This is still my favorite Penny Arcade: Jesus as a gamer. Having just recently gotten into gaming AND IRC, I see the logic in it...
December 1999 Archives
Penny Arcade Presents:
Tycho Brahe in:
Maybe I'm tired but this one had me rolling on the floor.
Is iWon destined to be a loser?
Well in the end they have to have more money coming in than they give away. No wait they are an "internet company" so they can operate at a lose like Amazon :)
DVD Hackers Hit With Lawsuit
"Make the code ubiquitous and it simply won't matter any more," hackers are putting the DVD hack all over the place. The Movie industry needs to get a clue on this one. Why is there code being distributed? Well there isn't a Linux client. Solution, provide clients for all platforms and sell the DVDs cheaper than it costs to copy them.
10 computing books that matter
The only one I have read, or read some of, is Nudist on the Late Shift so far it is a inetresting read. Makes me want to move to the Valley.
Internet music downloader found not guilty in piracy case
I was having an argument with a co-worker last week this subject. "The judges also determined that the accused had not profited from the music files..." copyright and IP law is based on making money, traditionally the courts have only cared if an offender made money, seems like they still do.
Hey Kids! It's the Y2Katastrophe Chooser!
A good bit of Y2K humor, enjoy.
Time magazine names Einstein person of the century
Ok Time this choice I can dig, good choice.
Just saw the iBook comment below. Apple needs to suck it up and make a good product. People aren't going to buy Apple if, by default, they get a system that doesn't run well: and when the OS and Netscape take up 40+ megs of memory, 32 megs just does not cut it. The default should be awesome, period, else why not get a windows machine <shiver>?
BTW: An arstechnica.com review of Mac OSX dp2.
Ars Technica reviews Microsoft's IntelliEye Mice
I hate to say it but it looks like Microsoft will be getting some money from me. The second best feature of the mouse, besides no more mouse cleaning, "they both come with a USB to PS/2 converter, so those of us without proper USB can still enjoy the mouse (read NT and Linux)".
"With all of the hype in the media about Linux, you would think that by now it would be on every computer in the world. However, we all know, it's not. While the Linux community is growing rapidly, there are still a number of drawbacks that Windows (and other OS) users experience in the transition process. "
"I wish people wouldn't require log-ins for sites that don't really need it,"
Incidentally, I'm planning on adding personalization, to customize the look for the user, to fozbaca.org but it will not be required.
"EditThisPage is revolutionary because it puts the power of content management into the hands of the masses, not just those working at high-powered commercial sites."
Visit EditThisPage to signup for your own site. Hurry up if you get in before the first of the year the site will not expire in 60 days.
Salon Technology | Naked eye
A prudish hacker caught me surfing porn and turned the image on my monitor, and my world, upside-down.
"Personalization technologies differ in kind from traditional marketing approaches, and often follow entirely different principles. They can also be used to accomplish far more than the marketing agenda called for in the past � ultimately, connecting customers in such a way that they benefit from each other's accumulated experience, knowledge, interests, inclinations and tastes. When this approach is taken, privacy rarely becomes an issue. "
"What people care about is how fast their pages turn," says Nazem. "It doesn't make sense to make pages complex and use a lot of graphics. If you make a site look really fancy, it looks great the first time. The second time it's amusing. And the third time it's just plain annoying."
Exactly, KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid :)
"The iBook lacks a few key consumer features that I think need to be in it. It lacks a DVD-ROM drive, FireWire, and ships with a paltry 32MB RAM." I want an iBook but will hold of on the purchase it has the "necessities". Engel, your right, 64MB RAM should be the minimum for any Mac.
"Definitions of greatness and influence are definitely becoming more fluid. Winston Churchill once held that spot, along with Stalin, Eisenhower, Einstein, Mao, Gorbachev and various inventors, world leaders and political figures."
Excellent one by JohnKatz ranting on Time's choice of Jeff Bezos, President of Amazon, for the Man of the Year.
Battling the Free Music Movement
The recording industry needs to get a clue. Consumers, and artists, have been getting hosed for years. Given the lack of funds for many college students it is no surpise that piracy of MP3s is so high. Solution make music cheaper, support MP3 sales, forget encryption it will just be cracked.
Now I wonder what the situation would be like if most corporate networks were checked for MP3s...
The Object-Oriented Database System Manifesto
"This paper attempts to define an object-oriented database system. It describes the main features and characteristics that a system must have to qualify as an object-oriented database system."
