Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Connecticut Teacher faces 40 years in jail for malware infestation

Can you actually believe this shit?

It quite clearly has all the hallmarks of a typical spyware infestation, but the police did not even scan for any. That alone should have been the end of this case but it looks like a catalogue of disasters have contributed to this women's demise - a narcoleptic Judge, an ignorant jury who'd discussed the case at a local restaurant and a so-called 'expert' prosecution witness Mark Lounsbury who said he can differentiate between what is and what is not a pop-up based on the source codes and says she must be guilty because their were pr0n images on the PC (in the temporary internet files, natch).

Thankfully Alex Eckelberry is on the case.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Ohhh, Goldeneye. Ahhh, the memories.


It works pretty well in the emulator, as long as you reconfigure the N64 keys to fit a keyboard.

Friday, January 12, 2007

iPhone take 2

I was going to just reply to the comment Pete left, but it starting getting a little too long so I've posted here instead....

Interesting article. I can certainly see the extra publicity argument, but they could potentially have to fork out an awful lot of money - which could quite easily have been spent promoting the device instead, and would not have pissed off the worlds largest network appliance provider (who you might need in the future).

I really don't buy the 3G argument though. If you're granting exclusivity to a network operator you can pretty much call the shots. Especially for something as eagerly anticipated as the iPhone. I'm sure they could have sorted something out if the iPhone was built with 3G capability.

Without 3G they're also missing out on the massive revenue stream that is iTunes downloads on the go.

I think the problem is that too many people believe Apple have this great vision of the future, when in fact all they're particularly good at is building interfaces. Lisa was revolutionary because of the windows, not what was under the bonnet. The same goes for the iPod (clickwheel, but shoddy battery & lack of features) and there's nothing that differentiates a Mac on a technical level from a PC, they just look prettier and are simpler to use. Don't get me wrong, I'd quite fancy a MacBook Pro but I don't believe they have a vision, they just have lots of great designers.

I think the designers were locked in a room for the last couple of years so don't really get what is going on in the world (3G). They just come up with something pretty but not very functional. Apple make no money off iTunes so crippling their own hardware (and revenues) just to force you to sync your phone with it seems ludicrous. But people will buy it because it's a premium product and uptake of 3G has been so slow that most people will not think they're missing out on anything.

But look at the recent X-Series launch from 3. Now imagine that network service with the iPhone. Now that would be something to get excited about.

Arcade Fire tickets - Thursday 15th March

Got some! Wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be and I might have a spare or two - the begging can start now.


It's going to be a busy couple of weeks -

Tuesday20 Feb 19:00...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Koko
Saturday24 Feb 19:00The Killers - Wembley
Thursday1 Mar 19:00Explosions in the Sky - Koko
Sunday11 Mar 19:00Eagles of Death Metal - Astoria
Thursday15 Mar 19:00Arcade Fire - Brixton Academy

I can't wait

for this to be released. Desert Strike AND Jungle Strike AND Road Rash. Yikes. Looks like I'll be missing my stop frequently from March onwards.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

iPhone

$600 for a phone and it's not even 3G. Yeah right.

Anyway, I was wondering what Cisco would do seeing as they owned the trademark and it looks like they've made the first move.

Apple calls the dispute 'silly'.

What like suing someone for owning itunes.co.uk before itunes even existed? Or harassing companies that use the word 'pod'. Or having a fight with Apple Records?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Tony Blair is just such a cock

See here. And I note that there's only been real debate on climate change since the Stern Review said it might be economically damaging if we didn't do something about it. How about it being damaging to my lungs when I'm breathing in the rising seawater in London, whilst all around me is turning into a desert? Tony wants scientists to come up with an answer in the future. Hope is not a strategy.

If I was running the country I'd double the costs of long haul flights, and triple for short haul. 100% of this extra revenue would then be invested in subsidising other means of transport (rail and ferries mainly). This would have to be done with a tax (like they already have) otherwise the operators would just keep all the extra cash money. This also means that any overseas airlines wanting to fly into the UK would have to stump up the extra as well.

What I wouldn't do is allow rail fares to rise extortionately year on year so it's way cheaper to fly or drive than take the train.

People only fly because it's quick. So what I'd do is invest in some kickass Maglev railways. I predict that in 50-100 years from now this will be the preferred mode of transport for long journeys. All the oil will have run out by then anyway, so it's either that or hot-air balloon.

"It's like telling people you shouldn't drive anywhere"

- Tony Blair

Is it? You fucking plum.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Amusing Press Conference

For those of you who don't know Second Life is an online 'game' where you wander around, pretending to be someone you're not. Some people take it so seriously they have real press conferences (in this case an interview conducted by Cnet) but conducted 'virtually'. Far out man.

This is what happens when people take themselves too seriously - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RedLyae4b2s

Friday, January 05, 2007

QOTD

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

-
Gandhi

Monday, January 01, 2007