This just in: the Pentagon has finally acknowledged what the Founding Fathers already knew, viz., that prisoners have a right to a court hearing. And that includes political prisoners.

It’s not clear how far-reaching the implications will be; the White House is already trying to downplay the news. But allow me to dream for a moment. Imagine a world where, when the secret police come and arrest you in the middle of the night, they can no longer hold you indefinitely, without evidence, on mere “suspicion” of “terrorism”. A world where mistaken arrests can’t be simply swept under the rug. (Have they been? Would we know if they had?) A world where the Inquisitors can’t even torture a confession out of you, but actually have to prove your guilt in court.

Gee. Thinking about it that way, you’d almost think we lived in the Land of the Free.

Secure the building

Taking my blog back to its roots, i.e., a place to put stuff so I can find it again:

If you told Navy personnel to “secure a building,” they would turn off the lights and lock the doors.

Army personnel would occupy the building so no one could enter.

Marines would assault the building, capture it, and defend it with suppressive fire and close combat.

Air Force personnel would take out a three-year lease with an option to buy.

From “Jest In Time II” on the Urban Legends Reference Pages.

Ruby (et. al.) in Visual Studio

Sapphire in Steel is a Visual Studio add-on that lets you write Ruby projects in Visual Studio. Complete with File New support, syntax highlighting, build integration, and even debugging.

And one of the project’s authors has written a three-part series on how to integrate a new language with Visual Studio.

Borland, it might be time to take another look at the idea of embedding Delphi into Visual Studio…