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bluephone writes "In mid November, Consumerist.com was put up for sale by Gawker Media. Fearing a huge downturn in advertising next year, the founder of Gawker Media, Nick Denton, also folder ValleyWag into Gawker.com, and laid off several amployees on all the sites Gawker runs. Well, good news for Consumerist fans, the New York Times is reporting in probably the most generically headlined article of the year that Consumers Union to Buy a Blog From Gawker. And not just any blog, but Consumerist! Consumers Union are the folks responsible for Consumer Reports, among other things. Amongst the good news bits, the previously laid-off staff of Consumerist will be brought back, Ben Popken will stay, and all ads will be for Consumer Reports and other CU properties, since CU doesn't take outside ads." top
jX writes "Time.com's First Annual Blog Index gets off to a roaring start, declaring our very own Slashdot THE most overrated blog. The third most overrated blog was Ars Techinca, described as "too much technology, hardly any art," and has a "fruity name". The Roman Empire will be glad to know it's language was fruity. And bringing up the rear at number five was I Can Has Cheezburger. While obviously confused as to the meaning of the words "overrated" and "blog", Slashdot was described as similar to your office IT guy, "infuriatingly smug," and "he cares passionately about stuff you don't care about, and views your lack of interest as further confirmation of his intellectual superiority." At least they got the intellectual superiority bit correct, right Nick?" top
bluephone writes "Today AMD announced that they're now opening the source to the AMD Performance Library (APL) under the Apache license. The newly opened code is now hosted at SourceForge (the corporate overlord of Slashdot) under it's new name, Framewave. Phoronix says, "The AMD Performance Library / Framewave covers a multitude of operations from simple math operations to media processing and optimizations for multi-core environments." No word as to if it does your laundry. The SourceForge page says that while AMD is "sponsored" by AMD, it is "very much an open-source venture. While AMD will continue to participate in and contribute to the project, third-party developers are welcome and encouraged to implement all or part of the code base and/or to create derivative works." Being Apache licensed, it's quite open, so this doesn't seem to be mere lip service." Link to Original Source top
jX writes "I've blogged about a document I got from the USPS with a request for more documentation. When I spoke with the clerk, it's all related to the bloody Patriot Act. I scanned in the document to share with the world. I didn't see any other notices of this on the net yet, so I'm eager to get word of this to everyone. It's a sham request for ID when the real goal is more documentation of a person's physical address, when logically, since the documents they request are readily accessible by the gov't to begin with, why do we need to present these? It's more clumsy Big Brother security theater." Link to Original Source top
bluephone writes "Colin Barret, one of the new Mac geniuses, an Adium dev also, has posted this entry on his blog offering an open call to all the Firefox on Mac users asking them, 'What sucks about Firefox on the Mac?' He says he already knows about and is trying to solve things like 'Native Form Widgets (currently scheduled for Firefox 3), Keychain Integration, Firefox should have a Unified toolbar (not completely hopeless, it turns out), Performance...', but he wants to hear what else Mac users want from Firefox. So please, if you're a user of Macs and the interwebs, then RTFA, unclog your tubes, and send him your ideas." top
bluephone writes "I work for a small ISP in a semi-rural area. Right now they're still pushing wireless Internet service via the 900MHz spectrum, and this equipment is old, and the range is terrible. I'd love to put together a proposal for Wimax, because then we can service more then a 1.5 mile radius. There are 3 towns in the area, each about 7 miles from the other two in a happy little triangle. With Wimax, we'd be able to cover all three towns (theoretically), but finding information on Wimax equipment for companies not looking to spend $100 Million isn't easy. So I turn to the groupmind of Slashdot, surely one member of the hive has been involved in some Wimax stuff. Any tips you can share, or info you have?"
saltmakeseverythingbetter, hrmmrainbowtablesmustbesomethingnew, whatsthedownside, suingnotjustforamericansanymore, and last but not least, matthartleyisagobshite.
These are all tags on recent Slashdot articles. These are being coordinated somewhere. No one is going to convince me that a number of people individually came up with "matthartleyisagobshite". So, where exactly is the meeting place where these tags are shared?
I'm getting pretty much nowhere with my efforts so far, so I'm resorting to means like this to try and get the URL spread around. I have NO idea how well it'll work, and at this point have little illusions, but it can't hurt. Please spread the URL around if you can. Donations won't be refused either.:)
bluephone writes | more than 9 years ago
Extremely. I'vehad my personal blog and site at burntelectrons.org for ages now, and I guess I never posted that here. Sorry 'bout that folks. Well, not really...
bluephone writes | more than 10 years ago
I had the strangest dream last night. It was extremely plesant, however. I dreamt I was in a stable long-term relationship with a beautiful girl. Now, I haven't had a stable long-term relationship in a while. I've been stuck in the unstable short-term loop for years now. This has partially to do with my penchant for mentally/emotional unstable girls, and that fact I'm a little off-kilter as well.
