I'm downloading mine now...sounds interesting, even if I don't feel I have much trouble with phishing scams. Cheers.
Thursday, December 30, 2004
Wednesday, December 29, 2004
Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Monday, December 20, 2004
Interesting technology, and a good idea. I hate pasting labels onto CDs, personally...I'd buy one.
Saturday, December 18, 2004
Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Tuesday, December 14, 2004
They can try> to say that they didn't distribute any shots of MSN Search using Firefox, but I'm not buying it.
Thursday, December 09, 2004
Buckle your seatbelt, update your virus definitions, and download those patches. Things are about to get rough for your PC.
Monday, December 06, 2004
From the "holy frigging crap, I hope they didn't actually put this to use" department...
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Monday, November 29, 2004
Friday, November 19, 2004
You have GOT to be kidding me. Isn't there something in the patent guidelines about "nonobviousness"? I guess there's only one thing for me to do. I must patent the "IS" operator and claim that their technological innovation is derivative...
Monday, November 08, 2004
Friday, November 05, 2004
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Humor from Steve Ballmer and Microsoft (or: Microsoft good, Linux BAD)
Found this in my inbox this morning, and after realizing that it couldn't possibly be completely serious, I calmed down and noted how amusing it was. Let me pick some choice bits out for you on this e-mail about how Windows is cheaper than Linux (eyes rolling yet?):
...But as the Yankee Group commented in an independent, non-sponsored global study of 1,000 IT administrators and executives, Linux, UNIX and Windows TCO Comparison, things aren't always as they seem: "All of the major Linux vendors and distributors (including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Novell [SUSE and Ximian] and Red Hat) have begun charging hefty premiums for must-have items such as technical service and support, product warranties and licensing indemnification."...
Umm...they've been charging "hefty" premiums for tech support since they started selling Linux period. That's their revenue model. As for product warranties, show me my product warranty for Windows. What does *that* say? Licenses are granted via the GPL, so you not only don't have to buy them, they can't be sold (Ballmer can't be that stupid, can he? has to be a joke). Licensing indemnification? *What* licenses?
- Preparation and planning activities took 5% to 25% longer for Linux than Windows.
- Training for IT employees was significantly higher for Linux than for Windows - on average, 15% more expensive. The reasons: training materials were less readily available, and customers spent more on training to compensate for the lack of internal knowledge about Linux.
Okay...customers knew less about Linux. Wondering why they didn't hire someone who *did* know about Linux...
- All 14 companies said it was difficult finding qualified Linux personnel in the marketplace to support their Linux projects. When they did find third-party help, they had less leverage negotiating hourly rates than with Windows consulting resources.
You have *got* to be kidding me. If all 14 companies couldn't find Linux admins..."qualified" ones...they must not know how to shake a stick at them. I suppose part of the problem is related to certifications, since they are uncommon in Linux admins (except for redhat). "Qualified" != "certified"...I guess that's why they can't find them. I am unsurprised that the ones they *did* find cos a bundle: You could wallpaper the georgia dome twice with all the MCSE certs out there, so they don't have the same bargaining power.
A number of third-party reports have questioned how safe the Linux platform really is. For example, a recent independent study by Forrester, Is Linux More Secure than Windows?, highlighted that the four major Linux distributions have a higher incidence and severity of vulnerabilities, and are slower than Microsoft to provide security updates.
That's just plain full-on wrong, but whatever...in the spirit of the running gag, I'll ignore it.
According to Forrester, Microsoft had the lowest elapsed time between disclosure of a vulnerability and the release of a fix. They found that Microsoft addressed all of the 128 publicly disclosed [emphasis added] security flaws in Windows over the 12-month period studied, and that its security updates predated major outbreaks by an average of 305 days.
Ahh...that must be why there is such a big problem with virii and spyware on Linux PC's. Obviously, the research tells the whole story...not.
Blah, blah, blah "Windows is better, we have patents on everything, Linux lusers are t3h sux0rz, etc."
Hope you had a laugh, too.
Friday, October 15, 2004
Thursday, October 07, 2004
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Monday, September 27, 2004
This is the news I've been waiting to hear for most of my life. Starting out at 190,000, I'd imagine that a small bit of competition will push the price for a trip to orbit down to around the price of a luxury car in short order. Someday I'm going to outer space!
