Sunday, September 30, 2007

War with Iran?

Why is part of the country (I'm looking at you, Fox News) trying to go to war with Iran? We've already been to war in Iraq, which doesn't seem to have worked out too well. There's no pressing need for us to be in Iran, as well (except that, falling directly between Iraq and Afghanistan, we would win in any game of middle-east tic-tac-toe). So, if there's no good reason for us to attack Iran (other than the fact that we don't like their government, which isn't a good reason anyway), why are we going there? I don't want another war. I don't support another war. I highly doubt that the American people, the United Nations, our increasingly alienated allies, or anyone else want us to enter another war. So, ideally, we can hope that the President asks Congress for a real declaration of war first, this time, so that someone has the opportunity to speak up for the people, and say "no". Or, if we're in the business of taking over countries with bad governments, why don't we try another region instead?

Friday, September 28, 2007

My Comp Sci Project

I'm in my school's Computer Seminar class. Guess what I get to do as a school project! From my proposal:
For my design project, I plan to create a simulated model of foot traffic that is applicable to various traffic situations. I plan to use this model to examine traffic flow in and out of my school's main building, and traffic flow through the cafeteria.

Basically, I'm going to make some virtual environments, walk some virtual people through them, and see what happens. This should be fun. I'm doing it with the Swarm toolkit, which is quite useful for modeling simulations of "agents"--little people or things that interact with each other.
I'll eventually put my project up for download somewhere, so people can play with it.

Friday, September 21, 2007

PDF Vulnerability Discovered!

As of yesterday, some guy going by "pdp" has discovered a serious vulnerability in Adobe Acrobat (and also, supposedly, my beloved FoxIt Reader) that lets a malicious PDF file run arbitrary commands. However, his blog post is quite short, and gives no real info at all, except for a warning not to open PDFs on Windows, unless you have Vista.

More on this, as it develops.