Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Now, on to something important

Okay, Bush won. I'm not surprised. His Emminence, Emperor George II, had primed up a healthy amount of fear that the sky would fall, brimstone would flow through our sinks, and that all the ten plagues would make a comeback if he wasn't reelected.

Riiiiight.

The idea that because there hasn't been a terrorist attack since 9/11 means that GWB is doing a good job is foolishness at its most sterling. It has been stated many times that al-Qaeda planned the 9/11 attacks for years before they occurred. If we haven't been attacked since 9/11, then it's because the plans haven't reached the end of their timetable yet.

There's not a thing on earth the government can do to protect us from the harm caused by a single man or small group of men other than stop provoking such attacks through our arrogant foreign policy.

Bring home the troops from Europe. Now.

Bring home the troops from Asia. Now.

Bring home the troops from the Middle East. Now.

See how fast the terrorism problem stops when the US doesn't stick its nose where it doesn't belong.

If our Christian "friends" think the US needs to protect Israel, why don't those Christians get off their duffs, pick up a rifle, and go over to the Holy Land to participate in its defense instead of sending off other people's sons and daughters to do it?

That was my political rant.

Now for my computer rant.

Adobe Systems is starting to look at its options in releasing products for Linux.

I am very happy to read about this, and I'm surprised that it took so long for them to come to this conclusion, considering how easy it is for them to release software for Linux.

Right now, if you download Acrobat Reader for Linux, it looks like this. Lame, I know. Functional, but it looks like something that was modern back in 1985.

However, Adobe bought licenses to use Qt, a software gui toolkit sold by Trolltech, a company out of Norway. Qt is multi-platform, and programs written in Qt need only be recompiled on Windows, Linux/Unix, or Mac OSX to create binaries that are native to those operating systems. Qt is the basis of my desktop environment of choice, KDE. Qt is free to use for free software development, but expensive to use for proprietary software developement. Adobe saw the value in Qt, and bought the licenses.

Now, if they port Acrobat to Qt, then they'll have one codebase to maintain, and they'll be able to distribute a version of the Reader for Linux that actually looks as good as it works.

I'm looking forward to it. I'm just wondering what took them this long, considering how long they've had the licenses.

1 Comments:

At 2:51 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Oh my goodness, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!
I'm glad someone is willing to point out the specious reasoning that many are using to claim success in the "war on terror." They make it sound like we were being attacked on a weekly basis before 9/11 and Bush finally put his foot down. Token Simpsons reference:
Lisa: "I have this rock that keeps tigers away, and I don't see any tigers around."
Homer: "Lisa, I'd like to buy your rock."
Also, thank you for noting that a political solution to a political problem is the only real way to address terrorism, as our military and national intelligence can do relatively little against a lone nut with a bomb on his chest. "See how fast the terrorism problem stops when the US doesn't stick its nose where it doesn't belong." I couldn't have said it better myself.

 

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