Monthly Archives: April 2005

It’s a Flat World, After All

The New York Times has a fascinating article about our world getting smaller every day. They have a strange policy of removing from their web site content older than a week or two, so I’ll take the freedom to reproduce the article in this blog entry.

If this moment has any parallel in recent American history, it is the height of the cold war, around 1957, when the Soviet Union leapt ahead of America in the space race by putting up the Sputnik satellite. The main challenge then came from those who wanted to put up walls; the main challenge to America today comes from the fact that all the walls are being taken down and many other people can now compete and collaborate with us much more directly. The main challenge in that world was from those practicing extreme Communism, namely Russia, China and North Korea. The main challenge to America today is from those practicing extreme capitalism, namely China, India and South Korea. The main objective in that era was building a strong state, and the main objective in this era is building strong individuals.

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Wired: Fuck the FCC

Wired has a good article summing up what I’m thinking about the soviet-like organisations that want to keep the airwaves decent.

In a world of unlimited spectrum, shackling the First Amendment is obscene.

The theory dates from the 1920s: The airwaves are a scarce public resource, so Washington must license them and insure that they’re used for the public interest. That means no f-bombs, no sphincter talk, and absolutely no nipples at the Super Bowl. When cable and the Internet came along, the Supreme Court held that the government can’t regulate their content because scarcity isn’t a problem. But how much longer will spectrum scarcity be something to worry about?

Read the article on Wired’s web site.

Pas un poisson…?

On jurerait que c’est un poisson d’avril de la ville de Montréal, mais ça a bien l’air que c’est vrai. Incroyable, j’en suis bouche bé: une version alternative du site web de la ville de Montréal pour les personnes qui ont des incapacités intellectuelles.
Dire que c’est nos taxes qui payent pour ça, ha non, ouf ce sont celles des montréalais, ça leur apprendra!

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HTTP Load Balancing and Fail Over using DNS

This article describes how to set up two web servers and two load balancers in a cheap and efficient manner. Three scenarios are presented, the first where we have one Internet Service Provider (ISP), another one with two ISPs and the last one with two ISPs but with one prefered over the other.

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Scientific American Gives Up

A pretty good april fool from Scientific American. I would have linked to their site, but they don’t offer the article online, so here’s a copy.

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