. It's nice to be able to go home after work and not have to worry about homework or upcoming tests or whatever; but at the same time, it would be nice to have four months out of the year for vacation. Damn, that's a lot of vacation. I'm trying to plan an extended, hopefully month-long trip to Argentina and Peru, but with graduate school on the horizon, it remains to be seen whether I can find the time for such an adventure. Lord knows I need some time in South America to just relax and take in life.

Truth be told, I don't really have a retrospective on 2005. It was a rather unremarkable year, and it certainly won't go down in memory as a year like 1996 or 2004.

Cheers!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Hacking for National Pride

Alison forwarded me a great article on Chilean and Peruvian hackers:

The historic rivalry between Peru and Chile has spilled into cyberspace with hackers from both countries striking at government websites.

They have been posting nationalistic claims to a disputed maritime area, seafood and a drink called pisco.
Pisco! That stuff's great. And by great, I mean very mediocre, such that you have to drink it sour (Pisco Sour) or with Coke (piscola).