US a ‘negative role model’ for global torture
Quoting UN rapporteur on torture, Manfred Nowak – … “Certain human rights such as the prohibition on torture are absolute,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how dangerous a person is, governments have an absolute obligation never to resort to torture or other forms of cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment.
“In my opinion, this ill-conceived, security-oriented counter-terrorism strategy is having a very, very negative effect not only on human rights in the USA — but for the first time I would say in a long period of time, the US is really engaging in systematic violation of human rights — but also a very negative effect on many other countries.” … (2007-OCT-31) [The AGE]
… But his overall survey is far from confident — in fact he calls it “frightening.” Torture is still “considered a peccadillo,” he says, adding that this is now the case “even in developed countries.” To him, the worst thing is that the West, which constantly emphasizes its ideals and values, has lost the moral upper hand. …
Ever since former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld authorized the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques in Abu Ghraib, “the United States has lost its moral leadership and authority,” Nowak believes. “Today, when the Bush administration criticizes other countries for their human rights abuses, no one takes them seriously anymore.” … (2007-OCT-29) [Spiegel Online]
Leopard Hacked to Run on PCs
The cat and mouse game between hackers and Apple takes another move, with news that Apple’s new Leopard operating system has already been successfully installed on Windows PCs.
The OSx86 Scene forum has released details of how Windows users can migrate to Apple’s new OS, without investing in new hardware — even though installing Leopard on an PC may be counter to Apple’s terms and conditions. [PC World]
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: the Ars Technica review
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard has gestated longer than any release of Mac OS X (other than 10.0, that is). If I had high expectations for 10.5 back in 2005, they’ve only grown as the months and years have passed. Apple’s tantalizingly explicit withholding of information about Leopard just fanned the flames. My state of mind leading up to the release of Leopard probably matches that of a lot of Mac enthusiasts: this better be good. [Ars Technica]
Virtual Worlds Forum Europe 2007
Virtual Worlds Forum – (Sun Oct 28) 450+ attendees from 23 countries, including 80 speakers, joined us at Canvas for four days of workshops, conference and expo.
Podcasts of the First Keynotes and sessions from VWFE2007 and Day Two’s Podcasts