Archive | July, 2010

Wooly Mammoth Brainstorm

Posted on 30 July 2010 by Caravaggio

We are all but recent leaves on the same old tree of life and if this life has adapted itself to new functions and conditions, it uses the same old basic principles over and over again. There is no real difference between the grass and the man who mows it. ~Albert Szent-Györgyi

Brainstorm session with Thraxxus yesterday. Deep stuff. That guy, Thrax, is an interesting cat. Daddy-O can hear a single topic and begin to list an infinite (yes, that is right, infinite) number of suggestions based on the utterance of said single topic. A true thinker, the chap. Here’s a Supersaurus Nacho Mountain and Pterodactyl Juice Martini to you, my friend.

The funniest part of the evening was when the Bartender leaned over and asked, “so what did you think about the noise” (as in “you two are grown men sitting in a dinosaur-themed restaurant for kids)? All I did was show him my Dino-Affiliate Card and grab my limited edition TRex-Goblet to drive the point home.

Life is good.

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Sucker Punch – Geek Porn

Posted on 30 July 2010 by Thraxxus

Every so often a Director is given the opportunity to take his teen age boy fantasies and turn them into a film. Well it turns out that Zack Snyder was given this opportunity given his track record for other Geek films that bordered on mental masturbation. Realize I am not complaining and I will see this movie – eating my popcorn and drinking my soda with one hand because my other will be busy  – probably with sign language, but maybe something else. Note how the cast is filled with nothing but unbelievably ugly women – for SHAME!

daemonsmovies.com had this to say about the cast: “Zack Snyder is lining up a pretty incredible all female cast which might include Amanda Seyfried (in negotiations for the lead role), Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Evan Rachel Wood, and Emma Stone.”

It will most likely suck even though the film is filled with hot women, katanas, guns, dragons, metal giants, tanks, gangsters and did I mention the hot women? My man thing is showing – sorry.

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Grammar Nazi’s

Posted on 28 July 2010 by Kenfu

One of my favorite author’s – Michael Sullivan had a great post on his amazon.com blog – no idea how to easily link it to just this old post so I’ll just quote it from :
“Children everywhere are raised to believe in absolutes. There are right ways and wrong ways of doing everything. This is understandable, as you have to start somewhere. However, with age quite often comes experience and a wider view of the world reveals multiple methods to achieve the same results. The value of one over another exposed as merely opinion. Yet, as with all things, some are convinced their opinions are better than others and can’t abide even the existence of a contrary thought.

Recently, my wife who has assumed the role of editor-in-chief of my books has been aggravated over the mystery of English grammar. This is a woman who graduated valedictorian of her high school, graduated in the top 3% of her engineering college class, and worked her way from grunt to president of an international corporation by the age of twenty-eight. Still, commas baffle her. Having an analytical, scientific mind, she wants everything to make sense…consistently. Math is her friend, grammar is more of a stand-offish acquaintance.

Math and I hate each other. Always have. We avoid each other as much as possible. Growing up, teachers and parents insisted I would need math no matter what I chose to do with my life. I proved them all wrong. Math is that disagreeable bastard I only speak to in proxy. “Honey, tell Math I hate him. Oh yeah, and find out how much money I made this month on book sales.” The idea that I needed to memorize all the tables that Math proudly admitted went on to infinity, was insane. But, like most early relationships, it was the Big Lie that broke us up. When after years of telling me you can’t subtract a larger number from a smaller one, Math admitted you could. What else was Math laying about? I could never trust him again and it was time to move on.

I never cared much for English either. The idea that I would have to memorize the spelling of every single word in the language, while not as crazy as the infinity-challenge of Math, was still too daunting a task to seriously consider. Sure, teachers promised you could use rules like i before e to take the guesswork out, but just like Math, it was all a con. The rules never worked.

Art never asked me to memorize anything. He had no rules so he couldn’t lie. Art made no demands and just wanted to please. I hung out with Art, cause Art was cool. Art was the guy who never went to class, who smoked pot and talked about multiple universes while laying on the grass in torn jeans watching the clouds roll by. He wasn’t the kind you wanted your parents to see you hanging out with. “Why don’t you hang out with Math and English more? They’re nice. You’ll never amount to anything if you keep associating with that Art.”

