From Boing Boing: Microsoft WGA servers down; all XP and Vista installs being marked as counterfeit DRM bites again: the Microsoft Windows Genuine Advantage servers (which every XP and Vista install phones home to) all failed sometime earlier today. The result? Every single Windows XP and Vista installation — except possibly those with volume license…Read More This has to be an Apple viral marketing campaign
I’ve just created a Facebook group for Sun Alumni. You might wonder why. After all, there’s an existing, very successful Yahoo! discussion group, the Sun Microsystems Alumni Association, with an associated group over on LinkedIn. However the organizers of SMAA want to keep the tone “professional”, which tends to rule out such things as (e.g.)…Read More New Facebook group for Sun Alumni
I seem to be a “Benevolent Inventor”. Sounds good to me…Read More "Benevolent inventor"
This is the kind of thing which drives me crazy: Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW – News) today announced that it will change its Nasdaq stock ticker symbol from SUNW to JAVA, the ubiquitous technology and brand it created in 1995. The stock ticker change will go into effect for the trading community on Monday, August…Read More Rearranging the deckchairs Repainting the nameplate…
Picture this. You’re a moderately successful businessman, with an amateur interest in evo-devo. One day you dream up a weird theory about how evo-devo works: it’s all to do with geometry, specifically patterns of toroids. Now this is a strange idea, but fortunately it’s one can than be easily tested: all we have to do…Read More "I'm not a scientist, but I play one in court."
Good review by Christopher Hitchens of Mark Lilla’s “The Stillborn God“. (You might have caught Lilla’s related piece in last Sunday’s NYT Magazine.) Hitchens’ conclusion: To regret that we cannot be done with superstition is no more than to regret that we have a common ancestry with apes and plants and fish. But millimetrical progress…Read More Hitchens on Lilla
Years ago, Namco released a wonderful sword-fighting game called Soul Calibur. I bought a Sega Dreamcast to play it. Later, Namco released Soul Calibur II for the Playstation 2. I bought a PS2 to play it. Next, they released Soul Calibur III, also for the PS2. I bought a copy, played it, and went back…Read More There's a pattern here.
I just got back from a weekend trip down to California. On Saturday morning, I flew down to Oakland; Celeste picked me up in my old DARWIN (which now has a boring California registration), and invited me to drive it one more time. So we headed south on I-880, and I finally got the opportunity…Read More A quick visit to California
Only in Florida: Orlando emptied its bureau drawers and closets on Friday of more than 250 unwanted guns — and one surface-to-air missile launcher. The shoulder-fired weapon showed about 6 p.m. when an Ocoee man drove to the Citrus Bowl to trade the 4-foot-long launcher for size-3 Reebok sneakers for his daughter.Read More Seems like a good deal to me…
I’ve been reading a beautiful new book called Philosophers without Gods: Meditations on Atheism and the Secular Life, edited by Louise M. Antony. It’s a very personal collection of essays, compelling without being confrontational. One particular piece really grabbed me: the kind that links together several small insights into a huge “a-ha!” moment. It’s “Religion…Read More Philosophers without Gods