DUDE!

Dec. 17th, 2007 02:26 pm
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The Dark Knight trailer is out.

There's also a 7 minute prologue (rumored to not be in the actual theatrical film) which shows the "origin" of the joker. Well, not really. It shows the Joker robbing a bank. Somewhat of an origin, as it's what propels him into the criminal spotlight. It's terrific, and I hope the rest of the film features the same gritty illlogic. I had a lot of doubts about this new joker's portrayal, the prologue wiped them out.

Sadly, I have no link for the prologue. In the infinite wisdom reserved for film studios, it's only available as an attachment to the IMAX version of I Am Legend.

I'm probably going to see I Am Legend, as it's supposedly a not-crappy movie, and I'm a Will Smith fanboy. (He lost a lot of traction with I Robot, I'm hoping this will earn it back.) That said, IMAX only? The heck? Not to mention putting meaningful film content as a rider on ANOTHER FREAKING FILM. You guys on crack?

You can find bootlegs of course, but linking them is meaningless as they're constantly in flux. I had good luck with Google Video.

EDIT: Credit where credit's due, grocked from [profile] gmskarka
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Ever since the advent of OS X, Apple seems to be caught in a twin spiral of Success and Change. New computer designs, iPods, iTunes, you name it. In the eyes of the market, it's like the Mac can do no wrong. Their stock skyrockets as the company we once knew seems to constantly shift. Since well before this new revolution, one thing has been true: Apple sees itself as a hardware company, not a software company. A pity, as anyone who's toyed with OS X can attest to Apple's skill at building an Operating System.

Apple's skill with an OS was born from necessity, it's not like the Mac could run anything else, so they had to build a modern OS to stay competitive. Even as recent as the G4 and the G5, their computers have utilized a fundamentally different architecture from a PC. Then along comes OS X, and suddenly the Mac has an x86 style OS running on a Motorola style processor. In recent months, the Macintosh developer community has been scrambling to keep up with one of Apple's latest innovations: The shift to Intel CPU's. This was (to total dorks anyways) a really big deal. Since their inception, Macintosh computers have used Motorola processors.

Stop and think about that for a moment. The latest Macintosh computers aren't actually Macs at all. They're Intel architecture systems running a Unix OS. Granted, they're extraordinarily well designed, but behind the curtain, they're rather similar to a PC with a mandatory shift away from windows...

Until...

The moment Apple ditched the aging Motorola CPUs, there were rumblings amongst the hacker and developer communities. Intel CPUs meant Intel program calls, making it hypothetically possible to run PC style OSes on Mac hardware. Anyone who's seen a Titanium brand laptop has wanted one, but most of us don't want to ditch Windows for it's far more incompatible competitor. Whine though we do about the evils of Microsoft, we want all our software to run out of the box. The call went out: A challenge, get XP to run on a Mac... Scary thought right? It gets worse.

The challenge took several months to address, but eventually a collaborative pair of hackers came up with the solution to the various technical problems and posted their findings. It was now possible (through massive hacking) to get XP running on your Mac...

"Fine" you say, "but hackers are always doing weird stuff to their computers, it's not like this is practical, it's not like it's official. Well... it wasn't official, until yesterday. Tuesday, April 4th, Apple started a public beta of their Bootcamp software, a bootloader which allows a user to install Windows on an Intel Mac. Intel Mac users will now be able to Dual-Boot to Windows or OS X.

Macs are now Windows machines. It's a beta. It's unstable. It's imperfect. But it points to the intentions of Apple. There's no denying it, they intend to make Windows available on the Mac. Within hours of the announcement, their stock shot up by $10 per share. As I've said before, in the eyes of business, Apple can do no wrong. I, on the other hand, have my doubts about this plan. Long before the conversion of Macs to Intel architectures, there was a great deal of success in porting OS X to Intel computers, installing it on various brands of laptop and PC. (Picture a Dell running OS X, it's still ugly, but at least it's not as ugly as it was before.) Yet Apple responded to this by threatening lawsuits to any who made the info publicly available.