Thing was, I did have this crush on English. Once I got over the “books have cooties stage,” I fell in love. I wouldn’t admit it at school, but I secretly wrote stories. I knew I didn’t have a chance–not with English. Talk about aiming too high. She was unfathomable and fickle, but I tried anyway. The thing is, I learned she wasn’t as stuck-up, or straight-laced as everyone said. Turned out, when I got her alone, she was a lot more like Art than Math. It was only when she was out with people. People that expected her to be so buttoned-down and perfect all the time that she froze up. That’s when I realized the problem.

Perception.

I remember an old Barney Miller episode where an English aficionado was distressed by the degradation of the English language by advertising. He freaked at ads with words like “flavorosity!” and “scrumptiousnessity!’ He railed against the affront with all the fervor of a high priest faced with blasphemy. At the time, I thought it was funny.

In the early eighties, an English major I worked with was beside herself when she saw the word “glitz” in the newspaper. “It isn’t a word!” she screamed as if in pain, and ranted for days on the subject, which somehow bled through to the fall of society as we know it. Of course nowadays, glitz is a word. So is muggle, even though my Word spell check disagrees for now.

Living languages, grow. They change.

The word for the tops of multiple buildings used to be written, rooves, just like hooves. Sometime ago that changed to roofs. Why? Because that is how the majority of people preferred it and used it.

That’s the thing about language. It isn’t Math. It isn’t Science. There is no singular authority on the subject. Many people and organizations attempt to declare themselves such, or point to references they feel are absolute, but in reality, the English language has no rules. Latin does, because Latin is dead, but as long as English is alive, any practitioner of the language is an authority on it. Anyone can invent a word, or alter the grammar to suit themselves, and if it proves sound to the general users, it will become chiseled into the framework. Shakespeare is cited as having invented at least 1,700 words and phrases and he was only a lowly playwright not a college professor, Prime Minister of Language, or even the king. That’s what it means to be a living language.

And yet, there are always Grammar Nazis who insist that all writing in English must conform to a set of highly arcane rules that read like a different language in themselves.

“Common introductory phrases that should be followed by a comma include participial and infinitive phrases, absolute phrases, nonessential appositive phrases, and long prepositional phrases (over four words).”
Stereo installation instructions are easier to follow.

This is why it isn’t unusual to find self-accredited authorities on the subject who disagree with one another. Perhaps the most famous being whether or not to place a comma before the “and” in a list. (I frequently leave out the “and” altogether in protest.) But put any two editors in a room, propose a question, and you’ll likely get three answers.

This is what drives my editor/wife insane. She hangs out with Math. She likes an ordered world where the rules never change (let’s not talk about negative numbers, I still have flashbacks.) She feels certain that there must be an answer to all this confusion. If only she was smarter. If only she studied the sacred tomes of Englishosity more she could find the holy grail of comma usage and this would let her sleep at night.

My opinion is different.

Language, like Art, is communication. As long as I get my point across clearly, concisely, consistently, and with as little confusion as possible–it’s good. The rest is pretentious fascism–which, of course, is why I don’t edit my own books. Did I mention I hung out with Art in school?

(While researching the proper usage of the term Grammar Nazi–which apparently I did not coin–I found this. Be advised, while funny, it contains strong language.) ”

Being a “MATH GUY” – I find the comma before an “and” to be annoying. Probably due to the fact that was the way I was taught growing up. Sullivan makes a great point that ENGLISH is a living language so the rules are subject to change depending on the majority rule – once enough people do something wrong it becomes right just through use. – If enough people use Eubonics – it could become an official dialect of the English language…..or maybe it already is.

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Vaccines – Whooping Cough Outbreak

Posted on 28 July 2010 by Thraxxus

We here at Blinkinblogs debate the usefulness of Vaccines on a regular basis, or it seems that is like what we are doing. In actuality we are normally debating just one – the H1N1 vaccine and its time to market seeming a tad quick along with some of the materials in it being in question. I will not supply that argument here because that is not the purpose of this article. There is a problem, several really, resurfacing lately: Whooping Cough.

Apparently lots of parents are under the impression that vaccines are bad in general. Speaking only for myself here, that is poor judgement. Polio, Measles and Whooping Cough we basically obliterated in the Wester Hemisphere due to vaccines. In recent times it appears that many people just don’t get their kids vaccinated against. In case you didn’t know this, yes Whooping Cough can kill you.

Now for my pleading part – please, please, please get your kids vaccinated against these. If you are not then you are not only endangering your kids, but everyone else as well.

