Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives changed their rules so that Majority Leader Tom DeLay could stay in power if he's indicted by a Texas grand jury.
What a farce!
I'm calling the holier-than-though Republicans on this one, precisely because they're reversing a rule they created back in the (failed) Newt Gingrich era. Back then, this rule was argued as imperative in the face of investigation and potential indictments against the top-ranking Democrat at the time. Of course, when a Republican leader is on the hot-seat, all-of-sudden such investigations and potential indictments are a "politically-motivated witch hunt", and the change in the rule is necessary to prevent "any crackpot" from influencing the political process by pursuing such an investigation.
The deepest irony is that Gingrich pushed through this rule change in the early 1990s when the Congress was held by the Democrats. At the time, he was arguing against the prevailing culture of corruption that he felt unfairly held down the minority (at that time) Republican party.
Representative Christopher Shays, a Connecticut Republican, said he was only one of ``a handful'' of lawmakers who spoke out against the rule change in the closed-door meeting where the changes were decided.
Shays said he reminded other Republicans that when Republicans took over control of the House in 1994, they argued the party would be more ethical that the Democratic Party. The old rules were adopted in 1993 as Republicans were campaigning to retake the House.
``I think it's a mistake,'' Shays told reporters after the meeting. ``There were a number of Republicans who felt it was a mistake.''
I'm proud to say that my Representative, Chris Shays, for whom I voted, did the right thing in opposing this rule change. Once again, he showed he's no Republican lemming. Rather, he's an independent thinker and represents his constituents very well.
But, the cool benefit for me of using the AirPort Express as part of a WDS is that I can connect my Thinkpad to the Express with an Ethernet cable and connect to the internet over the Express' connection. Since a lot of people are going to place their AirPort Expresses in their living rooms, I could see these same people setting up wireless distribution systems to enable connecting their video game consoles to the internet.
This article is interesting for a few reasons. First, the author actually bothered to benchmark the actual performance hit of Apple Lossless Encoding on the host running iTunes. This can be a critical factor that determines the true usefullness quotient of such streaming, since I suspect most people may be using their one-and-only-one PC at the same time their streaming music.
Further, the author makes a key point about (above) about the true usefulness of the Airport Express device. I agree! It's not just for streaming music, and it's not just a wireless access point. Because of it's design, it's effectively a remote ethernet port that is likely to be located in your living room, den, bedroom or kitchen exactly where you might want to also place an old laptop. Solid!