As I've said, Apple sees itself as a hardware company. OS X exists to sell Macs, not the other way around. The prospect of their superior OS getting ported to non-Mac hardware scared the heck out of them, and they responded as any corporation would: With an opening salvo of lawyers. From the perspective of hardware, the dual-boot makes a Mac far more desirable, and it is thus greeted as a great idea by Apple.

But what about OS X? What about those of us who were finally looking at a competitor to the Windows monopoly? What about our dreams of dual booting PCs?

I guess we'll just have to keep on hacking.
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If the folks at Neoseeker are to be believed, then IBM is making a transition to the Linux desktop for their internal computing network. The change is being announced by the lead of IBM's German branch, and it isn't clear whether the company as a whole will be making the switch, or just Germany. (Most likely, it's being used as a pilot program.) If the program expands to include all of IBM, we may be looking at the beginning of the end for the traditional Windows corporate world.

Honestly, I'm surprised at Gates. I've always argued that (although I loathe the man) he has a head for business. If anything, this is precisely what's wrong with windows; it's a better business than it is an OS. So why is Microsoft so dead-paralyzed against making the switch to Linux? There have been rumors in the past of Microsoft agents and employees looking to purchase variants of the Linux kernel, and/or proprietary versions of the Linux core. Is it simply a case of not being able to establish copyright? More likely, it's a question of keeping windows products extremely proprietary. The only reason anyone runs windows in a modern environment is to keep access to those programs which will run on no other OS. Microsoft knows this, and they'll fight kicking and screaming to stop people from migrating to a truly open and cross-compatible computing platform.

It bears pointing out that the Linux version being used is based on the Fedora Core, and therefor licensed through RedHat Inc., thus it's not as if IBM is going to a completely cost-free model here. Nonetheless, it's a step in a very right direction.
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I really think that LOST is going to be the last television show I watch. Frankly, I'm getting a little tired of the constant give/take between consumers and "Old Media". There's a lot of really good entertainment out there. Battlestar Galactica, which should be a favorite of mine, leaps to mind. I loved the original series, and I've heard incredibly positive things about the new version, but I just can't bring myself to invest in it. It takes too much money and time to really enjoy old media anymore. Single seasons of shows cost more than I can afford, and I despise advertisements too much to truly enjoy the broadcast versions of anything. (Not to mention that I'm not willing to shcedule my life around when a network decides to show something.)

The networks understand this too, which is why they fight so hard to limit the availability of non-broadcast entertainment. We've seen it time and again, people really hate ads, and advertisers really like people. They're like an annoying yapping dog, they don't yap out of spite, they yap out of love (and no matter how nice you are, you still want to kick them for it). The networks figured out long ago that people watch shows together, not by themselves. LOST is a social phenomenon as much as it is a drama. Americans can't get enough television because we can't get enough of each other. TV is a really convenient excuse to gather, to pay attention to a mutual interest, to be entertained... and I want that. Does anyone here watch LOST and not talk about it with their friends? The networks realized that a show is most valuable when it's topical. No one talks about shows from 1995 except those who've aready seen them. Geting people you know to watch an old movie or an obscure film is like pulling teeth. I know this, I'm part of the problem. So I endure the adverts and buy the DVD's...

but I'm tired of it. I'm tired of the constant barrage of "buy our crap!", and the equally constant barrage of "watch our not-so-crap!". I can't help but feel that there's some way to break the cycle, I just don't know what it is.
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digg.com <- adage.com <- Here.

ABC has seen the light of the internet, they've realized that there's real profits to be made by releasing media online... So there going to offer more of their shows, for free, but with adds. They'll be doing it through an amorphously described "product" that they'll be releasing in May. This is not a good thing. )
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Ever wondered how the Death Star works? Howstuffworks.com has an article about it.

For those of you who've ever been attacked by DRM (Digital Rights Management) software embedded in CD's, the story is taking a turn for the worse. Sony's newest security measures have been labeled a "Rootkit" by the security industry (Rootkits are a particularly pernicious type of malware). The program co-opts kernel level processes, hides it's presence, and cripples the computer when removed. Yet another reason to turn off Autorun (An effective way of preventing any of this crap from running), I prefer the registry method, as I've often found Tweak UI to be an overrated POS.

Oh and...

PACMAN!

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