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Archive for August 2005

Panorama of Views

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Panorama’s recent programme on the MCB and their lack of leadership skills brought to my attention the existence of MCB watch, which makes some reasonable points.

A transcript of the programme is here.

John Ware’s response to attacks on the BBC.

The later reaction to the programme is telling

Time to make your own mind up.

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30/08/2005 at 10:23

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Salman Knows

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Salman Rushdie has intimate knowledge of extremism and its consequence, and has called for a Muslim reformation.

Rushdie was today on Radio 4 he comments on MCB and their alleged moderation.

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29/08/2005 at 10:03

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SuSE again

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SUSE Linux 10.0 OSS Beta 3 has been released!

They are very busy at www.opensuse.org

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26/08/2005 at 02:59

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Able Danger

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A strange story has come out of the US concerning Able Danger:

“A US army intelligence officer went public yesterday with claims that a secret military unit had identified Mohammed Atta and three other al-Qaida members as a potential threat a year before they carried out the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer said the secret intelligence unit, codenamed Able Danger, had been prevented from passing on its information to the FBI by Pentagon lawyers concerned that the military should not be involved in surveillance of suspects inside the US.”

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24/08/2005 at 23:39

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A Humane Future

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Thanks to Harry’s Place and a recent petition the work of Fareena Alam, the editor of Q-News has come to my attention and her essay on “A humane Muslim future”, which makes some interesting points:

“As Fuad Nahdi points out, contemporary political Islam offers a religion to die for; classical Islam offers a religion to live for. Without the latter the great achievements of Muslim civilisation (so celebrated and extolled by Islamists) would not have been possible.”

“Wahhabi Islam that takes as its starting-point a literal, static interpretation of the sacred texts. It is a movement that tore down the four mihrabs in Mecca. During the last four decades, funded by petrodollars and mass-produced literature, it has hijacked much of the popular theological debates within Islam, particularly in the west and the Arab world.”

“The whole problem with Bin Ladenism and its related perversions is that while they use the language of Islam and appeal to community, they neglect its moral and ethical tenets. Emotion and outrage is no basis for a solution to the current malaise.

“We need to revive those musical and artistic traditions that have begun to vanish. A people without a cultural agenda, that particularises and localises religious expression, present no hope for their young people.

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23/08/2005 at 15:10

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Real Audio, Firefox and Codecs

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So you’ve got Firefox ready and even K-Lite Mega Codec Pack 1.36 installed but you get the message “Additional plugins are required to play all the media on this page”

Yuck!

A solution:

Firefox->Tools->Options->Download->RAM Real Media File->Change Action ->[browse to K-Lite Codec Pack directory and find the Real directory which leads to the program:mpclauncher]

Open and it should show something like “D:\Program Files\K-Lite Codec Pack\Real\mpclauncher.exe” in the ‘Open them in this application:’ field

Now you should be able to watch those Real Audio files with Media Player Classic!

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22/08/2005 at 23:42

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Beware Internet Greeks?

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Trojans are an increasing problem on the Internet and dealing with them can be difficult.

I am evaluating two packages: TrojanHunter and ewido, which work on 2000 and XP only, but they look promising.

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21/08/2005 at 14:15

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