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Posted on January 23rd, 2008 at 14:52 by John Sinteur in category: Quote


“I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.”

— Stephan Hawking

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  1. He should come to California; here pedestrians have “priority” which causes many of them to just walk off the curb at crossings without looking to see what’s coming. There are several deaths from people stepping in front of buses in SF every year, assuming the fact that they have legal priority will somehow protect them from being flattened by something that weighs many times what they do, and is clad in metal.

Ain’t it the truth?

Posted on January 23rd, 2008 at 11:22 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself



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  1. I love Banksy, check his site out http://www.banksy.co.uk

Proposed EU ISP filtering and copyright extension shot down

Posted on January 23rd, 2008 at 10:52 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


The EFF’s Danny O’Brien sent a heads-up to BoingBoing that, as of today, the Culture and Education Committee rejected all of the proposed filtering and copyright extension amendments. Clearly, they’re not going to let the ITRE or the European recording industry push them around, which is great news for Europeans.

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MPAA admits to lying about college downloading

Posted on January 23rd, 2008 at 10:49 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


The MPAA study that showed that students were responsible for 44 percent of film downloading? A big old lie. And now the MPAA has admitted it:

In a 2005 study it commissioned, the Motion Picture Association of America claimed that 44 percent of the industry’s domestic losses came from illegal downloading of movies by college students, who often have access to high-bandwidth networks on campus.

The MPAA has used the study to pressure colleges to take tougher steps to prevent illegal file-sharing and to back legislation currently before the House of Representatives that would force them to do so.

But now the MPAA, which represents the U.S. motion picture industry, has told education groups a “human error” in that survey caused it to get the number wrong. It now blames college students for about 15 percent of revenue loss.


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Detroit Public Schools Book Depository

Posted on January 23rd, 2008 at 10:45 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture


This is a building where our deeply-troubled public school system once stored its supplies, and then one day apparently walked away from it all, allowing everything to go to waste. The interior has been ravaged by fires and the supplies that haven’t burned have been subjected to 20 years of Michigan weather. To walk around this building transcends the sort of typical ruin-fetishism and “sadness” some get from a beautiful abandoned building. This city’s school district is so impoverished that students are not allowed to take their textbooks home to do homework, and many of its administrators are so corrupt that every few months the newspapers have a field day with their scandals, sweetheart-deals, and expensive trips made at the expense of a population of children who can no longer rely on a public education to help lift them from the cycle of violence and poverty that has made Detroit the most dangerous city in America. To walk through this ruin, more than any other, I think, is to obliquely experience the real tragedy of this city; not some sentimental tragedy of brick and plaster, but one of people:

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Hit me if you need me homie, I’ll be on my I-PHONE.

Posted on January 23rd, 2008 at 10:20 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Funny!

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Apple to discuss FY08 results on Jan 22

Posted on January 23rd, 2008 at 10:16 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


Apple is expected to post better-than-expected earnings based on strong Mac sales, newly-introduced iPods, and favorable commodity pricing during the quarter.

So I guess it really depends on what the word expected means, right? via

anyway, Apple did very well

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Office 2008, 502, and you

Posted on January 23rd, 2008 at 10:09 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft


First things first: They’ve moved to Apple’s Package Maker (.pkg) installer files, good news for the enterprise rollouts? Well, unfortunately they’ve created all the packages to install most all of the files with the owner set to 502.

So let’s say, Mr. IT installs this on a user’s machine where the first user is the admin (501) and the standard user is Joes User (502), well, when after all’s installed, it will give Joe User (502) ownership of these folders and their installed contents:

/Library/Automator/ (if it doesn’t exist already)
/Library/Application Support/Microsoft
/Applications/Microsoft Office 2008

Hmmm, that’s not good now is it? Because A) Joe User will find a way to screw it up and B) those are security holes IT does not want to have.

Amazing – they write software for a system that’s much more secure than their own, and they manage to screw that up. It’s as if Microsoft doesn’t want security. Do they get a kickback from all the anti-malware companies or something?

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  1. I just refuse to install any Microsoft products on my machines now; their track record on security, across all of their products, is so poor that I just don’t think it is worth the risk of installing them on a machine I use. Vista made it abundantly clear that they don’t understand security. Adding pop-up questions for everything I do, even things like trying to view the source of a web page, does not make anything more secure; if anything, it does the opposite since it just trains users to hit OK without reading the warning, or thinking about what might happen if they do.

    What we really need is a law that makes MS responsible for the cost of every piece of malware, and every attack caused by holes in their software. Those billions would soon disappear if they were actually held responsible for the poor quality of their products.

  2. “What we really need is a law that makes MS responsible for the cost of every piece of malware, and every attack caused by holes in their software.”

    Make it fair.. make Linux distros repsonsible too. I wonder how John X would cry when they take away his house.
    I am all for making them responsible. But then apply it to Apple and Linux and the rest too.

    I just can see a big improvement in Linux too 🙂