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January 16, 2007

Gryle & Fava

As Tim has already mentioned the weekend passed achieved two successful events: Xing and Qing. Xing was mainly spent with me & Lamby working on an extension to Java that allowed something similar to the Map function. Which was fun and also hard to implement. This will be finished off sometime.

Gryle, which is a java mp3 player with a simple user interface was put on Launchpad, and will probably be bug fixed and have proper releases made sometime. Credit goes out to both Lamby and Odd_bloke for working on this with me.

We were also using the bazaar distributed version control system. This has impressed me greatly. The only thing that it is lacking is an eclipse plugin, which I think would make a good idea for the next Xing/Qing.


December 13, 2006

Not a kangaroo Court

I accidentally stumbled across Executive Order of the President 13224 today. An interesting find. It essentially bans people from interaction with a list of organisations and ensures that bad things happen to you if you do help out with these organisations. It offers no evidence against any of the organisations, and don’t specify what crimes have been committed by the organisations.

Some of these are obviously worth of inclusion, the list begins with Al-Qaeda. Some of the other organisations don’t appear to have had any serious offences proved against them in a court of law and are in fact charitable in nature. There being a difference between a claim being satisfied within a court of law and someone pointing a finger and screaming terrorist at the top of their voice.

Worst of all some of the organisations seem to have a large number of people in Guantanamo, not because they have committed a crime, but in relation to this claim that the organisation should be banned. Aside from the fact that I don’t believe that someone can be proved to be a terrorist by applying the law of transitivity to known terrorist entities, its even worse to be applying it to organisations on a list where some charities are simply being convicted in something with less respect for law and order than a kangaroo court.


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