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Friday, December 27, 2002

I'm also waiting for the repairman. My DSL link does not work because of France Telecom... Grrr

Thursday, December 26, 2002
Mythology again

Tantek wonders what he would think of a school that teaches young children that the Earth is flat? Let me answer with two things:

  1. A british priest recently had a lot problems because he scientifically demonstrated to very young children that Santa Claus cannot exist; of course the children were shocked and cried a lot. I wish a UK journalist, always prompt to destroy peoples' reputation with a few lines, could ask the same priest to scientifically demonstrate that God exists. Could be fun, isn't it ?-)
  2. When I was a young child, I asked my maths teacher "what is 1 minus 2 ?". The answer came fast "that does not exist". So I took the calculator my father bought me in NYC (that was so expensive in France at that time that I saw my very first calculator, four operations with red LEDs display, age 8), and typed 1 minus 2 equals. I went back to school the day after saying to my teacher "1 - 2 = -1 !!! Below zero, there are the same numbers in reverse order with a minus before them". He took me apart and said "yes, that's true, and it's great you can understand it, but don't tell the others, they are not ready yet". I was 8 years and a half.

Mythology is that simple. The vast majority of people are just not ready.


Spent some time answering to that rant against XBL posted into the www-style W3C's mailing list.


Iressa is an anticancer drug and the only country were it is legally distributed is Japan. This drug is used when all over chemotherapies have failed, as a last chance drug. It was given to 19,000 people, and 494 have developped lung side-effects, 124 died of these side-effects.

The FDA, its Swiss counterpart, and of course the media in US and Europe, are jumping on this, wondering if Iressa is a good drug. But they don't answer to this simple question: 124 died with Iressa but how many of the 19,0000 would be dead now without ?

Faster, better

aDSL 512/128 line + ethernet DSL modem + fixed IP + wireless router. Surfing from home is cooler these days. Merry Xmas Daniel! Thanks Daniel!

Monday, December 23, 2002
Resizable Images and Tables

I'm almost done with that task. This is now covered by bug 47066 and my last patch is already attached there. It's really very powerful, very fast, very cool. Almost ONLY XBL and CSS inside. Take a look at the screenshot, give it a try, you won't regret it...


AOL Germany cuts 170 jobs out of 550.... That's a rough 30%.


Patrick Bourrat, an excellent journalist and war correspondent for TF1, died yesterday in Kuwait. What this article forgot to mention is the fact that american military doctors did not see the gravity of the injuries at all. He was hit by the tank at 8am, operated only at 9pm, because of their incompetence. He started bleeding a lot after the operation and finally died. Grrrr.

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