Friday, June 24, 2005

BBC NEWS | Americas | US confirms new case of 'mad cow'

"He added: "I enjoyed beef this noon for lunch.""

Sure, and some people eat pufferfish ... And isn't it nice to have this kind of taste testing to help make the rest of the country feel safe eating their own serving. There's an element of misdirection going on here, of course ... and not a little bit of Russian Roulette.

And, since there was almost no calls for universal testing, we're faced with the question of how many cases go undetected for each on detected? And, while there may be more attention paid to the sources for high-priced beef products, what about food products that aren't high margin? I'd think it's a safe bet that the quality of oversight is not uniform across all beef resources.
3:52:10 PM    

t r u t h o u t - Chinese Unocal Deal: More Than Money at Issue

""It does raise questions about how much of the country we are willing to sell to a Communist country that we might be fighting someday," said Michael O'Hanlon, an international military specialist at the Brookings Institution. But he added, "I'd be surprised if we really fall on our sword to prevent the sale.""

In a mental bind on that one, eh? Here's an example of the conflicting agendas in action. Looks like the money wins, for this talking head. Globalization is great when you're on top, but when that isn't a sure bet everything starts to look dicey.
3:45:35 PM    

Longhorn (heart) RSS

One of the features, is a common feed list. This is something that I've noticed using Safari and Radio at the same time. I have to find, subscribe and read the feeds twice. There's no understanding between applications of what I've subscribed to and read. Being able to syncronize across applications for feeds is a great idea. This is something that I've also been thinking about in relation to tools like DevonThink and such, that there's a core mechanism of storing objects which should be a store shared across the entire system. Similar to the way that the addressbook becomes usable at the core of other applications, and extendable in contact manager tools. In some ways, spotlight becomes the UI for this, and the filesystem becomes the store, but until there's a real object DB basis for the file system, this won't become a true feature. I'm starting to see how this is a huge feature, which is described in the Ars Technica articles about Tiger and Spotlight.

The way that spotlight handles documents, in understanding how to handle and pass to a viewer, is an example of how the RSS enclosures would be handled from the core API.

The extension to provide clues to sorting and grouping is an interesting idea, but not exclusive to lists. For example, in Safari, the HTML wrapper for a feed includes sorting options and limits. Group isn't there ... or is it? If one selects to view more than one feed, there is an option to view (group) based on each feed in the collection. There's limits too, such as only view the new items, the last week's items, etc ... Limits seem to be pretty important, and so why not have limit hints as well as sort and group?

Honestly, it seems like a kludge to me. I really think they're spot on with the common list, store and syncing. The extensions seem weak, and, frankly, something that could be obvious programatically. If there's a tag, one could programatically offer to sort or group based on each tag and contents.

There's something here too in the way that this, kind of, solves the same issues as the original notions for .Net. There were ideas of having notifications via IM from vendors like Amazon and tracking info from shipping companies, etc ... Seems like this extension work is going in a similar direction.
3:28:51 PM