How 'Doing It' Is Done
"Scientists at the University Hospital Groningen in the Netherlands took the first-ever magnetic resonance images (MRIs) of study subjects engaged in sexual intercourse. Doctors studied eight couples copulating and three women masturbating to better understand how the male and female anatomies interact.."
How 'Doing It' Is Done
"Sex researchers in pursuit of the elusive G-spot are using scanning technology to expand their understanding of the female orgasm."
"Dear EditThisPage.Com webmasters:
We're removing the 60-day limit.
We will continue to host your EditThisPage.Com site at no charge for the indefinite future.
This offer is good for any EditThisPage.Com site created in 1999.
That means that if you already have a site, or if you create one on or before 12/31/99, you've got place to host it as long as we're running EditThisPage.Com. (Subject to the terms and conditions of the usage agreement, of course.)
What does the future hold?
Let's find out!"
Thanks for the present Dave, sorry I didn't get you anything but maybe I can send you some traffic. I already have mine Fozbaca.EditThisPage.Com. Go and try it out.
Computers and devices are largely unaware of events taking place in the world. This could be changed if news were made available in a computer-understandable form. In this paper we present XML documents called NewsForms that represent the key points of 17 types of news events. We discuss the benefits of computer-understandable news and present the NewsExtract program for converting text news stories into NewsForms.
"The 'maintenance fee' needs to go. No more breaking backwards compatibility to sell more boxes. If you've based your company's sales on this concept, you need to re-think it as soon as possible. Choose an Open Source business plan, or release 'fixes' for no cost."
World Domination by Eric S. Raymond
"The future of ``no domination anywhere'' will be a better world; not a perfect one, but perhaps the best that we, working as designers and programmers, can hope to create. So if you aren't yet part of our barbarian horde, join us! There's a lot of working and playing to be done in order to get from here to there. It won't be hard to find us; we'll be the mob yelling ``World domination now!''--and smiling."
"Eric: I think that the most important thing is not Linux in itself dominating the world, but Open Source infrastructure dominating the world. Solving the software quality problem. It's because Linux right now is our most plausible means to that end that I back it."
Metcalfe's Law in Reverse (Alertbox July 1999)
"Current attempts to split the Web into many isolated mini-networks undermine the long-term potential of the Internet which depends on universal interconnection:"
If ya wanna be on the internet and break down the competition's doors they will get to do it right back.
I just love FanFiction. Don't know why the quality is so hit and miss.
Change Agent - Issue 31 In My Humble Opinion: "In the face of change, the competent are helpless."
StartupNetwork.com - The leading online recruitment site dedicated to high tech startups.
Looks good, has to be better than monster :)
Links to developer resources. Lots and lots of information to digest.
Presents a proposal for XML encoding of calendars of events.
Special Meeting: Richard Stallman
CLUG has invited Richard Stallman to come speak in Cincinnati on January 24, 2000. Richard Stallman is the founder of the Free Software Foundation and the originator of the GNU Software Project. A large portion of the software in a GNU/Linux system comes from the FSF and GNU project.
Details are still being worked out, but the current plan is for Mr. Stallman to speak at UC in the ERC on Monday evening, 7:00, January 24th. We hope to see you there.
Rock on! I live in the Cincy area and will finally get to here RMA speak.
The new theory indicates that pain stimuli yield strong negative emotional responses. Operating on that premise, counterbalancing pain with a strong positive emotional response should decrease pain.
You've heard of "the girl next door." I'm on the lookout for Silicon Valley's Geeks Next Door! If you're a smart, sophisticated, attractive women working at a high tech company in Silicon Valley -- and you've dreamed of showing off nude or in lingerie on the Internet -- let's talk!
Zope is an open source application server that enables you to rapidly develop applications for the Web. Zope's unique object-oriented flavor make it an interesting choice for developing XML applications: Firstly, it allows you to treat XML content as objects. Then it allows you to write applications by creating methods for your XML objects.
Ratbastard has an updated look and design. To clear up any confusion Ratbastard has made the following statement:
"One note: ratbastard.org is not a weblog. A weblog is a site that merely links to other web sites on a daily basis while providing no new content of its own.
Ratbastard is NOT a weblog. Any bastard squaddies who refer to it as such shall be spanked smartly about their nether regions."
Will have to add that to my "don't do" list :)
Referer_Log is calling it quits.
I'm pulling up the stakes and folding Referer_Log so I can...write a new ICQ book for Macmillan. The world needs another quirky, general-interest weblog like the open source community needs Eric $. Raymond.