It reminded me, however, how wonderfully fulfilling these kinds of relationships are. How totally satisfying it is to have a person you truly love to wake up to every day, and to go to sleep with every night. In my dream she was very warm, and caring, very down to earth, smart and funny, everything you could want. Although she was blonde, and not my preferred red hair color, in the dream, for a while she did try black hair. That was fun.
I miss those days. I suppose that's the price of maturity. The chick-du-jour becomes tiresome after a while...
I would say who's face it was on Miss Right, but that would just totally ruin the effect. Needless to say, I didn't realize it during the dream...
Ralph Nader, W's New Best Friend, and America's Worst Enemy
bluephone writes | more than 10 years ago
Ralph Nader, against all reason, has decided to run for President in 2004. And while Democrats are not happy, Republicans are claiming it's of little consequence. Had he not been in the race in 2000, both new Hampshire and Florida would have gone to Al Gore, preventing this travesty of an administration.
Sure, Nader says that Gore lost it on his own, and yes Gore ran a really bad campaign running away from all the good he and Clinton did for 8 years, but he did still get more popular votes than Bush even with a bad campaign. So yes, saying Nader lost Gore the election is wrong, but not totally wrong. Nader contributed to Gore's mismanagement of the campaign, and helped put Bush in the White House. So Nader and Gore both get half the blame. Gore is worthless now, so only Nader seems to want to repeat the horror that was the 2000 election.
I emplore all former Nader voters to IGNORE RALPH NADER this year. Do not let him help Bush get reelected. The world as a whole cannot put up with 4 more years of Imperial Insanity or AWOL idiocy.
While I'm ranting, what is it with the poor? Every time I go to a store it seems one of the two checkouts that's open (I like to shop late at night) is being held up by some poor person trying to cash food stamps. If I ran things there'd be a Poor*Mart that only took food stamps and people with such stamps had to buy everything there.
So, it's not humiliating enough that these folks are so fucked in our wonderful economy (thanks George! Keep racking up that deficit too!) that they can't even afford to buy food, but let's ostracize them to special stores too!
Now, I can understand that this is maybe just a rant and he maight not really mean it (I hope), but still, it's just an asinine statement.
bluephone writes | more than 11 years ago
I knew her well enough to know that I'm proud to have known her at all. She had the beauty of Audrey Hepburn, the grace of a swan, and the sparkling soul of a diamond. She was studying dance in college. She would have made any stage a palace. She was one of the few people I knew in school that I looked forward to meeting again someday. Sometimes someday never comes. She deserved much more than 20 years.
bluephone writes | about 12 years ago
Last night at 3am, a name of a girl I knew well, and had a strong fondness for, back in high school popped into my head. I Googled for her name today. Turns out she got killed 4 years ago. Her folks set up a small scholarship fund at the college she was attending at the time of her untimely death.
bluephone writes | about 12 years ago
Today, after watching Kordell Stewart and the new but fantastic kicker Jeff Reed (6 for 6 FGs, 1 ExtraPoint, 19 total), I grabbed a Coke and started to read my sunday paper. Yep, there are some of us that still prefer a printed newspaper. I came across an article by a former Allegheny County commissioner, Bob Cranmer. It was titled Dad, I'm pregnant': One family's story.
Reading it, I realized I was reacting in a way I'd never reacted before. I reacted from the father's perspective. I imagined myself in the same situation, a 16 year old daughter coming home and saying those words, "I'm Pregnant". It was disconcerting to both be in that situation, and also to realize that being in that situation isn't as far fetched anymore as it once was.
For a long time, when you're young and dating, and doing the thing no parent thinks their kids are doing, and the deed we never admitted to our parents when it was happening, your worry is about being the person that would become the mother or father. And how you're too young for that to happen, and you realize it would really throw your life off course. Then, time passes you by while you're not looking, and suddenly, your friends are getting married, folks you went to high school with already have kids, and you're no longer too young. And your perspective has changed. You realize you identify with the other viewpoint now. You understand so many things your parents told you when you were young (not all of them, because, after all, we're all smarter than our parents were;).
