Anyways, The Age and the SMH have recently changed their format and introduced a column 3 girl. On the front page most of the time is a delectable female for male office workers to ogle. Grand of them.
The article about robotics is cool. I had never considered how hard it would be to program a robot to even basically cover what the 3 laws of robotics would require. Extending them to really protect people would be almost impossible as the article points out.
Robert Manne has written an amusing article about how the Australian system has no check on the power of the executive. He has a point. Australian politics has become driven by the party whip. The Liberal (conservative) Party recently crushed a potential problem for it on their right wing, demolishing the far right party of Pauline Hanson. On the left the Labour Party has started to promote dubious celebreties to sure up it's base against the Greens.
However, Manne goes on to cite the example of how the US system is better because a check is provided on presidential power. He has a point. However, if, as now and in the first 2 years of the Clinton administration the Senate, the house and the presidency are all held by the one party then all this is not important.
Amusingly he refers to how great the US inquiry into intelligence about non-conventional weapons in Iraq was. He refers to it as genuinely illuminating. But perhaps he's trolling.
Political systems are neither as bad as they appear nor as good as they appear. If they are really bad people will find ways to work around them or will remake them. If they are really good people will find a way to thwart them and make them not what they could be.
I'm sick. I came home from work today and slept much of the afternoon. Hopefully I can head off my cold and get back to it quickly. I'm going to take tommorrow off and sleep and watch DVDs. Finally I think I've found a reason for having a DVD collection.
I've wanted to see Blake's Seven for years and have finally gotten around to it. I see the point. It's good. It's sci-fi with good characters which almost doesn't happen. It has the admirable but frequently highly amusing style of BBC budget sci-fi like Dr Who and it has a pretty decent plot. It has the usual Big-Brother-esque stuff. I wonder if since the fall of the USSR if sci-fi has reduced the use of big brother a little and has different bad guys instead. I don't watch or read enough of it anymore to know.
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