Well not like the world needs yet another Macmillian book :)
The best thing about my failed experiment in weblogging was the chance to try out Blogger. It's a great tool -- free, completely Web-based and none of the ugly wax buildup you get from competitive products.
Yes Blogger is a very cool tool!
A couple of storyies on the etoy.com etoys.com trademark/domain dispute.
E-Riots Threaten EToys.com
Meanwhile, a Web site supporting etoy has vowed "digital riots" and etoy itself predicted etoys risked being compromised during the busy Christmas shopping season.
A protest group calling for the destruction of online toy seller eToys said it already has hackers working on ways to interfere with site traffic counts and the toy seller's server operations.
Hmm so "hackers" are threatening to mess with eToys. Usually I don't condone web and internet defacement, other than they the laugh I recieve, but this seems to be a very valid form of protest." If they aren't listen sometimes you have to knock REAL HARD." eToys ya might just be forced to start listening. BTW: I will not be "hacking" eToys :)
It's hard not to believe that Practical Internet Groupware is a year ahead of the curve -- Udell's approach to technology and the seamless integration of various information stores is a tempting vision.There are several sample chapters avialable on O'Reilly. There are many good ideas, like using NNTP with the web as groupware. I would love to try to use some of John's ideas but alais my current employer has yet to realise the cluetrain. Anyone looking for that always hard to find gift for their favorite fozbaca could send me a copy :)
You know, I'd really love to fuck your brains out, but it appears someone beat me to it.
That made my morning. Humor does the body good. [via linkwatcher metalog
It's Here! The download edition of Storm Linux has been released and is availble now for download. Featuring a graphical lilo/boot manager, the Storm Package Manager, a new user friendly GUI for installing, updating and removing Debian packages, we think you'll find Storm Linux 2000 the easiest, most flexible way to get the power and freedom of Debian GNU/Linux.
Rock on. "Easy to install" Debian. Now I have something to do with my Xmas vacation.
OpenBSD Shirt Back "They that can give up liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin 1706-1790
Hell No, WTO! by MICHAEL WOLFF
Will we all look back on the Battle in Seattle as the first eruption of the anti-brand revolution, or was it just a nostalgic moment?
What if the nineties are actually the fifties, and here, as the decade turns, we are looking at the first sign of the sixties, the turn against prosperity and mindless commerciality (mindless e-commerciality) and anti-intellectuality and the endless stupefying banality and conformity of fast food and malls and dot-coms (and just when you were thinking prosperity was fun)?
On the other hand, speaking of globalism, my favorite restaurant in the world is a chain restaurant -- a highway restaurant called the Autogrill, which spans the coming and going lanes of Italy's Autostrade. It's an imitation of U.S. highway fast-food franchisees. Except that the food in these places in Italy is the most delicious (for the most reasonable price) I've ever had. Big pots of risotto. Mountains of mozzarella. Come-hither figs...
It is a scarry thought that the 90's are being compared to the 50's. Might explain why so many of my Highschool friends are trying to live a "traditional" Leave It to Beaver family when they start their own. [via Robot Wisdom]
Mission: To provide a direct replacement for Visual Basic on the Linux platform using Python and the wxPython libraries.
GNOME, Its State and Future
The GNOME team brings us up-to-date on the progress of the popular desktop environment.
id Software's Carmack calls for OpenGL watchdog
Right on John, OpenGL everywhere with the whole stardard supported.
The best app servers you've never heard of hmmm, heard of them all :) It is a shame that OpenSource projets don't have an advertising budget to get the word out. It would make it easier to convince management.
the penis tax & Top 12 things likely to be overheard if you had a Klingon Programmer are great laughs, especially when NT is being such a &%$*!
Pick the presidential canidate based on there position on the issues.
My top 3 matches:
- 77 Albert Gore Jr.
- 75 David McReynolds
- 70 Bill Bradley
McCain, Bradley to Team Up on Nightline Candidates to Bridge Party Lines for Campaign Reform Thursday, Dec. 16 at 11:35 p.m. EST
Yes! I have been talking with consertive friends about Bradley and McCain. Wouldn't it be great if they both get their parties nomination, that would be an intresting race for the presidency.
West End Games makers of the Star Wars RPG have a website. Many years ago I tried to convince them to have me create their site, pro bono, they turned me down. Still would make the site, thiers sucks!