And also we realize more than ever, when we were young, how stupid we really were in so many places we thought we were so smart. And we realize as every year passes how little we really know, and how much we still need to learn. And of course, just when you think you have got the rules memorized, the game is over.
bluephone writes | about 12 years ago
Why is it that all good things must come to an end? Just when the saga was really getting interesting (a bloodless but very sudden and intriguing change in power, reshaping of the landscape, and vivid characters), it has now rather suddenly ended. The plot had even gone under a radical shift, which did somewhat signal the end was near, but the protagonist was interesting enough in her views to keep readers coming back. I shall miss this latest web-opera...
I'm glad that the long musical drought in which we were subjected to years of horrid bubblegum pop with not one, but THREE crappy boy-bands (does no one remember the last intense flameout that was NKOTB?), and one half-dressed, no talent, blonde teeny-bopper for each of the big 5 music companies, is starting to see the first good rain. Artists like Avril Lavigne (who is quite impressive for being so young, thank god she didn't let them bleach her hair and make her do porn-esque "dance" moves with 15 boys behind her mimicing ever move on a 15 foot tall plastic/metal monstrosity on some soundstage), Gorillaz, Thicke, etc. Now all we have to do is find a way to ship Britney Spears on an expedition to the core fo the sun, and life will be tolerable with the radio on.
Tumult in the Mozilla world. Mozilla 1.2 has a nasty flaw, not discovered until after it went gold, necessitating a 1.2.1 milestone. Phoenix Technologies asked The Phoenix Project to rename Phoenix to something else, To Be Announced. And the trunk is kinda wonky right now... Well, over at MozillaNews.org, we opened the ever expanding Mods section. New Mozilla splashes, games, resources and links, and soon themes and icon sets, and whatever else makes it in there. Stop by if you run The Lizard...
bluephone writes | about 12 years ago
I admit it. I like Camchicks (née camwhores). Especially Nay. She's hot. Sure she's 17, but she's clothed, so it's cool. Now you have to admit it: You like the eye candy they all provide too. Put down the pretensions for a minute. Stop being 'hip' and 'cool' long enough to admit that at one time or another, we all like stuff that's not what all the 'cool' kids like. But then, we're not kids are we? So it's ok to not be cool 100% of the time. It's growing up.
And speaking of growing up, we need to talk about this whole "first post" thing...
These days, it seems that as technology companies evolve their product lines in the march towards ubiquitousness (and yet not commoditized), and greater accessability for the masses, they are leaving behind a very important group. Those of us who can be described as technophiles, geeks, hackers, (even enthusiasts to some) are being left behind with the oversimplificaion of products. Yes, most products don't need to be as complex as they are for the majority of users. But those of us who prefer to see the gears turn, tinker with the innards, and get our hands dirty are being locked out and spoon fed the pablum that is modern computer related technologies.
Often times, many of us would (and do) pay a bit more for the next level of product. Let Joe Sixpack buy Widget Standard. We want Widget Pro. We want to be able to get at the core. 99% of car buyers and users do not care about the spark gap, engine timing, cylinder offset angle, etc. But for those who DO, auto manufacturers cater with high end parts, technical manuals, and loads of other goods for the engineer in all of us.
To manufacturers: Don't weld the hood shut, just bolt it, and let those of us who want to peek underneath do so.
bluephone writes | more than 12 years ago
This is now my inaugural post to my journal. It is my journal, not my blog, even though for all intents and purposes, it is a blog. While you can read my opinions on Mozilla over at MozillaNews, the Mozilla centered news site I help run (and basically do all the news posts), I don't think it's appropriate to have a non-topic-specific journal there. Mozilla is already politically charged enough as it is without adding my baggage. So for now, this is where my general rantings and ravings will go.
To start things off on a charged note, we'll revisit, very briefly, the Linux Vs. Windows debate.
Linux kicks ass in serverspace. Even in some vertical markets of workstation implementation it kicks ass. I think it would be great for CAD systems to move to Linux. Crashing while designing the floor trusses in a high rise would be a Bad thing. But as a desktop, right now and for the forseeable future, it sucks. Let's move on.
Windows, on the other hand, is an excellent Desktop OS. Asidee from app support, it's a fantastic single user environment, and with some proper security restrictions to the horrid built in Worm Distribution System called Windows Scripting Host, we'll be set. And get rid of IE, my god. Use Mozilla. But Windows sucks in the serverspace, and has no business being there. Too bad MS doesn't see it this way... An ideal world would have lots of Windows desktops with decent security, all connecting to Linux based servers. Oh, and there would be free money and magical pixies.