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Oct 9th 2008 11:58AM Here's the problem: The limits of current technology are making themselves felt.Hard disks are just about as capacious as they can get, and while solid-state memory may soon be replacing them, it's going to be another two to three years before that is cheap enough to be used in most machines. The processor situation is even worse: They are already maxed out in terms of speed and clocking, and there are no ready-for-market alternatives on the horizon. Throwing in RAM sticks won't cure an overtaxed processor -- in fact, doing that might end up making things worse in terms of processing speed and functionality. (Besides, you can't readily add RAM to many laptops, and laptop sales are growing even as desktop sales decline: http://preview.tinyurl.com/arstechnica-laptop-sales)Software makers that don't realize that they can't just keep shipping bloatware will soon find themselves in dire straits -- and if Windows 7 is just more bloatware, it will meet Vista's fate faster than Vista did. If the folks at Redmond keep thinking that the way to fix a bad line of code is to write a thousand lines of code to smother it, they will have to resign themselves to either selling XP or watching as their customer base goes elsewhere.
Mar 14th 2008 10:01PM Oddly enough, there was no handwringing about Wronged Wives or "what will we tell the kiddies?" when David Vitter was exposed. Or Larry Craig. (That's right: Nobody last year was writing stories about Larry Craig was making poor little kids ask their fathers "Daddy, what's a 'gay prostitute'?") Or Bob Livingston. Or Mark Foley. Or Newt Gingrich. Or Philip Giordano. Or Ken Calvert, Or Bob Packwood. Or Dan Burton. Or Helen Chenoweth. Or Jack Ryan. Or... hell, just go here (http://tinyurl.com/2q7f8t) for a by-no-means-complete list of Republican sex scandals that never ever triggered the "what will we tell the children?" or "oh, the poor wife!" concern trolling from the GOP/Media Complex.
Mar 14th 2008 9:45PM Been following Scott Horton's legwork over at Harper's? There's a LOT that's stinky about this case -- especially the fact that the Bush DoJ's been MUCH nicer to Vitter than to Spitzer.
Dec 22nd 2007 6:31PM Actually, Japanese workers are paid as much if not more than US ones, so the "greedy unions are killing American industry" line isn't operative.If you're looking to blame greedy people for the decline of American industry, look at: a) the obscene compensation given American CEOs (Japanese CEOs typically make about ten to twenty times what their lowest-paid employees get, whereas for Americans CEOs it's more like 500 times what their lowest-paid people get) and b) the obscene costs of health care and insurance in America (which is a big reason why companies like Toyota are eschewing 'right to starve and be uneducated work states like Alabama and putting their plants in Canada instead, even when the right-to-starve states throw hundreds of millions in incentives at them).
Apr 23rd 2007 10:11PM The thing that proves this post is dead-on: The number of Republican trolls swarming to attack it with nonsense and non sequiturs.
Nov 17th 2006 11:27AM Thanks for this, Michael.
Nov 17th 2006 11:14AM Hey Sam! Why is it that even as the media is already pronouncing Pelosi's speakership to be "doomed" because of a typical leadership battle, they aren't trying to spin the revival of the titanic Boehner-Blunt Majority Leader rivalry in the House GOP as evidence of the GOP House Caucus's allegedly fragile state.And Dick Armey's 1998 reelection campaign for House Majority Leader took THREE BALLOTS to accomplish, yet nobody in the media back then was saying that the GOP was going to implode as a result.
Nov 17th 2006 11:12AM Alcee Hastings was acquitted, you racist Rush Limbaugh spouter.Even as the GOP/Media Alliance is already pronouncing Pelosi's speakership to be "doomed" because of a typical leadership battle, they aren't trying to spin the revival of the titanic Boehner-Blunt Majority Leader rivalry in the House GOP as evidence of the GOP House Caucus's allegedly fragile state.And by the way, Dick Armey's 1998 reelection campaign for House Majority Leader took THREE BALLOTS to accomplish, yet nobody in the media was saying that the GOP was going to implode as a result.
Nov 17th 2006 9:02AM As a caution to the GOP/Media Complex not to get all worked up over the race for House Majority Leader, David Kurtz notes the following in yesterday's TPM News Digest e-mail: But it's easy to overstate the significance of the race. For instance, in 1998, then-Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX) faced an uprising in his own caucus and didn't win re-election as majority leader until the third ballot.Does anyone remember who challenged him then?I had to look it up.Reps. Steve Largent (R-OK) and Jennifer Dunn (R-WA)Just goes to show you. The intensity of the moment can fade rather quickly.Funny thing: I don't recall the media back in 1998 spinning Armey's re-election difficulties as a sign of weakness or division in the GOP, do you? Of course not. The US corporate media ALWAYS covers the GOP's collective hineys.
Jan 21st 2006 5:54PM Mark, this is exactly why I loved the first iteration of Napster.
Before Napster, I'd stopped buying CDs because I was sick of paying $15 to $18 for something that might have one or at most two songs on it that I liked. With Napster, I could try before I bought -- and I found out that I, silly old fart that I am, really liked Nirvana (though I found out too late to tell Kurt Cobain). I wound up buying Nirvana and other CDs because I was able to hear lo-fi MP3s of them first via Napster.
Another thing Napster was good for: Finding out-of-print stuff, like old stringband recordings. Stuff that the major labels aren't ever going to commercially release. But that's all gone now.
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