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July 26, 2010

Error Message on Dell Latitude

Filed under: General — Tags: — Michael @ 08:42

Yesterday, I had an error message on a Dell Latitude laptop computer reading,
“Document Manager service could not be started. Please verify Vault Filter is loaded and running.”

Solution: Delete registry key


July 22, 2010

Time Warp – Water Balloon

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , — Michael @ 09:15

Cool “Time-Warp” video of a water balloon smashing into a subject’s face…

July 20, 2010

Laser Shoot-Down

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — Michael @ 12:00

London’s Daily Telegraph reports on successful tests by the US to shoot down drone aircraft using lasers. I believe they are using the same sorts of infrared lasers that were used in the Space Elevator Games to power climbers up 1000 meters of cable last year. There is not much reason that these could not be used just as effectively against satellites, it seems to me. But it would probably violate international treaties to test that.

Here is a Flash video of one of the shoot-downs…

July 4, 2010

In Congress, July 4, 1776

Filed under: General — Tags: , — Michael @ 16:39

The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness….

Mr. Deity and the Void

Filed under: General — Tags: , , , , — Michael @ 15:03

Mr. Deity's CrewLast week, Mr. Deity released the first episode of Season Four (a Prequel) on YouTube. See it here, watch it on YouTube, or subscribe to the podcast.

If you like his work, go to his “Donate” page and let him know with a few bucks.

July 1, 2010

Government Does Nothing Well?

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — Michael @ 18:48

Last night at dinner, a friend of mine repeated to me an often-heard challenge to name something … anything … that the government does well. This line came during a discussion of health care reform in the US. I let the challenge pass at the time, but since then I have thought more about it, and I decided that there are plenty of things that the government does as well as or better than anyone else. Here are two quick ones:

  1. Education. The couple I dined with are products of public education, all of the way from first grade through Master’s degree, and they got as good an education as they could have from any source, public or private.
  2. Healthcare. Yes, healthcare.  …especially healthcare for people who cannot afford any other source, including the elderly, veterans, and children, and the indigent. The private system does not provide any services at all for people who cannot afford to pay; the government and charitable organizations are the only ones who step up to provide essential services for those without money or insurance. Left to the private service providers and insurers, many who need medical assistance would receive nothing at all.

It is a separate argument whether or not we should provide these services to people (though I cannot image who would think our nation better off if we let people stay sick and uneducated). But it is demonstrably wrong to say that government does not do these two jobs well – even if there is room for improvement.

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