Month: April 2010

A funny one in the Apple v. Adobe war

Well, you all know I have no love for Steve Jobs and his asinine assertions about Flash on the iPhone/Touch.

Then I saw this quote on Gizmodo (The same whose editors home was invaded by police over the new iPhone prototype pictures!)

Apple Buys Adobe: Apple immediately fires everyone and burns down Adobe headquarters. Steve Jobs is found days later, pissing on the ashes.

And it’s getting better – I saw an interview with the CEO of Adobe. He’s not buying Jobs assertion and blames the crashes on OS-X. I love it.

And it gets more interesting. The Free Software Foundation has weighed in and accuses Apple of the same thing that Apple is accusing Adobe of doing.

In it they expose part of Apple’s EULA/TOS for things downloaded from the app store:

Apple’s own terms of service document covering all applications downloaded from the App Store, says (in Section 10b):

(ii) You shall be authorized to use the Products only for personal, noncommercial use.

(iii) You shall be authorized to use the Products on five Apple-authorized devices at any time, except in the case of Movie Rentals, as described below.

Off the top of my head I can think of at least two applications I’ve downloaded that fly in the face of non-commercial use. They are TouchTerm and Fring. I used them for commercial functions.

But maybe that’s why I can’t get my business email to work with their mail application. Hmm. It’s standard IMAP so I wonder what’s up! Maybe Apple has a screwball IMAP app.

Some Old School

First up, Taana Gardner with “Work that Body”.  This song has an interesting history. Gardner wasn’t supposed to be on this track, but the original singer was sick the day they recorded and Larry Levan the DJ at the Paradise Garage (A gay club in NYC) knew someone that knew Gardner and this is the result. BTW, the youtube vid, it’s a few minutes short. The version I have in my iTunes library is just short of 8 minutes. Gotta love jams where they threw down and didn’t want to stop at at the 4 minute mark.

Then this one by the Nick Straker Band titled “A Little Bit of Jazz”

Inner Life with “I’m Caught Up (In a One Night Love Affair)”

From the early 1980’s (1983 to be precise) here’s Sinnamon with “I Need You Now”

Sound Factory with “Understand this Groove”

Just a bit of old school music.

Hey Steve Jobs – Stick it up your ass!

Apparently Jobs is still railing against Adobe Flash being in the iPhone OS software load.

Yeah, the same load that makes it so I have to reboot my fucking iPod to get the bluetooth headset to work with it without stuttering, lets not even talk about the battery drain. If I wanted to use it for eight or more hours I’d probably have a tow a generator behind me.

But I’m consistently astounded by Jobs assertion that most of the issues causes with OS-X are due to Flash. Funny that it works just fine on my Windows XP Pro SP3 machine which Jobs reminds us is a PC/Windows application.

Need I remind Jobs  that every bit of Apple computer hardware uses chip sets that are common in Windows PC’s too, from atom processors to Broadcom communication chips.

And his vaunted OS-X is based on the BSD Unix kernel, one of the more stable out there I might add if not for the Apple GUI.

Jobs also likes to say that the iPhone OS can do h.264 (Aka MP4) formats and that HTML5 will eliminate the need to even use Flash. That’s nice and all but widespread adoption of HTML5 is still a few years off. Let us also not forget that Safari on the iphone OS isn’t HTML5 compliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m seriously considering boxing up my Touch and sending it to Jobs with the instructions to grasp it firmly in either right or left hand and shove it up his ass.

Cartoons that made me laugh and some biscuits

Here’s the first one:

A Problem for the Creation Museum
A Problem for the Creation Museum

The next one is a commentary of the attacks on science by the religious.

Science v. Bible
Science v. Bible

If we ever do decide to adopt or to do the host mom thing I’d be damned if I let any school that a child of mine attends even try to introduce the concept of creationism under any of its guises such as Intelligent Design.

Now for the biscuits. These are shortbread biscuits made with flour, butter, and sour cream as well as baking powder and baking soda.


That paper – it’s parchment paper. Great for baking when you can find it in a supermarket. The nice thing is, things don’t stick to it in general. Good for cookies, biscuits, breads, etc. Can also be used in certain fish and chicken dishes too. Withstands a 425F oven for 15 minutes so not bad.

Living in a toxic environment

Today I read two disturbing articles.

The first concerns the release of radioactive tritium into the groundwater around certain nuclear power plants. The list includes Braidwood, Oyster Creek and Vermont Yankee.

The second article indicates that pollution levels around petroleum refineries and chemical plants could be up to ten times or more worse than what is actually reported by the industry regulators.

