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The iPhone Goes to War

February 29th, 2008 - 11:07 am

No kidding. Check this out:

The U.S. Department of Defense found that it was pretty simple to adapt existing technology to create a remotely controlled combat vehicle, at least after over a decade of trying. In this case, it’s a seven ton, cross country, wheeled vehicle (the “Crusher”). Equipped with sensors and cameras, Crusher came out of a project to develop a truly robotic vehicle. In the meantime, researchers took existing video game controllers and quickly rigged them to serve as Crushers remote controls. This made it easy for people raised on video games to operate the vehicles. An iPhone was modified, over a weekend, to provide additional controls.

Robot tanks and transports? Cool. Just don’t tie them all together in some kind of… Skynet.

In the Long Run We’ll All Be… Fine

February 29th, 2008 - 8:58 am

When recessions hit, the worst thing the government can do is something.

We have a Federal Reserve trying to prop up a sagging economy by cutting interest rates — at a time when inflation is already a problem. There’s a name for that, and anyone around during the ’70s should shudder at the mere mention of “stagflation.” Better to do nothing, and sinking demand will eventually sort out the oversupply of goods and dampen inflationary pressures.

We have two Democratic contenders desperate to shore up American jobs by cutting off trade. A Republican Congress tried that during one nasty downturn, and anyone around during the ’30s should shudder at the mere mention of “Great Depression.” Better to do nothing, because trade creates more jobs than it destroys.

This is simple stuff, really. But we have a Fed chairman and a couple of would-be presidents who Just Don’t Get It. We’re in trouble, and for no good reason.

Drop Drudge!

February 29th, 2008 - 8:46 am

It’s not like he isn’t asking for it.

Ted Bronson Was an Navy Man?

February 28th, 2008 - 10:19 am

This is a non-issue, dammit.”

But it’s pretty good reading.

Hurry, March

February 28th, 2008 - 8:40 am

Be gone, foul February. Too many deaths to endure. But I am still alive, therefore I must be stronger.

First, my beloved dog Samantha was put to sleep by humane euthanasia, with me kneeling at her side, following a losing battle against canine pancreatitis.

Then, Buckley.

Now, another blow. Perhaps other members of Steelers Nation have not yet read that Myron Cope has died. Cope was the radio voice of the Pittsburgh Steelers for the past several decades, and the creator of the Terrible Towel. What a character he was. Yoi and double yoi! He was once asked how he would like to be remembered, and he took a moment and wrote his own epitaph: “Creator of Towel Dead”.

I’m left with two thoughts. Each of these three brought fun, adventure and joy into my life, though in entirely different ways. And,… that’s three. That’s enough.

So Much for Cheap PCs

February 27th, 2008 - 1:47 pm

More legal woes for Microsoft:

It looks like that little lawsuit over “Vista Capable” stickers on PCs could now be about to get quite a bit bigger, as a federal judge has now bestowed class-action status on the suit, which accuses Microsoft of misleading marketing. More specifically, as the AP reports, the suit alleges that the “Vista Capable” stickers slapped on PCs during the 2006 holiday season created an “artificial demand” for the computers, and “inflated prices for computers that couldn’t be upgraded to the full-featured version of Vista.”

I told you so, way back in early ’06.


February 27th, 2008 - 10:19 am

Bill Buckley has died. He’ll be remembered as one of the giants of the 20th century.

What the …?

February 27th, 2008 - 7:32 am

Delores DeLago, The Toast of Chicago
performs New York, New York

Really Good Awful Advice

February 27th, 2008 - 6:36 am

Credit card fraud hits the blogosphere.

You know what I do? Once a year or so, I report each of my cards as missing or stolen. I get new numbers, and anyone who might have been using them gets cut off. And all without me having to do any research or pay attention or anything else that might keep me from sitting on the floor with a bunch of Lego blocks and my son.

Try it!

Debate Drunkblogging — The Wrap!

February 26th, 2008 - 10:19 pm

It was the Chinese Food Debate.

