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*The Project Gutenberg Weekly Newsletter For Wednesday, July 7, 2004 PT1*

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eBook Milestones

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We've Added Over 2,000 New eBooks This Year

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It took ~32 years, from 1971 to 2003 to do our 1st 10,000

It took ~10 years from 1993 to 2003 to grow from 100 eBooks to 10,100

It took ~3 years from 2001 to 2004 for our last 10,000


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This is Michael Hart's "Founder's Comments" section of the Newsletter

Over Our 32 26/52 Year History, We Have Now Averaged About 400 eBooks/Yr
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We Are Averaging About 375 eBooks Per Month This Year

86 per week


Here is another selection from Bill Hammack's Commentaries,

this time on The U.S. Declaration of Independence, which is
Project Gutenberg eBook #1, 33 years old as of this Sunday:

Every Fourth of July I read the Declaration of Independence. I do

this partly because I enjoy its eloquent phrases, partly because
its lofty sentiments fill me with historical pride, but mostly I reread
it to be a better citizen. It is, after all, the founding document.

Over the years I've detected, with my engineers eye, an unmistakable

trace of science and math in the Declaration. It reads like a geometric
proof with its "laws of nature" and its truths held to be "self-evident"
like axioms. It first lays down axioms like "All men are created equal"
and then derives, if you will, an indictment against King George the Third.

I've learned that there is more than an echo of scientific reasoning

in the Declaration, phrases like "laws of nature" had deep meaning
for the Founders. Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin,
all members of the committee that wrote the Declaration, used science
as a source for metaphors. They believed it to be the supreme expression
of human reason. For no Founder was science more important than Jefferson,
the Declaration's main author.

In a letter he revealed, "Nature intended me for the tranquil pursuits

of science, by rendering them my supreme delight." He filled his writings
with discussions of plows, air pumps, compasses, canal locks, balloons
and steam power. He stocked his library at Monticello with books on every
aspect of science and technology. None more important to him than Euclid's
geometry and Isaac Newton's great works on physics.

At Monticello Jefferson had a picture gallery of intellectual giants.

He assigned a high place to three portraits, one of which was Isaac Newton.
He esteemed Newton as one of the greatest minds the world had produced.
Jefferson had both the Latin original and English translations of Newton's
Principia in his library; he is surely our only president who's actually
read it. So, when Jefferson opened the Declaration of Independence
by asking the American people to assume the powers of the Earth
"to which the Laws of Nature .... entitle[d] them." he meant more than
natural law - the supreme moral law known to humankind through reason.

To Jefferson and the other Founders, the words "Laws of Nature" had a
deeper resonance: They evoked a picture of Newton's laws of motion,
of the universe as one great harmonious order obeying mathematical laws.
A world in which it was natural that humans have inalienable rights.

How does all this help me today to be a better citizen? Well, in

hindsight, the Founders too glibly made a leap from the laws of gravity
to the laws of human interaction. In reading the Declaration one can
easily forget that the dignity and "the rights of man" are neither a
self-evident axiom, nor an inalienable right, but instead a
hard-earned acquisition that we must continually work to keep.

Copyright 2004 William S. Hammack Enterprises

[Republished here with his personal permission]

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***Headline News***

[PG Editor's Comments In Brackets]

>From NewsScan:


A report by Secunia, a computer security company, says that an Internet
Explorer feature is being used by network vandals to convert Web sites into
virus transmitters. (It's not a bug but a feature intended to make browsing
more convenient.) Two other flaws in Microsoft products allowed hackers to
direct Internet Explorer browsers to automatically run the virus when
visiting an infected site. Microsoft says that updated code will be
automatically installed on computers set to receive it. The update is also
available at (AP/USA Today 3 Jul 2004)


The nonprofit Public Radio Exchange (PRX) in Cambridge, Mass., is a
radio distribution service that, for a minimum $50 annual fee, lets a
producer post audio material for audition and licensing. Other members can
then listen free and possibly choose to acquire a feature or news piece for
broadcast. Executive Director Jake Shapiro says the goal is to give public
radio "a kick of adrenaline." PRX currently has more than 2,700 members,
most of whom have chosen its free "Vox Pop" membership. "Of course, we'd
prefer more paying members," says Shapiro. "We aim to become
self-sustainable in three to five years." (Washington Post 5 Jul 2004)


