Archive for May 29, 2008

The MSI Wind Manual!

May 29, 2008

The opening greeting:

Congratulations on becoming an user of this notebook, the finely designed notebook. This brand-new exquisite notebook will give you a delightful and professional experience in using notebook. We are proud to tell our users that this notebook is thoroughly tested and certified by our reputation for unsurpassed dependability and customer satisfaction.

Well, the excellence in translation missing is.

Nonetheless, I’ve screensnapped the specs from the PDF!

Want your own copy?

Click here, baby!

— via MSI Wind Das Portal

Uh-Oh! MSI Wind With 3-Cell Battery Only?

May 29, 2008

Battery Shortages feared

A retailer tells a customer that initial MSI Wind shipments will have the 3-cell battery only.

If you recall, the XP version is supposed to have the 6-cell battery.

How will MSI handle this? If we buy one with the 3-cell, are we SOOL because we wouldn’t wait for the 6-cell in the box?

If this keeps up, I’ll probably have an iPhone before an MSI Wind!

— via

Nikki Finke Has Deadly Accuracy

May 29, 2008

You must read: Digital Big Media vs Prehistoric Hollywood

R.I.P. Harvey Korman

May 29, 2008

‘Carol Burnett’ star Harvey Korman dies at 81

LOS ANGELES – Harvey Korman, the tall, versatile comedian who won four Emmys for his outrageously funny contributions to “The Carol Burnett Show” and played a conniving politician to hilarious effect in “Blazing Saddles,” died Thursday. He was 81.

Korman died at UCLA Medical Center after suffering complications from the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm four months ago, his family said. He had undergone several major operations.

“He was a brilliant comedian and a brilliant father,” daughter Kate Korman said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “He had a very good sense of humor in real life.”

It was back when TV was still reaching for the biggest possible audiences — in a friendly and non-sleazy way — and variety shows were still (allowed) on TV.

He made me laugh so much.

We tend to think that someone doing something silly on TV is an easy thing that anyone can do. It’s not. It’s the incredible talent that makes it look easy. He was one of the best.

Wherein I Threaten MSI!

May 29, 2008

Nate in the Comments told me about a sneak peak CNet’s Crave has done of the MSI Wind lust-o-licious cheap subnote.

I’ve finally had time to go look at everything.

Sneak peek photos

Sneak peek preview

Sneak peek video

First, let me get my cheap shots out of the way.

You can’t reveal the CPU?! It’s a secret?! Come on! Are any of us really going to be surprised when — gasp! — it’s revealed to the the Intel Atom?!

What’s this about the CPU going down to fifty per cent of its speed when off AC?! Do you mean to tell me the Atom’s huge battery life is dependent on speed tricks like that?! If I ran it at one hundred per cent while on battery (is that setting even offered?), would the vaunted battery life times then be cut in half?

That keyboard looks a bit sketchy to me. I can see right off we’re not dealing with the toothiness of the hp Mini Note’s keyboard. It also looks frighteningly flat. I can’t deal with flat keyboards. I think Toshiba at one time offered nothing but flat keyboards. My fingers tended to skid off the keys! The overall typing experience was also very unpleasant.

I hadn’t considered that it lacks the hp Mini Note’s protective screen covering. I don’t know why I didn’t consider that myself, seeing as how I drooled over photo after photo and all the videos, but I missed it. I like that the screen is naked.

After seeing the photos, reading the preview, and watching the video, the reading on my Lust Meter has jumped. I really really want to fondle that thing in person!

MSI, are you going to make that possible?!

This is where I am going into threat mode. I threaten that I am now going to email MSI to ask about what the deal is with retail store sales in New York City. I’ve already posted that their website is pathetic when it comes to U.S. retail store distribution. But if this thing is going to be parachuting into European retailers all over the place, the same thing should happen here in America. (All right, forget the rest of you: just parachute it into New York City! At least to J&R! I am a selfish cur on this issue.)

I’ll let all of you know if MSI replies.

Mind-Reading Computer? FAIL!

May 29, 2008

Mind 101: We Do Not Work Like That!

Computer trained to “read” mind images of words

A computer has been trained to “read” people’s minds by looking at scans of their brains as they thought about specific words, researchers said on Thursday.

They hope their study, published in the journal Science, might lead to better understanding of how and where the brain stores information.

This might lead to better treatments for language disorders and learning disabilities, said Tom Mitchell of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, who helped lead the study.

“The question we are trying to get at is one people have been thinking about for centuries, which is: How does the brain organize knowledge?” Mitchell said in a telephone interview.

“It is only in the last 10 or 15 years that we have this way that we can study this question.”

Mitchell’s team used functional magnetic resonance imaging, a type of brain scan that can see real-time brain activity.

They calibrated the computer by having nine student volunteers think of 58 different words, while imaging their brain activity.

“We gave instructions to people where we would tell them, ‘We are going to show you words and we would like you, when you see this word, to think about its properties,”‘ Mitchell said.

They imaged each of the nine people thinking about the 58 different words, to create a kind of “average” image of a word.

Wow. The people who funded this need some fMRIs done on their brains to see if any intelligence resides within them.

