Better the devil you know

I’m intentionally being the devil’s advocate here, but what the hell:

Obama proposes Indefinite Preventive Detention without Trial.

Or, in the slightly more poetic BoingBoing: Obama promises to suspend Habeas Corpus (long discussion here).

Granted, he is talking about what to do with the ex-Guantanamo-Bayers. It is a tricky situation. What you reap, is what you sow, etcetera. But it is curious how he mixes references to law, the Consitution and doing away with illegality and ad-hoc decisions, and instead suggests replacing them with a system that will effectively be beyond the law.

And of course, no mention is made of restricting this new “law system” only to Gauntanamo Bay and its residents…

peace out

IFS Drives and Windows installer errors

So you’ve got a little ext3 partition that you set up to share files between a Windows partition and a Linux partition. Then one day, while working in Windows, you decide to install say, Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition with SP1 Setup. I know, I know.

Anyways, you run the little vcsetup.exe installer, and lo and behold it does not work. Something about the installer trying to copy a $shtdwn$.req file and failing miserably. Oh, you think, I know: a shutdown is required but is somehow not working, so you reboot and try it again, but it still fails. So you look around on the web, and find all sorts of discussions about IFS Drives and this particular error.

The solution is simple: Open up IFS Drives in the Control Panel, assign None to all the drives that you have mapped, then run the installer. After the installer has finished with its nefarious intentions, reassign the old drive letters to the drives, and you’re done.

You’re welcome, peace out