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Mandatory, Volunteer National Service for 18 to 42 year olds

Posted on 27 July 2010 by scanjack

H. R. 5741

To require all persons in the United States between the ages of 18 and 42 to perform national service, either as a member of the uniformed services or in civilian service in furtherance of the national defense and homeland security, to authorize the induction of persons in the uniformed services during wartime to meet end-strength requirements of the uniformed services, and for other purposes.

A little change you can believe in I guess. It’s bad enough we have moron censors workers that call and call and show up asking about your neighbors for Pete’s sake! So I guess now we will have Brown Shirts running around doing who knows what. Can’t wait. Tasty liberty.

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Hayward – Buh Bye.

Posted on 27 July 2010 by Thraxxus

BP’s Tony Hayward is stepping down – about damn time. The “embattled” CEO is stepping down after showing the world that he may be the most ego-maniacal CEO of all time. This power house of brilliance lead a company who is responsible for arguably the worst man-caused nature based disaster in the history of the Earth and his response to all that was something about how he wants it all over so he can have his life back – you know jet setting around the world on his yacht and what not.

This douche bag was so disconnected from reality that instead of dealing with the situation in the Gulf of Mexico he decided that it was best to hand that situation off to the COO of BP so that he could go on yacht tour. What gets me the most is how much he acts slighted by the oil spill as if it is the rest of the world that did it to him. I would be totally disgraced if I was this guy’s son.

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What’s Up My Ninja?!

Posted on 26 July 2010 by Thraxxus

Pure awesomeness. Any time someone can make fun of the “N-word” or “N-Bomb” in a way that is both intelligent and funny I must applaud. We here at Blinkinblogs love to make fun of stereotypes, not those that the stereotypes are directed at, but the stereotypes themselves, and these guys do a great job. Well done My Ninjas!

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HTML 5 Palette Swapping

Posted on 26 July 2010 by Thraxxus

These guys are amazing – they use old school video game animation techniques for palette swapping to animate some images in HTML for a browser. You will want to look at this site in something other that Internet Explorer (which sucks badly these days) as IE will just throw some crappy error about needing a plugin because HTML 5 is a bit to high tech for it to grasp. Either way if you are old enough to remember old PC gaming like King’s Quest or Monkey Island then you will appreciate just how cool this really is.

Again realize that this effect is done entirely with html.

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Evolutionary comparisons with ancient Transibs

Posted on 23 July 2010 by Caravaggio

    Formal Title: Recombination Signal Sequences providing evidence for low vitality cerebral output in higher order Apes when compared with ancient Transibs

The V(D)J recombination reaction in jawed vertebrates is catalyzed by the RAG1 and RAG2 proteins, which are believed to have emerged approximately 500 million years ago from transposon-encoded proteins. What makes this extremely interesting is that no transposase sequence similar to RAG1 or RAG2 has been found (yet). What is evident is that the approximately 600-amino acid “core” region of RAG1 required for its catalytic activity is significantly similar to the transposase encoded by DNA transposons that belong to the Transib superfamily. This superfamily was discovered recently based on computational analysis of the fruit fly and African malaria mosquito genomes. Transib transposons also are present in the genomes of sea urchin, yellow fever mosquito, silkworm, dog hookworm, hydra, and soybean rust. By demonstrating that recombination signal sequences (RSSs) were derived from terminal inverted repeats of an ancient Transib transposon, I was able to prove critical adaptation exists and the common ancestral latencies related to an above average (longitudinal) evolutionary niche when compared against the average, modern-day Homo Sapien (ref. higher order Apes). This presents as central doctrine to the represented hypothesis of the majority remaining unburdened by substantial energy requirements of quartile II and III cerebral activity. Furthermore, the critical DDE catalytic triad of RAG1 is shared with the Transib transposase as part of conserved motifs. Additionally, several divergent proteins encoded by the sea urchin and lancelet genomes that are 25%−30% identical to the RAG1 N-terminal domain and the RAG1 core were compared with my human control group. My results provide the first direct evidence linking RAG1 and RSSs to a specific superfamily of DNA transposons and indicate that the V(D)J machinery evolved from transposons. As a result, I propose that only the RAG1 core was derived from the Transib transposase, whereas the N-terminal domain was assembled from separate proteins of unknown function that may still be active in sea urchin, lancelet, hydra, and starlet sea anemone. Logically, this also suggests that the RAG2 protein was not encoded by ancient Transib transposons but emerged in jawed vertebrates as a counterpart of RAG1 necessary for the V(D)J recombination reaction and therefore is indicative of a more superior genetic structure than in what was viewed from the lower-cerebral compensatory behaviors of the (theoretically) neocortex-enhanced bipedal apes.