Debate Drunkblogging — LIVE!

February 26th, 2008 - 6:53 pm

6:53pm (Mountain, as usual) Who has the worse pregame show — CNN with Lou Dobbs and his giant orange head, or MSNBC and Keith Olberman’s giant little penis? It’s a tough call. I should warn you that Melissa and I started in on the Chianti early tonight, and I’ve since moved on to gin martinis. You’re welcome.

6:56pm The problem with hauling the laptop into the bedroom for these events is, I can’t have a cigar in the bedroom. Who wants to contribute to the Buy VodkaPundit an Outdoor Television Fund?

6:58pm The candidates are on stage, and they both look good. Clinton is wearing some brown patterned outfit, completely different from the usual plain Ann Taylor-looking pantsuits. Is she signaling something?

7:00pm Olberman asks if Hillary is going to compare Obama to Bush Jr. Northern black man = Texas fake cowboy? That’s not going to work, I don’t think.

7:02pm Once again, the promise is “no rules.” Except no kicks to the crotch and no fishhooking.

7:05pm “Well, this is a contested campaign…” Clinton, explaining her “change of tone” since the debate last Saturday. She excuses herself by playing defense on NAFTA and her health care plan. It’s a judo move, trying to make Obama look like the attacker. I think it sounds lame.

7:07pm I’m curious what the candidates internal polls tell them, since they’ve only really gotten heated with each other over health care — and not over Iraq.

And now we’re talking about Obama in the Somali garb from yesterday. Clinton denies everything, but says she’d ask people to “leave my campaign” if they were responsible for distributing the photo. Riiiiiight.

7:09pm Obama says he takes Clinton at her word, but he’s skipping over the photo kerfuffle and getting right into the health care debate. What is it about Democrats that they can talk for hours over who covers either 14 or 15 million more people? Yawn.

7:11pm “This is not just any issue… but whether the country will do what is right.” “Right” in this case telling millions of people exactly what to do. I thought rights were things the government isn’t allowed to stop us from doing.

7:12pm Clinton tried to stake the ground of John Edwards. Wasn’t his campaign the first big loser of the year? Is that a wise move? (She tried it on Saturday night, too.)

7:14pm “Subsidies.” “Mandates.” Obama’s two favorite words — and they sound like 1976 all over again. Or 1964. Or 1938. But 2008? The Republican attack ads practically write themselves.

7:15pm HillaryCare is just like a 401(k) because it’s “automatic.”

7:16pm Are they really arguing over whose government program will do they most to “control costs?” First person to give me a solid example of Washington controlling costs will win a free pony.

7:17pm On a plus note, at least the candidates are going after each other. I’m also pleased to note that Clinton just admitted that her plan can’t save money unless young, healthy people are forced to buy insurance they don’t want and probably don’t need.

7:19pm And now we’re on to NAFTA. Can’t we talk about gay marriage or medical marijuana or some other “soft” issue where I’m likely to agree with at least ONE of these guys?

7:20pm Oh, please. Clinton says she has been against NAFTA “since the beginning,” but bit her tongue because she was First Lady. Did I already say “Oh, please?” And what the hell is a “trade time-out?”

7:21pm “Hey, Mexico, don’t send us any stuff for a couple weeks while we figure stuff out. You too, Canada. We don’t need no stinkin’ Dodge Chargers for a while.”

7:23pm Obama wants a “fair deal” for American workers. Harry Truman called, and he wants his line back.

7:24pm The moderators are pretty much killing Hillary on her NAFTA wiggle. She’s in trouble, and it’s early yet. “We will opt out of NAFTA unless we renegotiate it.” And Obama is to her LEFT on trade.

We’re in trouble, folks.

7:27pm Clinton has spent the last thre minutes explaining exactly how she’s going to screw over our two largest trade partners. That weak dollar? It’s not going to get any stronger with talk like that.

7:29pm Obama agrees with Clinton on trade, he says.

7:30pm At least Obama has sense enough to praise American workers’ productivity. You know, so long as they’re behind some giant trade barriers.

