onanistic term for our tribe, since BBSing in the early '80s. You could find more libertarians among that crowd than liberals; I'm not surprised that the Libertarian Party presidential nominee this year is a programmer.
For this reason, it's unpleasant but not unexpected to discover that a technologist I admire, most recently Jeremy Bowers, believes that my kind would be happier in Europe, are invested in losing the Iraq War, and consider Republicans to be our subhuman enemies. (Jeremy: You left off the part where we want to sell your guns to Iraqi insurgents to fund partial-birth abortions for evangelical teens.)
A page discovered this morning balances the scales. We may have lost Bowers, but we've got Donald Knuth:
Fundamentally I don't see how the government of my country has done anything whatsoever to address and correct the root causes of international terrorism. Quite the contrary; every action I can see seems almost designed to have the opposite effect --- as if orchestrated to maximize the finances of those who make armaments, by maximizing the number of people who now hate me personally for actions that I do not personally condone. How can I be a proud citizen of a country that unilaterally pulls out of widely accepted treaties, that refuses to accept a world court, that flouts fair trade with shameful policies regarding steel and agriculture, and that almost blindly supports Israel's increasingly unjustifiable occupation?
Knuth and Tannenbaum both.
i want to tell about web security. it must be more harder.