Saturday, August 17, 2002

This is effective?

Jay Nordlinger raves about the Apple "Switch" ad campaign, saying how effective it is against the competition. Hate to rain on his parade, but you can't sell a Betamax VCR, even with the best of advertisements. So long as Apple is incompatible with the PCs used by the other 95% of end users, no amount of advertising is going to help it.

Chicks with Guns!

Rachel Lucas Has a great little essay on why she loves her gun. I'm reminded of my Mother-in-law. The first time I went up to visit my wife's family, we talked for a while, and My mother-in-law showed me her gun collection. Not the Family Gun collection. Not her husband's gun collection. Not her son't gun collection. Her own personal private gun collection. She's the only person that I know who has a curio cabinet/gun case so she can show off some of her Fenton glassware and some of her guns. Lets just say that I knew from that moment on not to ever think about cheating on my wife. Update: Stephen Green at Vodkapundit has a Mother-in-Law who thinks a lot like mine!

Friday, August 16, 2002

From the "European military might" files:

Belgium troops using toy guns.
The Belgian Defence Minister, Andre Flahaut, has ordered an investigation after reports that soldiers were carrying fake guns during the country's annual military parade. Reports in the Belgian media say fake guns are popular with some troops because they require less maintenance. But critics say the practice raises the spectre of a toy army.
My favorite line from the entire piece:
The artificial guns not only need less maintenance, but involve less paperwork, as no licence is required to carry them.
That sounds like the Gun control movement's dream. Could you imagine requiring US troops to have licenses just to arm themselves? Found this one via Best of the Web.

Wednesday, August 14, 2002

I could keep going, but it gets redundant

Susan Sarandon opened her big mouth in Scotland.
SARANDON SAID that in the days immediately following the attack, the country united in a way that showed “America at its finest.” But, she told the Scotsman that “in about the third week a cut-out of John Wayne showed up and a jingoist kind of thing started taking over, and nobody could ask questions anymore.” “We’re not supposed to talk about how there might have been something leading up to this, that it could have been prevented, or that our actions have ramifications,” Sarandon said. “We’re living in a lock-down in terms of information and a certain point of view, and if you challenge that point of view, you’re anti-American.” Sarandon also blasted the “cowboy shoot-’em-up” reaction to terrorism.
I suppose she advocates writing Osama a polite, but strongly worded letter. I'm not sure where she gets the whole "Jingoist" comment from. Maybe they have copies of "Chompsky for Dummies" lying around the set or soemthing. As far as asking questions, I don't think that is a problem at all. She paints the US as a place where opposing thoughts are prevented, and dissent is not tolerated. However, none of these idiots have been silenced. Yes, we are quick to call stupid ideas stupid, and laugh at the people who put them forward. But to imply you are not allowed to disagree is just dishonest, and to complain when someone else disagrees with your viewpoint is something so stupid you would have to be a celebrity to believe it.

It's like Deja Vu all over again!

I don't know, maybe its really a glitch in the Matrix. Thanks to Stewart Buck, I ran across a Washington Post article saying that Cornell West Is going to be in The second and third Matrix Movies.
He even surfaced down in Sydney for the filming of "Matrix 2" and "Matrix 3," where he morphed into a character called Counselor West. He got a part in the movies, you see, at the invitation of Larry and Andy Wachowski, the movies' writer-director team, who'd read West's early philosophical writings and wanted to incorporate him into the script.
Mind you, this is the same Cornell West on Al Sharpton's Presidential exploratory comission. The same one who helped organize a benefit concert for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Cop killer from Philadelphia. The same one who is a leading proponent of the Reparations movement. Instead of taking empty headed celebrities, and listening to their idiotic advice on political issues (as with my Leonardo DiCaprio post below), now they are seeking out people with idiotic political views, and trying to turn them into celebrities. Thats not exactly an improvement.

Why is this News?

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Leonardo DiCaprio, calling the United States the world's biggest polluter, urged President Bush to make a statement in favor of the environment by attending the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, later this month.
Why on earth should some little two bit Hollywood has-been's political opinion be newsworthy? Heck, I personally think that Bush should tell the Earth Summit to go take a flying leap. With a Degree in Biology, I'd say that I probably have a more informed opinion than some hack actor. Why is his opinion considered any more valuable than John Q. Public? If anything, We should be taking celebrities LESS seriously than we do everyday people when it comes to politics. Ok Leonardo. If you want to hold a press conference, and tell us more about how to keep from falling off the front of a boat, or how to look convincing when pretending to freeze in the North Atlantic, go right ahead. At least there, you might be considered to have some sort of authority or knowledge in the area. When it comes to Politics, shut up, please.

Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Big Labor used the same accounting standards as Enron.

It looks like Union Leaders are guilty of the same sort of things everyone got mad at enron executives for. So, when can we expect to see some good investigative reporting on this scandal? Probably never.

