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Ministry of Propaganda - 08/Jun/2003: "Sunday reading"

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Sunday reading

With the weather being very unpredictable today I decided to stay at home and catch up on some of the news today. Some interesting as well as some trivial things in the papers and on the web today:

Gordon Brown is expected to say "yes, but not yet" to the Euro. Whatever "not yet", means, without a timetable for entry I doubt this helps businesses much. Especially as businesses will be hit regardless of a Yes, No or Not yet.
Note to self: Read the report by the Begg Commission, The Consequences of Saying No.

I'm a bit baffled about the next one: Even the BBC is reporting excitedly that Prince Harry has a picture of his late mother in his room. I mean, what do they expect? A lot of people have pictures of their loved ones in their homes. Including their parents. So why is it singled out that he has a picture of his late mother on his desk? I don't care about the monarchy, but I sometimes do feel sorry for them, having their private life dragged out into the public.

Mark Hurst claims Spam is not a problem (via Tomalak's Realm). A lot of people are likely to disagree, but he raises a few interesting points. Time to check my filters...
The Washington Post reports about the Challenge-Response technology currently being hyped by some suppliers as the solution to stop spam. I think it will also be a solution to stop at least some e-mail in the first place. I don't think I will go through a challenge-response process if there isn't anything in it for me. Meaning if I want something from somebody, then I don't have much choice. But if someone wants something from me (e.g. feedback on a website), why should I go through the hassle of a challenge-response process? More often than not I will probably say, well, forget it then, can't be bothered...

That'll do for now. May be more later. May be not.

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Entry trivia

When writing this entry the weather was: varying between beautiful sunshine and torrential rain.

When writing this entry I was listening to: Storm Radio - Modern Rock

During the last hour before I wrote this entry I visited this website: The Independent

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