January 5th, 2004

run the fuck away

Linkage and Info...

First, all ye who attend college, rejoice at the Open Textbook movement; applying the philosophies and thoughts of Open Source to making textbooks, hence bringing us one step closer to an anti-corporate lovey-dovey communism. Of course, there really isn't anything inherently communist about OS. In fact, it's wonderfully capitalist- you make an investment and expect a return. I was really frustrated in college that I had to pay huge sums because the textbook came with a CD, and a weblink where I could log-on and do walk through excersises online, get live help, and watch a monkey spank off the author. I just wanted the fucking book, they could keep the web and especially keep the monkey. I just wanted the book. Now, this provides a great compromise- I get the book. If they want to offer extra services (a-la the RedHat model), they bill me for those, if I use them. Sounds good to me.

Here's a photo treat for you all, a collection of photos from the Spirit probe. Kinda cool.
run the fuck away

I'm not this crazy, am I?

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Okay, now for interesting tidbits, ie. news.
The Tale of "Osama-fin-Laden" is a tale of stupidity, right up there with forcing mothers to drink their own breast-milk before they can board a plane. That's right, a Fighting Beta is a hazard to an aircraft. It may be plastique or something, or maybe you shoved a stick of dynamite up its ass. They don't know. But now, knowing that, don't you feel safer? No terrorist-fish on your airplane flight, thanks to Homeland Security and the TSA.

Now, for Morons in the News, a seven year old gets himself trapped in a "crane-game" style machine. Fucktard.

This is cool. There's a neighborhood in Copenhagen that's a TAZ. The government is planning to demolish it because of the drug problem created by "Pusher Street". So what do the pushers do? Tear out their stalls and leave quietly, all to preserve the neighborhood. Go them; that's really fucking cool. That's civic spirit, right there. Yea! Rahrahrah.

Now here's a good'un. If you paste a postcard to a ceramic tile and sell it, are you creating a derivitave work? A few cases say yes, a few say "probably not". Here's the issue: once you buy a postcard, you technically own it, and can do anything you want. Except, if you're doing something like the tile thing, the judges say that you're framing it in an unusual and unintended context, and that's a derivative work. Now, in the modern realm, this ties to the MPAA versus ClearPlay. With ClearPlay, you can watch a movie, and based on a downloadable script, it'll censor the movie for you, cutting violence and profanity. According to the MPAA, this creates a derivitave work. According to common sense, the MPAA is full of shit. I can do that myself with the remote and three buttons (mute, fastfoward and play), so why should using a device be wrong? Simple, it's not. Pack up and go home MPAA. But it's in court, so lets see what happens.

Okay, lets get something fun.
This parody of an old Charles Atlas ad where you can become a geek in fifteen clicks.
FuhQuake: Quake's been open-sourced for awhile, and these guys rebuiilt the graphics engine. It's shiny, if you at the screenshots.
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