In summation, ancient invertebrates were actually smarter than you. Have a splendid weekend. Go forth and multiply.

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Poetry Friday

Posted on 23 July 2010 by Thraxxus

The Man’s Fairy Tale.

Once upon a time, a Prince asked a beautiful Princess… Will you marry me?”

The Princess said “NO!”

And the Prince lived happily ever after and rode motorcycles
and went fishing and hunting
and dated women half his age and drank beer and whiskey
and had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up
and farted whenever he wanted.

The End.

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Congress Continues to not solve the problem.

Posted on 22 July 2010 by Thraxxus

According to the Washington Post:

“Congress has approved a six-month extension of emergency jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. On a vote of 272 to 152, the House gave the measure final approval and sent it on to the White House, where aides said President Obama plans to sign it immediately.”

At a cursory look this seems like a great thing – it really does – however if one delves further you start to see how this is an issue. A few things were recently reported that are disconcerting :

  1. Last year the USA banks withheld 560 Billion in Loans that they usually give out.
  2. USA Companies are holding 2 Trillion in cash.
  3. At the present growth rate it will take 5 years to get unemployment back down to the levels it was at 2 years ago.
  4. This bill is $34 Billion more into the national deficit.
  5. Many Banks are showing record net gains.
  6. Many Companies are showing record net gains.
  7. The Housing Market is still dead.
  8. The Commercial Market is still expected by many to die and is reported as such seemingly on a daily basis.

All of these things add up to FEAR. People are afraid, constantly, and since the government has not solved any actual problems, only having delayed some of their impact, and since most business leaders are intelligent people who recognize this problem, or really collection of problems, things are not moving, at all. Everyone is holding their breath, more each day, and frankly things are turning an ugly shade of purple.

What should have happened? The answer, having been posed in many shades by many people in the past, and dismissed by many more, borders on Socialism. The actuality is that it is not Socialism, but many will have you believe that it is. The answer was three years ago, and was not implemented for the Socialist Stigma that it incurred. The government should have created a real bank that it back with the money that was instead handed to private banks for propping up purposes. Why make this bank? Instead of purchasing toxic assets and propping up big banks to make their biggest balance sheet gains in history the government bank could have given standing low interest loans to people who were losing their houses due to high interest loans.

How does that work?

  1. Bob Johnson took out a veritable interest loan to buy a house for 100k. When he got the loan it was at 4.5%, and was interest only for 10 years. Bob could afford the house because at that rate the house payments were small and well within his budget.
  2. 1.5 years later Bob’s interest only loan jumped to 12.5% and now he could not afford half the payment. Same amount of money is owed as principle, more is owed in interest.
  3. The market begins to fold because many people begin to default on loans.
  4. Housing values drop at a record rate.
  5. If the government started to loan the Bobs of the USA money at the value they had first agreed upon with a 30 years fixed rate of 4.5% the Bobs would have continued on a rather massive scale to pay for their home, that they want.
  6. How does this benefit anyone? The government loans out the money at 4.5% locked that it borrowed for 1.5% locked at the same time – gaining effectively 3% locked over 30 years.
  7. The market slows but does not free fall. Everyone is safer, not saved, just safer.

Instead of all that what has happened is a free fall of epic proportion that has had no saving grace. Politicians will argue that they have saved the world from a Depression, perhaps, but they have not fixed the actual problems that caused it and they have definitely cowed to pressures by big banks to not make an American Financial Institution such as a governmental realty bank – which could yes create competition for private bank – gosh darn.

Maybe one day Congress will try to solve the real problems instead of just patching what damage those problems caused.

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Amazon’s eBook Sales Overtake Hardcover

Posted on 20 July 2010 by redrobot

Amazon is still being a little sneaky with the actual number, using the word “millions,” the company has revealed that sales of its Kindle have tripled since they dropped the price $259 to $189. News that downloaded kindle eBooks have overtaken its hardcover counterparts is certainly cause for major celebration.

According to a press release, 14.3 Kindle books have been sold for every 10 hardcovers in the past three months, and that ratio is a more impressive (9:2) if you only look at this past month. Before you start asking the obvious questions, the data includes sales of both hardcovers where no Kindle equivalent exists and exclude free Kindle downloads — meaning if those weren’t considered, the ratio would be even greater.