In my opinion this is completely unacceptable. We need to revisit the Clean Air and Water Acts but I don’t think we should do so until we make more fundamental changes to the way government works.

Put it this way, it was recently announced that the SEC has an employee porn viewing problem. These are the guys who should be regulating the banks but that system is so full of industry insiders (trade and banking) that it’s nothing but a slap on the wrist, etc. So we’ll keep seeing the same financial disasters until that is fixed.

The same is true of the nuclear regulatory agencies but in a different way. The agencies are pretty much hobbled by lobbyists in congress.

That’s right, and who pays those lobbyists? Oil and gas interests, refiners, chemical giants, etc.

So before we can fix the Clean Air and Water Acts we need to make a fundamental change.

Modify the 14th Amendment. I used to only have six words but I have expanded it a bit. Insert the following clause:

“This Constitution and its Amendments do not grant, confer or imply any of the enumerated articles, benefits, and rights to an inanimate entity.”

Then we can move congress to clamp down on the banks, and on the petrochemical and chemical industries.

It’s our health on the line here. How much more of a reason do I have to give for us to be agitating against corporate interests that reduce our lifespan?

Commented on “AMERICAblog”

If Levin has any courage, just put it through and let it be voted NOW! Screw what the White House says.

If push comes to shove, let us see if Obama vetoes the bill? I doubt he would.

This is just posturing. Some of the politicians still see any action that might be in support of equal rights as being a liability.

What they forget is that the electorate has the memory capabilities of a gnat. Or in this case that a vast MAJORITY wants to see the ban aka DADT repealed.

Obama is turning out to be so hobbled by political posturing. He needs to step the hell up and be a real leader, not an academic.

Originally posted as a comment
by kd1s
on AMERICAblog using DISQUS.

Where Tea Partiers Live

Wow, look at that county in Rio Blanco County in CO with 25.3 per 10K. That looks like Tea Bagger central. But then you do a little searching and find out that the entire county is only 6,340 people.

Rhode Island is 1,053,209, Providence County is 626,150. Yet overall if you add up and average the number per 10K you arrive at 1.7 in RI, for a total of about 185 or so Tea Baggers.

Rio Blanco is interesting. If my math is right, it’s just 16 people that are Tea Baggers.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Troppe informazioni Martedì Numero duecentotrenta Tre – la ripetizione del numero settantadue (TMI #233 – Rerun of #72)

1. Commando: Sexy or disgusting? Do you have a “best” commando story?

Can be very sexy. And yes I have a story. This was back when I worked for the Department of Attorney General. I was the I.T. Director and my network manager and web manager were all trying to fix a web issue.

I think it was my network guy who brought it up first that he was going commando that day. Next my web manager (female) and then I had to chime up that I too was going commando that day.

2. Foreplay: Is there such a thing as too much?
Well yes there can be too much. You’ll know when that limit is reached with me.

3. Oral sex: Good if you are getting? Good is you are giving? Equally ewwwww?
What the hell is wrong with serious oral sex? I love getting blown and don’t mind returning the favor.

4. Orgasm: Is one per night enough or does the first one just get your motor running?

Depends highly on how tired I am and I do need a breather period of about 15 or so minutes before the next load.

5. Morning sex: “Oh hell yes!”, “Well if I have, too.” or “Just get in the shower and go to work.”

I am of the Marvin Gaye school, you know that line in Sexual Healing? “Wake up, wake up….”

Bonus (as in optional): Have you ever had anonymous sex? Have you ever had an orgasm without at least knowing your partner’s last name?

In my younger single days, yes to both questions. Always safe though.

Broadband in the U.S. By Lawrence Lessig

I’ve posted before about how in France they pay $40 USD (33 Euros) for 100/50 net service, phone service with a local area of 100 countries, and 300 channels of HD television.

All because in Europe and Asia they went with a regulated broadband plan in the U.S. we didn’t regulate. This is what we get: $54 a month for 25/10 net service, $34 for VoIP with 60 countries. No TV service at all.

We need to scale back the abilities of lobbyists. I’ve said it before and I will keep saying it until we get some action on it.

Modify the U.S. Constitution, specifically the 14th Amendment to exclude inanimate entities from the rights conferred by the Amendment and the Constitution.

Black And Latino Youths Are Vast Majorities In Juvenile Prisons, WBEZ Reports

Not surprising. If for example you look at the NEAP scores for reading in the 4th and 8th grades in RI, you find that in the case of black students, half of them cannot read at a basic level.

The statistics for Latino students are similar and only vary by a few points.

Take the thought a step further. Where do most Black and Latino families cluster? In cities with chronically underfunded school systems. Is it any wonder we’re seeing this?
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost