Saturday, 26 May 2007


Debasing language, corrupting discourse

Wretchard raises a question:

Now that the term "torture" has been put in one-to-one correspondence with such admittedly unpleasant activities as punching, sleep deprivation, a handkerchief pulled over one's face and loaded with water, searches by women upon sensitive Islamic men or the disrespectful handling of Korans -- what on earth do we call gouging people's eyes out?
Cynic that I am, I've long wondered how the members of the "pomo community" would react if they found themselves the objects of  some good old-fashioned line-'em-up-against-the- wall-and-shoot-'em repression. Godwin's Law (or maybe, The Boy Who Cried "Wolf!") in practice: When you label everyone who disagrees with you a "Nazi," what do you say when the real Nazis show up?

Meanwhile, "david t" at Harry's Place notes an unusual (not!) silence.

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Monday, 07 May 2007


Stupid Stupid Stupid - Part 1

John Dvorak blames the lawyers:

...nobody, myself included, knows what to do with the code. It is practically useless.

If the lawyers did nothing, it would have languished as a curiosity with perhaps a few crackers developing some software with it. The end result would be a few cracked copies of DVDs running on a few computers here and there.

Because of the lawyers and the nasty letters, now everyone online knows how important this number must be. Boom! Now users get to work on it.

Heck of a job, lawyers.
He notes how the RIAA's anti-piracy campaign generated tremendous publicity for MP3s-as-music-storage-and-trading medium, and the subsequent decimation of the retail CD business.
My humble contribution to spreading the word is here.

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Saturday, 05 May 2007


Here, have some pretty colors...

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(Use the source, Luke.)

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