So you think Moses, Aaron, and their big buddy "Yahweh" can get away leading all the Hebrew slaves out of Egypt plus "stealing" away Egyptians' possessions? Well, the "crime" might be happening 3,500 years ago, but now the dean of the law school at Egypt's University of Al-Zagazig is suing "all the Jews of the world" for stealing. This guy calculated the Jews have stolen the amount of gold those Jews have "stolen" from Exodus 35:12-16. At the same time, someone might counter sue for 400 years of slavery of Israelites in Egypt under Pharaoh's reign.
Ian and Kat complained about the license agreement screen when you boot up a new Dell computer, which requires you to agree to a set of licenses that cannot be obtained. The assumption is that no one really read through the end user license agreement anyway, according to Dell's Custom Service manager. But then why do they bother to ask people to agree?
Interesting Interbase 7.1 vs. Firebird 1.5 debate happening over Borland's support news group a month ago. Still, I do look forward to the final release of Firebird 1.5.
Hans Nowak has written an article on Python beginner's mistakes. This article is still in its early revision, but it has already listed out 4 common mistakes a Python beginner might have made when he/she tries to learn the languages. However, I don't agree with everything Hans has written, as I see some of the points as "programming style" instead of "mistakes".
And he also reported the major code breakage when he tried to move a project from Python 2.2 to 2.3. At work we are also planning to make a move sometime, and a lot of debugging and fixing will be expected.
I don't know why someone bothered, but apparently there is an RSS reader on the console! Raggle is a console/cursed based RSS aggregator written in Ruby, and it features yet-another 3 pane interface - but all running inside your 80x25 VT102 terminal! Actually I was going to use it with w3m so I can fully enjoy my Dell notebook's 1405x1050 resolution, but realised my Ruby installation was too old. Might give it a try next time.
Slashdot ran a story on email/newsletters switching to RSS, talking about how some of the newsletters and mailing lists have switched to use RSS to let the subscribers pull the new items. The idea is to avoid spams - users only need to follow the link that they are interested in. However, scalability (and wasted bandwidth) is a concern - imaging millions of Internet users pulling hundreds of RSS links every day. Moreover, it is not as intuitive as email - Windows does not have a built-in RSS viewer. Imaging teaching users to subscribe to a feed using half-baked RSS auto-discovery? It is just much easier to put in an email address and click on 'subscribe'.
And more interesting links on the search engines. Size really matter? History shows it is a definite YES. Search Engine Watch has an interesting article on the Search Engine Size War at different period of time. Currently Google, AllTheWeb and Inktomi are the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in this competition, all have 3+ billions pages cached in their database.