The Null Device

2000/11/17

I've installed (most of) Netscape 6, and it seems to be working quite well. (And this is under Linux too; looks like I won't need to use VMWare all the time.) A few annoyances: (a) it spews garbage all over stdout (presumably because in this everyone-wants-to-be-like-Windows age, they reasoned that users will be running it from KDE/GNOME, and not using legacy UNIX crud such as xterms); (b) it insists on registering you with AOL/Netscape (anyone know how to make the "Activation" window stop coming up without filling it in), (c) if you turn off loading images, you can't load them later, and (d) what's with that "Print Plus" menu, right under "Print", with links to printer supplies retailers and such? (Mixing advertising and functionality just doesn't sit right; any more than, say, digitally superimposing ads in TV news footage.)

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ICANN have announced the seven new top-level domains to join .com, .org and .net: They will be .biz, .info, .name, .pro, .museum, .aero and .coop. Hmmm; .museum seems a bit unwieldy, and why does the aeronautical industry merit its own TLD?

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I just heard on 3RRR that ARIA (the Australian equivalent of the RIAA) are cutting mechanical royalties on music sales/performance, citing the lifting on import restrictions as a reason for why they can't pay their artists the full 9% rate (and conveniently forgetting that the artists keep them in business).

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First fish, and now a robot controlled by the brain of a monkey is soon to come:

Before we do anything, our brains plan it at a sub-conscious level. There is a tiny delay between the planning phase and carrying it out, which can be exploited by a robot.

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Perhaps in another sign that "bogan chic" is in, Holden are relaunching the Sandman panelvan. (You know, the vans you see with tacky airbrush art and stickers reading "don't laugh; your daughter could be in here".) Only the new-look shagwagons will have artwork designed by Mambo (which presumably means Reg Mombassa).

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