Don’t Beg Those Bastards! Boycott Their Shit!

February 13, 2007

A poor soul inquires of a prominent Nokian, tells the truth about The Biggest Piece Of Shit Known To Man, and by the way makes it sound like the N800 is Son Of The Biggest Piece Of Shit Known To Man…

What galls me most is seeing Nokia and the maemo team jump ship and refocus their effort on a new, rushed-to-market and bug-ridden 2007 platform, leaving 2006 in maintenance mode with some glaring bugs of its own, some of which are known since its very release and will likely never get fixed.

Yes, there was a new release very recently. I installed it last Sunday, having skipped the one before. I left it mostly pristine just to see what would happen… And sure enough, right away it started rebooting itself while idle at least once per 24 hours, just like it’s always done. Sheesh, a Linux system that restarts itself at will every day ? My Zaurus NEVER did that, and neither did any of my Psions. You’d think it would be considered a priority, but if you read the developers list they almost make it sound like it’s “by design”… and of course the N800 does it, too. So there.

Then there are other things like the brain-dead App manager with its impossible interface, brittle update process, and the Red Pill nonsense. Opera closing all windows when you only ask it to close the current one (the “poof” effect), or deciding it doesn’t want to follow any links anymore, or sometimes just the “submit” button on forms… And so on.


RIAA Racketeers Recruit Quisling ISPs

February 13, 2007

Leaked letter shows RIAA pressuring ISPs, planning discounts for early settlements

The RIAA is asking for additional cooperation from ISPs in getting customers targeted by the RIAA’s file-sharing sting to cooperate, according to a letter recently leaked to P2P attorney Ray Beckerman. In it, the RIAA lays out its vision for how it would like ISPs to cooperate with its efforts to identify and sue those accused of sharing music over P2P networks. This includes communicating a standing offer of a $1,000 settlement discount should the subscriber settle before a lawsuit is filed against him or her. The letter also discloses plans for a settlement web site that will launch later this year.


The Fatal Embrace

February 13, 2007

Command, Option, Control

Too much Microsoft on the brain can lead you to view Apple — or any other company — through Redmond-tinted glasses. Microsoft’s history is rife with instances of lock-in as an important technical goal and core business strategy, often to their legal detriment. Or in Microsoft’s own parlance: embrace, extend, extinguish.


LifeDrive Notes: That Damned Java

February 13, 2007

Some help with Java files

One of the things that makes Palm unstable is Java, for example if I open Opera Mini, Opera leaves behide some Java files (J9RMS and J9MS). Theses files may be settings or saved info of the used app that uses Java. If the app becomes unstable just delete these files that the name of the file starts with J9RMS and J9MS.


The Limitless And Perverse Human Mind

February 13, 2007

Depression as a survival tool? Some new treatments assume so.

“The idea that evolution is an important determinant of who we are as human beings is unquestionable,” says Laurence J. Kirmayer, director of the division of social and transcultural psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal. “The question is, what does our evolutionary history or our theories of evolution tell us specifically about the nature of human problems or about their potential solutions?”

Your homework:
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
The Price of Greatness: Resolving the Creativity and Madness Controversy


P2P2P2P2P2P2P2P2P2P&c…

February 13, 2007

Pirates of the Multiplex

Under U.S. pressure, Swedish authorities are going after the popular Pirate Bay Web site for illegal distribution of video files. But if Hollywood wants to stop online pirates—who cost the industry some $7 billion in 2005—it needs to join them, not beat them.

Excellent Vanity Fair article. Very long, very detailed. I learned a lot.

Now who can get me into UKNova?


Is There A Finnish Mafia?

February 13, 2007

I don’t know. All the same, I’m watching my back.


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