I don’t want to burst Amazon’s bubble, but I really don’t buy a book unless I’ve read the first couple of pages (which buying eBooks let’s me do). If I do buy hardcovers online, it’s because someone(s) has recommended it to me.  Fact of the matter is, hardcovers are bought a lot more often in actual stores. I’d like to see figures with Barnes & Noble’s Nook versus their stores. Call it whatever you want though, but congrats Amazon.

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Such is the human race…

Posted on 20 July 2010 by Caravaggio

Attribution: http://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/global_warming.png

Such is the human race, often it seems a pity that Noah… didn’t miss the boat. ~Mark Twain

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Google Discontinues Nexus One

Posted on 20 July 2010 by redrobot

In the same amount of time it took Apple to sell 1 million iPhones, Google only sold 135,000 of the Android-powered Nexus.

On July 16, the company announced that it received its final order from the phone’s manufacturer, HTC. The phone that was supposed to change the way you buy wireless phones. On release, the Nexus One was available in three different options. One was with a service contract with T-Mobile, one with Verizon & another option to buy it without a contract. Personally I loved the concept, many people are blinded by the subsidized price of cell phones & don’t realize how much they are actually paying. Besides the fact that the Nexus One, aesthetically, was my favorite Android phone.

On the positive side of that I think Google released this phone to give hardware companies like HTC & Motorola a outline on how to build Android phones.

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More Lohan BS

Posted on 19 July 2010 by Thraxxus

So get this shiz: Lohan is going to jail, but will spend her entire stay in solitary. What a crock of shiznit. This is just more favoritism shown to famous people who screw up. Let us reverse positions for a moment.

Scenario: James, the inner city African American Male, skipped out on his probation. He goes to court and gets sentenced what? 90 days like miss Lohan? AW HELL NAW. We know he’d get more than that. When he went to jail he’d get solitary right? AW HELL NAW. He’d get stuck in with the rest of the 2200 inmate jail where he’d be treated like a cheap cheerleader on prom night. Is that fair?

AW HELL NAW – it is a freaking tragedy. How is she expected to learn anything if she is not taught the lessons of life by other inmates? HOW?!?!

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What We Really Mean.

Posted on 19 July 2010 by Thraxxus

There are many terms that people say that sound good in principle but once you break them down you will quickly notice that they are not very good or kind at all. I have made mention to some of these in the past, and am now bringing them up in greater detail.

  1. “I am sorry to hear that.” This does not mean what you think it means. You heard that the person who said that feels badly for you, or whomever it was directed at. What they really meant was “I am sorry you told me that.” If they really felt badly they would have said “I am sorry that happened to you.”
  2. “I am just saying.” This is one of many dismissal terms I will bring up. This sentence is a vague attempt at someone dismissing the crappy thing that they just said to you as if everyone was thinking what they said but they alone had the courage to say it out loud. Example: “You look terrible in that outfit. I am just saying.”
  3. “Don’t take this the wrong way…” This term puts the blame of the reaction incurred by the statement that follows directly on the shoulders of the person the statement is directed at. This is not a fair thing to do. Basically you can call someone anything after that term is used and if they get upset you have indicated that it is there fault for being upset. Example: “Don’t take this the wrong way, your wife is a bit of a whore.”
  4. “I mean that as a compliment” is a great way of putting someone down indirectly and then informing them that they should take that put down as a positive thing. This allows you to say pretty much anything and leave the positive interpretation of what you said to anyone on any level, absolving you of all wrong doing. Example: “I bet you are a very buoyant person. I mean that as a compliment.”
  5. “Don’t mind me saying…” Another great dismissal. I am about to say something completely offensive but you should just dismiss that fact and move on. Example: “Don’t mind me saying that your house looks like a shanty I saw once in a third world country.”
  6. “Allow me to interject here.” This is a way for someone to ask themselves to make a comment. Nothing like inviting yourself to interrupt someone else so that you may make some ridiculous comment. Example: “Allow me to interject here, Bob you couldn’t be more incorrect if your head was shoved completely up your ass and you were winning an ass kicking contest.”
  7. “This is a break down in communication.” This means that you screwed up. I love it when people say that communication broke down – normally they are trying to tell you that you f’d things up but really don’t want a conflict. Example: “If you had told me that then we would not have bombed Iraq to powder. This is a breakdown in communication.”
  8. “Wow, this is interesting!” Normally made in reference to food that people hate. Your eggplant ice cream went over like the Hindenburg at a Dried Straw Festival, congrats.
  9. “I have had such a bad day….” This is a trap. A leader statement. This person wants you to ask them about their day so that they may do you the favor of telling you about it. Catch here is you really don’t care whatsoever and thus should have really done number 10. This has become a plague on Facebook where it is called many thing such as VagueBooking, Facefishing and Facebegging.
  10. “Ok.” and “That sucks.” This is a conversation ender. Someone hits you with a leader statement like “I have had the worst day ever!” you say back “ok.” DONE.

