Saturday, June 04, 2005

Quran Kicked, Peed on at Gitmo

You knew the administration was lying, didn't you?

The findings, released after normal business hours Friday evening, are among the results of an investigation last month by Brig. Gen. Jay Hood, the commander of the detention center in Cuba, that was triggered by a Newsweek magazine report — later retracted — that a U.S. soldier had flushed one Guantanamo Bay detainee’s Quran down a toilet.
Now I wonder what Newsweek's yellow-bellied editorial staff will do. I mean, will they still fellate the administration, or will they return to being part of the independent news media?

C|Net: Apple to ditch IBM

This would be a shocking development. But, C|Net is a pretty reliable source.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Now THIS is Why the Internet was Invented

Eff You H2 Yes, I am five years old.

(D/R)eforestation in Vermont

Over at the very fine Volokh Conspiracy, Todd Zywicki blogs about the reforestation of Vermont. Look, judging by what I do for a living, nobody's going to put me in the Greenpeace camp. But I giggle at conservatives that attempt to support deforestation, especially of old growth ecosystems, about the fact that the US may have more forest now than in the 1800s. Of course, I'm not sure if Mr. Zywicki is trying to make that argument, though he seems to imply it, but the instant factoid ignores a couple of things: First, Vermont is a teeny, tiny speck of a state, nevermind Phish and Ben and Jerry's. Second, Vermont's agricultural industry isn't exactly the same as that of the Midwest, or even the south and the far west.

Moreover, the bigger argument out west implies that replacing 100 year-old trees with saplings is an even trade. Of course it isn't. It's more like tearing down the Biltmore Estate, replacing it with a neighborhood of tract homes and arguing that you have more houses than when you started. The conservatives just don't get this one. Loss of old growth habitat is devastating for the local and regional ecosystem and cannot be replaced for hundreds of years (quite literally). Saplings just don't cut it.

Feds Investigate Prius Stalling

Autoblog links to an article in Forbes (who's seemingly been on a automotive journalism kick lately) on the U.S. Highway Traffic Safety Administration's investigation into alleged stalling on highways. Autoblog reports that Toyota recently recalled about 175K cars from Asian markets due to defective brake and fuel systems. Luckily, my parents bought a reliable Honda, rather than a problematic Toyota.

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Sith Switch

Well.... I think it's funny.

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ATI's h.264 Hardware Acceleration and Macs

MacHTPC Mac ruminates about a possible upgrade to or extension of the Mac mini line to include ATI graphics chipsets with hardware accelerated HD video rendition using the h.264 MPEG-4 codec. Sounds like an interesting idea. But I'd prefer Apple to take the same approach it took with the AirPort Express with AirTunes only with video -- remember, the AirPort Express has hardware music decoding. In other words, Apple should make an AirPort Express-sized box with built-in h.264 decoding hardware and an HDMI port.

PC Magazine: Tiger is the Best OS

PC World, a Windows-centric magazine, has named Tiger the best Operating System. I agree. It's like having Longhorn's second Service Release in now, rather than in 2007.

Gov. Schwarzenegger Whores Himself Out

The Governornator apparently prominently displayed products made by big campaign contributors in a recent Ad. This is quite bizzare, isn't it? I mean, is a political ad an appropriate vehicle for a nested soda ad? Maybe this is just a sign of the apocalypse?

Monday, May 30, 2005

Dear GM....

More of this:

Less of this: