It was nice knowing you all..
May 20, 2011
October 5, 2010
Without free software, there’s no free market. In the Microsoft/Apple ecologies, there is only the PERCEPTION of a free market. It isn’t truly free to anyone if Microsoft/Apple can come around and change or impose the rules whenever they feel like it, regardless of who’s work suffers.
In the free software ecology, there is plenty of freedom for developers. Alas, freedom is not free, and that is why there are a seemingly daunting amount of graphical user interfaces, APIs, licenses, and so on. The bottom line is; man up, Valve, make your own way. Free platforms even welcome closed source works, you know, like Steam.
March 31, 2010
“You didn’t get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.
You didn’t get mad when Cheney allowed Energy company officials to dictate
You didn’t get mad when a covert CIA operative got outed.
You didn’t get mad when the Patriot Act got passed.
You didn’t get mad when we illegally invaded a country that posed no threat to us.
You didn’t get mad when we spent over 600 billion(and counting) on said illegal war.
You didn’t get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.
You didn’t get mad when you found out we were torturing people.
You didn’t get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans.
You didn’t get mad when we didn’t catch Bin Laden.
You didn’t get mad when you saw the horrible conditions at Walter Reed.
You didn’t get mad when we let a major US city, New Orleans, drown.
You didn’t get mad when we gave a 900 billion tax break to the rich.
You didn’t get mad when the deficit hit the trillion dollar mark.
You finally got mad when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they are sick. Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all okay with you, but helping other Americans…oh hell no.”
March 10, 2010
It’s that season again! Being delivered today is my new Sager 9280 notebook! I wonder how it’ll stand being indoctrinated into the Church of Debian Unstable..
Ha, notebook my chocolate starfish… This thing is more of a laptop, in the traditional sense of the word. This monstrosity makes me think there should be yet another mobile-computing term beyond ninja, monk, and samurai.. I’m considering this one in the Sumo Class.. I’m really quite excited about it. Maybe more later on Sager’s win/lose ratio..
It took forever to find a notebook to match my requirements.. 17″, 1920×1200, no Windows pre-installed.. it was as if I could have the physical size, or the resolution, but not both, and when I did find both, I was forced to accept the Microsoft Tax, or GTFO.. Naturally I chose the latter option.
August 10, 2009
So, Twitter goes down and Facebook goes down, and suddenly people don’t know what hit them? I’ve never understood how so much of the Internet’s population can mistake a website for a public utility. It’s as if Twitter is supposed to be some deeply embedded component of the internet’s inherent architecture, and when it’s not working; teh OMG, Now what?!
That the majority of twitterers & facebookers don’t realize, much less care, that they’re communicating over a closed, privately owned channel (which may or may not be harvesting their information, relationships, and communications for purposes they never intended) really isn’t my point.
That the attacks were targeting one person, and wound up crippling entire social networking sites (illustrating a lack of integrity in the operating systems involved in the attack,) isn’t my point either..
I just find it so crazy how surprising and paralyzing it can become to people when one random websites or another goes down. Like a handful of corporations think they can be their own social revolution or something. It’s odd that people have such a hard time seeing past the facade. It seems the strengths of open protocols and federated systems would be far more evident in times like these, but instead, people hardly remember email, or XMPP, or their own blogs.
Whatever. I guess I get it. It’s just so disheartening.
November 2, 2008
So we came to the conclusion one night; if the true and proper definition of Discordianism is indeed the ability to play the accordion poorly, then the majority of the human population of the planet is indeed Discordian! This is a great moral victory for our species..
July 14, 2008
Even if you tell people outright, that wearable computing is real, and literally weeks away, they actively don’t believe it. I guess i don’t blame them. I guess to some folks it seems pretty far fetched.
April 11, 2008
Hate to jump in again, but Dick Cheney, Bill Clinton, and George H.W.
Bush kinda ARE our standards… In the eyes of the rest of the world…
For better or for worse, Jesus ain’t the only game in town down here
on good ol’ Earth. So in our particular stretch of land which we’ve
arbitrarily marked as “America” which we rightly stole from the First
Nations peoples, built on the back of African, Chinese, and Irish
slaves, and have fought and defended bravely for a paltry 200 or so
years since, we are ACTUALLY held to a certain standard by the rest of
Humanity and all their various cultures and beliefs. This standard is
directly set by our leaders and their Foreign Policies..
Christianity might be a fine set of ideals to live by, but it’s not
what the founding fathers based this country on (many of them weren’t
even that religious themselves), and therefore shouldn’t be a big
surprise that our political system has fought tooth and nail to keep
them separate from any one given belief system since its inception.
So in the end, it’s not what you believe that affects how this country
is shaped, but what you do for your country (whether in the name of
those beliefs or not) that matters. Even if you hate the US, if you’re
a citizen of the US, your hatred should be allowed and embraced.
People confuse hatred for the US by its own citizens for
ungratefulness. This is misguided, because if you are trying to make a
difference to this country, whether to your government or your flock,
your hatred can and will have the opportunity to be transformed into
love and respect if you can perceive that your efforts are being rewarded.
I realized recently what the saying “freedom isn’t free” really means
lately, as I fight my own social battles to promote and produce a free
society around me. As society slowly embraces my ideals and those of
my compatriots, my personal disdain for this country slowly recedes.
I’m sure if my (or anyone’s) ideals that they’ve fought for are wrong
or bad for this country, that the other freedom loving citizens of
this country will keep the debates alive and the hardheaded will be
routed or silenced, or best ignored and freedom will still find a way
to prevail.. But I can’t stress enough that even those who are wrong
in their thinking ought to be free to be wrong, and be free to be
proven wrong, and be free to change their minds..
So while I wholeheartedly disagree that Jesus should have anything
directly to do with my country’s politics, and while I respectfully
can’t fault people for disagreeing with me, I am still compelled to
remind people that we are one of very few countries [if any] that HAVE
based our whole political system on the idea that our sovereignty is
not God given. We’ve fought for the freedom of ALL faiths have a
place in our society, and for ALL people to be seen as created equal.
Let’s keep up that good fight an stick to peoples’ actions for this
country, and for their communities, in -whomever’s- name. Nobody’s a
perfect Christian, nobody’s a perfect person, so what if people stay
stupid things, it’s what they do that counts, isn’t it?
All that being said, I should disclaim that i don’t give a damn who
Jeremiah Wright is, or what he’s done or said.. But confusing
political propaganda and religious sentiment is what got us 8 years of
Dubya.. and Democrat, or Republican, (or independent like me), can we
not go thru that again please?
December 19, 2007
An optimist believes we live in the best of all possible worlds.. A pessimist is afraid that’s true.
December 8, 2007
…or, a glimpse at how silly the concept of “intellectual property” really is.
Walking the streets of San Diego’s Gaslamp District on a Saturday night during toorcon, a thought occurred to me that cascaded into a long monologue into a fellow hacker’s ear (sorry ’bout that, Aftershock.)
Watching the music industry embarrass themselves by suing the pants off their own customers in light of changing market conditions was exceedingly amusing for the first 40,000 headlines, but then it began to get old. Being myself, a tiny part of the technology fabric weaving its way ubiquitously through human society, it was obvious what was going to happen in 1998 when encoding music from CD’s into MP3s became all the rage among technology enthusiasts. By 2007 everybody and their grandmother (literally) was doing it, except apparently, the recording industry.
Copying music from CD to computer, from computer to device, from device to phone, to email, inadvertently to tape backup, across the internet to 60,000 computers at once, getting 60 songs from your friend, or giving 32,000 songs to a complete stranger you met at a party who happened to bring his external USB drive too (usb drives? at a party?)… Well it’s practically every day stuff.. It’s the information economy. Send an email, send a spreadsheet, send a song.. How often do people write to each other “you gotta see this!” followed by a VideoSift or YouTube link, or with an attachment..
It was a mystery to me (and still is for most people,) what possible successful survival schemes exist for record labels. Could record labels hold on to their coveted positions as middlemen, scouts, and distributors for talent while the internet made it abundantly clear that artists could finally speak for and represent themselves to the entire developed world? How does, what amounts to, a broker industry thrive when, over the internet, artists can now even collaborate with each other, on a professional scale, simultaneously or time shifted, while continents apart, and distribute the results to millions of others worldwide?
Turns out, the labels’ answer is pretty easy.. Expensive as hell, but easy.
Now the question is, will businesses catch on in in time? The law is as antiquated as the music world’s industrial age business practices are, and criminalizing customers certainly isn’t turning out to be very good for the ol’ bottom line. Will some other economic force blossom which changes law and business in order to do what is needed to move music and society forward?
Let’s break down the problem in more depth and explore some avenues towards graceful, profitable solutions.
August 30, 2007
July 21, 2007
For the uninitiated, there’s an ongoing lighthearted debate in the hacker world… It’s a little old (as hacker memes go), but essentially it boils down to; who’s cooler, Pirates or Ninjas?
I’m personally tired of hearing about it, so I’ll make thing’s painfully clear for everybody..
ninjas are cooler. Obviously…
July 14, 2007
So I’m listening to NPR, and they’re doing a piece on WiFi access at KOA (Kampgrounds of America) campgrounds. And I’m irritated to no end. But why? A hand full of people with tons of knowledge and experience, discussing; why this isn’t camping, the technical difficulties of putting up wireless in the wilderness, and whether or not the internet’s an addiction.
Hmm, well first of all. The internet isn’t an addiction, in the same sense that fire isn’t alive. Oh I’m sure there are some poor whackjobs out there that are indeed addicted to things on the internet, and when they’re taken away they’ll cry like little babies, but that’s any real, actual, addiction.
The internet itself is just a bunch of computers strung together granting various degrees of access to one another.. That’s a pretty esoteric concept to get addicted to.. I’d hope this would help put to bed some of this silliness, but nobody in charge of psychology is reading this.