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Give a man lemonade, and you teach him how to drink. Give him a lemon…

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Yes, people, we live in a severely disturbed, yet incessantly unstable world.

Most of the Internet’s leading technology sites reported last week of a great new browser that protects user privacy by leaving no Internet footprint (i.e. no cookies, no script, nothing). Turns out said “Browzar” is a spyware ridden Internet Explorer shell that hijacks your homepage and sends Internet usage history to advertisers. Oh, and it does leave tracks. And that sound you hear in the background? That’s the Internet’s journalistic credibility rolling down the hill.

Hairy Potty publishers were forced to correct erroneous entry in the latest paperweight in series, after a over-diligent reader found out that “[said book mentioned that] Hermione Granger had scooped 11 top results in her Ordinary Wizarding Levels (OWLs). [However, in the previous book] she had only taken 10 subjects.” Wow. Potters are indeed the new Trekkies.

One of the Baldwin Brothers is writing Christian comic books. Words defy me.

After handing a ticket for illegal parking, a Brazilian traffic warden, went to the car owner’s hourse, killed her, and sawed her in half.

The BBC finds that blind drivers are dangerous.
I give up.

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Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:18

I can’t stop linking!

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This isn’t going to make any sense whatsoever, but it’s intentional that way.

Just learned that classical Star Trek episodes are about to get some CG (computer graphics) face lifting. If this isn’t worth the Spider Jerusalem award, then I don’t know what. Don’t evny the poor sod who’s going to do that. He should either have a very thick skin, or a secret identity. Hopefully one that doesn’t need a headless Shakespeare statue to change. At any rate, it can’t be as bad as being the annual Madden NFL cover pro-football player. Or designing what is either the world’s most convulted system, or the best use of high-tech irony I’ve ever seen.

Oh, and it’s the late, but great, Jack Kirby’s birthday, the man who, like B.B. Kind could either draw, or write, but not both at the same time. I still think Jason Blood looks like Peter Parker.

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Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at 22:16

What’s in a word?

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I happened upon the latest from the KDE project announcing the release of their first dev snapshot “Krash”. The release details say “This snapshot is not for end users, there is no guarantee that it will be stable, the interfaces are subject to changes at any time“, but I think calling it “Krash” probably pushes the point forwards.

Hans Bezemer, in his blog, asks “Who understands the OSS community?” Only he is much better on his community-spiel than on his literary one:
Jim Morrison once said “You can’t petition the Lord with prayer”. To paraphrase that it I’d like to say “You can’t address the OSS community”, because it is much too varied to be addressed“. To which I say: “Wrong analogy”. Morrison indeed said “you can’t petition the Lord with prayers”, meaning that over-praying does not makes the chances of a prayal work better. If I want to get something, succeed in something, or just need a favour, putting that in my prayer (according to some dogmas), should be enough. Thinking the squeeky wheel might get the grease this time is akin of considering God to be an overworked wish-clerk, rather than the almightly, omnipotent, creator. Petitioning the Lord with prayers, in this sense, can be seen as saying “I believe you exist, but I don’t believe you hear everyone, or that you’ll hear my request, so I’ll repeat it ad-nauseum until you’ll break and grant me my wish”. Not very devoted.
On the other hand, saying “you can’t address the OSS community” for it’s diversity, has nothing to do with one’s belief in the OSS community, or about the volume of attempts you make.

And finally, yet another website finds that you can either be unknown, or massively famous, and what it means: “500 Internal Server Error. Thanks digg.com :)

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Monday, August 21, 2006 at 6:51

Comments about comments about comments about E3

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Not that I have mentioned it before, but my reaction to the news that the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), the unnecessarily huge gaming event has been cancelled was “FINALLY!” I hated that show, in the sense that it was boring, bloated, and didn’t do anything for the industry.
More than that, the stories about whole development cycles being halted for more than a month to create a stable, cool-looking E3 demo were just the tip of the iceberg in whatever “benefits” did the actual game developers receive from it.

Naturally, there were lots of different comments, commentaries and, recommentations (heh). VGMwatch collected several of those into one article. My favourite is this one:

“If you watch the 11 oโ€™clock news during E3, they donโ€™t show anything. The news is “The video game industry has its annual trade event,” and they show these guys walking around dressed as Spock or whatever. I guess that makes the public is aware that thereโ€™s an event, but it doesnโ€™t make anybody go buy a game.”

-Industry Analyst Michael Pachter, in a quote compiled by GameSpot

Written by Erez

Thursday, August 3, 2006 at 17:34

Posted in Journalism

Gives you a warm feeling inside

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A comparative review of IE7 beta 3, Mozilla Firefox 2.0 beta 1, and Opera 9, when discussing Firefox’s new Phishing detection feature:
We were unable to find a site that tripped this tool after setting it to run. We threw every URL from patently spam emails we could find. Perhaps we really did win a million euros or owe that eBay user’s PayPal account for that $465 we don’t remember bidding on“.

But honestly, one is in a late beta stage, the other just started beta, and the third is a released product. How can any comparison do justice to any? The beta products get a forgiving nudge saying “this will probably be fixed/implemented/work in the released product”, while the released product gets scoffed for not including certain features now. On the other hand, the beta products have a lot of stuff that doesn’t work, while the finished product doesn’t have broken elements. Not a comparison in anyone’s book.

Written by Erez

Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 19:43

Posted in Internet, Journalism

Site make big issue out of nothing new

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C|net, usually restricted in their titles, have given their short review of “Titan Quest” the following headline: “PC game lets players rewrite mythology“.

The immediate question that comes to mind is “So?”. Haven’t computer games allowed people to “rewrite” myth and history since the olden days of Civilization and it’s likes?

It’s an odd one, at it. Two paragraphs, nothing really interesting in them, I just don’t get this one. I’ve been reading C|net’s news for quite a while now, and this mini-article doesn’t look like anything I’ve previously encountered. I would consider it bought write-up if it wasn’t for the writer describing the game as “graphics-intensive … [but] otherwise a standard computer role-playing game with monsters, loot and exotic journeys.” So its not even an enthusiastic write-up.
Maybe I’m reading too much into this. It’s probably a slow news article read by a slow news reader. Maybe the conspiracy against mankind has sunk deeper than we can imagine.

Written by Erez

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 19:25

Posted in Internet, Journalism

(Don’t) Speak your mind

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If anyone follows the latest XboX360 news, then the story about Microsoft marketing yokel, one Peter Moore claiming “Nobody cares about backwards compatibility” must have made some ripples in your personal pond.

Now, of course, no marketing yobo likes to disturb his customers’ (the pay-through-the-nose crowd, as they are called), and so, lo and behold a clarification has surfaced:
A) He was misquoted, he said “No one is concerned” rather than “No one cares”.
B) He meant “concerned” as in “worried”
C) He meant “worried” as in “We don’t need to worry about it, as we reached our goals”.

So, why am I interested in all this?
You see, marketing spokesmen are suppose to be the masters of dopplesprecht* and labyrinthian syntax, so it’s rare to see one falters like this. For example, when trying to clarify his kerfuddle, Moore say “It’s quite simply not that we don’t care about backward compat.” And grammar rules be damned. It’s quite amazing to see how this type of cloaked lingo turned and byte its master. Here’s to more of Moore and his All-Singing-All-Dancing repartee.

*I know that’s not how you say “doublespeak” in German, get with the program

Written by Erez

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 at 23:15

Posted in Journalism