Thursday, January 19, 2012

Here is a copy of a letter that I sent my Senators and my Representative in Congress. We will see what happens...

Dear Senator McCain, 

I am writing to you as a registered Arizona voter and concerned constituent about S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act. I urge you to vote "no" on the upcoming motion to invoke cloture on the bill. 

Albeit well-intentioned, the PROTECT IP Act does not provide adequate oversight over measures targeted against alleged offenders, raising legitimate concerns about the Act's constitutionality. PROTECT IP would also effectively overturn critical portions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act—portions that form the legal backbone of the American tech industry. These sections (in particular, 17 U.S.C. §512) are what allow the start-up technology companies of today to become the Googles of tomorrow, creating jobs for thousands of Americans in the process. Lastly, the methods through which the PROTECT IP Act would combat copyright infringement are similar—and sometimes identical—in nature to those used by regimes with questionable human rights records. The impression that the United States created the "Great Firewall of America" would irreparably damage our credibility when asking them to remove censorship barriers that impede the spread of democracy and free enterprise. 
The PROTECT IP Act is fundamentally flawed, as it would stifle the growth of our nation’s tech sector, would introduce due process questions, and would erode America’s position as a global leader. As such, it does not deserve floor consideration. Any solution to the piracy problem needs to consider the effects it would have on the Internet economy—a place where the United States has a clear competitive advantage. I hope you will take my concerns about this bill into account, and oppose this legislation by voting "no" on cloture.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

That time of the year... again

That time of the year... again, originally uploaded by Titoxd.

The 2011 Atlantic hurricane season has arrived. WikiProject Tropical cyclones will keep posting updates as they become available. You are also encouraged to follow @wikihurricanes for urgent updates.

Monday, January 17, 2011

40,000 sounds easy

40K edits, originally uploaded by Titoxd.

Yet it took 5+ years to do it. I'm going to buy myself a Wikipedia T-shirt now... :P

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bugzilla "undef error - Cannot determine local time zone" error in Ubuntu 10.10

After upgrading to Ubuntu 10.10, the installation of Bugzilla I had running with little issues since Ubuntu 9.04 suddenly broke with a glaring red box that said "undef error - Cannot determine local time zone" every time I tried to list bugs or display them.

After trying the suggestions at, I was unable to get Bugzilla to recognize the system's timezone setting. So, I just went hardcore and moved the existing time zone setting out of the way, and made a new symbolic link directly to the timezone file:

ln -sf /usr/share/zoneinfo/America/Phoenix /etc/localtime

Surprisingly, it worked...


Sunday, August 15, 2010

Out with the old...

Enough green. I redesigned the site to give it a slightly more appealing look...

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sometimes interesting stuff happens

IMG_9182, originally uploaded by Titoxd.

I've worked on many current-event articles in Wikipedia; however, I cannot remember when a current event happened close enough to me to actually be able to observe it unfold in real time. That happened on Tuesday when the Town Lake west dam collapsed; while I was not on campus at the time, I did track it as soon as news broke on wiki (although to be honest, I reverted the initial reports since nobody in the traditional media had reported it online at the time).

I went to the lake to take pictures of the rupture's aftermath, and I've posted all of them on Flickr. I also posted one in the Wikimedia Commons, and to my delight it has been used by other people in the online community. :) So it feels rather different to be "reporting" on news than to be searching for photographs or articles in the news...