7:32pm Good on Tim Russert for pointing out that Ohio exports a lot of stuff. Lots. The #4 state, in fact, to Canada and Mexico. Obama deflects, saying Bush is to blame for… something, I’m not sure what. He has no explanation to offer for why Ohio’s best-educated are leaving the state. Maybe because Ohio government has pretty much sucked the last four or five years?

7:33pm “Five million new jobs in five years” was Clinton’s promise to New York. Upstate New York has lost jobs. What went wrong? “I thought Al Gore would be president,” says Clinton. I told you Florida would vote Republican in November.

7:34pm Government makes jobs! Yawn.

7:36pm Some rock tunes have “city shout outs.” Think of Huey Lewis and “Heart of Rock and Roll.” The big cities got mentioned in the real song, then at the end a local radio edit included dubbed-over shouts for a couple of towns in your area. The candidates do the same thing in these debates. And when they do, I always hear Huey singing “St Louis!” over the fade-out.

7:38pm Obama on the Muslim world: “You know those elections and riots that have totally screwed up Pakistan lately? I would have made sure they happened much sooner.”

7:39pm Clinton on Obama: “He gave a great speech in 2002 when he didn’t have to do anything.” And, “until relatively recently” Obama and Clinton have voted the same on war issues in the Senate. It’s a pretty lame attack.

7:40pm On the other hand, Clinton pointing out that threatening to “bomb Pakistan” maybe wasn’t “too wise” was pretty sweet.

7:42pm Hillary has two big weaknesses. On the attack, she sounds rough, rehearsed, and yet somehow uncertain. On the defense, Obama deflects as smoothly as a very smooth thing having been recently resmoothed by a professional smoothing company.

7:43pm Obama’s weakness is, he forgets that the enemy in Iraq is al Qaeda and Sunni deadenders, and not the government in Baghdad.

7:44pm, Cripes, but I need a fresh cocktail. I’ll be gone for two minutes. You’ll tell me if I miss anything good, yes?

7:47pm “NATO is critical to our mission in Afghanistan,” says Hillary. True enough. But the problem isn’t whether Obama understands that. The problem is whether the other NATO countries understand that. BTW, I have a very icy Bombay Sapphire with a twist of lemon. How are you enjoying the debate?

7:48pm Germans won’t fight in Afghanistan because we’re fighting in Iraq, says Obama. I’m sorry, but how stupid is this man?

7:52pm Commerical break is over.

7:54pm Hillary getting all sarcastic in not a pretty sight. Neither are her hips in that bright yellow jacket.

7:55pm Somehow, Obama used that video flashback of Clinton’s Sarcasm Tour as a segue into his stump speech. This guy is the Jos. A Bank Wrinkle Free Traveler Shirt of politics.

7:57pm Clinton’s explanation for her Sarcasm Tour? “I was just trying to have a little fun.” Hillary, honey… Next time, have your fun in private. Get an intern to go down on you or something. It worked for Bill, thanks to you.

8:00pm Now it’s Obama’s turn for a video flashback. This one shows him picking on Clinton for trying to claim all of the good and none of the bad during her husband’s administration. He looked a little cheap, but at least he wasn’t wearing yellow.

8:02pm “I voted for it, but hoped it wouldn’t pass… but if you don’t want something pass you vote against it.” Best line of the night so far, and it belongs to Obama. Ive said this before, but it bears repeating. Obama reminds me of John Kerry’s singular strength: The man is a debating machine. You just can’t get him off-message or out-of-sorts.

8:04pm My drunkblog is being liveblogged. That’s so meta, I need a drink.

8:05pm “If I’m the nominee I will sit down with John McCain…” and try to weasel out of my promise to stick with public financing. It’s schadenfreude, I know, but I hope both nominees get screwed up the keister by their past support for public campaign finance.

8:07pm Clinton is bragging that donations are up since she loaned herself five million dollars. That’s a lot like a drowning man bragging about that lifesaver they threw in the water.