Canada's Supreme Court has ruled 9-0 that Internet service providers do
not have to pay royalties to composers and artists for music downloaded by
Web customers, since companies providing wide access to the Web are merely
"intermediaries" who aren't bound by Canadian copyright legislation. At
issue was an effort by the Society of Composers, Authors and Music
Publishers of Canada (SOCAN) to force Internet service providers to pay a
tariff. SOCAN also wanted to extend Canadian copyright law beyond the
country's borders and apply it to offshore Web sites that serve Canadians.
Opposing the effort was the Canadian Association of Internet Service
Providers. (The Australian 1 Jul 2004) Rec'd from John Lamp, Deakin U. [More below]


The Yankee Group, a prominent market research firm, is predicting that
RFID tags will cost four million U.S. jobs by 2007, throughout numerous
industries. (RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification, a technology
embedded for inventory and tracking purposes into products, materials, and
shipments.) However, Yankee Group analyst Adam Zabel thinks that most
workers who lose their jobs due to increased efficiencies made possible by
RFID technology will be able to obtain 'more value-added' positions.

[Isn't that what they ALWAYS say. . .then "find out" that only 40% of
their employees decided to take advantage of their offer, since their
new jobs wouldn't be nearly as good; "Would you like fries with that?"
The average "new job" these days pays nearly $10,000 less that the
previous job from which the worker "transferred."]
(Vnunet 2 Jul 2004)

[And in a related "Would You Like Fries With That?" story]


U.S. Chamber of Commerce president and chief executive Thomas Donohue
is urging American companies to send work overseas as a way to boost
national competitiveness, and he's scornful of labor leaders and politicians
who want to limit or ban offshoring of government contracts. "Without fail,
businesses go where they want and where they can earn money -- investment is
fungible. We're not going to create more jobs by building barriers." While
admitting that "one job sent overseas, if it happens to be my job, is one
too many," Donoghue insists that the overall benefits of offshoring jobs
outweigh the cost. One management consultant who heard Donoghue's talk
yesterday at the Commonwealth Club of California said: "In theory, it's
promoting change so that the quality of jobs that remain in the United
States remains higher than elsewhere. But the pace of change is fast, and
trying to stay a step ahead is difficult. It almost comes down to luck,
being in the right career at the right time." (AP/San Jose Mercury News 30
Jun 2004)


A proposal from the the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet
Association (CTIA) to create a national directory of cell phone numbers has
created quite a stir across the country. Northwestern University sociologist
Bernard Beck comments: "As life becomes more technologically complex, people
reflexively pull back. We don't want to give up any personal information
because it seems every day someone figures out a new way to victimize us."
U.S. Cellular promises to withhold customers' numbers from any directory and
Verizon Wireless says it will not participate in a wireless directory, but
various other carriers have decided to use the directory service, which
could start next year. A spokesperson for CTIA says the industry doesn't
plan to list numbers without permission and that the numbers will be
available only by dialing 411. Andrew Cole of A.T. Kearney comments: "It's
more than likely that your friends already have your cell-phone number, so
all a directory does is make it available to strangers. Most people don't
want that. Our research shows that people want to simplify their lives.
They're subject to a barrage of external contacts they haven't initiated. In
the old days it was cool to be connected, but these days the sign of someone
who's reached society's higher echelons is that he's disconnected."
(Chicago Tribune/San Jose Mercury News 1 Jul 2004)

[Of course, THAT won't stop the phone spammers who all EVERY number."

[Not Your Average Joe. . .Not Joe. . .Nacho. . . .]
Phone makers have been rushing to add standard keyboards onto tiny
cell phones and other devices: Motorola's new A630 cell phone flips open
into a miniature laptop mode, so that keys can be pressed with thumbs;
Nokia's 6810 flips open to produce a keyboard that spreads out like two
wings on either side of the screen; Samsung has designed a fist-size box
that uses a laser to project a keyboard on any flat surface. Yet some
industry analysts have been questioning the demand for traditional Qwerty
keypads (named for the six letters at the top left of a typewriter
keyboard): a survey by Strategy Analytics found that only 13% of cell phone
users said they wanted one, and Seamus McAteer of the Zelos Group thinks
that the Qwerty keypad is "a generational thing" -- in that today's teens
have grown up sending text messages using phone keys and have no interest in
using traditional keyboards on small devices. (USA Today 1 Jul 2004)