Given the near-limitless capacity of the human brain, it is the height of foolishness — if not ouright con-artistry — to even postulate that there is a one-to-one correlation between fMRI patterns and thought.

Given that so many parts of the human body have more than one function, it only makes sense that the same can be said of so-called thought patterns in the brain.

This is just as dumb as that portable lie detector.

But at least this “mind-reading” study can lead to some Red Dwarf-style humor:

Interrogator: Well what’s he thinking about now?

Scientist: Either diapering a baby, overthrowing the government, or …

Interrogator: Yes? Yes?

Scientist: A small cuddly bunny rabbit!

(All right then. Make up your own funny stuff!)

Meet, Support Ralph Nader For President!

May 29, 2008

I know you.

You’ve sat around, wanting someone who will do things.

Someone who isn’t in the pocket of special interests.

Someone with a real record of getting things done.

Someone with principles.

You’ve sat there and wondered why we don’t have another Lincoln or FDR.

Well we do.

And you can vote for him.

Make your vote mean something this November.

Give it to someone who knows its value.

Nader for President 2008 Rally
Friday May 30th 7pm

Ethical Society of Philadelphia
1906 South Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Contribution $10/ $5 Student
Contact (610) 506-5053

Luncheon/ Ballot Access Meeting w/ Ralph Nader
Saturday May 31st 1pm-2:30pm

Princeton, New Jersey
Contribution: $50 donation OR pledge to gather 100 signatures
RSVP (202) 471-5833

Fundraiser with Ralph Nader
Saturday May 31st 5:30-7:00pm

New York, NY
$100-$200 min Contribution
RSVP (202) 471-5833

Nader for President 2008 Rally
Saturday May 31st 7:30pm

Cooper Union
Wollman Auditorium
51 Astor Place (8th St.)
New York, NY 10003
$10 Contribution
Contact (570) 228-0181

Vote Nader 2008 website



Previously here:

The Deserved Fall Of General Motors
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #112
Ralph Nader: Activist Presidential Candidate
Why Democrats Lose
Ralph Nader Now Has A Merch Store
East Coast Corporate Liberal
A Civics Quiz
Vote For Ralph Nader To Take Back America!
Ralph Nader: The President We Need
Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #017
Another Reason To Vote For Ralph Nader
Lincoln, FDR, Nader
Ralph Nader Tomorrow, March 9 2008, In PA
Just Say Yes: To Ralph Nader!
Ralph Nader On The Daily Show Tonight
Weasels, Part Three
Weasels, Part Two
Ralph Nader’s Big Birthday
Exxon Can’t Hide
Happy Birthday, Ralph Nader
To Name Three: McCain, Hillary, Obama
Now I Can Vote This Year: Nader Is IN!
The Presidential Candidate You Laughed At

And I’m Back!

May 29, 2008

“I feel a new man!”

For those who don’t know the several minutes of behind-the-scenes drama that was taking place, see this post on the Blogger back up: Locked Out Of My WordPress Blog?

I went to the WordPress Support forum and everyone has been experiencing problems today.

I guess this sign-on glitch was just the latest.

I’ve also noticed people complaining about becoming spam by Akismet.

That’s happened to me!

I can’t post on any damned site or blog that uses the Akismet spam filter! My Comments wind up in the Spam bucket!

Lest you think I only leave Comments on tech blogs, one of the places this has affected me is Nikki Finke’s excellent Deadline Hollywood Daily site! (Which, by the way, all of you should be reading. The battle for the future of the Internet is being fought there.)

I’ve emailed Akismet.

Do you think they bothered to reply?

Nope. Not even with a form letter spam!

At some point, Akismet, you will be facing a class-action lawsuit for this crap.

I’m weighing my own legal options if things are not solved.

Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #115

May 29, 2008

I blew past this as a link in post #114.

It’s important enough to deserve its own post.

This is another chart that should scare the living shit out of you.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has it in his blog, the post titled Whoops!

Greenspan has a lot to answer for.

I don’t blame Greenspan.

It’s all Dubya.

The Deserved Fall Of General Motors

May 29, 2008

GM says 19K US hourly workers taking its buyout offers

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Corp. said Thursday that a quarter of its U.S. hourly workers will take the company’s latest buyout and early retirement offers, opening the door for new hires who will make less money.

The automaker said Thursday that 19,000 workers had agreed to take the buyout offers and leave the company by July 1. GM offered buyouts to all 74,000 of its U.S. hourly workers in February.

GM never said how many workers it hoped would take the buyouts, but under a new labor agreement reached last fall with the United Auto Workers union, GM may hire up to 16,000 non-assembly workers at half the old wage of $28 per hour. GM said it would fill job openings with current employees wherever possible, but would also be hiring new workers.

Different style of suit, same pinstriped-to-the-core bastards underneath.

GM suited punkass dragged before Congress — when our government worked!

The GM bastards were spying on Ralph Nader!

Punkasses tried to act all innocent! Like all such Suit cowards!

Bastard Suits finally admitted it!

Nader sued! And won! They had to finance his ass!

Ralph Nader: The President we need today!