United Nations definition of ‘family’:
“The family is technically defined as ‘any combination of two or more persons who are bound together by ties of mutual consent, birth and/or adoption or placement and who, together, assume responsibility for, inter alia, the care and maintenance of group members, the addition of new members through procreation or adoption, the socialization of children and the social control of members.’ “
United Nations definition of ‘family’:
Feb 15th 2005 – Delivering a keynote address at the RSA Conference in San Francisco today, Bill Gates announced the next version of Internet Explorer. Version 7’s main feature appears to be improved security adding to an already ongoing drive to improve the overall security of all MS products. Not much else was disclosed by Gates about this except that a beta will be out this summer.
Speaking on the Internet Explorer blog Dean Hachamovitch stated “This new release will build on the work we did in Windows XP SP2 and (among other things) go further to defend users from phishing as well as deceptive or malicious software.” One of the main negating factors about IE of late has been the plague of phishing attacks and browser hijackings due to malicious software. MS seems to be finally addressing this issue but in the time it’s taken the monolithical organisation to take action, other browsers like FireFox have been converting a good deal of Internet Explorer users.
While some FireFox supporters may be worried over this announcement, it should be taken as an endorsement to the power of FireFox and it’s merry band of developers. Redmond must be worried about the massive uptake of firefox and industry recognition of it’s security features.
Gates also spoke at the RSA event about Microsoft’s Antispyware tool and it’s latest acquisition of Sybari Software Inc., which provides solutions to help protect messaging and collaboration servers from malicious software. Gates stated that MS intends to integrate the Sybari products with the GeCAD technology acquired in 2003 and create a “Microsoft Engine” for virus and malware scanning.
According to Bruce Schneier MS has also been working on a security scanning application that can detect root kits, trojans, key loggers and other malicious software. The application known as Ghostbuster is lauded by Schneier, one of the world’s best security experts, though he laments that it might remain a research only project. MS is spending 1/3 ($2bn) of it’s research budget on security at the moment and these latest announcements are the fruits of it’s endevaours but it still has a long way to go before it can sell itself as being a vendor of secure products.
A site that daily has something posted on it that makes you go “Jesus yeah, that makes so much sense”. Hugh says “Know diddly-squat about tailoring? Then you’re more likely to pay that extra $300 for that Armani, less likely to save $600 from going with the old man in Chinatown. “ Very true and now the net is changing that and at a rapid pace as Hugh reminds us with great examples almost daily. With book reviews and the likes on Amazon and comparison shopping sites powered by individuals and not marketing companies, old style marketing is dead on arrival.
Best thing about the net is you can’t get away with the shite you’d get away with in the non-digital world. Fucked over by a company ? stick it in your blog and Google has a record of it for life, chances are you link up with others who have experienced the same. Now you are some mini-activist group, all without expending many resources. Certainly makes the playing pitch a bit more equal. The Corporate voice and an individual voice are a lot more equal online.
Like every voice had the ability to be heard online, so does every taste. With the long tail idea it means even the most obscure books and cds can be made available and still be worth selling.
Cory Doctorow talking about copyright. Not watched it yet but will when I have time. So, yeah I might never see it.
Bright Eyes. You instantly humming the Watership Down theme ? I heard lots of hype about this boy and got the latest two albums from this guy. I liked ” I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning” which was very folky and had a great intro with him telling an unusual story. The other album “Digital Ash in a Digital Urn” is very electronica; I wasn’t too gone on it. I’m certainly not going to dismiss this youngfella though so might get some previous albums. I heard he excels live. The cool thing is he co-founded his record company – Saddle Creek and he’s keeping his own in the American charts against billion dollar behemoths.
McNipple – fucked up art from Casey Weldon. yes, of course I liked it.
Imeem – complex social networking tool. Hmmm, this looks really interesting but until everyone had broadband I don’t know whether it will work efficiently. From what I gather it’s like taking your MSN list and giving them access to secure places for discussion and for sharing and working on files. It’s a good idea and one we’ll see more of I would think.
Yahoo has brought out YQ Contextual Search. I still need to try this out to see what the fuss is about. I’m not too clear how it’ll work. Fair play to them though as they have a firefox plugin for it. Someone else has implemented it on their website so that if you do a web search it’ll search using the themes on your site. Er, I think.
The new Volkswagen Singing in the Rain ad. The dancer in it is a guy called David Bernal and he’s quite the talented performer. You can see his evolution from when he popped up at a show, and melted in front of the crowd blowing his competitors away. A few years later he returned with more skills and now we see him in the VW Ad. First I thought the video was edited as if he was filmed backwards, but after seeing his abilities I’m not so certain now.
Using BitTorrent in case your blog is very high-traffic. Wasn’t this one of the ideas for podcasting too ?
Talking about Google and speculating about their future plans is like gossiping about a famous celebrity, especially as Google is still one of the top brands around, No. 2 for 2004 and No. 1 for the preceeding two years. If our rife speculation proves to be even slightly right we’ll gain street cred from our peers for being able to predict what this billion dollar baby was going to do. If we’re wrong people will just think “Google is such an enygma”.
The other thing about Google speculation is the fact that whatever wild ideas we come up with, Google has the ability to implement them. Google is dream-come-true-land, they have the brain power, they have the technical infrastructure and they have the cash mountain.
So, when we all heard about Google becoming a domain registrar we were all going “Oooh ooooh, maybe they can do this, and this and this “. However, maybe it’s something simple. Last year, almost a full year to the day it became a registrar , Google was stopped by Network Solutions from taking Whois information from the NetSol servers and displaying them on Google search results. NetSol said it was worried about their customers being spammed. I’m sure the additional server load from Google didn’t help matters either. It was probably more to do with revenue though.
