Archive for January 3, 2008

A Deadly Dozen

January 3, 2008

Hillary Clinton’s videographer selects the Gaussian blur mode

That’s the source, but the kicker is the twelve words that end this sentence:

The wrinkles are gone, thanks to a blurry, soft-focus video technique patented by Barbara Walters (who hosts The View every day as if she is still alive).

Teh Doggz Wnt Eekwil Time

January 3, 2008

i hate everything, loldogs n cute puppy pictures - I Has a Hotdog!
moar cute puppy pictures

loldogs to eat your time at I Has A Hotdog.

There goes American productivity again…

Hello, You Honest Sucker!

January 3, 2008

Criminals With Badges

The corrupt New York Police Department ensnared 300 innocents during 2007 via “Operation Lucky Bag.” Police place iPods, cell phones, wallets, and shopping bags containing items in New York subway stations. The items appear to be dropped, lost, or abandoned. Anyone who picks up one of the planted items is arrested for “subway grand larceny.”

This particular police atrocity is in conflict with New York law, which allows someone who finds property 10 days to turn it in to the police or to find the owner.

The corrupt NYPD says that the property left as bait has not been abandoned, but is the property actively left by an officer who is still in the vicinity.

There you have it. The American Police – “support your local Gestapo” – spend their time engineering false crimes and not investigating real crimes. Americans are more at risk from the police than they are from criminals.

When I went to a police station — NYPD — two years ago to report the loss of an item as a theft, the police told me my property had been “abandoned” and had no interest in helping me. In fact, the waves of contempt I felt from them were palpable. I was made to feel like an idiot, a sucker, and a crybaby.

And yet here they are applying an entirely different standard to their property.

Don’t expect my sympathy when you petition for raises.

Two years before that, I found someone’s cellphone on the subway. I pocketed it. I didn’t have a cellphone then and didn’t know how to use them (they are not like wired phones!). But I managed to find a contact on it and called it, telling that person to try to alert the phone’s owner so I could give it back. The owner called, gave me an address, and I dropped it off.

Had that happened this year, I might have been arrested when I pocketed it.

And I thought honesty was supposed to work.

Maybe I am a sucker. But I can live with that.

But NYPD: How can any of you sleep at night?

Redfly: No, It’s Not V.D., It Just Sounds Like It

January 3, 2008

Some people are all a-swoon over something that’s even dumber — literally — than the stillborn Palm Foleo:

Why the REDFLY will succeed where the Foleo failed

The approach has a number of problems: Using a custom version of Linux conveys strong security concerns, your data is stored both on the phone and on the Foleo. This means if the Foleo is stolen, who knows how secure is your email? Using a foleo would violate most advanced companies security policies. Would email be encrypted on the Foleo? Furthermore, the Foleo only worked with Treos. To top the list, it would only run email, an Office document viewer and maybe a few custom apps – a different set of software than what is running on your Treo.

That’s why the REDFLY is a clever approach: think about it as a large external screen, a large external keyboard and a USB hub for your Windows mobile phone. You will see the same stuff on your phone screen as on the REDFLY, the typing goes directly to your phone, and if you plug a standard USB mouse into the USB hub you can use it to control your Windows Mobile phone. It is a dumb terminal – there is no memory or applications on the device. Your data never leaves your phone. You can use all the same apps: from Solitaire to your company’s Mobile CRM application with no changes. Pretty sweet.

And what if your phone is lost or stolen? Then you’re left with something that has less use than a standalone Foleo.

Palm was scourged for trying to pass off an underpowered PDA in a subnotebook’s costume. This … thing … is a package of nothing. For five hundred dollars.

Verdict: FAIL!

But it’ll sell very well at the $99 price it’ll have via inventory liquidators this December…

What I Look Forward To In 2008

January 3, 2008

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Getting a new Bryant & May mystery is a drop-everything-else affair. Over the past few years, with very little fanfare, Christopher Fowler’s series on the British senior-citizen detective duo quietly has shaped itself into the most original and imaginative mystery franchise on shelves today.

— from a review of the last Bryant & May mystery, White Corridor.

Christopher Fowler has another Bryant & May mystery being set loose this year. He has threatened my well-being by saying it’s the final one. In return, I have been calling MI6 and telling them he’s a sketchy character who needs watching. The outcome, of course, will be Fowler announcing he really meant this year’s book is just the end of the First Cycle of Bryant & May. Heh-heh.

(Nifty cover artwork from the first novel’s UK edition filched from the author’s site.)

Why I Have My Blog Title Picture

January 3, 2008

How else should I react to a stunningly dumb headline such as this:

Happiness may be good for your health

May be?

And here’s the lead sentence:

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A happy heart just might be a healthier one as well, new research suggests.

Might be?

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.
Proverbs 15:13, NIV

What Newspapers Have Come To

January 3, 2008

From one of my UK correspondants:

You simply cannot believe anything in papers, unless they are chips.