Tuesday, September 07, 2004
Thursday, September 02, 2004
Wednesday, September 01, 2004
Thursday, August 26, 2004
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
Tuesday, August 17, 2004
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Thursday, August 05, 2004
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Cool...babies try to fix their mommies before they're born!
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
"Some retailers are deciding that the customer can be very, very wrong -- as in unprofitable. And some, including Best Buy Co. Inc., are discriminating between profitable customers and shoppers they lose money on.
Like a customer who ties up a salesworker but never buys anything, or who buys only during big sales. Or one who files for a rebate, then returns the item.
'That would be directly equivalent to somebody going to an ATM and getting money out without putting any in,' Brad Anderson, Best Buy's chief executive, said in a recent interview. 'Those customers, they're smart, and they're costing us money.' "
Uhh...so, maybe you should alter your business model a little bit? Frustrated with "extreme price shoppers"? Best Buy is frustrated with extreme price shoppers??? WTF is that all about? I mean, honestly, I'd assume that the store's name means something, wouldn't you? For some reason they are bitching that they don't make money off of people who only shop during sales...
Pardon my language, but so fucking what? That's the sale-shopper's fault? I don't think so, Tim.
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Monday, June 21, 2004
Woohoo! Maybe it won't take until my kids' lifetime before space travel is routine...
Go spaceships, go!
Thursday, June 17, 2004
Okay...Slate's title for this story is a bit poor, but this is a very interesting piece of missing history. "Japan attacks America!"
No, not Pearl Harbor...before that. And on the mainland. Intrigued yet?
Friday, June 11, 2004
...And in the same vein as ridiculous software patents is the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act). Read up, do your own research (if you want), and sign to get some of our rights back. The DMCA is *not* a good thing.
If you don't know why software patents are bad, consider this: Microsoft just applied for a patent on a "task list". You know...like a to-do list stored on a computer. Let me mention that one of the prerequisites for getting a software patent is "nonobviousness"...want to geuss whether anybody else has ever had an idea for a computerized to-do list?
Wednesday, June 09, 2004
Thursday, June 03, 2004
Wednesday, June 02, 2004
Thursday, May 27, 2004
Monday, May 24, 2004
Monday, May 17, 2004
Wednesday, May 05, 2004
Friday, April 30, 2004
Monday, April 19, 2004
Wednesday, April 07, 2004
I meant to post this earlier, but here it is, just the same. Everything you ever wanted to know about DihydrogenMonoxide (DHMO)
Thursday, April 01, 2004
Saturday, March 13, 2004
Tuesday, March 09, 2004
Monday, March 08, 2004
Saw something on MythBusters (Discovery Channel) on this too..."fecal coliform" bacteria from your toilet floating through the air and landing on the ol' toothbrush...ahh, minty.
Thursday, March 04, 2004
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
Friday, February 20, 2004
The Bionic Man and Johnny Mnemonic...coming soon to a research institute near you. Cool stuff!
Thursday, February 19, 2004
Wednesday, February 18, 2004
Monday, February 16, 2004
The following begs the question:
I am not stupid. Stupid people don't know how to use the phrase "begs the question". Therefore, I *do* know how to use the phrase "begs the question"...
Don't even bother looking at this unless you really, really care about what "begs the question" actually means.
Friday, February 13, 2004
Monday, February 02, 2004
Monday, January 26, 2004
Monday, January 19, 2004
Wednesday, January 14, 2004
Monday, January 05, 2004
Friday, January 02, 2004
False Historical Fact (January 2004)
The great Depression was, in fact, a time of great prosperity!
Many people think that the period early in the 20th century known as the "Great Depression" had something to do with a decrease in prosperity for citizens of the United States...not so.
While, admittedly, there were some people who were slightly worse off (eating worms, etc), many people noted substantial financial windfalls, primarily in the midwestern United States, where dust barons made sizable sums exporting finely-powdered dirt in varying hues...typically via highly available and free (but messy) naturally occurring wind.
People today, because of the use of this wind shipping technique, and the misunderstanding of the times around it, routinely use the terms "this sucks" or "that blows" in a negative sense. They never realize that dust barons of the day, (if they heard the terms used that way) would have had quite a chuckle.