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Monday, December 22, 2003

All fake?

Over the weekend several sources (GuluFuture.com, PRISON PLANET.com, Al Bawaba and others) published evidence that the photos and films by the US army about the capture of Saddam are fake. Normally, everybody would just agree this is conspiracy theory. But they have some strong point which everybody can verify. And also the turkey George W. Bush presented to US soldiers is known to be fake by now — where was that tent anyway, in Iraq or in Texas?

PS: As der Standard reports German intelligence reports that Saddam was captured by Kurdish fighters who sedated him and put him in this hole.

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Friday, December 19, 2003

If two people do the same it is not the same, or is it?

Two interesting things are discussed in the news:

A court in the home country of the terrorist group which holds hundreds of hostages in Guantanamo Bay ruled that this is against the law. But well, do terrorists care about the law?

Former good friend with Saddam Hussein Donald Rumsfeld explains that his former friend would not be tortured, they would use more subtle methods (isn't that what all torturers also say?). Also Saddam would not get the status of a POW, well, of course, the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War demands that POWs must be protected against public curiosity and forbids "outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment"; probably showing a person in such a manner on TV is covered by that description, at least the US complained about such incidents when their soldiers have been affected. Furthermore, the convention says "Every prisoner of war, when questioned on the subject, is bound to give only his surname, first names and rank, date of birth, and army, regimental, personal or serial number, or failing this, equivalent information"; questioning using "subtle methods" is not really compatible to that, so it is consequent that the status is denied, but on which legal grounds?

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Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Systematic test of security margins and simplified lexers for Bogofilter

I completed a series of tests for bogofilter today. The first shows the use of security margins for training-on-error and training-to-exhaustion, the second shows how much simpler definitions for tokens work (to my very surprise). You will find those and more on my bogofilter page.

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Friday, December 05, 2003

Best spamfilter performance

I just received a spam mail. This is the first after a little more than 11 days. In this time more than 2500 ham (230/d) and 1500 spam (140/d) messages were classified correctly. This is certainly my personal best so far:-))

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