Looking Forward To Getting Past November 2, 2010

Not that I expect to be happy with the outcome, of course.

But I’m tired of being depressed by being repeatedly pounded with the message that says “Anyone who disagrees with <fill in a political/policy position here> is sub-human and evil.”

That may seem like an expedient plan for election (and shame on the electorate for embracing it as much as we have so far), but we’ve already gone so far down that slippery slope of dehumanizing opponents that we get head-stomping rationalizations masquerading as political action and, worse, supporters of the position.

This has got to stop, or we’re all going to end up wishing we lived in the Wild West.

An App Store for OS X?

What a terrible idea. It’s hard to believe that Jobs really thinks that a closed development environment is the future, but apparently that’s the proposal that he’s floating at today’s “Back to the Mac” event.

Plus, he’s setting it up for Snow Leopard.

Is this what’s going to happen to the Apple cash stocks? Bribe developers to join a closed ecosystem?

Not good, IMHO.

CALEA Upgrade Coming

Officials Push to Bolster Law on Wiretapping – NYTimes.com [pdf]

The officials say tougher legislation is needed because some telecommunications companies in recent years have begun new services and made system upgrades that create technical obstacles to surveillance. They want to increase legal incentives and penalties aimed at pushing carriers like Verizon, AT&T, and Comcast to ensure that any network changes will not disrupt their ability to conduct wiretaps.

An Obama administration task force that includes officials from the Justice and Commerce Departments, the F.B.I. and other agencies recently began working on draft legislation to strengthen and expand a 1994 law requiring carriers to make sure their systems can be wiretapped. There is not yet agreement over the details, according to officials familiar with the deliberations, but they said the administration intends to submit a package to Congress next year.