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October 15, 2005

Weekend reading 7

Here are a few more online articles and posts I've come across recently.

The Apple Polishers is an article in Slate by Jack Shafer:

I don't hate Apple. I don't even hate Apple-lovers. I do, however, possess deep odium for the legions of Apple polishers in the press corps who salute every shiny gadget the company parades through downtown Cupertino as if they were members of the Supreme Soviet viewing the latest ICBMs at the May Day parade.

It gets even funnier.

Joy is a post at Steven Tucker's blog Dvalin Darkdale. It's a short post, so just go and RTWT.

Via Daithi, whose own post about Steven's was titled "Thanks! I Needed That!".

The Microsoft Protection Racket is John Dvorak's latest column in PC Magazine.

Does Microsoft think it is going to get away with charging real money for any sort of add-on, service, or new product that protects clients against flaws in its own operating system? Does the existence of this not constitute an incredible conflict of interest? Why improve the base code when you can sell "protection"? Is Frank Nitti the new CEO?

Via Lee, who said, "He can be funny if you're in the right mood." I must have been in the right mood; I thought it was pretty funny.

And if you're interested in another take on this topic, see the Editor's Corner section of this W2Knews article. (It's not too late to switch.)

Peggy Noonan wrote a great column a couple of weeks ago: Government takes too much authority and not enough responsibility.

And they did things like this: The day before hurricane Rita hit Texas, last Friday, I saw on TV something that disturbed me. It was not the usual scene of crashing waves and hardy reporters being blown sideways by wind gusts. It was a fat Texas guy swimming in the waves off Galveston. He'd apparently decided the high surf was a good thing to jump into, so he went for a prehurricane swim. Two cops saw him, waded into the surf and arrested him. When I saw it the guy was standing there in orange trunks being astonished as the cops put handcuffs on him and hauled him away.

I thought: Oh no, this is isn't good. This is authority, not responsibility.

You'd have to be crazy, in my judgment, to decide you were going to go swim in the ocean as a hurricane comes. But in the America where I grew up, you were allowed to be crazy. You had the right. Sometimes you were crazy and survived whatever you did. Sometimes you didn't, and afterwards everyone said, "He was crazy."

Posted by joke du jour at October 15, 2005 10:03 AM

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