Archive for August, 2005

omniEvents 2.6.2 released

I’ve finally released the next stable version of omniEvents. This incorporates the huge number of bugfixes. Thanks mostly to Dirk Siebnich’s relentless testing, I’m confident that this version of omniEvents is by far the most stable and robust yet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Dual Boot Windows with Grub

Here’s the magic formula to boot into a Windows (slave) hard drive from Grub. Windows thinks that it’s installed on the master, but I’ve moved it over to the slave position. Sadly it refused to boot from there. The trick is to tell the BIOS to remap the drives, and thereby fool Windows into thinking it’s on the master. Read the rest of this entry »

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ViewLevel 2.0

ViewLevel 2.0 lets you hide specific posts from users below a given user level. This is a port of Kendra Burbank’s excellent ViewLevel plugin to WordPress 1.5.

There is a new options page for setting the default viewlevel. Filtering is now done at the SQL stage, so unprivileged users now see the top ten viewable posts. In Kendra’s version, the filtering was done in the loop, so sometimes casual viewers might not see any posts at all, even when they should have been able to. Read the rest of this entry »

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All Religions are Authoritarian

Justin Cartwright’s commentary in The Guardian is anti-religious flame bait, but it does make an interesting observation. Liberal democracy is principally concerned with the process rather than the outcome.

Most religions are good, positive belief systems. The Christian gospels are a powerful plea for tolerance and humility. However, the fundamentally good core fails to prescribe a process that would allow a moral society to function.

Socially, all religions are authoritarian. Sadly you can’t make people act morally by simply telling them to do so. In the real world even good people have conflicting interests, and an authoritarian “only one true answer” system can never resolve those conflicts successfully.

Liberal democracy may not be a very good system for resolving conflict, but at least it’s a step in the right direction.

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