The Null Device

2001/7/18

Apparently Psion is not leaving the handheld market; now it seems that they're just discontinuing development of a Bluetooth device (that's some doovy universal wireless network system that never quite got off the ground, and/or whose doom was sealed by Microsoft not supporting it), but will keep developing new PDAs. Which is a good thing; the Psions are nice machines. (I'd get one, but I can't justify spending the money at the moment, and I already got work to buy me an Agenda VR3 to play with.)

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2001/7/17

Coming soon to a PC near you: Columbine Highschool Massacre: The Game. Tell your teenage goth friends!

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And speaking of our corporate friends, evil drug cartel Philip Morris has published a report saying that smoking is cost-effective, with the deaths of smokers reducing the costs of health care and housing for the elderly. The report was delivered as a cost-benefit analysis to the Czech government.

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Up here for thinking: Our friends in Redmond have come down like a tonne of bricks on a charity distributing secondhand computers to needy children. The reason? PCs For Kids didn't buy a new Windows license for each PC distributed (most of which came from corporations with site licenses), and thus was guilty of software piracy. Complying with Microsoft's licensing terms would cost PCs for Kids up to $600 per machine. Hmmm... sounds like a good argument for throwing out Windows altogether, and just putting Linux, KDE/GNOME, the GIMP and StarOffice on there; then in a decade or two we may get a generation of kids who grew up improvising on and hacking Linux, rather than having been brought up in the One Microsoft Way; these kids won't assume that computers all run Windows. Won't Bill love that...

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Scientists have discovered that cannabis is a potent female aphrodisiac. Which could explain why it was outlawed pretty much everywhere, what with needing to keep female sexuality under strict control and all that.

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Scare meme of the day: The Russian Mafia have the best hackers, including ex-KGB professionals, and have been breaking into e-commerce sites everywhere; chances are they have your credit card number. This aggressive business strategy has tipped the Russian Mafia to become "the most powerful special interest group in the world". More powerful than ExxonMobil, I wonder?

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