january, 16, 2003 archives

bananas in danger

the guardian reports that in 10 years we may have no bananas due to the homogeneity of banana crops. that would be unfortunate. i eat, on average, about two bananas a day (mostly raw, but frequently also in bread form).

i don't know much about it, but the institute for justice bills itself as an alternative to the aclu. it may be worth checking out if you want to support the cause of civil liberties, but aren't happy with the aclu.

schwab is holding my data hostage

in this day and age, why is it too much for me to expect that i should be able to download my bank/brokerage account data in a computer-parseable format? instead, it's the sort of thing that only works when you use certain software on certain platforms. even though there's “a specification for the electronic exchange of financial data between financial institutions, business and consumers via the internet”.

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