Michael Daum


Bush changes plan for emergency shadow government
May 10, 2007, 6:48 pm
Filed under: fight the power, politics

I hear people say sometimes that impeachment isn’t important because Bush’s term is so nearly finished. It’s still important. This points to the type of thing which can go on if he’s left in office. Every day he’s left in will make it harder and harder to uproot him when the time comes. Do it now…it’s not just pardons.

read more | digg story



Arrrrrrroooooo!!!!!! Cheney paid for it!
May 9, 2007, 8:33 am
Filed under: fight the power, politics

He started an illegal war, stole billions from the government, abused human rights, and shot a man in the face. But finally Dick Cheney has done something which might be counted against him….he paid for sex. Ride on, baby.

read more | digg story



Digg revolt — and victory?
May 2, 2007, 9:55 am
Filed under: fight the power, geek

In a direct response to the censorship I previously wrote about, users mounted an incredible attack on Digg last night. They relentlessly posted the numbers on Digg in as many ways as possible. Meanwhile, Digg responded by nuking the stories and banning the users as fast as it could. But it was not fast enough. At the height of the attack, all stories on the Digg front page contained the numbers. Then, at 9pm, Digg’s Kevin Rose capitulated and agreed to stop fighting the posts and end the censorship. Yay.

A good description of these events was posted today on Boing Boing.

Update: BBC is actually running this story on its front page!  Nice to see that the MSM is clueing in to this issue’s broad relevance.



Bad censorship on Digg
May 1, 2007, 3:48 pm
Filed under: fight the power

Well, I suppose this sort of thing is inevitable. It’s disappointing though.

Seems like a page with a key to unlock HD-DVD’s was dugg pretty heavily earlier today. In an unprecedented move, Digg responded with full content-based censorship. The story was nuked, and a full block was placed on the page displaying the key. There’s a good discussion of events here.

To me this just further demonstrates how a bad idea like DRM can lead to worse ideas like censorship. Growing pains, I tell myself.

For what it’s worth, in case they take the other sources down too, that number again is:

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0