8:08pm You know what is weird about Americans? We sometimes love our presidents, but we hate our candidates. Why else would we insist that they release their tax returns, something we ask of nobody else?

8:10pm Kudos for Obama for denouncing Louis Farrakhan… but then he dodged the issue of rejecting Farrakhan’s support. Dude, you can’t pull out after you’ve… oh, never mind.

8:12pm Obama: “The Jews love me!”

8:14pm Clinton: “They love me, too!”

8:15pm This half-Jew is pretty much sick of the both of you.

8:15pm “We cannot let anyone in any way say these things…” That’s Clinton, with a positively McCain-like view of the First Amendment.

8:16pm Commercial break. You know what that means, don’t you? Cialis ads and a fresh martini.

8:20pm “How can you run with a more liberal voting record than Ted Kennedy?” Obama: Because I’m running against the worst candidate since John Kerry. OK, so he didn’t actually say that, but I wish he had.

8:21pm Obama has a point that the liberal/conservative Senate voting credentials don’t always make sense. That aside, a gun-hating, trade-hating, Iraq-screwing, dictator-loving junior senator from Chicago can hardly be called a centrist.

8:24pm When Clinton talks about Putin and Russia, I trust her a lot more than I trust, say, President Bush. Of course, I’d trust her with my liver more than I’d trust, say, Hannibal Lecter — but that’s assuming HillaryCare doesn’t get passed.

8:25pm “I think that we work with the international community… and state that ‘that’s unacceptable’.” Obama, explaining how to deal with a Russian-sponsored Serb invasion of Kosovo. While you’re at it, Barack, be sure to give those nasty Russkies a stern mention about civil liberties.

8:27pm Clinton, at long last, renounced her vote on the Iraq War. I think. Kind of, anyway. Depending on how you parse the Clintonese, that little statement could be the big story of the night.

8:29pm Obama would have changed how he acted (or failed to act) regarding Terry Schiavo. Nobody gained anything to be proud of from that sad case.

8:31pm And we end with a general love fest, group hugs, kumbaya and all that. I’ll have a lengthier (and possibly more sensible) analysis later tonight at PajamasMedia.com.

Wargaming the Electoral College II

February 26th, 2008 - 12:58 pm

In response to this morning’s electoral college maps, Stephen Bainbridge asks some tough questions:

Looking at your base map, a few quibbles. (1) Virginia has been trending purple, so I think you need to put it in the undecided camp, especially if Obama is the nominee. (2) The Democratic machine’s been taking a beating in Louisiana lately, but it’s still a purple state at best. (3) Are you sure about Florida? Especially with Castro’s retirement thrown into the mix?

I answered:

At this early stage… I’m not sure about anything!

Crist remains popular in Florida. He’s no Jeb, but he inherited a great machine and hasn’t done it much harm.

This year I’m confident about Virginia, or at least confident enough to mark it red for now. Even with Obama as the nominee. But this is the last election I’ll say that. During the 2004 race, I wrote something about northern Virginia being little more than the “greater DC area,” or words to that effect. Come 2012, Virginia will be in play for sure.

To be blunt about poor Louisiana… until the Katrina refugees return, I think the Democrats are missing too many core presidential voters to turn the state blue. But if there’s an Obama-Breaux ticket (or something like it), then all bets are off.

Obama-Breaux… now that would be a tough ticket. Regionally and ideologically balanced… but would rank-and-file Democrats turn out for a blue dog like Breaux? As hungry to win as they are this year, I bet they would.

UPDATE: Good discussion going on at Outside the Beltway.

UPDATE: And even more from Karl at Protein Wisdom.

Good Question

February 26th, 2008 - 12:57 pm

Who is advising Barack Obama on foreign affairs, and does she really “hold a set of naive and mischievous opinions on the Middle East?”

Where’s Willy?

