Wednesday, December 24, 2008

9: Trailer

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Why I don't like Apple

Banned in Cupertino
Apple Failed to Copyright Mac OS X?

Apple made the negative news again today, and I thought it would be a good time to express my opinion on why I do not like Apple. When talking to an Apple person about why Apple is so superior to PC here are the typical responses: "It just works", "It's so easy to use!", or "It's safer and more secure than Windows."

Lets first examine the last response as that is the easiest to debunk. Mac VS Windows vulnerability statistics 2007. In sum of that article Mac had over 20 bugs a month while Windows XP and Vista combined had 3.67. If you go to a Mac store they will tell you that you do not need anti-virus software and do not even have any to sell to you. If a device uses 0's and 1's it can get a virus. Much less a device that is connected to the internet. There are viruses for Mac's and there is anti-virus software you can get for Mac's. The software would not exist if there was not a market or need for it.

Next argument of it's so easy to use. Well I can't argue that too much, except being a PC user I don't agree. I have problems doing anything admin related to the machine, but that could be just me. My argument I always come back with is use Linux. Ubuntu is really easy to use and it's FREE. You also don't have to spend $500+ extra to get a silly white case with an apple symbol on it. Linux is free as will work on almost any hardware, some distrubutions are just as nice looking if not better, and has one of the best support communities around.

The third argument of "It just works." Yes, until something breaks... Then what? Forget about hardware failure because you'll just have to get a new one. There is some Mac support online, but they are difficult to repair. Windows might have more flaws, but it supports an amazing array of hardware and when something breaks there is typically a fix. Even if the fix is replacing a hardware component, it is easy to do so. Or if you don't know how to replace hardware, you can get a PC for sub $400! Try finding a working Mac for anything close to that price.

A final note on this: Stop the cultish following of your belovid fruit! Mac's have flaws, and viruses. If you have to be smug go get a damn Prius so you can save the environment while you breath in your cancer icon.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

DRM Gaming News

It looks like there was finally a taker in the DRM battle to open up and go DRM free. DRM has been in the news a bit over the past few years, but encase you are not familiar with DRM it stands for Digital Rights Management. Quickly speaking DRM breaks down to causing a major headache for people that actually purchase an item with DRM, and causes no problems to people that want to download the software at no cost. So far the methods used for DRM do not work and it has actually pushed some people to either crack their legit games, or to avoid the whole problem and download a already cracked copy with no DRM. Well the folks over at Ubisoft, who have been criticized for using DRM systems Starfoce and SecuROM, have released their latest Prince of Persia title with no DRM! Bravo gentlemen! I can only hope that this inniciative will help cut down on the piracy of the game. It will be pirated, becasue there are people out there who just do that sort of thing no matter what, but hopfully it will take those that are just avoiding the DRM problem to go out and spend their money. Maybe the gaming community can show UbiRazz (the PoP Community Manager) wrong. I have not played this game yet, but everyone should also take into account that there is still the possibility that sales will not be good if the game is not good. Guess we will have to wait and see. I can only hope that more companies will follow Ubisoft in going DRM free.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Monetary System

Dr. Ron Paul has been "preaching" that we need a new monetary system for some time now. His message was even more wide spoken with his campaign for the 2008 presidency campaign. After years of this going on we finally are getting a taste of what was to come. The more you learn about the modern monetary system and how it came to be the more disgusted you will be come. You will also be shocked as to how this new system came to be. Here are a few interesting articles from today that revolve around the growing concern for this and showing what's happened.

Nobel Economist Says More Stable Currency Needed

That's Dr. TV Doom to you

This cartoon is only sad because to some people it is true. Please, don't learn from advertising...

