JkOnTheRun reports that you can now download WikiPedia to your favorite device. For those who know my obsession with downloading everything, you know I love this one!
Nick Lewis detects CNN using comment spam to promote their shows and keyword stuffing to depress the search ranking of blogs that criticize CNN. This goes beyond news coverage to being actively evil. Wow.
Based on my sysadmin’s recomendation, I am experimenting with CRM114. CRM114 is a system that needs training to operate well. It requires training on error rather than training on a corpus of prototypes. So, I wanted to have it installed so that all legit mail comes to my inbox and all my spam to a spam folder. While training I will check both folders, saving false positives in a teach-non-spam folder and false negatives in a teach-spam folder. For this to work I needed a program to grab the contents of my teach folders and pass them to CRM114 for training. So I wrote some code that I actually put into production! If it works, I will put into into production for the other people on this server. It works for anyone using an IMAP server with access to shell. Now I have cron run it every 5 minutes and I am now training. Yay. The source is here. Feel free to use it and tell me what you think.
In a prior post I talked about the advantages that the religious have over the less religious. This Optimize Magazine Article is an interview with the author of The Integrity Advantage about the importance of integrity in business. One of the examples from the book is baseball player Ace Greenberg’s decision to celebrate Yom Kippur rather than go to the ballpark in 1934. He uses Warren Buffet as another example. Perhaps it is not religion per se that results in success, but simply being high integrity. Maybe religious observance is just an integrity marker.
Captain Ed says the recent ISG report says that they cannot rule the possibility that Iraqi WMD were transferred to Syria. But can’t investigate because they lack access to Syria and the Bekka valley in Lebanon. He quotes the WaTimes:
But on the question of Syria, Mr. Duelfer did not close the books. “ISG was unable to complete its investigation and is unable to rule out the possibility that WMD was evacuated to Syria before the war,” Mr. Duelfer said in a report posted on the CIA’s Web site Monday night.
He cited some evidence of a transfer. “Whether Syria received military items from Iraq for safekeeping or other reasons has yet to be determined,” he said. “There was evidence of a discussion of possible WMD collaboration initiated by a Syrian security officer, and ISG received information about movement of material out of Iraq, including the possibility that WMD was involved. In the judgment of the working group, these reports were sufficiently credible to merit further investigation.”
But Mr. Duelfer said he was unable to complete that aspect of the probe because “the declining security situation limited and finally halted this investigation. The results remain inconclusive, but further investigation may be undertaken when circumstances on the ground improve.”
Although Syria helped Iraq evade U.N.-imposed sanctions by shipping military and other products across its borders, the investigators “found no senior policy, program, or intelligence officials who admitted any direct knowledge of such movement of WMD.” Because of the insular nature of Saddam Hussein’s government, however, the investigators were “unable to rule out unofficial movement of limited WMD-related materials.”
If WMD end up being found in Syria or Lebanon, it will be the anti-war folks who are to blame.