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Tue, 12 Aug 2003


I used to work for a cool software company called The Santa Cruz Operation back in the early nineties. By the late nineties, they'd shortened their name to SCO, gotten into trouble by ignoring Linux, and in the end sold their UNIX assets to Caldera Inc. Who promptly renamed themselves and, most recently, appear to have set out to sue the entire universe for having the temerity to exist.

As a sometime computer journalist, especially a Linux columnist, it behooves me to be polite, balanced, civil, and so on. But sometimes words fail me, as when I saw this egregious display of shit-headedness.

It's a good thing I don't work as a programmer or tech author any more because if I did I would feel it necessary to take out a lawsuit against CEO Darl McBride claiming damages for defamation. By dragging a once respectable company's name through the muck and mire of this stupid and mendacious FUD campaign (which to my eyes looks dangerously close to extortion -- demanding money with menaces -- and which has been described by others as resembling an illegal pump and dump scam) he's destroyed a large chunk of my professional resume; if I still worked in the field this would constitute personal harm.

Sorry to vent. I just didn't feel like bottling that up any more.

(Yes, I do blame Darl McBride.)

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posted at: 19:47 | path: /misc | permanent link to this entry

A mirror made of wood

wooden mirror

It's a mirror, made of wood. (A 35x29 grid of wooden blocks controlled by servos, each able to be tilted 30 degrees up or down to reflect the light. A camera hidden in the middle sends digitized images to a Macintosh Quadra 860AV which digitizes the image, renders it down to 35x29, converts to 8-bit grayscale, and uses the grayscale values to adjust the tilt angle of each block to change the brightness. Fifteen frames per second provide the illusion of continuity.)

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posted at: 14:17 | path: /toys | permanent link to this entry

Jesus says: switch!

Classic parody of the Apple "switch" ads, featuring one Jesus J. Christ on the evils of Windows ...

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posted at: 12:45 | path: /weird | permanent link to this entry

Lethal heat

It's so hot in continental Europe right now that people are dying like flies in Paris:

Hospitals in the Paris region were unable to find beds for the continuing flow of arrivals. A spokesman for the health ministry conceded that "the extreme heat is clearly linked to an increase in mortality".

Mortuary workers said they could not remember a period of such extreme overcrowding. "Our 28 places have been full since Friday," an official at the Mont-Valerian funeral parlour said. "On Saturday we had to turn down 30 requests."

"We are seeing three or four times more than the normal number of dead," said another mortuary attendant from the suburbs of Paris.

Meanwhile, could this be the beginning of the shutdown of the Atlantic cold water conveyor system that the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute warms could trigger a new ice age?

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posted at: 09:50 | path: /politics | permanent link to this entry


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