Thursday, December 11, 2008

The end is nigh

BoA cuts 30k-35k jobs

This is all summed up by the following parable:
A Japanese company ( Toyota ) and an American company (Ford) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River .  Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.
On the big day, the Japanese won by a mile.
The Americans, very discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat.  A management team made up of senior management was formed to investigate and recommend appropriate action.
Their conclusion was the Japanese had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while the American team had 8 people steering and 1 person rowing.
Feeling a deeper study was in order, American management hired a consulting company and paid them a large amount of money for a second opinion.
They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.
Not sure of how to utilize that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to the Japanese, the rowing team’s management structure was totally reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 3 area steering superintendents, and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager.
They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 1 person rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder.  It was called the ‘Rowing Team Quality First Program,’ with meetings, dinners, and free pens for the rower  There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes, and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices and bonuses.
The next year the Japanese won by two miles.
Humiliated, the American management laid off the rower for poor performance, halted development of a new canoe, sold the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment.  The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses and the next year’s racing team was out-sourced to India .
Sadly, The End.
 Here’s something else to think about:
Ford has spent the last thirty years moving all its factories out of the US , claiming they can’t make money paying American wages.
TOYOTA has spent the last thirty years building more than a dozen plants inside the US.  The last quarter’s results:
TOYOTA makes 4 billion in profits while Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.
Ford folks are still scratching their heads.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Map of Springfield

Cool interactive map of Springfield for all those Simpsons fans out there.

Californication's Financial Armageddon

Schwarzenegger announced that the deficit in California has increased by another $3.6 billion making a grand total of $14.8 billion.  How did we allow this to happen?  The people in power are put there by us and held there by us, so we are to blame.  Not only for our bad judgment in putting people in power that love to spend our money, but letting them stay!  The Bureaucracy system has to change.  People need to pull their heads out of the ground and stop approving all these bills that are unnecessary.  If we look into the system you find how inefficiently money is being managed and spent.  The system needs to be rebuilt, but on what grounds and with whos authority?  The people of course!  The government is here to serve us and we put people in power who will make the best judgment which as we can easily see keeps failing.  We don't need to keep electing people that seem cool, or that we can identify with.  Why not get someone in there who is painfully smart and has a group of very smart advisors that can direct us?  Any thoughts or am I just alone flailing in the dark?

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Friday, December 5, 2008

Products of the day

Found a few cool new products that are some excellent gift ideas:

Zink Imaging: Currently Costco is the best place to buy as you get a few extra goodies with it compared to other retailers.

3M MPro 110 handheld projector. Cheapest place currently is PC Connection.

I'd like to mention that I am in no way affiliated with either the products nor the distributors and do not benefit from this in any ways. I also have not tried out these products and am only recommending them as innovative products. Whether they work well or not, I'm not sure.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Big 3

It seems like if built yourself up big enough, had corruption and bad business that you are now eligible for a free handout of billions. Not thousands, or millions but BILLIONS. This is more money than most of us could ever imagine, and it also happens to be our money (sort of). I say sort of because there is not that much money actually sitting there for these companies, the federal reserve and congress will just make the digital number appear and for years to come our tax dollars will go to pay off that imaginative number. With the corruption of Paulson bailing out his friends on Wall Street, with the exemption of his enemy the only bank "allowed" to fail, we now have another large bailout in the work. What gives them the right to do this type of business? They fail because they are obviously not working for the consumer, as consumers are buying Japanese cars that are superior. GM has made amazing strides and lost a lot of money making the Volt which sounds very promising, and their quality is that of the Japanese auto makers, but do they diserve a hand out? What type of country do we want to be? Do we want to be an open market and allow large companies that have done bad business or made bad decisions to fall and cost thousands their jobs? Isn't that what we are supposed to do? Or do we allow them to continue at our own expense? Do they get a hand out with a major revision and if so who gets to make that choice? Should it be the tax payers because it is our money, or our congressmen who are supposed to represent us?

I emailed my California Dem representative about my thoughts of allowing all these companies to fail because it is not our responsibility to allow them to continue. Where they fail others will gain great ground. Companies will fall and others will hire or buy them out. Instead of a curtious thank you for your input, I value your opinion because I am representing you. I received a response saying , "Thanks, but I don't agree with what you just said and am going to do otherwise because I think that is best."

When did the people lose control of those we elected to amplify the majority's voice? Part of the problem is we are not giving our voice enough. Blogging is not enough, you have to act! Whether you agree with me that these companies should not receive bail outs or not all of these options are based on your tax dollar, both now and future's. Call or email your representatives. If they get overwhelming response they are supposed to put aside their own thinking and go with the voice of the people or they diserve to be overruled.

V for Vendetta "People should not fear their government. The government should fear the people."

As the news turns

I'd like to invite anyone that stumbles upon this blog to treat it as more of a discussion forum of things in the news, and of interest. There are lots of blogs out there, but hopefully this will spark some interest, create conversation, and open/train ideas and methods of thinking.

Pulsating Quasar

Enjoy the grandeur of all things.