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December, 2003 | Jason E. Shao

NAFTA Effects

A decade later, a tempered vision of NAFTA – Industrial space that was once hotter than a jalapeŮo pepper is cooling as companies that flocked to Mexico in the 1990s are looking to China, Honduras, Sri Lanka, and elsewhere for lower wages and better all-around conditions. Overall, the number of jobs in Mexico’s so-called maquiladora ...

Macworld Wishlist

Macworld Wish List for Steve by David Miller – Macworld SF is like a second Christmas for many Mac users. And it all begins with Steve’s keynote address. What new goodies are in store for this coming year? Here’s a wish list from Mac DevCenter writers. [MacDevCenter]

Lawsuit Against Pixar’s Finding Nemo

Suing Nemo: Litigation Hits The Undersea World – As if there wasn’t already enough controversy over Simba and Kimba, Toon Zone alerts us to an article at BBC News Online about an author of children’s books in France suing Disney. The author, Franck Le Calvez, claims that many of the characters in Disney/Pixar’s smash hit ...

Ending Farm Subsidies

IMF Presses World to Scrap Farm Subsidies – The world economy would gain an annual boost of 128 billion dollars if lavish farm subsidies were scrapped, the IMF said in a report. Industrialized nations spent more than 300 billion dollars last year on agricultural subsidies — six times the total government aid to developing countries, ...

Kung-Log Becomes Ecto

chaotic intransient prose bursts: They called it “ecto” – With a new name, I felt the program should be cleaned up as well. I re-coded everything from the ground up. There are a lot of improvements now and a lot of new features, most of which have been repeated user-requests. The final product is now ...

UID to Sort Blog Posts?

The Echo Effect in the Blogosphere – I wish there were a Universal Story¬†ID Number (USID) ¬†in the blogosphere.¬† Then I wish my RSS Feed Reader could¬†organize¬†my content¬†by the USID¬†so that I could¬†turn off a¬†story¬†and all comments¬†related¬†to that¬†story.¬† [< a href="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/MikeWalsh/" class="extlink">Mike Walsh’s Social Software Stuff] He brings up an interesting point of how with ...

Onstar and Privacy

OnStar Considered Harmful – “A few weeks ago Slashdot ran an article on the privacy issues in EzPass. Some of the comments referred to other things Big Brother could do with GPS in cars, and now the New York Times has run a column on what else your car is saying about you (free registration ...

Racism in Lord of the Rings

Racism in Lord of the Rings – Okay, yes, it’s true. Many of the Orcs (and the super-Orcs) are dark-skinned and have slant-eyes. They are also how shall I put this? Orcs! Ya frickin’ idjit! One is tempted to ask who is the real racist here? On the one hand we have people like me ...

NYT: Iranian Quake Death Toll 25,000

– Iran Quake Toll Rises to 25,000; Injured Fill Hospitals, and Streets – KERMAN, Iran, Dec. 27 — As rescue workers raced to the ancient city of Bam, officials there raised the death toll from its 12-second earthquake on Friday to 25,000, and worried that it could go much higher. [NY Times] This is truly ...

FastCompany on Walmart’s Cutthroat Practices

The Wal-Mart You Don’t Know – A gallon-sized jar of whole pickles is something to behold. The jar is the size of a small aquarium. The fat green pickles, floating in swampy juice, look reptilian, their shapes exaggerated by the glass. It weighs 12 pounds, too big to carry with one hand. The gallon jar ...