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Patrick Chappatte: The power of cartoons

Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 20:14 by John Sinteur in category: News

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inter // states

Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 19:18 by John Sinteur in category: News

inter // states from Samuel Cockedey on Vimeo.

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Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 15:52 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon

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Oh, you do make backups, right?

Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 15:35 by John Sinteur in category: Apple

Because you should!

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  1. Huh? I thought Apple was flawless? Does the Apple religion approve of your reporting an Apple clusterfuck?

  2. Be careful with your criticism, or I won’t tell you how to jailbreak OS X 10.7 when it is released!

  3. Who needs to jailbreak software made by Steve?

  4. Note that Time Machine will not properly back up your photos if iPhoto is open.

    Hey I thought only Outlook had that problem.

  5. No Ralph, Microsoft is flawless. And Google. Most people that say Apple is a religion have 0,0 OSX experience.

Lachlan’s Rambling: Java and the Mac

Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 15:27 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


The reason isn’t that complicated: Apple no longer needs Java. If you make a list of what Steve Jobs sees as the critical objectives for Apple, it becomes immediately obvious that maintaining a Mac port of Java is not helping to advance any of them. Of course, neither does maintaining, say, Apple’s port of Python. But Python takes very little effort to port and maintain. The Java port requires a team of engineers permanently dedicated to it. Also, the huge success of iOS has given Apple the confidence that their approach to working with third-party developers is working out great for everyone. The prospect of Java developers and applications abandoning the Mac is no longer remotely scary for them. Apple have decided they’d rather pay the costs of dropping Java than keep maintaining it.


So Apple sees the iPad as the future. But while it might be a “pure” experience, there’s obviously a large number of important things that the iPad simply cannot do1. So Macs aren’t going anywhere, but Jobs wants to make them more iPad-like. In the Mac event, Jobs called out what this meant: curated App Store, full screen apps, app “Launchpad”, autosave/resume. What is equally interesting is what this implies they are leaving behind. During Craig Federighi’s demo of Lion on the 20th, he showed the use of swipe to switch between a) full screen apps b) dashboard c) “the desktop”. Perhaps I’m reading too much into this, but what today constitutes “the Mac Desktop experience” seems, in Lion, to be just another full-screen app you can switch to. A Rosetta-like box to run “the legacy stuff”. I think Lion could be Apple’s first step in really redesigning the Mac from first principles.


Will Oracle Provide Java on Mac?

I’m not sure, but I think yes

And I think no. The only reason Oracle cares about Java is that it is a great “Enterprise” tool to connect to their database. They don’t give a rats ass about client software.

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Abuse claims detailed in unsealed Ca. church docs

Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 14:21 by John Sinteur in category: Pastafarian News


Newly released documents show the Diocese of San Diego long knew about abusive priests, some of whom were shuffled from parish to parish despite credible complaints against them.

Attorneys for 144 people claiming sex abuse made the papers public Sunday, after a retired San Diego Superior Court judge ruled last week that the previously sealed documents could be released.

The nearly 10,000 pages of records were from the personnel files of 48 priests who were either credibly accused or convicted of sexual abuse, or were named in a civil lawsuit.

The documents detailed one decades-old case in which a priest under police investigation was allowed to leave the U.S. after the diocese intervened.

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Judging the cyber war terrorist threat

Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 13:14 by John Sinteur in category: News


American intelligence and security officials for the most part agree that the Chinese military, or, for that matter, an independent hacker, is theoretically capable of creating a degree of chaos inside America. But I was told by military, technical, and intelligence experts that these fears have been exaggerated, and are based on a fundamental confusion between cyber espionage and cyber war. Cyber espionage is the science of covertly capturing e-mail traffic, text messages, other electronic communications, and corporate data for the purpose of gathering national-security or commercial intelligence. Cyber war involves the penetration of foreign networks for the purpose of disrupting or dismantling those networks, and making them inoperable. (Some of those I spoke to made the point that China had demonstrated its mastery of cyber espionage in the EP-3E incident, but it did not make overt use of it to wage cyber war.) Blurring the distinction between cyber war and cyber espionage has been profitable for defense contractors—and dispiriting for privacy advocates.

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Heinz’s marketing department is playing… catch up.

Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 10:48 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself

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  1. Facebook=cesspool. EOM

European Corporations Are Funneling Big-Time Cash Into US Senate Elections for Anti-Environment Candidates

Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 10:00 by John Sinteur in category: News


Climate Action Network Europe uncovered what appears to be a coordinated effort by European polluters to influence United States climate and energy policies through targeted donations to candidates who oppose action on climate change.

The European companies are funding almost exclusively Senate candidates who have been outspoken in their opposition to comprehensive climate policy in the U.S., and candidates who actively deny the scientific consensus that climate change is happening and is caused by people.

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Mitch McConnell: I Want To Be Senate Majority Leader In Order To Make Obama A One-Term President

Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 9:37 by John Sinteur in category: News


Believing that the Republican strategy of opposition has played to his political benefit, McConnell is pledging to do more of the same if Republicans win back the Senate. In an interview with the National Journal’s Major Garrett, McConnell candidly acknowledged that he feels his “single most important” job is to defeat President Obama in 2012:

MCCONNELL: We need to be honest with the public. This election is about them, not us. And we need to treat this election as the first step in retaking the government. We need to say to everyone on Election Day, “Those of you who helped make this a good day, you need to go out and help us finish the job.”

NATIONAL JOURNAL: What’s the job?

MCCONNELL: The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.

You got that? Not jobs. Not the war. Not health care. Not education. Not immigration. Not the deficit. Not the economy.

The salient fact of American politics is that there are fifty to seventy million voters each of who will volunteer to live, with his family, in a cardboard box under an overpass, and cook sparrows on an old curtain rod, if someone would only guarantee that the black, gay, Hispanic, liberal, whatever, in the next box over doesn’t even have a curtain rod, or a sparrow to put on it.

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Facebook Blocker Extension

Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 9:28 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself, Privacy


This browser extension stops Facebook social plugins—including those within iFrames—from running on sites other than Facebook itself. This includes ‘Like’ buttons, ‘Recommended’ lists, and should also stop any Facebook scripts from tracking your browsing history.

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Oracle Needs a Clue As Brain Drain Accelerates

Posted on October 26th, 2010 at 8:14 by John Sinteur in category: Software


“It looks like Oracle is not suiting former Sun staff well, nor community members in the Java and OpenOffice.org communities. This weekend saw an unusually large number of rather public departures, with (among many others listed in the article) the VP running Solaris development quitting, the token academic on the JCP walking out and top community leaders at OpenOffice.org nailing their resignations to the door after having the ex-Sun people slam it in their face. The best analysis comes from an unexpected place, with the marketing director of Eclipse — usually loyal defenders of their top-dollar-paying members — turning on Oracle and telling them to get a clue.”

You could have seen this one coming. Remember when Sun was sold to Oracle? Remember what Schwartz wrote?


Having spent a considerable amount of time talking to Oracle, let me assure you they are single minded in their focus on the one asset that doesn’t appear in our financial statements: our people. That’s their highest priority – creating an inviting and compelling environment in which our brightest minds can continue to invent and deliver the future.

He would not have written that if it wasn’t his biggest worry, or if you want, his biggest fear.

It appears he was right. OpenSolaris is just about dead, MySQL had a bit of trouble, Java is having a few bad days lately.. Oracle will still be a database company three years from now, but not much else, and they’ll be considered toxic to work for by the really good engineers in the field…

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