Child welfare agency can’t get FBI data

I was reading the online Indianapolis Star newspaper when I ran across a disturbing article.
Child welfare agency can’t get FBI data

I can’t believe that people just keep messing with the Child Welfare. It is getting to be where we need to rename that group to Government Cattle herding or something.

Child Welfare seems to try to do its job, but always gets messed up when the government wants to play a heavy hand.

In the above article it is making it much harder to place children in relatives homes when needed. They usually can get easier backgrounds on strangers, so as long as these strangers have not been CAUGHT doing anything bad then they can have children come live with them and not with the child’s relatives.

“Microsoft Cares” (IE Team Reorganizes)

Robert Scoble gets defensive in response to an offhand comment by a member of the Mozilla team in an Ars Technica interview. In the process, he lets leak the revelation that the Microsoft Internet Explorer team is getting back together. This is later confirmed by a once-and-future team member, and a Wiki feedback page for IE feature requests is also getting a bit of attention.

So far, though, I haven’t seen anything to suggest that any of this will be available for current Windows versions, something they’ve said in the past. If this remains true, anyone wanting the new, better IE will have to upgrade to the next version of Windows to get it.

Apparently, the “doesn’t care” comment in Ars Technica has stung several people at Microsoft. While quite a few employees may care about the quality of IE, they need to recognize that the official position at Microsoft until now has been indifference, as evidenced by the IE release history in recent years. If they really cared, we’d have IE7 by now, and possibly IE8.

What’s more, the IE team has an uphill battle to convince us that they’re for real. It was an article of faith during the old browser wars that MS would let IE stagnate once Netscape was killed off. That’s no longer an article of faith; it’s a fact of history. Now Mozilla is ascending again, and surprise! Microsoft gets the IE team back together. Will they try to kill off Mozilla and then submerge again?

I doubt it, but only because they’ll have to succeed at killing Mozilla first, and I can’t see a DFSG-free Internet Explorer for Linux coming anytime soon. Thus, Mozilla will always have a safe haven, something Microsoft cannot provide as long as it allows independent development on Windows.

(Seen via Slashdot.)

UPDATE (June 21): For an idea of what Microsoft has to overcome, read this.

Camping and Sickness

Well, this was going to be my notice of a several-day hiatus while Jon and I went camping with the Cub Scouts. Unfortunately, Jon caught something, and is now running a pretty good fever. The doctor says it’s viral, and that there’s nothing really to do except wait it out. The Scouts are being cool; if he gets better, we can check in late and enjoy what’s left of the trip.

UPDATE (June 20): Well, we’re in Champaign, Illinois, visiting grandparents. Jon eventually was diagnosed with strep, and after starting antibiotics, is doing fine.