Some timely guidelines for Web design "
I'd been asked to offer some opinions on what makes sites good and not so good. Having an e-retailer tell a customer ``No,'' and for no good reason, seemed like an excellent example of a bad practice."
Excellent, I have left way to many "eCommerce" sites due to their pain in the ass validation. So how many of you have used 111-111-1111 for your home phone? Why is my phone number necissary email is now a website should contact me.
Are you a PC bigot? "Look through the technical documentation of Linux (and *BSD) and you'll see it running on a vast array of different platforms. ARM, x86, MIPS, PPC, M68K, SPARC/UltraSPARC, Alpha and others I can't even remember. But look on a standard Linux site, or download an rpm and what format is it designed for...yes, i386."
The Linux "Help" System "Once you have Linux installed and running, the most important piece of information you need is how to get help."
LinuxInvestments.com "The Linux \ Open Source Investment Portal"
NewsML is an XML encoding for news which is intended to be used for the creation, transfer and delivery of news.This one looks intresting, a media independent news format in XML.
NewsML is media independent, and allows equally for the representation of the evening TV news and a simple textual story. Specifically, NewsML provides the following features:
Agency.com Inadvertently Releases Compensation List
An employee at the firm inadvertently sent an undetermined but large percentage of the company's New York staff an Excel spreadsheet containing complete employee compensation, and in some cases, compensation history.
Simple solution, just make all compensation public especially for a public traded company. Full disclosure in an open enviroment will stop problems like this from ever becoming a problem.
Excerpts from The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual
"Would you trade your iMac's sexy skin for a 21-inch display size? Don Hardy did, and he's got pictures to prove it. These are fresh off the wire, and it's so cool, we've asked Don for more details. Meanwhile, don't try this at home! "
The Rise of ``Worse is Better''
The theory is that a "worse" system, with say 50% of what is wanted, will succed over a "better" because of cost, earlyier release, etc, and fixing the remain 40% will lock people in. Intrestingly Unix and DOS were examples of a "worse" system succeding.
"gasmasks.com to file lawsuit against city of Seattle for outlawing the sale and possession of gas masks. President Mark Miclette states, 'With the FBI warning US citizens about the possibility of biological and chemical terrorism, how dare Seattle not allow it's citizens to protect themselves! No one has the right to do this. Doesn't the US Constitution mean anything any longer?'"
Seattle and the state of the occupation
Another Seattle WTO story from a resident.
My pick was Perl but the results are intresting, PHP has 50%, Perl had 20-25% and Python had 7% (results when checked). I liked seeing Python as high as it was but PHP being over 50% was a shocker. Might have to explore PHP and see why it is soo cool.
NewRules very impressive Manilla site. Not sure what gets me, it is just so striking.
Waiting for Browsers that Parse using the web like newsgroups. Very compelling, a user derived "push" downloading webcontent than parsing and reformating to the user's preferences.
"Graphite is a script-driven shell, written by mian, of Skinz.Org, eFX and LiteStep fame. That's kind of what other shells do.. but what Graphite does that's different, is that it uses standardized scripting langs. You can choose between JScript, or PerlScript. Yes, that's right, you can customize your Windows desktop environment with Perl. It's nifty. Go get it right now, find bugs, make themes, be neat."
Hmmm, now I'm a big fan of "desk toys" just to show some personality. The wired thing where I work is the females organize, and push, the game stuff, female is the coach for the softball team and another female aranges all the basketball contests as fund raisers. Maybe it is an organizing thing but the women seem into the sporting events, more so than I.
Books About Python for those Python books that are so hard to find. Let's hope the library will be increasing.
Writing for the Web "A research project about how users read on the Web and how authors should write their Web pages."
More WTO Seattle Pictures
WTO Seattle 1999 " Monday's march was primarily to highlight environmental causes. Despite the disruption, many Seattle residents showed support for the protests throughout the week."
LWN Review: Python Essential Reference "Despite the increasingly high profile of the Python programming language, good books on the subject have been frustratingly scarce."
Pictures from Seattle: Dissent and Response
They are bloddy, violent and yet one of beautiful, check the second from the bottom. "Protester offers flowers to Riot police".
Normally I have great sympathy for Police, they have a tough job. How to protect and yet server, very difficult. From everything surfacing on the Seattle Riots it looks like the police were protecting and serving the wrong masters, money, corporations, and government. It should have been the people. [via ScriptingNews]
The Hacker's Diet The Hacker's Diet: How to Lose Weight and Hair through Stress and Poor Nutrition
www.fozbaca.org is live!!! I now have my own domain. I hope you enjoy the experience as mutch as me :)
Handspring should be busy inducting members into a new palmtop cult. Instead, it's trying to avoid corporate suicide.