February 26th, 2008 - 12:02 pm

Um… where’s Bill Clinton? Other than a quick mention a few days back that Bill thinks Hillary needs to win Ohio and Texas, he’s been conspicuous by his absence. Now he’s nowhere to be found. Maybe they’ll trot him out again if Hillary can eke out some wins next week. Maybe not. Even Clinton’s closest advisors don’t know for sure.

This is a campaign in disarray.

Check out what went on at a high-level breakfast chat yesterday:

First came Harold Ickes, who gave a presentation about Hillary Rodham Clinton’s prospects that severed all ties with reality. “We’re on the way to locking this nomination down,” he said of a candidate who appears, if anything, headed in the other direction.

But before the breakfast crowd had a chance to digest that, they were served another, stranger course by Clinton campaign spokesman Phil Singer. Asked about an accusation on the Drudge Report that Clinton staffers had circulated a photo of Barack Obama wearing Somali tribal dress, Singer let ‘er rip.

“I find it interesting that in a room of such esteemed journalists that Mr. Drudge has become your respected assignment editor,” he lectured. “I find it to be a reflection of one of the problems that’s gone on with the overall coverage of this campaign.” He went on to chide the journalists for their “woefully inadequate” coverage of Obama, “a point that has been certainly backed up by the ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit that opened the show this past Saturday evening, which I would refer you all to.”


After the breakfast, one of the questioners asked Singer whether he could elaborate on the tax-return issue. He dismissed her with more hostility. When the reporter suggested that Singer was being antagonistic, the spokesman explained.

“Sixteen months into this,” he said, “I’m just angry.”

The picture is one where the Washington media hates Clinton (or at least her people) and vice versa. But it gets worse. Advisor Harold Ickes is in a state of disarray all by himself:

At one point, [Ickes] warned of “a bitter and potentially very divisive credentials fight” at the Democratic convention. At another point, he compared the race to 1972, when a strong front-runner, Ed Muskie (now played by Clinton), was upended by an antiwar candidate, George McGovern (now played by Obama), who lost to the Republicans. “The fact is, he could not carry his weight in the general election,” Ickes argued.

But Ickes could suspend reality for only so long. He referred to Clinton’s opponent at one point as “Senator Barack,” swapped 1992 for 1972 and Michigan for Vermont, and said of the Pennsylvania primary: “Um, what month is it?” Eventually, Carl Leubsdorf of the Dallas Morning News drew a confession out of Ickes: “I think if we lose in Texas and Ohio, Mrs. Clinton will have to make her decisions as to whether she goes forward or not.”

Ickes also can’t seem to make up his mind what the superdelegates should do:

“They are supposed to exercise leadership,” Ickes said of the superdelegates Monday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with reporters. “They are not sheep.”

Back in Olden Times, when Clinton held a commanding lead, Ickes thought differently. But of course.

With sinking polls, sinking chances, and a staff sinking into desperation, what’s Hillary’s next move? See here:

After struggling for months to dent Senator Barack Obama’s candidacy, the campaign of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton is now unleashing what one Clinton aide called a “kitchen sink” fusillade against Mr. Obama, pursuing five lines of attack since Saturday in hopes of stopping his political momentum.

I’d call it the “pasta attack.” Throw it against the wall and see what sticks. So far, nothing sticks — because this is a campaign that stinks.

Buh Bye Best Buy

February 26th, 2008 - 11:33 am

Apple’s iTunes Store is now America’s #2 music seller. Wal-Mart is in first place, which means iTunes has probably gone about as far as it’s going to go.

I like Amazon’s newish MP3 download service, but wish it were as easy to use as Apple’s.

Where to Begin?

February 26th, 2008 - 10:55 am

Would you believe that even the UN is smarter than the US intelligence community? Here’s Exhibit A:

he U.N. nuclear monitoring agency presented documents Monday that diplomats said indicate Iran may have focused on a nuclear weapons program after 2003 — the year that a U.S. intelligence report says such work stopped.

In a tangentially related story:

The Czech Republic expects to finalize details this week in Washington of a plan to play host to part of a U.S. missile defense shield, Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek said Monday.

