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Giving your money away
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One of the games that local governments play with your taxes is to give it away by not collecting it. Cities call them 'incentives' for moving businesses. This loss of revenue accounts for a lot of red ink in a cities budget and makes providing city services harder.

Laurie Roberts is a columnist for the local newspaper and offers this nugget.

What cities call 'incentives' are simply giveaways
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Source: Arizona Republic

Where is my incentive for starting a small business? Where is my tax relief for my continuation of a career that enables other businesses to grow and prosper? Phoenix is a shitty choice for business. The sports teams have hammered the hotel industry and the rental car companies to putting surtaxes on your rooms and cars when you come here for business.

Welcome to Phoenix! Subsidize shit you are not gonna to use! Give us your money and go home! Thanks for stopping by!

If the sports teams are such great revenue generators why the hell aren't they self funded? When Colangelo, Bidwell, and the rest of the owners pay back every dime of tax money they got for these teams and stadiums, then we may get to the point where we can start putting some of the tax money that is collected into infrastructure that would make Phoenix an attractive city for business and meetings on it's own and stop the whole incentive game. I pay taxes, you can pay taxes too.

MSBlaster and the Power Outage
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Bugtraq is having a discussion on the power outage being linked to the msblaster virus and the control computers for the powerplants.

Bugtraq 1 Bugtraq2 Bugtraq3

Following the links in these three emails is enough to give you an interesting look on the power grid command and control and it's vunerabilities.

Digital Cameras
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I use a Fuji Finepix 2400 for my digital photo needs. Fuji stopped making this camera a while back. I broke mine. I dropped it. My own damn fault for being in a hurry. I needed another asap. This is a report on the sorry state of consumer/semi-pro digital cameras.

Since I was going to have to buy a new camera I thought I would bump up to a 3 megapixel camera. I liked Fuji cameras. The only problem with my 2400 was the three or four seconds between shots. But since I don't do action shots this was a small problem. Most of the shots I take are cars at rest.

One of the requirements that is not negotiable is continuous numbering of my images. I have over 8000 images in my collections. I went to the neigborhood Ritz/Kits Photo store about a mile away. First I tried to get it repaired. No Joy. So I looked at a Fuji A303, a 3.2 megapixel camera. I took it home, installed the software and took some petshots. Great images, but no continuous numbering. The Fuji A303 does not have it, or not that I or Linda at the store or even the camera guy we talked to on the phone at one of the other stores could discover. The Fuji site is no more helpful either.

The A303 does all sorts of other things like movies, backgrounds and a bunch of crap that makes digital photography resemble Microsoft Office in bells and whistles. You know, tons of 'features and enhancements' that get in the way of getting the image in the camera and then getting it out.

I looked at Canon, Nikon, Olympus in the 3 to 4 megapixel range and found the same story. Features and enhancements up the ass, but not what I needed. Continuous Numbering of the images.

I have rejected Kodak as my last venture into software for this brand was a disaster as the software would not load on computers running AMD CPU's. This has since been fixed, but life is too short for me to screw around with software/hardware compatibility issues as I run into these on a daily basis on my clients machines.

The good news is that Linda found a FinePix 2400 on the shelf. So the status quo is maintained. So I am still shooting, slowly but surely.

Opinion

Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02

One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.

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Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.

p i x e l v i e w - behind the screen with Mitch Ratcliffe
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