Hmmm... been there. Tried to order one 2 weekends ago. They were soposed to email me when they recieved my order, have yet to hear from them. It is a real shame, the Handspring looks real cool but please send me one by Xmas.
Micro Publishing ""Micro Publishing" or publishing "Books on Demand" has been, up until now, only a dream. Most of the pieces were already in place, (Desktop Publishing Software, Laser Printers, Imposition Software, etc.). The last key ingredient was an inexpensive way to bind and cover the books into professional looking "Perfect Bound" books. "
The Capitalist Threat "I'll just briefly introduce this essay I found by George Soros. All of the talk about IP, the WTO, free software, the demands of the open source community, and a lot of other areas of concern to Technocrat readers are hit on in this essay. At least I felt that way. What do you think - could there be a more balanced answer?"
The Naked Truth After post-Cold War military contracts shriveled up, Silicon Valley took on a saucy new partner: pornography. As far as industrial complex playmates go, the naked ladies beat the hell out of the Pentagon.
UserLand unfolds Manila included in Version 6.1 of the company's Frontier content-management system, allows users to manage Web sites and editors to revise pages with browser software
Dumb Laws too funny. A great one from Lexington, KY, where I lived for 8 years, "By law, anyone who has been drinking is 'sober' until he or she 'cannot hold onto the ground.'" Hmmm don't remember breaking that law :)
Thank heaven for little girls Underage-looking aspiring starlets are lining up fo rth echange to make $2,000 a day in the flourishing imitation child-porn industry.
The Art & Science of Dumpster Diving "Dumpster Diving is the active search for interesting stuff that others have thrown away. Not only do Dumpster Divers pick up stuff from the curbside, but as the name implies, we dive into dumpsters at apartment complexes and behind shopping centers. "
WOZ Home has some comments on the Microsoft Monoply and a editoral the New York Times asked him to write, which has not been published yet.
And You Think Reporting Is Fun reporters were stuck in a very boring Microsoft press breifing. I have been stuck in Microsoft TechNets "changed" at the last minute to really boring press releases.
The Love Calculator enter your name and the (potential) signficant other to see the percent chance of success in the relationship. Found out that two of my exes would not work, 15% & 39%, guess they were not ment to be.
"The news from the Yuppie capitol wasn't nearly as anarchic or confusing as much of the media has suggested (not surprisingly, they are already blaming the Net). In fact, it was angry, focused, and overdue. The big battle of the 21st century - corporatism vs. the individual - is now officially underway.by JonKatz on slashdot
They are challenging Bigness and asking whether or not increasingly powerful corporations shouldn't be held to a higher standard of moral behavior; whether government shouldn't act to preserve freedom and elevate human rights rather than conspire to suppress them."
Home of Linux Badges featuring Tux the Penguin. or have a custome badge made for your machine.
Be preps BeOS-in-Windows 'Trojan Horse' "Be is preparing a version of its BeOS that operates as an application under Windows -- described by the company's CEO, Jean-Louis Gassee as 'the ultimate Trojan Horse'."
This is the ultimate of cool. I have had BeOS4.5 for 5 months but not been able to get it to run due to partitioning troubles.
jessamyn.com's journal has commentary about her the Seattle WTO experience.
FragDifferent - Gaming News for MacAddicts
Now I just need to the a G4!
The Mars Petition for a manned mission to Mars. I'm waiting til the time that a computer geek like me can travel in space.
The stroy behind the article. Janes asked slashdot readers to comment on the original article. It was so lacking and the Jane's editor was impressed with slashdot comments that he re-wrote the new version using slashdot comments.
The Onion's A.V. Club has a review of The Iron Giant (look twords the bottom of the page). Excellent, excellent movie :)
Day Without Weblogs for World AIDS Day December 1, 1999.
I am still updateing my weblog today but will take some time out to remember those with AIDS/HIV, the ones who have died, their friends and family. For all those treating and researching treatments and cures please keep up the work.
CNN has information and coverage on AIDS.
Debian Weekly News for is out. Most intresting are the links to the problems with Corel Linux's debian based distrubution which has an EULA which prohibits minors from downloading, even if they are Debian developers. The situation can be easily remedied if Corel would just follow the GPL that most of the Debian code is Liscenses under.