Monday, August 12, 2002

The Register attempts to outdo Dan Rather

The Anti-Idiotarian Rotweiller has a great fisking of this Eurobabble from the Register. (Good enough of a piece that I felt compelled to add the Rottweiler to my permanent Blogroll!) His piece is a very nice piece of work, please go read the whole thing... Done? Ok, good! I'll continue now... The sad part is that this isn't a one time idiotic piece from the Register. Nope, time and time again, you see items like this. It is really hard to take a publication like the Register seriously. About 75% of it seems reasonalbe tech industry news, but that last 25% is just waaaay out there in left field. Especially anything to do with Microsoft or the US. Its like they take out their pocket protecter, lay down their PDAs, and immediately becoem some sort of hellfire and brimstone streetcorner preacher, standing on a soapbox, decrying all that is wrong with the world. (Which would typically be some combination of Microsoft and the US, according to the Register.) Just in the last week of stories, I can find the following.
  • SSL defeated in IE and Konqueror An excuse to slam on Internet Explorer.
  • Experiences at a Firm Hostile to Free Software Basically, a long rant about working at a "Microsoft Shop" (i.e. a Tech Environment where Microsoft products are commonly used.) by someone who is an avid Opensource (GNU/Linux) advocate.
  • MS 'Software Choice' scheme a clever fraud The title speaks for itself.
  • Sacked 'Blog Martyr' speaks to The Reg Which gives them the excuse to use the phrase "thanks to America's constipated "journalism ethics"..."
  • WorldCom accounting disaster doubles I was expecting to see some cheap shot about US Business climate, or the dangers of Unfettered Capitalism. Nope. SUre enough, another cheap shot at Microsoft: "It's not illegal to maintain a cash reserve; Microsoft, for example, exhibits considerable pride in the gargantuan pile it has stored up for rainy-day needs."
  • Web pornographer hacks bin LadenThis is their take on the "Porno Patriot". Of course, they find a way to imply that the "Living the American Dream" is equal to Pimping your wife on the web.
  • 'Safe' web still wide open - Windows sleuth Relatively unbiased, until they get to the second to last paragraph, where they throw in this nice quote: "As an example, the FBI could insert exploit code onto its "Amerithrax" Web page [11] in order to track down visitors who attempt to use SafeWeb to anonymously read about its investigation into the U.S. anthrax attacks of October 2001, say the authors. Nothing like using the FBI, and American law enforcement agency as a convenient boogeyman.
  • Attacking Nimda-infected attackers "Does it matter that we wouldn't be susceptible to Nimda or Code Red if IIS had been designed and shipped in a more secure manner? Isn't Microsoft liable for selling a faulty product?"
  • Whither Exchange users? Basically a long article talking about how MS Outlook is going to go away, and listing all the ways that their non-microsoft competitors have them pinned in a corner.
  • Trio of bugs bite MS Content Management Server Yet another reason to trumpet a problem with some piece of MS software.
  • Win32 API utterly and irredeemably broken Could they make at least a token effort to hide their biases?
  • Morpheus bundles info in P2P client This doesn't sound like a microsoft slam, does it? Oh, wait. nevermind. They used the last two paragraphs to slam Hotmail's virus scanning. God forbid that a free web based email service run by microsoft doesn't provide perfect virus protection. Anyone relying on a free email service as their only protection from viruses is probably dumb enough to be using AOL, and thus wouldn't need Hotmail in the first place.
  • FBI plays cyber-fear card again FBI as boogeyman, again.
Mind you, this isn't by any emans a definitive list of all their bias. No, this is only out of the articles I looked at from the last week. There would probably be more, except that when I attempted to do a search on their site for "Microsoft", their search engine apparently blew up. That search is still running, 2 hours after I originally mashed the Go button. (I'm not that slow of a typist, there was a bit of Bloggus Interruptus involved) If you are going to attempt to pass yourself off as a publication for IT experts, shouldn't your website work? Where the heck was Quality Assurance on this one? I can say that all of the stories by I read by Computerwire were pretty much free of this kind of bias. But then, those appear to be from some sort of news service, like AP for the IT world. But it is disingenuous of the Register to have half the stories as actual news stories relatively free from bias, when the other half is shoddy editorializing, attempting to pass itself off as real journalism. Either treat it as news, or as editorial commentary. You can't mix the two together, lest you end up with the biased, hack journalism well known by the readers of the New York Times, or the viewers of Dan Rather. (P.S. Thanks to Sasha Castel for making me notice the Rotweiller in the first place. I have yet to figure out why I'm in the same category with him on her blogroll, but I take my association with him as a definate compliment!)

Sunday, August 11, 2002

Jacksonianism in 30 words or less!

"You leave me alone and I'll leave you alone. You play fair with me and I'll play fair with you. But if you fuck with me, I'll kill you."
One small part of an excellent piece by Steve Denbeste over at USS Clueless. The whole thing goes just a bit over 30 words, but it is well worth the time spent.