CNIL, the French data protection authority, has declared Rampell Software'
s new mail-service 'Did they read it?' to be illegal. (Subscribers
to "DidTheyReadIt?" get a report about the exact time their e-mail was
opened, for how long, on what kind of operating system and if the mail was
forwarded to other people.) The CNIL finds the service unacceptable under
French privacy Legislation; as a result, any French subscriber to this
service risks a prison sentence of 5 years plus a substantial fine.
(EDRIgram 1 Jul 2004) Rec'd from Jim Sterne via Mark Gibbs


[It's a technicality. . .if you really look, you'll find that your phone
calls are often digitally stored for short amounts of time, too, so they
could tap anyone and anything based on this decision. More below.]

In a surprise decision, a federal appeals court has ruled that it was

acceptable for a company that offered e-mail service to peruse messages sent
by its subscribers. The case stems from 1998 when it was discovered that
Interloc, a now-defunct literary clearinghouse, surreptitiously copied
messages sent to its subscribers by rival Amazon in order to "develop a list
of books, learn about competitors and attain a commercial advantage." An
Interloc executive was later indicted on an illegal wiretapping charge, but
yesterday's ruling upheld a federal judge's dismissal of that charge on the
grounds that the e-mails were copied while in "electronic storage" (during
the process of being routed through a network of servers to recipients). The
Wiretap Act prohibits unauthorized eavesdropping on messages that are not
stored -- such as a real-time telephone conversation -- but does not afford
the same protection to stored messages. In a dissenting opinion, Appeals
Court Judge Kermit Lipez wrote that the ruling unravels "decades of practice
and precedent regarding the scope of the Wiretap Act" and essentially
renders the act "irrelevant to the protection of wire and electronic
privacy." In a concurring statement, the Electronic Frontier Foundation
said that yesterday's ruling "dealt a grave blow to the privacy of Internet
communications." (AP 30 Jun 2004)


Voice-based lie-detector tests using voice stress analysis have become
increasingly popular with law enforcement agencies, telemarketing companies,
matchmakers, and claims adjusters, even though critics charge that the
technology is unreliable and invasive of privacy. Defending the industry
against such charges, David Watson of V Worldwide Inc. says that each of a
person's various motivations for lying has its own physiological
manifestations (each being a "self-defense mechanism of the body coming from
a completely different place"). But David T. Lykken, an emeritus professor
of psychology at the University of Minnesota, says: "It is implausible to
imagine that the only times that your body shows increased arousal when you
answer a question is when you're being deceptive." Future uses for the
technology will include algorithms for use by airport screeners, political
analysts, and lovers. (Mad Love, an offering already available, is "a
cellular service which allows you to find out if the person you're speaking
with is attracted to you"). New York Times 1 Jul 2004


Stephen Burke, president of Comcast Cable, predicts: "The television
industry is going to change more in the next five years than it has in the
last 20." Comcast says it's now ready to roll out next-generation services
that require abundant bandwidth and two-way communications. These include:
video e-mail services; video-on-demand (VOD) programming that goes far
beyond movies; an Internet portal-like screen that subscribers can call up
on their PC, TV or phone to access voicemail, e-mail and faxes; and
extensive offerings of high-definition local TV station broadcasts.
"We have a vision for the company to not be a commodity provider,"
says Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.

[Personally, I like the idea of one price for TV and PC cable, phone,
and all those services. . .BUT. . .there is ONE *HUGE* problem. . . .
If your service goes down, you lose it all. . .you can't call repair,
because your phone is gone, too. My solution: I already have phones
from two different carries. . .and you don't know how many times I've
used one to call up and complain to the other, after having to tromp
around the block in the snow at midnight to call emergency repair.]

