Mounting NTFS

Always working towards interoperability, Microsoft has refused to release information on working with NTFS partitions – which is basically what NT, 2000 and XP drives are. And, as usual, the Open Source community has made significant headway despite this. Anyhow, it is possible to mount a NTFS drive under Linux, although Redhat users must patch the kernel first. Another point for Mandrake there, I suppose. Fortunately, it is really easy and the NTFS how-to is one of the best I’ve yet encounted. Total no-brainer.

Next step: get Samba going to access in-house network.

After that: get Alphasmart hotsync working under WINE

Terrible thought on MIAs

John Chamless of the Dallas Morning News writes:

When a government starts trying to hide war casualties, you know its worried about people turning against a war. I have a very personal reminder of such sleight of hand at home. It is a prisoner-of-war bracelet for a friend of mine who was listed as “missing” in Vietnam. He went “missing” from the skids of a helicopter a hundred feet or so above a jungle battle. His parents were told the truth, but the nation was lied to by his inclusion as “missing.” The military, or its civilian ledership, created a real problem by hiding all of those dead soldiers. Decades later, it had problems explaining that there really weren’t all of these “prisoners” wasting away in Vietnam.

I have to admit, I never understood why North Vietnam would supposedly hold onto so many prisoners after the war while they were busily slaughtering their southern compatriots. Nor why we should have had so much trouble finding our lost men, if they were alive or even executed en masse. This shows, once more, that if something doesn’t make sense somehow, it probably isn’t true.

There once were children from Narnia

… who gradually got Balmer and Balmer. As in Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer, who appears to be intent on sabotaging any reputation for sanity, much less credibility, by insisting that Windows is more secure than Linux. Um, Steve, did no one send you any email this past summer? Now, I understand that marketing occasionally demands an arms-length relationship with the truth, but the Big Lie doesn’t tend to work very well unless you have the benefit of iron-fisted control over the media. Which, for all Microsoft’s influence, they simply do not have. Yet.

Somehow, I can’t imagine that I’ll be asked to write for Slate or MSNBC anytime soon.

Mailbox – Vox Nazi

Dear Hitler Youth

[long rant on Rush Limbaugh’s hypocrisy deleted, as well as subsequent exchange of email on how “if you need to present all the Orwellian Hilter was Liberal/Democrat/Whatever BS, we both know it just the rhetoric of Reactionaries trying to distance themselves from the Ultimate Reactionary.”]

Do have yourself a wonderful day, Vox. Now that Limbaugh’s power is decimated, I know that I will!

Keep that Brownshirt pressed,

J. Fontaine

Like most on the left, Mr. Fontaine is utterly ignorant of the left-wing nature of the German National Socialist Worker’s Party. After asking for some clarification from him, I was able to break down his argument as follows:

1) The central fact of Hitler’s Nazi ideology is Jew hatred.

2) Hitler was right-wing because he was opposed to Communism.

3) Vox Day is right-wing (It’s true, but we don’t actually know why Mr. Fontaine believes this since he doesn’t understand the spectrum.)

4) Therefore Vox Day is a brownshirt-wearing Hitler Youth Nazi.

Mr. Fontaine subsequently admitted that he was puzzled by my defense of Jews, which, of course, explodes his entire argument with regards to me. Unfortunately, he was not able to admit that the reason his logic fails with regards to me is that it is entirely absurd in the first place. Many other socialists besides the national socialists were opposed to the Marxist variant, just as Mensheviks opposed Bolsheviks and Marx opposed the syndicalists and other socialists himself – the truth is that points 1, 2 and 4 above are simply incorrect. Here, by contrast, is the breakdown of my case for the left-wing Nazi:

1) The central fact of Hitler’s Nazi ideology was government control of society.

2) There were a number of social policy actions which the Nazi party wished to and did enact.

3) Most of those policy actions were very similar to those supported by the Communist party and the Democratic party.

4) These policy actions, as well as the fundamental left-wing notion of a collective right to control society, are antithetical to everything for which I, and the libertarian party, stand. I am a right-wing extremist opposed to every plank of the Munich manifesto as well as the entire Communist manifesto. The Democratic party is not only not opposed to either, but in fact explicitely supports the majority of the specific goals of both.

5) Therefore, Nazi ideology belongs to the Left and is an overt enemy of my right-wing libertarian ideology.

Looks like the brownshirt actually fits Mr. Fontaine rather nicely. With a name like that, perhaps Jean-Marie Le Pen’s Front National might suit his style.