The Czechs know the score, and so does the IAEA. So what’s wrong with the CIA?

Hockey Talk

February 26th, 2008 - 10:11 am

Finally, some good news: Peter Forsberg will stay with the Colorado Avalanche.

UPDATE: Full analysis here.

I Give Up

February 26th, 2008 - 9:49 am

You know, it’s getting harder and harder for me to defend Ron Paul against charges of racism.

Pardon the Language

February 26th, 2008 - 9:05 am

CBS News worries that Hillary “risks appearing negative” as she goes for the capillary against Obama in Ohio and Texas.

Say that with me out loud. “Risks appearing negative.”




No shit, Sherlock?


February 26th, 2008 - 8:38 am

Obama and Clinton debate tonight in Texas or Ohio or somewhere. So of course I’ll drunkblog the big event.

What, you thought I’d miss what might be the last primary debate of 2008?

I might even have a cocktail to celebrate.

The fun starts tonight at 8pm Eastern, I think. Details to follow.

Texas Tea Leaves

February 26th, 2008 - 8:14 am

Here’s a cup, and here’s another cup. Drink each one down, then swirl the numbers around in your mind a while.

Wargaming the Electoral College

February 26th, 2008 - 5:25 am

Because It’s Never Too Early for Idle Speculation

If you handed me red and blue markers, and told me my life depended on being absolutely right about the November election, here’s how I’d color the map.

[As always, click the thumbnail for a larger view.]

These are the 41 states that, I think, are already locked down. Barring some unpredictable turn of events, there are only nine states up for grabs for a total of 82 electoral college votes.

A couple things to take note of.

Ohio typically is a swing state and, if you’ll recall, won the 2004 election for Bush in the wee hours after the polls closed. Yet already I’ve called it for the Democrats. Well, that’s just the way it’s going to be. The state Republican party is more or less destroyed — and economics and demographics have moved Ohio leftward these last four years. Please don’t shoot the messenger. And the only reason New Hampshire isn’t Mood Indigo (“bluer than blue can be”) is because McCain is the likely nominee. They love McCain in the Granite State, and no other Republican stands a chance there.

Also notice that the parties are in a virtual dead heat — the Democrats at 227 and the Republicans at 229. That’s a tight race.

So let’s pretend that Barack Obama is the nominee and everybody loves him and John McCain runs a competent-but-uninspiring campaign. How big does Obama win? Let’s take a peek.

Feeling a Little Stupid

February 25th, 2008 - 9:27 pm


ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York state Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Monday evening that a Democrat running for a rural upstate Senate seat traditionally held by Republicans couldn’t keep his name on the Independence Party line on the ballot in a special election.

Republican Will Barclay will have his name on the Independence line instead of his opponent, Democrat Darrel Aubertine. The candidates are running in a special election to represent a district running along eastern Lake Ontario and including Oswego and Jefferson counties, and parts of St. Lawrence County.

The race has sparked personal attacks, negative campaigning and a lawsuit over who gets the Independence Party line.

Can someone from upstate New York please explain this crap to me?

This Ain’t Gonna Be Pretty

February 25th, 2008 - 4:34 pm

CNN’s Political Ticker calls Texas a dead heat between Clinton and Obama. Assuming the polls hold steady for another eight days — ie, Obama’s momentum and Clinton’s freefall both just stop — then Obama will still win more delegates in Texas.

In Ohio, Cincinnati’s sole superdelegate just endorsed Obama.

There Are Those Who Call Me Tim

February 25th, 2008 - 4:04 pm

Did Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty just drop off John McCain’s hypothetical short list of vice presidential picks? Read:

The Minnesota House voted to override Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s veto Monday of the $6.7 billion transportation bill.
In a 91-41 vote, the House garnered the two-thirds majority needed to override Pawlenty’s veto.

Six House Republicans broke party lines to support the override and send the bill to the Senate for further action.

That can’t make Pawlenty look very strong as a governor or a candidate. Or can it? Read on:

“This is probably one of the most important bills we can pass, but this bill is not that bill,” he said. “There is a bunch of pork in this bill.”