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is calling on his employees to do a billion
dollars worth of cost-cutting, so that the company can address shareholder
concerns about its stagnant stock price. In his annual message, the
questions Ballmer posed to Microsoft employees were: "Will we be first with
important innovations? Will process excellence lead to greater ability to
make an individual difference? Will our focus on costs hurt employees
personally and will it hinder new investments? Will we grow and will our
stock price rise? Will the PC remain a vital tool, and will we remain a
great company?" In response to employees who had wondered why Microsoft
hasn't used its large quantity of cash for employee benefits, Ballmer's
response was that "the cash is shareholders' money, so we need to either
invest in new opportunities or return it to them."
(New York Times 7 July, 2004)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is calling on his employees to do a billion
dollars worth of cost-cutting, so that the company can address shareholder
concerns about its stagnant stock price. In his annual message, the
questions Ballmer posed to Microsoft employees were: "Will we be first with
important innovations? Will process excellence lead to greater ability to
make an individual difference? Will our focus on costs hurt employees
personally and will it hinder new investments? Will we grow and will our
stock price rise? Will the PC remain a vital tool, and will we remain a
great company?" In response to employees who had wondered why Microsoft
hasn't used its large quantity of cash for employee benefits, Ballmer's
response was that "the cash is shareholders' money, so we need to either
invest in new opportunities or return it to them." (New York Times 7 Jul
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In light of a recent announcement about an "extremely critical"
security vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE), the U.S. Computer
Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has issued a warning advising
computer users to stop using Microsoft's browser. US-CERT is a
nonprofit formed in September 2003 by the Department of Homeland
Security and the public and private sectors to improve computer
security preparedness and response. According to the US-CERT notice,
there are "significant vulnerabilities in technologies relating to the
IE domain/zone security model, the DHTML object model, MIME-type
determination, and ActiveX." The IE bug allows hackers to install
spyware on users' computers without any action on the part of the
user. The notice goes on to say that, particularly for browsing
untrusted sites, use of another browser is an effective way to avoid
the security risks mentioned.
Internet News, 29 June 2004


A federal appeals court has upheld a lower-court ruling to dismiss
charges against Bradford Councilman, who was charged under the Wiretap
Act for reading others' e-mail. Councilman operated an online
bookselling company called Interloc and offered some customers
"" e-mail addresses, making the company an ISP. Councilman
is alleged to have made copies of e-mail that came from Amazon, in an
attempt to gain competitive advantage. The appeals court ruled that the
e-mails were saved, if only momentarily in a computer's memory, and
were technically not intercepted. Because the Wiretap Act applies to
intercepted transmissions, the court ruled that it does not apply in
this case. The court admitted the law may be "out of step" with current
technologies but said that, as written, the Wiretap Act does not
prohibit Councilman's actions. Andrew Good, one of Councilman's
attorneys, said many ISPs, including employers and educational
institutions, look at incoming e-mail, such as when they perform virus
scans. Finding Councilman guilty, said Good, would make all such
actions by ISPs illegal. Privacy advocates disagreed, however, and said
the decision sets a dangerous precedent for reading electronic conversations,
including voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone calls. CNET, 30 June 2004
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that ISPs cannot be required to
pay royalties to record companies for the music that users download.
Representatives of the music industry had lobbied the courts to compel
such royalties, but the Supreme Court said, "It is clear that
Parliament did not want copyright disputes between creators and users
to be visited on the heads of the Internet intermediaries." The Court
did acknowledge that although use of the Internet should be encouraged,
it should not happen "at the expense" of those who create original
works. Nevertheless, the Court said ISPs should not bear the burden of
copyright enforcement. The decision is the second in the past three
months that favored ISPs over copyright owners. In March, a Canadian
court ruled against record companies that had sought to force ISPs to
divulge the identities of file traders suspected of copyright infringement.
Reuters, 30 June 2004


In its ongoing antitrust battles, Microsoft has settled cases with the
states of Minnesota--whose case was the only one to go to trial--and
Vermont. Microsoft has been accused of anticompetitive practices that
drove other companies out of business and allowed Microsoft to
overcharge consumers. In both states, as in other Microsoft
settlements, the company will offer consumers vouchers that can be
redeemed for hardware or software from any company. In Vermont, the
total for the vouchers is $9.7 million; 50 percent of unused vouchers
will be given to the state's public schools. In Minnesota, where the
trial had begun seven weeks ago, Microsoft agreed to provide vouchers
for $174.5 million, again with one-half of unused vouchers going to
Minnesota public schools. In Minnesota, however, Microsoft also agreed
to cash payments. Under the settlement, the company will give $2.5
million in cash to the University of Minnesota's Institute of
Technology, as well as $2.5 million in vouchers. Microsoft will also
pay another $2.5 million in cash to the Minnesota Legal Aid Society.
Internet News, 2 July 2004

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Today, July the 1st, the Dutch Parliament has decided to direct Minister
Brinkhorst and Secretary of State van Gennip (Economic Affairs) to
withdraw the Dutch vote in support of the Council of Ministers' text for
the Directive on Software Patents. This is the first time in the history
of the EU that such a course of action has been undertaken.

