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This blog is now read by more machines than humans: RSS robots, spam-laying insectopoids, echoes of blog-gathering .edu projects. This essentially is the state of affairs that all human activities w

Cleaning Up the Nation

Austin Bay:

If Air America were a conservative radio network its corrupt funding trail and cynical abuse of a poverty program would be front page news at the NY Times and full-time mega-scandal at

Rank Materialism

Freedom. I am now the proud new owner of a Gateway 6020GZ laptop, perfect for students and others with limited means. I can now go into a Starbucks or a Barnes & Noble and look like I'm doing some

Fallujah Fonda

Uh-oh. From the Telegraph comes this exciting news:

Jane Fonda is returning to anti-war activism and embarking on a cross-country tour to call for an end to US military operations in Iraq.

Acros

John Pilger: Partner in Terrorism

In an outrageous piece of terrorist propaganda appearing on the cover of today's New Statesman, John Pilger puts the blame for the 7/7 London attacks not on the terrorists, but rather on Tony Blair:

The Internet, Eh?

Bit of a change in the colors and layout here at Spartac.us. It was enough with the grey already. It's springtime up here in the northern temperate zone, so let's have a little color. It was a beautiful day here in Ohio today. I guess it took.

Been doing some work on the Hotlist feature. I'll have a javascript thing available soon for inclusion on external websites, but I suppose RSS is the way everyone is doing things these days. Anyway, if anyone wants to try out and play around with the early version, paste this into your blog template or other javascript-capable information delivery system (JCIDS):

<script language="JavaScript" type="text/javascript" src="http://blog.spartac.us/hotlist/hotlist.js"></script>

That'll be the short version that appears in the sidebar on the right. It shouldn't screw anything up, if that's what you're so worried about. You and your site. Sheesh.

In other geek news, a fine upstanding citizen in North Carolina was sentenced to nine years for spamming.

A man convicted in the nation's first felony case against illegal spamming was sentenced to nine years in prison Friday for bombarding Internet users with millions of junk e-mails.

However, Loudoun County Circuit Judge Thomas Horne delayed the start of Jeremy Jaynes' prison term while the case is appealed, saying the law is new and raises constitutional questions.

A jury had recommended the nine-year term for the Raleigh, N.C., man.

Jaynes, 30, who was considered among the top 10 spammers in the world at the time of his arrest, used the Internet to peddle pornography and sham products and services such as a "FedEx refund processor," prosecutors said. Thousands of people fell for his e-mails, and prosecutors said Jaynes' operation grossed up to $750,000 per month.

Quote and photo are from the AP. It seems to me that it's not the spamming per se that is the worst thing here, it's the scamming. That's a crime no matter how it's done.

Finally, if you liked Schoolhouse Rock, you might like Hitachi's Get Perpendicular, which explains the new vertical HDD's that will be coming out soon. Found that one from John Borland on CNet's music blog.

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