Sep 30, 2008

Stupid MS office searching.

Mac has good User Interface for searching services.And MS Office also has similar one.But it works poorly.
Hmmmm Stupid MS...

Sep 26, 2008

Democracy in China

I like to summarize one of the articles written by noza park, who is a professor in Oslo public University in Norge.

One of my students who are interested in the movement in Tibet asked me "Do you think China will have democracy when they arrive at a certain level of economy?"
I answered that:
The example of Singapore shows that the relationship between the level of economy and democracy is not always related.
Even when economy grow up fast with a lot of investment, democracy is impossible unless middle class support workers, so called "union for democracy."
Unlike Korea Singapore didn't have that kind of cooperation, and Democracy remained as a dream of a few scholars.
Let's see the middle class in China.
Can we expect they will support workers?
The answer is certainly no unless world depression stops their growth.
"Why do you not believe that China can be democratic"
This is a typical question from Norge students.
When I ask "what do you think", then most of them mention "Economics level" or "Regime difference for the different regions."
I, of course, think they are the part of the truth, but it is not able to explain all.
Now China shows GDP is about 3 thousand dollars per person.
This is almost like the level of Korea in mid 1980.
At the time in Korea the popular topics for young people were "Resigning dictator", or "Democracy."
In contrast the popular topic in China now is "Raising up China (中華堀起)."

10,170,000,000,000 / 1,321,851,888 = 7,694 dollars / person
(* Notice the difference of years for each.)

Sep 23, 2008

Contradiction of Neoliberalism

This is brief summary of this page:
Capitalism is going down, and it is the time to think about next.
This is an interview article with one of Korean economy professors.

The first crisis started from 1873 to 1895.
Since productivity increases dramatically, the profit ratio decreased fast.
So that many of factories stopped, and it results in depression.
At the time, big monopolized capital appears and it recovered profit ratio.

The second crisis started from 1930.
The giant monopolized capitals also could not avoid the dilemma that high productivity decreases profit ratio.
This time states are involved to save the reproductivity of labors by public services and social security.
It is called Keynesian or national monopolizing capitalism.
Market could survive, because it replied on States.

Now the solution for the third crisis was the Neoliberalism.
The Keynesian brought profit to monopolized capitals, but it failed to increase actual productivity.
In order to overcome the limit Neoliberalism chosen to abolish the functionalities of State, which was supporting the market.
It is self-contradiction.
Neoliberalism tries to abolish States, but it also have to rely on the States.

It is dilemma that market abolishes States.
State does not let market die.
Depression can be overcame by the way that giant capitals die out and preparing new circumstance.
State involves in the situation and tries to alleviate the contradiction so that it slows down, and prolongs the period of depression.
All the cost come from Tax, and the burden goes to everybody.
It is clear that the reason why the world economics doesn't go to critical depression is because States work.

Sep 22, 2008

Windows 7

Microsoft is making new version of Windows, called Windows7.
I can guess how much they have failed by Windows Vista.
I think Vista failed at the competing with its competitor, which is Windows XP.

Why did Vista fail?
One of the reasons I guess is that it requires too much high performance hardware.

I don't have much information for Windows7. But I hope this version get faster than Vista, which is hardly expectable.

Sep 18, 2008

First They Came - Martin Niemoller
"In Germany, they came first for the Communists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist;
And then they came for the trade unionists, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist;
And then they came for the Jews, And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew;
And then . . . they came for me . . . And by that time there was no one left to speak up."
This is Korean version.
그들이 처음 왔을때 / 마르틴 니묄러.

나치는 우선 공산당을 숙청했다. 나는 공산당원이 아니었으므로 침묵했다.
그 다음엔 노동조합원을 숙청했다. 나는 노동조합원이 아니므로 침묵했다.
그 다음엔 유태인을 숙청했다, 나는 유태인이 아니었으므로 침묵했다.
그 다음엔 나에게 왔다. 그 순간에 이르자, 나서줄 사람이 아무도 남지 않았다.
This is Germany version, I believe:
Als die Nazis die Kommunisten holten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Kommunist.

Als sie die Sozialdemokraten einsperrten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Sozialdemokrat.

