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Archive for February 6th, 2010

William A. White

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As if more depressing news is required, just in from Canada:

“An American neo-Nazi who advocated killing an Ottawa activist and overthrowing the Canadian government by force has been acquitted of uttering threats.

William A. White was charged in 2008 after he wrote repeatedly on his website and in his magazine that Canadian human rights lawyer Richard Warman should be assassinated.

Apparently angry at Mr. Warman’s successful campaign against racist Internet sites, White called him an “enemy,” wrote that he “must be killed” and provided his home address.

A jury convicted White of threatening Mr. Warman but this week a U.S. District Court judge in Virginia overturned the verdict, ruling his actions did not amount to threats.

Mr. Warman has launched scores of human rights complaints and lawsuits over Internet postings, many of them by far-right extremists. His complaints have resulted in hefty fines but have made him a target.

White, 69, who heads a Virginia neo-Nazi group, had also written that Canada was a “petty tyranny” and called for parliament to be stormed and the government executed. “Overthrown your government! Put your Jews to the sword,” he wrote.


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06/02/2010 at 22:18

Bags Of Tardy Techie News, Tablets with Everything.

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[I wrote this a few weeks ago, it really does need posting.]

I think 2010 could be the year of the Tablet/Ebook thingie.

Some history.

WebKit hacked for the better?

Lenovo Skylight and Snapdragon.

More on the Google Phone.

Someone likes SliTaz.

Philip K. Dick’s ghost haunts Google.

Sarkozy’s super phone.

Stronger Arm than Intel?

Mas vino?

The state of OLPC.

Who is really a Linux guru, not me for sure.

How toxic are those computing companies ? Greenpeace tells you.

The 2010 bug had Symantec stuck.

Ripping, which is best? I like grip.

Hackers and IE, reasons not to use it.

Sandwich attack on GSM.

Chrome beta, looking good.

19 inch paper.

Got Ubuntu? Want Firefox 3.6? There’s an answer, ubuntuzilla.

Apparently the British Government has unveiled a smart new system, under budget (not sure), but please do give it a whirl and let me know.

Microsoft show their natural speed, and fix a 17 year old bug.

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06/02/2010 at 14:11

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Beer Rations – The Foundation Of Civilisation.

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I have only managed to intermittently hear the History of the World in 100 objects, but when I do there is invariably something amusing and informative seeping out of apparently dry, uncooperative objects.

The recent episode on Radio Four, which covers a clay tablet from Mesopotamia, is marvellous for bringing out the history of these inanimate objects.

Do listen and find out how beer rations may be the foundation of civilisation as we know it.

The podcasts for the programme are here.

Update 1: There was a Culture Show Special on it too.

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06/02/2010 at 02:18