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Tea Party Shenanigans

Posted on 18 July 2010 by Thraxxus

The Tea Party is a wanna be political group in the USA that is made up of mostly middle to upper class Republicans who no longer want to support the Republican Party because, well let’s face it, in recent years they haven’t exactly batted 1000. The most amusing thing about the Tea Party is that it is not at all centralized – meaning their is no real leadership in the “party” thus it has become more of a movement that a real political force. There was some talk in recent weeks that it could graduate past movement to real party, but recent events will most likely change that.

It appears that (MSNBC.COM) some high up in one of the many heads of the Tea Party Hydra has gone off the grid and taken several Tea Party members with him. What he did was, well, both stupid and borderline politically stupid. Here is a nice quote from that article. “The Tea Party political movement saw a major split over the weekend, with the National Tea Party Federation expelling a member group after its spokesman wrote an online post satirizing a fictional letter from what he called ‘Colored People’ to President Abraham Lincoln.”

Brilliant move. Nothing like bringing back old racist terms to the foreground to make you seem more intelligent. I am not sure why he didn’t just jump straight to the N-Bomb to make his point – after all the Tea Party hasn’t shown a whole heck of a lot of interest in the African Americans to begin with – really who is he going to upset in his party? Turns out lots of people who don’t themselves want to come across as racist. Weird eh? More idiots.

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Nokia and Blackberry Respond to Apple’s Antenna Claims

Posted on 17 July 2010 by redrobot

Nokia and Blackberry have responded to Apple’s claim that all phones have the same antenna problem that the iPhone 4 has.

Nokia’s statement:

Antenna design is a complex subject and has been a core competence at Nokia for decades, across hundreds of phone models. Nokia was the pioneer in internal antennas; the Nokia 8810, launched in 1998, was the first commercial phone with this feature.

Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying human behavior, including how people hold their phones for calls, music playing, web browsing and so on. As you would expect from a company focused on connecting people, we prioritize antenna performance over physical design if they are ever in conflict.

In general, antenna performance of a mobile device/phone may be affected with a tight grip, depending on how the device is held. That’s why Nokia designs our phones to ensure acceptable performance in all real life cases, for example when the phone is held in either hand. Nokia has invested thousands of man hours in studying how people hold their phones and allows for this in designs, for example by having antennas both at the top and bottom of the phone and by careful selection of materials and their use in the mechanical design.

Nokia didn’t call Apple out by name but I believe they took a stab at them by insinuating that they “prioritize antenna design over physical design,” as apposed to Apple. (?)

Blackberry’s statement:

Apple’s attempt to draw RIM into Apple’s self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple’s claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public’s understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple’s difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM’s customers don’t need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple.

That sounds like Blackberry is declaring war. Shame on Apple for trying to drag other people into their mess.

Either way, Apple has come up with a “solution” for the “not-really-problem.” FREE BUMPERS!

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iPhone 4EVER… ooops.

Posted on 16 July 2010 by Thraxxus

It would appear that Apple, the company known for amazing design, flawless interfaces and blah blah blah has a serious boondoggle on their hands: The iPhone 4 like to drop its signal. How? The antennae that runs down the side of the phone (internally) apparently gets crushed when you hold the phone in a phone call sort of way. The best part to all of this is when a company like Apple just finished patting themselves on the back for the great job they did at launch regarding sales and the like to only have all that bravado swept aside by something so serious as a potential complete recall of the product. Word has it their stock is on the down slope and a good clip.

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Political WHO CARES?!?!

Posted on 15 July 2010 by Thraxxus

Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary, apparently made loads of people mad, most of them being other politicians. How did he do so? He told the TRUTH. Think that through for a minute. A person in power told the truth and that angered politicians. So what did he say? (MSNBC.com)

“I think there’s no doubt there are enough seats in play that could cause Republicans to gain control,” Gibbs said. “This will depend on strong campaigns by Democrats. And again, I think we’ve got to take the issues to them.”

