Earlier this week, a classmate of mine was questioned by the FBI in relation to "Operation Fastlink"
. It's a law enforcement operation spread out over multiple countries, design to combat software pirates. Although they seem to be taking extreme measures that could best be directed elsewhere, I don't really have a problem with that. Even though many of us may continue to engage in it, I think almost everyone realizes that wanton copyright infringement and software piracy is wrong.
What I have a problem with is labeling these people "terrorists." Why the hell does everything have to be about terrorists since September 11th? Yes, the events that occurred on September 11, 2001 were terrorist actions. College students copying Office XP are not terrorist actions, however. That's just what the government is labeling them, however: cyber-terrorists. I don't see the intent to commit terror in a student using a copied version of MATLAB, or seeing the last Lord of the Rings movie before it's release. It it wrong, yes. Is it terror-inducing, no.
NOTE TO THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION: Pick up a god-damn dictionary.
Well, I wrote a real nice entry, but then Epiphany crashed out an I lost it, so you get the dregs instead.
I've got an Unreal Tournament 2004 server up oncampus at shadowland.student.umd.edu
(184.108.40.206). Epic says there hasn't been a game since March 17; they lie, it's up.
Dragonlance is good. I used to read the novels years ago, but I started reading the Legends trilogy lately. I've pretty much forgotten about being able to read for fun, so it's almost a new experience.
I've once again got projects galore, but the one with the largest Shadow of Impending Doom (TM) seems to be the latest Operating Systems project. Summary: Implement a filesystem on a disk-block by disk-block basis. Hilarity ensues.
Well, time for me to grab the laundry. Like I said, I had this whole, nice, verbose entry worked out, but it's gone. Spend whatever time you think you would have used reading to instead mourn it's loss, or adding bugfixes to Gnome. I really wish they'd put Gnome 2.6 in x86 on the gentoo portage tree, and some of these annoying bugs would disappear.
Till next time, keep your stick on the ice.