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Digging Deeper

Posted on September 20th, 2008 at 22:24 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft

I could give another reply in the Mac-vs-PC ad discussion, but instead I’m just going to link to this:


Apple’s direct competition isn’t Microsoft but instead PC makers who sell computers running Windows.

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  1. Gruber touches on something interesting in his claim that the Mac is the only branded personal computer out there, but other than that he’s mostly doing analysis with his mind made up before he looks at the data. I think the “I’m a PC” ad I saw was pretty good, engaging, and positive. I just don’t buy that the general public will perceive the message that Gruber has forced himself to superimpose on the ads.

a Palin/McCain administration

Posted on September 20th, 2008 at 11:57 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

So *that*’s what she wants… or is it just another gaffe? Either way, we’re not going to find out, because suddenly Sarah’s ducking more events than Todd’s ducking subpoenas.

Two cancellations in Florida.

Two in California.

Two in Washington state.

At least one in Colorado.

And one in Wyoming.

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  1. Did you notice how it became Palin – McCain administration? 🙂 Me first. Shows.

  2. And just realized that you were referring to that. I think I go back to bed with the hot tea. Meh..

  3. Ignorance, Stupidity, Greed, Lies and Corruption!

    These are the ‘fundamentals’ of the “Palin/McCain” ticket (apparently he is now the veep) train.

    More on the stupidity of the McCain spouts, go to http://www.jedreport.com/2008/09/mccains-economic-advisers.html

Public Integrity, Redefined

Posted on September 20th, 2008 at 11:27 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008, Robber Barons


Last week the public learned through an inspector general’s report about the antics of a group of Bush political appointees in senior positions at the Department of the Interior. One of the subjects, Gregory W. Smith, managed relations with the oil and gas industry and was found to have taken gifts from clients. The IG report also detailed Smith’s illicit sexual relationships with subordinates, his purchases of cocaine at his office, and improper outside consulting deals that allowed him to earn more than $30,000. The IG report suggested a pattern in which bribes and sexual favors were used to help secure valuable government contracts.

So the ever vigilant Public Integrity Section at the Bush Justice Department is right on top of this matter, prosecuting the wrongdoers to uphold standards of public decency, right? Wrong. To the shock of the Inspector General, the Justice Department has decided that it will take no action in the case involving Smith and another senior political appointee at Interior. Why? The Justice Department believes it doesn’t owe the public any explanations, and it has the power to prosecute or not to prosecute as it sees fit.

Similar good news is arriving at the doorstep of former Florida Representative Mark Foley, whose sexually suggestive text messages to House pages stirred a national sensation in 2006. Foley refused to waive his legislative privilege, making it very difficult for law enforcement officials to probe much further into the matter. Now the Associated Press reports that the Justice Department appears prepared to let the Foley matter drop without criminal prosecution. If you’re trying to understand why the Justice Department under Bush has reached a modern low water level in public confidence, look no further.


So how to differentiate the decision not to prosecute the coke-snorting, party-animal Bush appointees at Interior and the party-animal Congressman chasing after young pages from the 63-year-old school teacher in Alabama who kept bad time records and the prominent Pittsburgh medical examiner who had the indecency to make personal use of his fax machine? The latter two are Democrats.

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McCain on banking and health

Posted on September 20th, 2008 at 9:33 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008


OK, a correspondent directs me to John McCain’s article, Better Health Care at Lower Cost for Every American, in the Sept./Oct. issue of Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries. You might want to be seated before reading this.

Here’s what McCain has to say about the wonders of market-based health reform:

Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.

So McCain, who now poses as the scourge of Wall Street, was praising financial deregulation like 10 seconds ago — and promising that if we marketize health care, it will perform as well as the financial industry!


Maybe they can create “MRI default swaps” or “collateral knee surgery obligations” or some other fun packaged security that could be sold to China. After all, why shouldn’t they have a say over whether or not you get your medication?

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Thank John McCain

Posted on September 20th, 2008 at 9:28 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

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Today’s Friday Bank Failure: Ameribank, Inc.

Posted on September 20th, 2008 at 9:26 by John Sinteur in category: News


Ameribank, Inc., was closed today by the Office of the Thrift Supervision and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named receiver. The FDIC entered into purchase and assumption agreements with Pioneer Community Bank, Inc., Iaeger, West Virginia, and The Citizens Savings Bank, Martins Ferry, Ohio to take over all of the deposits and certain assets of Ameribank, Inc., Northfork, West Virginia.

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Obama: ‘Panicked’ McCain’s solution is ‘to blame me for it’

Posted on September 20th, 2008 at 9:13 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008

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Doctored army photo’s

Posted on September 20th, 2008 at 9:13 by John Sinteur in category: Mess O'Potamia

Compare photo 18 and 19

update: Here are the two pictures, and an animated gif of them switching places..

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  1. Sorry but I don’t see, it could you double check it, cause I’d love to compare them.

  2. And if you doubt that they are doctored, look at the shadow of the head in the animated gif… it doesn’t change its shape.

Witold Pilecki

Posted on September 20th, 2008 at 8:53 by John Sinteur in category: News


On this day in 1941 a man named Witold Pilecki deliberately got himself arrested and sent to Auschwitz. Pilecki was a spy sent in to investigate the camp and establish underground resistance cells. He sent reports to Warsaw, which passed them to London. In 1942, his reports that prisoners were being gassed were not believed.