Why is that bad? It is the truth. The Democrats have made a bad set of mistakes in recent times that has endangered the power base of the ruling party in the USA. Somehow, through pathetic pandering, the minority party, that being the Republicans, held the power when American Politics are designed in such a way that that should not occur. It is the job of the minority to keep the majority in check, not tell them what to do. How did they do this? They constantly threatened to filibuster.

The amusing part to Gibbs making that statement is what effect it had and may have, and is the real reason for someone like Nancy Pelosi being so upset. Her official comment was “How could [Gibbs] know what is going on in our districts?” Pelosi told her members Tuesday, per Politico. “Some may weigh his words more than others. We have made our disagreement known to the White House.” The real reason is conjecture, my perspective, shared by many political analysts, is that statements made by powerful officials, be they correct or not, can have an affect on upcoming elections. How so?

Democrats are in danger in the next elections, common knowledge that many Democrats don’t like to talk about. FACT. The many polls taken agree. However there are voters on the fence and making a proclamation that a certain party is in danger can have a self fulfilling prophecy effect, and that my friends is why Pelosi is so angry. Gibbs’ statement could facilitate the very thing the Democrats want to avoid.

Somewhere the Tea Party is throwing a Tea Party.

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New Hire

Posted on 14 July 2010 by Thraxxus

I often have these conversations with one of our content folks here at BB over IM. He thought it might be clever to convert those IM conversations to cartoon format – this is the first attempt. The engine he is using does text to speech thus the amusing way in which they speak. You may want to turn up your volume a hair. Thanks MadSatyr.

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Reasons to Ride a Polar Bear to work!

Posted on 13 July 2010 by Kenfu

Reasons to ride a polar bear to work

Funny and educational!! – I learned something today 😉

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Ventertainment

Posted on 13 July 2010 by Thraxxus

Ladies and Gentlemen – if you are unaware of what Ventrilo is then allow me for a brief moment to enlighten you. Ventrilo is a communication system that is loaded onto a server that users may connect to with Ventrilo client software which allows many people to verbally chat at once. Why would anyone want this you ask? Simple – gamers who play games en mass need a way to communicate quickly on a grand scale – such as WoW players doing some form of instance run.

With the acceptance of such communication venues one had to expect the next thing to come along: the guy that harasses Vent users – and this guy is the best at it. Not only does he harass people but he does it in such a creative way that he deserves an award of some kind. This makes all those 7-year olds on Halo 3 just that much more pathetic.

What occurs exactly here?

  1. Hacker logs into a vent server
  2. People notice he is there and get upset. They say stupid stuff.
  3. He records stupid stuff and play in back to them in real time.
  4. Then he does some amazing stuff with remixing their stupid recordings into music, all in real time.

We here at BB salute you sir.

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Steinbrenner R.I.P.

Posted on 13 July 2010 by Thraxxus

George Steinbrenner has died at the ripe old age of 80 of a heart attack. Steinbrenner was the bit of a controversial MLB team owner of the most valuable team on the earth: The Yankees. Early on Steinbrenner figured out that the more money he spent on players, the more championships the Yankees would win and thus the more money he’d get back. His theory on team building is now used by many other dynasties in plenty of sport including American Football, Basketball and European Futbol. Steinbrenner’s death may have a major impact on Basball, and will no doubt affect the Yankees – be that good or bad.

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Pictures from the Gulf

Posted on 12 July 2010 by Thraxxus

Ahh the Gulf of Mexico, so beautiful this time of year. I love everything about it. The beaches, the weather, the soft sand, the food of the locales that one may visit. The islands are a lush paradise with amazing offerings of their own. I particularly love the oil slick that has destroyed all that I have mentioned above. Many people will tell you that this oil spill isn’t nearly as bad as it is being made out to be, you know demonizing big oil and government and all that Jazz. The link provided is probably just propaganda too – pics probably taken from a select area – you know.. like most of the Gulf north of the oil spewing HOLE IN THE OCEAN FLOOR.

To me – anybody that can do this to any ecosystem and handle it in what I see as the borderline carefree way in which BP has should be executed. When the COO of BP was questioned on NPR about all the crap that they pulled his responses were awesome – yeah but think of all the good we are doing now!

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