The idea of allowing patents on software has been strongly criticized

among SMEs, scientists and consumer organisations. They inhibit
investments in Research and Development and contribute to higher prices.
Commentators also fear the rise of a "lawyers paradise" in Europe such as
is found in the USA, where programmers are constantly threatened by

This act represents an incisive criticism of the European Council of

Ministers' attempts to introduce broad patentability of software.
Minister Brinkhorst, acting on behalf of the Netherlands, endorsed the
Council's current proposal, which not only reiterated the terms of the
Council's strongly criticized first proposal, but went even further,
directly rebuffing the clear stance assumed by the EU Parliament, which
voted to add numerous amendments which made clear how the category of
logical algorithms would be treated.

The European Parliament's version asserted that patents would only be

allowed for industrial inventions (e.g. washing machines) and would not
be made possible for pure software. All these adaptations were removed
in the Council of Ministers' controversial version.

Earlier, Brinkhorst described the Council proposal to the Dutch

Parliament as a compromise with the EP. In recent legislative debates,
Van Gennip was forced to admit that this was incorrect information, and
attributed it to "an error in the word processor."

The Dutch Parliament apparently didn't buy this explanation and today
she rendered an historic and groundbreaking decision, calling upon
Minister Brinkhorst and van Gennip to withdraw the Netherland's
supporting vote in the European Council and convert it to an abstention.
This measure is possible because at the present moment there is only a
"political agreement" and the "formal vote" can only take place after
the contested text has been translated into the 20 European Languages.
An emergency brake move in the procedure such as this has never been
exercised before.

With this decision, the Dutch Parliament demonstrates the active

interest her public holds in the debate over software patents, and her
recognition and appreciation for the adaptations introduced by the
European Parliament.

Dieter Van Uytvanck, spokesman of FFII Netherlands, stresses the

importance of this decision:

This political signal reaches much further than just The

Netherlands. We hope that other European countries that also have
their doubts about the proposal of the Council will also withdraw
their support, so that the current proposal no longer has a
majority. The historic precedent is there now.

Let this be a lesson for the lawmakers in Brussels: the European

citizen watches you closely. It is much better to take this into
account from the beginning as it is to get into trouble later.

Wiebe van der Worp
tel. 06 28 195 808

Ir. Arend Lammertink:
tel. 06 5425 6426

Dieter Van Uytvanck:
tel. +32 499 16 70 10



"It's [the Irag War] is good for business, bad for the people."

Vice President of a Halliburton subcontractor.



One of our larger local cities got tired of waiting for

new state or national medical malpractic legislation.
In an effort to stop their doctors from closing up shop
Carbondale, home of Southern Illinois University, passed
a law stating that all local medical malpractice cases
must be filed locally, at the county courthouse, and the
punitive damages must be limited to three times damages.

Of course, I have a feeling that if I accidentally cut

off the hand of presiding judge, s/he would sue me for
more than the $40,000{?} alotted for actual damages,
and the $120,000{?} in punitive damages.

One more point of view, how "accidental" is it if the

doctor in question has made this decision before?

In light of that, they also passed a law requiring the

doctors to make available to their patients a list of
all state sanctions that have been imposed upon them.

In addition, _I_ would propose a law regulating costs

of the malpractice insurance: if a patient goes in
for a procedure in which the predicted failure rate
is 1%, then they pay an additional 1% over the normal
costs associated with that procedure. Then at least
the cost of the failed procedures is already covered,
and it encourages the doctors to use the real figures,
as they have to pay the difference if the figures were
too low. If you wanted to cover the additional 3% for
punitive damages, that could be added to make 4%.

The fact is that they would probably also add another

1% for administrative costs, for a total of 5%.

Thus a $1,000 procedure would cost $1,050, and the

$10,000 procedures would cost $10,500, and the whole
issue of malpractice insurance would be avoided.


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