## Saturday, October 31, 2009

### State Budgets By Capita

State budget data was harder to find than I expected.  As in I expected there to be a Wikipedia article for it.  After some searching I found it on the census web page (this link claims to not work, but the URL is right).  It is for the 2006-2007 year.  The population data is the 2008 estimates from Wikipedia.  The GDP per capita I've included just for fun is also from Wikipedia.

I have no idea how the census people qualify revenue and expenditures, but I'd guess they are the most comprehensive definitions possible.  Note that not a single state has greater expenditures than revenue (which isn't true).  Because of this I decided to go with expenditures, as I think they are probably more realistic.  Revenue probably includes things like federal aid.  I guess in theory they have to spend less than they take in, it would be impossible to spend money they didn't have.  It is just that they borrow the money to spend, and that would increase their revenue.

I sorted the chart by expenditures per capita.  Number one is Alaska at $13,393.32 per person. Last is Texas at$3,725.24 per person.

### Ministry of Defense's "How To Stop Leaks" Document Is Leaked

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/09/10/06/0349209/Ministry-of-Defenses-How-To-Stop-Leaks-Document-Is-Leaked?art_pos=7

"A restricted 2,400 page-document put out by the MoD designed to help intelligence personnel with information security has been leaked onto the internet. Wikileaks notes that Joint Services Protocol 440 (JSP 440), was published in 2001 and lays out protocols to defend against hackers, journalists, and foreign spies. it says, 'Leaks usually take the form of reports in the public media which appear to involve the unauthorized disclosure of official information (whether protectively marked or not) that causes political harm or embarrassment to either the UK Government or the Department concerned... The threat [of leakage] is less likely to arise from positive acts of counter-espionage, than from leakage of information through disaffected members of staff, or as a result of the attentions of an investigative journalist, or simply by accident or carelessness.' "

Sweet, sweet irony.

## Monday, October 5, 2009

### FF Copy - Windows Queue File Transfer Manager

http://www.ffprojects.net/ffcopy/

FF Copy is a file queue transfer manager for windows networks. It allows you to add files to a copy/move transfer queue which will be downloaded one after another. This increases speed in comparison to transferring multiple files / folders at the same time.

In comparison to copying with the windows explorer you can start/stop/pause/resume transfers. If the source becomes unavailable, FF Copy tries to continue the transfer for a while, then goes to the next file in the queue. Once it tried all files it will again resume with the first incomplete file. So you will not loose the whole transfer if the network connection breaks down after 99%!

## Saturday, October 3, 2009

### New Bill Proposes Open Source Requirement for Publicly Funded Books

"On September 30th, the 'Open College Textbook Act of 2009' was introduced to the Senate and referred to committee. The bill proposes that all educational materials published or produced using federal funds need to be published under open licenses. The reasoning behind it takes into account the changing way information is distributed because of the Internet, the high price of college and textbooks, and the dangerously low college graduation rates in the US. Will a bill such as this endanger publishing companies in the same way Internet journalism endangers traditional journalism?"

I think this is a valid concern. It is the same reason I oppose vaccines, as they endanger the iron lung industry.

## Thursday, October 1, 2009

### Nice Use of Diversion During a Robbery

http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2009/10/nice_use_of_div.html

During a daring bank robbery in Sweden that involved a helicopter, the criminals disabled a police helicopter by placing a package with the word "bomb" near the helicopter hangar, thus engaging the full caution/evacuation procedure while they escaped.