The transportation bill includes a gas tax increase which will be the state’s first in 20 years. The initial two cents go into effect the day after enactment, and another three cents will be added Oct. 1.

The bill authorizes counties in the metropolitan area to impose the 0.25 percent transportation sales tax without referendum.

Fighting pork makes Pawlenty seem like an even better fit with McCain. And vetoing a gas tax increase can’t suck too badly when gas is already selling for three bucks a gallon. It also seems likely that worried consumers won’t be too offending at keeping the power to authorize any sales tax increases.

Still, a veto override never makes an executive look strong. And the Republicans will need Minnesota (and Wisconsin, too) to make up for the likely loss of Ohio in the fall.


Mikey Likes It

February 25th, 2008 - 2:52 pm

Mayor Mike on Ralph Nader:

“This business of Ralph Nader being a spoiler — you know, in any three-way race, two of the three are going to be spoilers,” Bloomberg said. “Come on. Everybody’s got a right to do it — you’re not spoiling anything.”

“If people want to vote for you, let them vote for you, and why shouldn’t they?” he added.

The story continues:

The billionaire 66-year-old mayor denies he is exploring his own presidential bid, but aides and operatives have been working behind the scenes to lay the groundwork for an independent campaign, should he decide to jump in and fund it with his own fortune.

Let’s say Nader gets half of one percent of the vote. And Bloomberg, if he runs, gets about the same or a little less. Is that enough votes drawn away from an Obama-Mondale (Obama-Bentsen?) ticket to make McCain a shoo-in?

Throttle This

February 25th, 2008 - 2:02 pm

Potential good news for file sharers:

The agency is considering new rules and enforcement decisions that would force the cable and telephone companies to more clearly disclose to consumers the circumstances in which they might delay some traffic. Comcast recently disclosed that the heavy use of video sharing applications has forced them to slow down some broadband traffic. Consumer groups have replied that such packet discrimination is both unnecessary and potentially threatens to undermine the freewheeling nature of the Internet.

“They must be conducted in an open and transparent way,” said Kevin J. Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, at a hearing on network neutrality and network management here Monday. “While networks may have reasonable practices, they obviously cannot operate without taking some reasonable steps but that does not mean they can arbitrarily block access to certain services.”

File sharing never did much for me. There are just too many porn ads masquerading as legit files, and there’s just no good downloading solution for the hi-def movies I prefer. Besides, I’ve never even heard of most of the bands today’s kids listen to.

Your Hat and Coat, Ma’am

February 25th, 2008 - 1:15 pm

Newsweek’s Jonathan Darman argues that Hillary Clinton is the political warrior who “waits and works and wins.” But tracing her history as a candidate’s wife, Darman concludes that

Losing, in other words, has taught Hillary that sometimes she must sacrifice herself for the Clintons’ greater good. It is a lesson that may be worth remembering if she fails to reverse Obama’s momentum on March 4. A protracted, nasty fight for the nomination would tarnish the Clinton name and might endanger the party Bill and Hillary have spent three decades trying to build. The Clintons’ place in history is too valuable to them for Hillary to take that risk. In the history books, after all, she can be the woman who conceded gracefully—and the woman who never quit.

Man, even the nice articles are telling Clinton that it’s time to drop out.

This Tube Is YouTube, This Tube Is MyTube

February 25th, 2008 - 12:28 pm

Imagine how Army recruitment would soar if Pakistan had broken Facebook.

It’s Like 1976 All Over Again

February 25th, 2008 - 11:17 am

Bundle up, here comes the global warmening. Er, excuse me, I mean climate change:

Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.

The U.S. National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) reported that many American cities and towns suffered record cold temperatures in January and early February. According to the NCDC, the average temperature in January “was -0.3 F cooler than the 1901-2000 (20th century) average.”

Anybody who says he has a bunch of computer simulations telling him that the weather is gonna change, and that he needs to take your car away… that person needs to be made fun of.