Infrequently Noted

Alex Russell on browsers, standards, and the process of progress.

Opera 7

I've been playing a bit with the new Opera 7 beta, and with less than an hour's worth of work, we have inline constructors and the rest of the netWindows infrastructure working correctly on it. There are some issues with node creation and event setting, but they seem workable.

I'm very impressed. Kudos to the guys at opera.


Scott points to Joe Hewitt's new comment interface for his weblog. This is (close to) what I've been envisioning for the brainFeed threaded comment system for some months now. Guess he beat me too it. He's even got it set up in such a way that you don't have to reload the page to see new comments. Holy crap. He's thought of everything I've been mulling but haven't had time to do.

I suppose this is good (in addition to being super nifty), becuase it's probably going to be another 2 months before I have time to hack any more python, let alone a NW widget to handle it and write tools for converting from blogger, etc...

Expectation Management

Seems to me we should have learned this particular lesson in the 40's at the cost of millions of lives. If you leave a nation in shambles after a war, what, exactly, does the international community expect?


This has NOTHING to do with security, and everything with increasing the power of the executive branch.

The political science concept of "cozy triangles" (sometimes called "iron triangles") helps explain how/why it's important. Cozy triangles provide a way of looking at the relationship between the purse strings (congress), the leverage position (the burecracy), and the eventual goal of any politician (provide "service" to your constituents). The more onerous and invasive the burecracy, the better it is for the politicians which weild control over it because it increases the importance of cutting through it for their constituents (something only they can do). The more "home service" and the less real policy making (and position taking) a politico can do, the better it is for them. Burecracies that politicians exert influence over are the problem they create in order to have a problem they can actually solve, and Mr. Bush wants that advantage for himself (and not congress). Public policy is hard, getting Fred Smith's medicaid check straightened out is much easier and is much less likely to make you enemies. Guess which one the pol will pick given the choice?

As is becomming the norm: brilliant political maneuvering on the part of the White House ("I help win a seat in november, you help me dissmember your power base") thinly veiled as "security". GWB may be as dumb as a turnip, but someone at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. is burning the midnight oil.

New Widget

It's been a productive week. netWindows has a new widget, and it's pretty spiffy if I do say so myself. Mark Anderson drove the requirements for the widget, and it can easily handle prefix substring searching thousands of records and displaying records in a snappy way. Horray for clever data structures = )

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