Pilecki’s extraordinary story was erased from after he was executed in 1948 as a anti-communist spy by his countrymen. Poland is now trying to restore his place in history. A movie about his life was made in 2006. The Polish parliament is trying to make the anniversary of Pilecki’s death a memorial of the struggle against tolitarianism.

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Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” Ads – Made on a Mac

Posted on September 20th, 2008 at 8:42 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Funny!, If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Microsoft, Software


Flickr user LuisDS discovered metadata on the creative copy of the “stereotyped PC user” and other photos appearing on Microsoft’s “I’m a PC” website that reveal they were produced using Macs running Adobe Creative Suite 3.

Microsoft code monkeys scrubbed the identifying information from the website stills overnight.

Apart from the ha-ha-this-is-funny, here’s a question for you marketing people: how can you, as an advertising agency, be able to create compelling advertising for a product you yourself have rejected?

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  1. Erm.. I can damn create an advertisement for a Ferrari while at the same time I drive a Toyota Yaris. Since when using Product A for some things means you have rejected Product B for other things?
    I have a website with Linux server. And mind you, that does not mean I have rejected Windows. Or MacOS. And I use Windows XP on my home laptop, and it still does not mean I have rejected MacOS.

    If you are sent to a company to work tomorrow, and they have a policy to run all their computer with OS A, you will work with that. Not sure it means rejection or anything. You preparing to be a politician? 🙂

  2. The toyota and the ferrari aren’t similar products at all.

    If you are sent to a company to work tomorrow, and they have a policy to run all their computer with OS A, you will work with that.

    Of course. And if I want to advertise for OS B, which is a direct competitor for OS A, I’ll be sure to NOT use that company.

    Mac and windows both have the Adobe creative suite, so they both can be used for advertising either windows or mac. So clearly this advertising agency has decided not to use windows, for whatever reason. Yet they are expected to convince others that the choice they themselves just made is the wrong one. How can you believe them in any way?

  3. My company uses MACs for creating our visual advertising. MACs are clearly better for that application. However, MS Windows is used everywhere else in the company. This would be half a dozen MACs vs 200-300 PCs. So to say a company has decided not to use windows because you they have created something with a MAC is not necessary accurate. However, to scrub the identifying MAC information from the website is questionable at best.

  4. I think the problem is that Windows and Mac OS are not direct competitors. And even if you can use Adobe creative suite for both Mac OS and Windows, Mac with graphical things has a certain advantage. Like better mouse positioning – Mac can handle only a limited set of hardware, but those it handles better – and a few other things.

    Toyota and Ferrari are similar products – cars. Designed to take you from A to B.

    Will you use Toyota to participate in a drag race? No. Will you use Ferrari to go to the grocery shop? Not likely.
    Will you use Mac OS for graphical design? Sure you will. Or for music.
    Will you use Windows for gaming – yup, a bit more choice and so on.
    And I think John, you would use the best company your budget can buy and would not give a damn whatever tool they use.

    @Gene: when a website calls anyone “code monkey” then I doubt every single word of it, because it clearly is an arrogant and biased sod, so the “scrubbing” must be proved by someone else. If it’s true, then yep, it’s a rather unfortunate thing to do, and not the smartest move.

O’Reilly Hacked for Comments about Palin Hack

Posted on September 20th, 2008 at 8:36 by John Sinteur in category: Indecision 2008, Security


A hacker claims to have cracked the web site of Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly and purloined a list of subscribers to the site, which includes their names, e-mail addresses, city and state, and the password they use for their registration to the site.

The attack was retaliation for comments that O’Reilly made on the air this week about web sites that published e-mails obtained from the Yahoo account of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, according to a press release distributed by WikiLeaks late Friday.

The hacker sent WikiLeaks a screenshot of O’Reilly’s subscriber list as proof of the deed, which WikiLeaks has posted online.


In the video above, O’Reilly spoke with Amanda Carpenter, a reporter for Townhall.com who agreed with him and said that a web site that published such information was “complicit” in the hack of Palin’s e-mail account.

“They think it’s newsworthy, even though the information was absolutely, illegally obtained,” she said.

Neither O’Reilly nor Carpenter mentioned the First Amendment protection that media organizations, such as Fox News and Townhall.com, are generally afforded for publishing newsworthy information.

That segment was followed the next day by a segment with Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly, a lawyer, who explained why the First Amendment would protect the sites. (See video below.)

O’Reilly, disagreed with her, however.

“If your grandma sends you 50 bucks for your birthday and somebody steals the letter and gives it to somebody else and they take the 50 bucks, they’re going to get charged as well as this person who stole the letter,” he said.

Kelly explained that taking stolen money and publishing news were not the same.

“That’s crazy,” he said.

“No it’s not crazy,” Kelly replied. “Because . . . what if somebody obtained a document illegally that proved some massive conspiracy among the presidential candidates and they leaked it to Fox News and we knew it was stolen. You don’t think we’d put it on the air? You’re darn right we would. And it’s not illegal.”

Will Mr. O’Reilly be notifying all of his subscribes of the breach? He might also want to point out that if someone has used the same password at BillOReilly.com and their email account, then the bad guys can potentially break into a lot of other Web site accounts.

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