Als sie die Gewerkschafter holten,
habe ich nicht protestiert;
ich war ja kein Gewerkschafter.

Als sie die Juden holten,
habe ich geschwiegen;
ich war ja kein Jude.

Als sie mich holten,
gab es keinen mehr, der protestieren konnte.
Although just small group of people suffer, it is related with my life. Don't forget.

The difference between LIBERAL and CONSERVATIVES

I found a good movie article in TED.
It is about politics and psychology.

Jonathan Haidt: The real difference between liberals and conservatives
Now we found a connection between psychology and politics based on human nature.
I think this is great.

Sep 16, 2008

EJB ( Enterprise Java Bean )

I have heard about EJB all the time since 5 years ago.
And yesterday I have found what it is.
It was actually not so complex.

I though it was a big library collection like STL or MFC.
But it wasn't.

The EJB technique reminded me of the memory pool technique in C++.
EJB container instantiates some of Bean classes, which is Business logic classes.
And then it manage them, allocate them, and release them.

There are three different types of beans: stateless, statefull and message driven.
I don't know the details for each one yet. But it must be basically same.

One can find good tutorial Here:

I recommend one see the example files first:

Sep 13, 2008

Checking capital characters for password.

One of my favorite web site is We Disk:
One day I have typed in Captial characters as my password, and the web site showed this pop-up message.
The meaning is that
if your "Caps lock" is turned on, password will be wrong.
I think some of people might intentionally use "Caps lock" when they type in password. But it is good to notice the users all the time.

In addition, I like the simple image that the pop-up message uses. It is instinctive.

Sep 11, 2008

No end in sight, 2007

This is summary of the documentary, "No end in sight, 2007". This is for Iraq war.

US army didn't stop Looting. Army stand in each intersection and do nothing but saying that we are here not for stopping lotting. It encouraged robbery to other places.

In side of US government, they didn't communicate well. People who are charged in significant role had no experience, no plan, no frequent communication. And they most of time stay in Washington not in Iraq.

CPA made three bad decisions.
  1. Stopping the formation of an interim Iraq government.
  2. De-Ba'athification.
  3. Disbanding the iraqi Military.

Baath Party had played significant role for Iraq society in education and techniques. But since they are founded and supported by Saddam, CPA dismissed the party and all of them become unemployed.

Soldiers are suddenly unemployed. Iraq become worse not only in the sense of security but also in the sense of economy. There was demonstration by former soldiers, and become more violent. Their way for insurgency is professional: bombing and ambushing.

$18 billion in reconstruction money was made available on Oct 1, 2003 by congress. One year later, only $1 billion had actually been spent. There are a lot of corruption and wasting.

US soldiers arrest a lot of Iraqis. Even in mid night when people hear sound of helicopter or tanks, they wake up and prepare to be investigated. Many of them are just missing or die. Army doesn't disclose the number of Iraqis arrested or detained in Iraq since 2003 and even now.

All of this kind of insurgency result in the growth of religious group can giving them political power. They are explosive and aggressive to America.

Security is horrible. Kidnapping, bombing, and killing are happening. Kidnapping is not only for one or two people, but for group of people. Violent gangs or private security guards just kill people on street. Some of them made a home video that shows just killing people in cars without any reason.

Direct war cost to date: 379 Billion.
Future military operating costs: 389 Billion.
Veterans health care and lost productivity: 482 Billion.
Other defense equip and personnel cost: 160 Billion.
Oil price effects: 450 Billion
Total costs of Iraq war: $1.860 Trillion

Sep 5, 2008

Why is summer hotter than winter?

I have found a interesting question at TED site.
Why is summer warmer than winter?
Is it because during summer, the earth gets closer to sun?
Then you might imagine ellipse shape of the path of earth around sun like this:
But actually it is not true. It is not ellipse.
In fact it never gets closer at all like this:

The real question is that why do we come up with the ellipse shape for the path?
I think it is because we have never experienced about solar system ever.
Or we have not had any chance to think about the path.
I have never seen the Mars by my eyes.
I have never checked any path of any star.

Lack of experience stupifys us.