Displaying whois information on Google allows it to sell targeted ads from other competing domain registrars and thus bypassing NetSol who generate a lot of new customers from whois lookups. Google is all about keeping you on their property longer, the more online time you spend with them the more ad income they can generate. I wonder will Google start selling the domains themselves now, or just use their registrar license for lookups and remain selling ads ?
So maybe this is all they’re doing for now anyway, but who knows what the next level will be once they integrate whois information ?
Read on another blog(which I can’t remember) an additional reason for being a registrar: knowing when domains expire so they can set the PageRank to zero. Since a lot of people are buying up expired domains with good page ranks and then polluting search results with them, wiping their rankings after expiration would improve the search quality.
Welcome fellow Register Readers to the Rife Speculation post about Google. Nice of them to Link to me.Blacknight my hosting provider are bracing themselves in case of a traffic surge. Google isn’t that interesting though is it ? 🙂
Registrar no. 895 – Google Inc.
And now begin the rumours. Some say it’s just to stop people from knowing what the next product will be by preventing people from getting domain info but maybe there’s more..
People are talking about individual things. What I think they could do is now roll-out a whole all-in-one suite. Google could offer Geocities like webspace for your domain, tie it into GMail to look after mail for the domain and use tools like Blogger and Picassa for updating your website ? The more information of yours they handle the better for them and all sites would naturally run their Adsense system.
Google already has Adsense for parked domains and I’m sure would love to have Adsense on even more domains.
Another additional thing is that if GMail handled your domain’s email it would mean that the DomainKeys system for blocking spam would get a major boost and already GMail is using this system. With the power of Google pushing for this as well as Yahoo it could really hurt the spam terrorists.
Sent this to the All-Party Commiteee on the Constitution
To the Committee:
Changing the constitution of this country is going to be a difficult and at times thankless task. The constitution needs to be updated to take into account a world we live in now that was not contemplated when the constitution first came into being. To change a constitution is a serious task and something that rarely happens. I would like to see changes made, as outlined below and it is my hope the new changes will ensure that it is another few decades before the constitution needs this area modified again.
No doubt there will be people sending in submissions who are afraid of change and want to still live in the land our grandparents grew up in, but that was a far different time with a very narrow view of the world and of life. Some decisions might prove controversial and may not be what the majority want, but enhancing the constitution is not just for the present people of Ireland but for future generations too. Sometimes in a democracy decisions need to be taken to protect a minority from groups that claim to represent a largely silent majority.
I wish to let the committee know that they have my support in their decision making process and I urge them to stay strong.
* how should the family be defined ?
Cultural change cannot be governed. Society’s model of a family, like that of a Heraclitean Fire, is a constant succession of transitory states. Society changes and with it do families. This is a symbiotic relationship though and so changes in family structures will also change society. The traditionally defined family unit of mother, father and children is evolving into something more complex and
Families were never simple but they were simply defined. These binding definitions need to be re-examined and the flux-like nature of society and family needs to be catered for in order to future proof our constitution.
Just as the law criminalising homosexuality did not prevent homosexual acts but instead marginalised homosexuals, any law with strict rules for what a family is can only marginalise some families. The legislative framework surrounding the family is one that should be inclusive, rather than exclusive, it should act as a guide to the values that are important, while being flexible enough to encompass the diverse range of relationships that are part of our modern society.
* how should one strike the balance between the rights of the family as a unit and the rights of individual members ?
As much as possible all members of a family should be equal. Children too should be allowed a say and a voice.
* is it possible to give constitutional protection to families other than those based on marriage ?
In my answer to the first question above I stated that this new culture, almost 100 years more evolved than when the constitution was created, now has a different understanding of what a family is. All families should be protected whether some contain married couples or not. Families are very important in society and very beneficial to stability and social care. In return for this the state needs to provide a means to allow these families to continue and grow.
* should gay couples be allowed to marry ?
I am proud to say that Ireland allows it’s citizens great freedoms and the government cares about the social needs of the people. However there are still some inequalities in this state and like Orwell’s Animal Farm – some in Ireland are more equal than others. Same sex relationships are a reality and are not so uncommon or shocking anymore, as it should be.
With all the talk of catering for the needs of all these alternative relationships from various political parties it was only in the 2004 Civil Registrations Act that saw the first mention of same sex marriage in Irish law but it was to ban same-sex marriage. Political parties need to back up their words with deeds.
It’s not a question of whether gay couples should marry, it’s a question of whether the state should adapt and allow all it’s citizens to be equal. In my view the state needs to make sure all citizens are equal.
* is the Constitution’s reference to woman’s ‘life within the home’ a dated one that should be changed ?
This is indeed outdated. The reference should be changed to provide for any spouse or partner or guardian. Any role that strengthens a family and makes it better needs to be recognized.
* should the rights of a natural mother have express constitutional protection ?
The rights of a parent/guardian and not just a natural mother need to have equal protection once it is deemed that these people are fit to associated with the child and to look after the child. In regards to cases of unborn children and abortion, the rights of a father need to be considered once he is deemed fit to be a parent. However the mothers well-being may be needed to be the deciding factor and she should have final say, but the father should be allowed to give testimony and have it on record.
* what rights should a natural father have, and how should they be protected ?
See answer to last question.
* should the rights of the child be given an expanded constitutional protection ?
See answer below.
* does the Constitution need to be changed in view of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child ?
Ireland needs to adhere to this convention. It should have done a long time ago. This convention significantly improves the rights of children and gives them the ability to choose their future. I don’t see why it might have to be enacted into the constitution though. As much as possible I think the constitution should remain unchanged, it is meant to be something that binds us through generations of change. The rights of a child need to be mentioned in the constitution but they should be defined in law.