Gongol.com Archives: March 2006
Brian Gongol

Science and Technology (2006.03.22)
Real-Life Sealab
Needs a Captain Murphy

Computers and the Internet (2006.03.22)
The Security Risks of Unencrypted/Open Wireless Networks
Physical proximity in a network begets speed -- so if an attacker can dump things into a victim's computer (like malicious Javascript) faster than the sites the victim intended to visit, then the risks can be high. VPNs appear to be helpful in improving security within an unencrypted network (UIUC relies on VPN to secure its campus wireless network), but it's not bulletproof. Like most computer-security measures, though, it's a decent deterrent.

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.03.22)
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Busts Legal Drinkers in Bars
Sweeps supposedly on the authority to bust people for public intoxication -- but since when is drinking in a privately-owned bar "public" intox? Whoever authorized the police operation clearly needs to be punished (from eDodo.org)

Computers and the Internet (2006.03.22)
Microsoft Announces Another Delay in Release of Vista

Threats and Hazards (2006.03.22)
Afghan Government May Be Ready to Put Christian Convert to Death for Apostacy

Business and Finance (2006.03.22)
GM Offers UAW 113,000 Job Buyouts

Computers and the Internet (2006.03.22)
How to Burn Photos to a CD

Computers and the Internet (2006.03.22)
Attention Spammers: Your Fake Names are Getting Ridiculous
Psychopaths A. Decorator?

Broadcasting (2006.03.22)
Time Between Theatrical Release and Video Release of Most Movies Falling Fast
Now down to an average of under five months

News (2006.03.22)
President Bush Suggests US Troop Presence in Iraq to Last Beyond 2008

Socialism Doesn't Work (2006.03.22)
Proof Neither Liberals Nor Social Conservatives Understand Proper Role of Government
Good rule of thumb: If you wouldn't trust the opposite side of the aisle with the money or power to do certain things, don't give yourself the power to do it, either. But after years of government subsidies for left-leaning groups, "faith-based" programs and the like are now being used to subsidize social conservatives' pet projects. Abuse of the public purse is perhaps the worst offense of all.