* Posts by Kurt Faasse

22 publicly visible posts • joined 10 May 2007

VW to eliminate worst road hazard: drivers

Kurt Faasse

win win

Even the rich will like it. They can dismiss their chauffer. Will the system be egalitarian or will the bigger, shinier cars always go to the head of the line? The fellows at TopGear certainly won't be happy. I won't mind it but I do tend to get feel a bit motion sick when I'm not driving. Probably due to, again, trust issues. It will take time.

Paul Allen launches patent broadside on world+dog

Kurt Faasse

tit for tat

Let Paul Allen go ahead and patent everything. Who cares? I'll go ahead and patent Paul Allen's genome, and then I'll own him.

Shopping mall mulls Supreme Court bid to back no-speaking ban

Kurt Faasse
Gates Horns

GM loves me this I know, for my paycheck tells me so...

In the USA, the corporations ARE the government. Not that they are right. Might does not make right. But, still, they are in control.

Sheep ad not cruel, bleats Samsung

Kurt Faasse
Paris Hilton

C.H.U.D. anyone?

Perhaps we should just eat human beings. There are too many of the pesky things as it is, and they seem to be the source of all the world's faults. Also, I've read the meat is particularly sweet. And recommended by Jonathan Swift and Rod Serling.

DARPA looking for mind-controlrepair brainplug tech

Kurt Faasse

War gave us penicillin, it can give us the Matrix

I don't see what's particularly wrong about all this. Virtual waterboarding? Remote drones? Grokking? I use an OCZ nia (neural interface actuator) to play Psychonauts. It's evolution in the making.

Meat Loaf gets Q gong

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I thought the walrus was Paul?

Kurt Faasse

Top o' the world, ma!

Or, if his health gets the better of him, it could be him and Karen Carpenter doing duets at the Pearly Gates. They could bill as the Walrus and the Carpenter.

Now Hollywood is chasing UK downloaders

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Dead Vulture

This will generate sales

...in a pig's eye. Does anyone still adhere to the argument that ending file sharing will result in all those blocked downloads immediately becoming people rushing to the store to buy it? It will result in people thinking twice, realizing they don't need it, and getting on with their lives. At the very least, the rest of us can expect a little more bandwidth. Now, if they would only go after the spammers with as much vociferousness, considering spam is now, what?, 60% of all network traffic at least?

Ofcom considers termination charges

Kurt Faasse
Dead Vulture

"Adequate" for whom?

I love when some think tank decides what is the new standard for being a human. At least it's not the Vatican anymore.

American ISP flashes phantom bandwidth cap

Kurt Faasse
Black Helicopters

But no one OWNS the internet, do they?

I thought the internet was all the networked computers connected together, and it worked completely automatically, and that any attempt at censorship is viewed as damage and is routed out of the way. Everyone seems to think they own the internet, and in truth the internet will still be there working after we have exterminated ourselved in the next world war. All this profiteering is just silly.

New York pressures more ISPs into child pornography crackdown

Kurt Faasse
Jobs Horns

I thought I recognized your particular stench

The tighter you squeeze your fist, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.

Home Sec in anti-terror plan to control entire web

Kurt Faasse
Jobs Horns

OK, one more time, children. . .

The Internet sees censorship as damage and routes around it.


The Internet sees censorship as damage and routes around it.

The internet is designed to survive a global nuclear war and continue functioning in the service of the people.

If the government wants to go all SkyNet and nuke the world to save the world, none of us can do anything about that. Ever again. Otherwise, I would not even waste space printing articles like this or time reading them.

If worse comes to worse, we can let them devolve back to the stone age and we can keep on using shortwave packet bursts to communicate.

Who is John Galt?

Microsoft readies Hal 9000

Kurt Faasse

you'll look sweet upon the seat . . .

Yes, at least David Bowman knew where the key was to pull all those memory blocks. Someone, please find Microsoft's key.

Frenchman calculates 13th root of 200-digit number

Kurt Faasse

shades of delaney

Is this a taste of "Babel-17"? Human brain as computer? Hardware in the wetware? The future is coming, ffolkes, and nobody, not nobody not nowhere, is going to be ready for it. That's what makes it fun.

B3ta served DMCA notice for Photoshop Prince challenge

Kurt Faasse

the worms crawl in the worms crawl out

<quote>Imagin your a photographer and a newspaper reprints your images with a slight change to them, you'd be pissed.</quote>

No, I wouldn't. I'd laugh, because life is short and no matter how piss-elegant we individual humans think we are, we are all going to die and rot and be eaten by worms. None of this really fecking matters in the cosmic stretch of time and space. I laugh because someday Prince will be worm food, just like Mozart. Only people are still playing Mozart and still will be playing Mozart 5000 years from now, but Prince will be forgotten forever within the next few decades. That, for what it's worth, is justice.

[PS - get a dictionary and a book on grammar]

Verizon hijacks your browser

Kurt Faasse
Jobs Horns

So what?

How many complaints are registered when Internet Explorer defaults to MSN Search? How many deadheads do not know how to change their default web browser? How many people own computers and high speed internet who should not be allowed near a four function calculator? (Or, for that matter, how many drunks and just plain unskilled drivers should never be allowed behind the wheel?) How is this a big deal that rates an article? A president of a certain superpower hijacked a justice system and had his military attack a nonthreatening nation. How does this compare? Priorities, people.

OQO Model e2 UMPC

Kurt Faasse

It's no MobilePro

I'll stick with my NEC MobilePro 950, with its WiFi, modem, pccard slot, USB 2.0, and 8-hour battery. And touch screen. Which I got for $85 on eBay. Two grand for an OQO makes it an overpriced inconvenience.

UK.gov makes bizarre threat to throw self off internet

Kurt Faasse

What are you blathering on about?

I just clicked that link from across the pond here, and it went straight to the archived if no longer updated guidelines to proper web design site. Maybe you caught it on a bad day.

Ebuyer.com runs on a Commodore 64

Kurt Faasse

Six of one, half a terahertz of the other

There is also a CRAY in the list. Fair and balanced computing?

Seriously, though, are you having a laugh? Or, is it that ebuyer.com is having a laugh by fiddling with the I.D. strings?

Your space, MySpace, everybody's space

Kurt Faasse

Sorely needed exposure

Bravo. Excellent bit of focus reporting. This should have been prominent in the New York Times, The Times of London, and the Paris Tribune. If more Americans (and citizens elsewhere) were made aware, in clear and precise terms, of what kind of dangers we are facing as our individual rights erode, fewer people would be so eager to waste time voting for the next American Idol and instead spend more time and thought in voting for the next American President.

Microsoft too busy to name Linux patents

Kurt Faasse

Back to the good ol' days

As an Ubuntu advocate, I see Microsoft Licensing Representatives as the new Revenuers, and they'll get both barrels just the same.

Don't let Windows Indexing Service know too much

Kurt Faasse

People actually use Windows Explorer?

I use TotalCommander, have for years. People who rely exclusively on Windows' own utilities are "special" IMHO.