Thursday, June 16, 2005

Another hand in another cookie jar...

.. looks like KPMG just apologized for shenanigans that could have got it Arthur Anderson'd.. Perhaps they should stick to cheesy corporate rock like you'd find in mid-'80s Persis Khambatta movies...

(and yes, if you can find it, grab and watch the MST3k-ified version...)

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Where's the cube?

More of the East Village falls...

Yawn...

Banner ads at the DMV??

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Darwin in action...

... At least nobody else was hurt...

Age inflation

After reading this, I have a question..

Why not index Social Security eligibility to age as a percentage of life expectancy?

Take the years between eligibility and average lifespan as a percentage of average lifespan in 1935, then multiply that percentage against the current average lifespan. That's elementary algebra, and it seems pretty fair to me.

Monday, June 13, 2005

Good news: threesome pr0n improves male fertility...

.. bad news, it's 2 guy 1 girl threesomes, not hot chick-on-chick action :(

(/ArsTechnica)

Medicine in the crucible....

... of war. It's pretty obvious that, like so much technological development, medical practice necessarily improves from war. I certainly hope battlefield medical personnel are available for consultation when it comes to designing things like battle armor.. Maybe extend aramid fibres and ceramic plates to boots and extremity joints?

Also, keep a look out for James Burke's The Day The Universe Changed.. Apropos this topic he discusses the change in the nature of medicine from performance art to scientific profession, driven by the French Revolution.. Before the revolution doctors were judged on their theatrical skills and were as beholden to patients' demands as bards were to their patrons. Afterwards, doctors and surgeons (which were regarded as dogsbodies) gained in status and became authoritative as science progressed, and patients were relegated to a very passive role.

Mildly ironically, with the Internet, patients are starting to speak up more and become better informed, and demanding more control over their medical care, which is a good thing, even if it's just patients parroting some purple pill ad.

Spinning good news

You have to go about six paragraphs into this article to find a decent word about Bloomberg's edumacation strategery...

Yeah, students, teachers and administrators are working harder. THAT'S THE POINT! Who ever said that it would be otherwise?

And who put his balls on the line to kick those people hard enough in the ass to make them jump?

That's right, Bloomberg the "Republican". I guess a rose by any other name _doesn't_ smell as sweet, since Bloomberg is to Republican as Java is to Javascript... (Not that there's anything wrong with that...)

IMHO Bloomberg needs to do to the teacher and administrator unions what Thatcher did to the miners and Reagan did to the air traffic controllers...

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Crumbs for Africa? GOOD.

Re the NYT's latest op-ed:

Leaving aside the whole 'throwing good money after bad dictatorships' thing, just focusing on the dollars, they seem to (willfully) forget the cultural differences between American charity and European charity. When Europeans see something wrong in the world they call on their government to spend tax dollars to make a difference. Americans donate to private charities and prefer their governments to 'stick to their knitting'. There was a lot of handwringing on this issue in the aftermath of the 2004 Tsunami, and this essay does a good job of discussing the issue. And yes, I count military spending on reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan to be 3rd world charity.

I call on everyone, from now on, to combine private charity with public spending when commenting on poor country aid.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Cowardice

Sad to think of it in the NYPD, but I guess the guy's only human, right?

Monday, June 06, 2005

But Officer...

... I've been popping all these Altoids to improve my concentration!

Honest!

The coming Chinese shopping spree...

.. Looks like after years of surpluses, Chinese companies are looking to put their dollars to use..

I still think a bankrupt GM or Ford could be bought out by a Red Army-backed local carmaker or consortium of makers. Let's hope they're dumb enough to engage in a whole raft of bubble-related real estate purchases.. Is Rockefeller Center up for sale?

No WONDER Apple's Powermac upgrade sucked....

... Why put all that work into a dead platform?

And you wonder why folks (like me) were beating the Cocoa drum and dissing Carbon so bad for so long.. Here is one reason. Cocoa framework apps port in 2 days with 20 lines of code changed (Mathematica 5). Carbon? A lot longer and harder.

Still, AMD was the better choice, but I bet Apple's getting mad subsidies from Chipzilla... I wonder if they'll actually advertise Powermacs, and if so, do they get the Intel bong?

UPDATE: BTW, the censors at Apple's discussions site must be playing turbo whack-a-mole.. Thread after thread discussing the switch is getting clipped...

Friday, June 03, 2005

Ten out of ten for style...

... but minus several million for good thinking..

I mean, besides the sheer amount of space required and weight penalty accrued, how big of an alternator do you need to keep the thing humming? What happens in a crash? What about air conditioning load? What about shock absorption? Enterprise gear wasn't meant to be shaking and quaking all the time, let alone deal with constant powering up and down..

Besides, at this point, a mini-itx Via system is more than adequate for both audio and video, and you can get them with DC-DC converters...

Favorite sick T-Shirts of the day...

5-drive hotswap RAID in a Shuttle case...

.. Now _THIS_ (PDF) is HAWT...

Wireless iPod musings...

.. Just thinking about what you could do with wireless tech and iPods...


  • AD2P support for wireless stereo headphones. Having remote controls on the headphones, as well as a microphone so it could be used as a phone's headset would be handy.
  • Streamcasting, where other folks could tune into your currently-playing songs. Be your own walking bluetooth DJ, use it for tour groups, or exercise partners, whatever. iPodders should also be able to browse wireless 'channels'.
  • Contact sharing, let your iPod advertise your contact info if you like, and let it attach to your streamcast.