Linux is going all schizo on us!

This post is way out of date, but what the hell, I think it is still valid.

ZDNet has provided some wonderful troll fodder in the form of the article “Linux and its identity crisis“.

So, it seems that Don Reisinger ran off and read some pissing and moaning between the various scheduler viewpoints, and tried to make a mountain out of a molehill.

Here is my review of the article:
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Online black holes

Friday, September 15th, 2007, almost saw the creation of an online black hole. Before going any further, we must first look at the types of online black holes.

Micro Black hole
AKA: black hole of self-reference. This is where an article makes a direct reference back to itself, usually as support for, or an example of, what it is arguing about.

Example: A Something Awful article complaining about logical fallacies and poor argumentation practices used on Something Awful, with a link to itself as an example of such crappy argumentation.

Effect: Usually minor, such as the server hosting the page goes down or looses the page due to drive failure.

Mini Black hole
AKA: black hole of cross-reference.
An article written on a site, which supports articles, which references a news-headline site in its argument, which that headline site then links to the article.

Example: A Something Awful article criticizing all of the dick-heads and losers participating in flame-wars on the Fark site, following by a link and comment section on the Fark site about the article in question.

Effect: Loss of a server, most likely disappeared into the ether, sometimes takes a few user with it.

Major Black hole
AKA: black hole of circular reference.
This is when an article makes reference to one or more headline site, then one links to the article, which the other links to the other headlines’ site link to the article.

Example: Article on Something Awful criticizing Fark’s online comment threads and the flame-wars that can erupt. Slashdot then posts a link to the article. Finally, Fark posts a link to the Slashdot article and comments thread about the SA article.

Effect: Major loss. Can include servers, users, and small towns.

Now, Fridays near black hole was caused by this article about online criticism posted on Something Awful. This article was then referenced by the online news and comment site, Fark. Now, the only thing which stopped the formation of the black hole was the fact that the article itself did not directly reference, or link to, Fark.

Had this happened, most likely a server, and maybe a few registered users, would have disappeared. Has this happened before? One can not fully prove either way, but I doubt that the mysterious “Drew Curtis” has spilled as many beers on the servers as has been joked about. Maybe if the only beer around was Pabst Blue Ribbon, but since MC Router has started drinking, there is no way to find enough PBR to spill into a beer glass, much less a server.

Ad Blocking = Theft?

Well, it seems that CNet has weighed in on the ad-blocking pissing match between Danny Carlton and Adblock Plus. Take a quick look at Chris Soghoian’s article at, then come back here.

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Underdog, or Benji on … something

Well, some doofus decided to do an underdog film. And wouldn’t ya know it, they do it as a live action movie! How about just make another Benji move with him as Underdog, makes about as much @^#*$(% sense!

I remember seeing the Underdog TV series back when it was fist syndicated in the 70’s, I wasn’t born yet when it first aired, and this was back when he still took the Underdog Super Energy Vitamin Pill, before the syndicators edited those scenes out. It made fun of superhero shows and comics, and I liked it. He spoke in rhyme, caused unbelievable collateral damage, and was very aloof about it all. It was beautiful!

Now, they’ve made it a real dog, with computer enhancement, changed by an accident in Dr. Barsinister’s lab. So, we don’t get the humerous anthropomorphic cartoon dog, destroying phone booths when he changes costume, having to take his super pills to keep going, and talking in rhyme? We get a beagle version of Benji, trying to be “humerous” with 3rd grade humor, who befriends a little boy. Goddess, why don’t they just give the little boy cancer or something terminal so we can feel sad for him?

According to wiki, and IMDB, it is rated PG for “rude humor, mild language and action.” Great, so we aren’t getting a kid-friendly movie that the little ones (sub 10) can go to, nor something that kids over 10 would even want to watch.

Just beautiful!

Thank you Spyglass Entertainment, Classic Media, and Walt Disney Pictures for this complete crap-fest.

(I think I did a good job of editing out all of the bad language that the first draft had)

following a thread of thought

Well, I walked in today and had great news. My boss quickly stops me, and lets me know that he has offered my services for phone support to a client and their client. Huh?

Let’s start with some background. There is a company, which we will call Company A, who wanted a piece of software. They hired Company B, from Russia, to handle the project. Then, Company B subcontracts the programming work to Company C, which is in India. Do you see a problem here? I do.
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