Saturday in Newark

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I’m not a morning person. Therefore, I really don’t like getting up early, though I frequently do it to get my kids to school, which is reasonable. But today is Saturday and I had to get up at 6:30 AM so I could get to the airport for a 10:00 flight to Newark, NJ. I’m on my way to Europe, and this flight is the first of two legs.

There were no delays and the flight left more or less on time. One problem with traveling on Saturdays is that there a lot of what I shall call “non-professional” fliers. These are people who, quite reasonably, do not fly very often and may only do it for vacations. These are also people who believe they have all the time in the world to get through security, including ever so slowing getting their luggage through the scanners and then blocking the line while they thoughtfully get their shoes, coats, and whatever else back on. Move it, people! I had enough time this morning, so it was more amusing than frustrating.

On the short plane ride down, I sat in front of a person who had been in the Rochester area for a job interview. She talked constantly, maybe taking ten second breaks four or five times to let her seat mate say something. Now that’s allowable, of course, and I bring ear plugs with me, but when the pilot or the flight attendants are talking over the PA  system, people need to shut up for a while. It’s only courtesy. Moreover, there were at least two people sitting near us who were on their first flight. Unfortunately neither one of them could hear the official announcements over the loud person behind me.

Anyway, enough ranting about flying. I have about a seven hour connection in Newark before my second flight this evening. The alternative was a much shorter connection time this afternoon that could have been in jeopardy if the weather caused any issues. Since the New York City area had a lot of snow yesterday and there were five hour delays at the airports, this looks to have been good planning.


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  1. On the eve of the BRM, that meeting of the good, the great, the rich, and the powerful, I’d like to draw your attention to a couple of items which might get discussed as side-issues.

    Firstly http://phet.colorado.edu/new/index.php , some open-source physics and engineering educational material hosted at University of Colorado, Boulder. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation are sponsoring it, so presumably Hewlett-Packard at least approve of its distribution. Does anyone else know whether they have the right answer to the question of open distributability ? Does anyone know why they are doing it ? Presumably the prospect of it being distributed at no charge is good for some businesses, and bad for others. Where does the ‘public interest’ lie ?

    Secondly http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7256501.stm , “The Battle Against BotNet Hordes”. You, I, and presumably everyone at the BRM would consider it wrong to cause a program to run on someone’s computer without their consent; but it’s another question about ‘distribution channels’. There are obviously some people in the world who make a business of it. Again, is there a ‘public interest’ ? If so, how to drive towards it ?

    How to take back control ?

    (And that is a question for the BRM, and ISO, to answer in their own ways).

    Enjoy your trip, and do tell the world about it. Many eyes are watching.

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