Gongol.com Archives: July 2006
Brian Gongol

July 6, 2006

Threats and Hazards (2006.07.06)
China and Russia have North Korea's back
Blocking UN sanctions over the missile launches. Which fulfills yet another of the predictions made here about the North Korean situation back on June 25th

Computers and the Internet (2006.07.06)
D-Day for Windows 98 and Windows ME: July 11th
No more Microsoft support available after that time

Aviation News (2006.07.06)
EU Parliament votes for huge tax on airfares
It's an environmental tax on jet fuel

Science and Technology (2006.07.06)
Ireland trying to decide whether to use electronic voting machines
It's still probably not safe enough

The United States of America (2006.07.06)
Lieutenant governor: Best job in the world?
Rarely charged with a great deal of responsibility, but often in solid position to run for the governor's office later

Aviation News (2006.07.06)
Irish government plans to privatize Aer Lingus
Ireland's flagship carrier recently left the One World alliance

Iowa (2006.07.06)
Iowans generally behaving themselves with new 70 mph speed limit
Average speed on Interstate highways: 71.42 mph

Humor and Good News (2006.07.06)
Barcodes that double as advertising

Business and Finance (2006.07.06)
Cola-war espionage
Three arrested for trying to sell Coke recipes to Pepsi

Broadcasting (2006.07.06)
Baseball viewership way up

Business and Finance (2006.07.06)
The unusuality of Buffett's charity
Gary Becker notes that Warren Buffett is doing something very unusual: Endowing a foundation, but imposing a sunset provision on the gift. Becker notes that this method allows Buffett to guarantee that the gift won't end up straying from what he intended (as happens widely with endowed foundations). Sunset provisions are as good for government as they are for Buffett's cash.

The United States of America (2006.07.06)
Using Independence Day as a reminder to get angry about government
In this strange universe, people who oppose freedom are to be found everywhere: From protesters who advocate theocratic violence to journalists who like censorship

Water News Omaha sets new record for water use

Graphics Ladies' Room

Computers and the Internet (2006.07.06)
Irritated hacker will release one browser bug a day throughout July
Says he's trying to bring attention to flaws in all major browsers, including one that's been unpatched in IE since March

Broadcasting (2006.07.06)
"Lost" Chappelle's Shows coming back starting Sunday