Computers: June 2005 Archives

Quoth Dave Winer

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"It would have been really smart to review this stuff with the community before releasing their software."

Yes, you should do like Dave does: let the community review it, and then release it regardless of all the problems the community discovers for you.

OSCON 2005

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I just made my reservations. I arrive Tuesday, Aug. 2, in Portland. Now is the time to remind me if I owe you a beer!

Re: Homeschool Winner

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I saw the Daily Show episode last night wherein the author of a story on Patrick Henry College said some fairly silly things about homeschooling, betraying her ignorance and bias. In the article, she says:

Homeschoolers are not the most obvious raw material for a college whose main mission, since its founding, five years ago, has been to train a new generation of Christian politicians. Politics, after all, is the most social of professions, and many students arrive at Patrick Henry having never shared a classroom with anyone other than their siblings.
But since when are homeschoolers unused to social interaction, and since when is a classroom the best place to experience such interactions?

I will concede that much of politics is like high school, but only in all the bad ways ...

PETA Kills Animals

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I don't really know if PETA Kills Animals is accurate, but it seems reasonable. However, even if it is not, it is great to see PETA get a taste of its own medicine. If they can put cancer patient Rudy Guiliani in an ad that implies he got cancer from drinking milk, it's more than fair that someone else notes that they gave thousands of dollars to a convicted arsonist.

Sith Worst SW EVAR

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(Spoilers below.)

Sith was just a terrible movie. Sorry. I went in thinking I would like it. I didn't.

Maybe if the climactic seen of the entire six-movie series weren't the least believable scene in any movie of recent memory, I'd have liked the movie as a whole. But it completely ruined any suspension of believe I'd had to that point, and it went downhill from there.

"Oh no, I have done the most terrible thing, I've killed a master Jedi! Woe is me! So ... want me to kill more? Including all the kids? Sure, why not?"

It ruined the rest of the movie. Completely incredible.

And all that crap about the politics was stupid too. They go into this whole thing about how people with power won't give it up, and then "hey Senators, I am taking away your power" is met with a standing ovation?

And that nonsense about "if you're not with me, you're my enemy" and "only Sith deal in absolutes," except clearly it is the Sith who are the relativists (open your mind to all possibilities) and the Jedi are the absolutists (Sith are evil, the Dark Side is evil, there are things you must not do, period). It made no sense except as a dig at Bush (where it makes no sense there either, as Bush is no absolutist, having befriended China, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan ...).

The movie was just bad. There was a lot of good in it, but so much bad that it just completely took me out of the movie, and that's the sign of a bad movie. I didn't even mind the stupid Franken-Vader NOOOOO thing at the end because by that time I was completely divested and just waiting for it to end.

Don't Makes Blogslap Youse

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Stop using the word "blog" appended to everything. Better yet, stop using the word entirely. But if you must use it, stop using it compounded with everything. Blogshut blogup.

Remember how we all laughed at the retarded monkeys who called everything "e-foo?" You laughed at them, just like I did. So why you wanna go turn into one of them? And you sound like a computer nerd version of Sal from Futurama, who famously remarked, "Theres. The world's drinkings water is safes for another days." Except that he's funny.

And while I'm on the subject, check out this Einstein. He wants to make a "documentary about the fullness of the magnificent human spirit as exhibited in blogs." (Feel free to laugh now, before I even get to the punchline.) His post starts saying how great for mankind discussion web sites are, arguing about what to call his movie about them.

We all know that only goodness and mercy and happy bunnies happen on discussion web sites. Duh. What could be the problem?

Well, someone made him mad, by being a jerk. The short of it is that he reaches the conclusion: "This I would have expected of Hollywood, not independent filmmakers, and certainly not the blogosphere!"

You mean ... the "blogosphere" is just like REAL LIFE? That there isn't a place on Earth where everything is perfect? That if I live in Jonestown, I might end up dead?

Stick that in your blogpipe and blogsmoke it, blogwankers.

ActivePerl for Mac OS X

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ActivePerl for Mac OS X was released, and like Tiger before it, includes Mac::Carbon and Mac::Glue. Nice. It also, unlike Tiger, includes the scripts from Mac::Glue in a sane location ($PATH/bin) and includes the basic dialect and additions glues created beforehand.

Intel Prediction

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A lot of people have asked me what I think of the Apple-Intel rumors.

I think nothing of it, for two reasons.

First, I generally disregard completely unsubstantiated rumors. And I mean that literally. Unless you can give me a good reason to believe it other than the fact that you believe it, and you say you have an unnamed source, I won't care. Put an actual name to it, or get substantiation some other way, if you want thoughtful people to care.

And no, having a "good track record" for previous rumors is not substantiation. That would be transubstantiation, and I am not Catholic.

Second, this rumor comes up all the time. I saw no reason to believe it before, and see no reason to believe it now.

Mac-OSA-Simple-1.09 Released

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Mac-OSA-Simple-1.09 has been released. Download it from the CPAN or

(Note: it may take time for the release to propagate to the various download mirrors.)

* v1.09, Wednesday, June 1, 2005
   Fixed old bug where true-but-false values are not returned. (Peter N Lewis)

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