Archive for January, 2012

Druck Fudge

Posted: January 22, 2012 by veeshir in Drunkblogging

Goin’ to da show baby!
Important update

Super Oops

Posted: January 22, 2012 by aliceaitch in Fun With Media, Random Crap

Apparently Drudge knows even less about baseball than I do.

Presented without comment:

Posted: January 22, 2012 by chad98036 in Uncategorized

Some background (not comment – background):  In the Walter Isaacson biography of Steve Jobs it is revealed that at a dinner with President Obama Jobs laid out a number of reasons he felt that manufacturing jobs were leaving the U.S. 

In a NY Times article today they have a deeper (7 page) account of, what I believe is, that dinner with an exploration of Jobs / Apple’s reasoning for shifting manufacturing overseas.

This section sets the tone of the article, but I will let you read the rest and decide on the accuracy of the arguments:

Apple executives say that going overseas, at this point, is their only option. One former executive described how the company relied upon a Chinese factory to revamp iPhone manufacturing just weeks before the device was due on shelves. Apple had redesigned the iPhone’s screen at the last minute, forcing an assembly line overhaul. New screens began arriving at the plant near midnight.

A foreman immediately roused 8,000 workers inside the company’s dormitories, according to the executive. Each employee was given a biscuit and a cup of tea, guided to a workstation and within half an hour started a 12-hour shift fitting glass screens into beveled frames. Within 96 hours, the plant was producing over 10,000 iPhones a day.

“The speed and flexibility is breathtaking,” the executive said. “There’s no American plant that can match that.”

(I am doing this as a presented without comment because I know that we have people who contribute here who work on both sides of the design / manufacturing process and I want to see if there are contrasting views.)

Ways the internet sucks more now

Posted: January 21, 2012 by socklessjoe in Geektasticity, Lame, Random Crap

…from the get of my lawn department…

Twitter
The official twitter website always sucked. But instead of copying the interface features of popular clients, they mangled them. Then they bought Tweetdeck, and mangled it. Which brings me to related news…

Tweetdeck
The new non-Adobe-Air version of Tweetdeck is widely understood to suck way more than the 0.38.x version. They stripped out a bunch of features that made Tweetdeck the favored client of many a geek and flushed them down the toilet. To boot, they no longer make a version that runs on Linux, which the Air version did. (Ok, yes, there’s the web version… that only runs in Chrome.) And I don’t know if it’s just me or not, but my 0.38.2 version seems not to be communicating properly with the twitter API. Tweets sometimes aren’t posting, lists sometimes aren’t updating.

Facebook
How many times do I have to change my preference to see posts chronologically rather than ones my Facebook overlords deem “important”? I don’t have the “new timeline” yet, but it looks pretty craptastic. Time for G+, anybody?

YouTube
Once upon a time, the buffering worked much better. Once the whole thing was buffered, you could skip around the video at will without having to reload the whole frelling thing. Ditto with changing the video quality. If I decide to switch to a lower quality stream, that’s not because I want to reload the whole video. It’s probably because I’m having a bandwidth issue and would rather … you know… NOT waste a bunch of bandwidth re-buffering a video that I’ve already watched three minutes of.

Gmail
I’m a committed Gmail man. I managed to get my (relatively common) real name as a Gmail handle, and I ain’t giving that up. But the “new look” on Gmail makes me want to put salt in my eye. After Google auto-upgraded me, I’ve reverted back to the old style about… I dunno, four times now. Eventually the auto-upgrade will be permanent, and people will hear me cursing for miles around.

Firefox
Started as a minimalist fork project in reaction to Mozilla’s unstoppable bloat, Firefox has become what it once tried to shun – ever growing bloat. (What the heck is the “tab groups” feature for? Isn’t that what a window is for?) The UI peaked with the 3.x line. I’m sticking with it for now, mostly due to the fact that Chrome doesn’t quite do what I need it to, and isn’t particularly customizable. Yet.

NES style fun

Posted: January 21, 2012 by doubleplusundead in L.L.A.P.H.

This is a really well done game in the NES style, a lot of fun, and like a lot of the old NES and earlier games, can be quite challenging at points.  It’s a blast smashing your way through levels styled after different NES classics, with some modern humor thrown in, I could give examples, but I’m not gonna be a spoiler.

I Am Spartacus!

Posted: January 21, 2012 by veeshir in The Big Screen

The Spartacus sequel started last night, not on Starz but on channel 101 on DirecTV, since we get almost as many hits for “Spartacus sequel” as we do for “sloppy vagina”, I should probably review it.

It’s hard to say what a show will be like but so far it’s good. better than the “prequel”. It draws you in and gets you all worked up, just like the first season.They’re in hiding right now, with the Romans sending larger and largers groups to get them.

I like the show because, aside from the damn “thumbs up/thumbs’ down” deal, it’s pretty accurate both about Roman Republic life in general and what happened with Spartacus in particular. I’m not enamoured of the ‘300’ style of filming fights, but it’s not too annoying.

The only jarring point is the new Spartacus. Andy Whitfield, the guy who played Spartacus, died from non-Hodgkins lymphoma (for those who don’t know). I rewatched the first season and I still think he was fantastic, except for the final speech which seemed kind of forced.

So they had to get a new Spartacus and you have to keep remembering, “Oh yeah, that’s Spartacus”.

So far I like him too. He has the same sort of attitude as the Whitfield’s Spartacus, which I like. The “brooding barbarian warlord” works for a guy who’s trying to “Make Rome Tremble” for the enslavement and death of his woman.

The cast list has Gannicus from the prequel even though we haven’t seen him yet, which I like. He was cool. You need the “devil may care” type for any good rebellion/slave revolt and they don’t have one. Crixus, Spartacus and Oenomaus just don’t have that flair.

The point, 4 stars so far. Hopefully they keep it going.

And since I’m writing about Spartacus, let’s see one of the best reasons to watch

mmmmmm, hot slave chick.

You’re going to have to count on Alice updating this if you wants bipartizans pics, I doesn’t do that. There’s plenty of eye-candy for that, not the “Twilight”, androgynous, sparkly effemes, these are the type Capt. Oveur showed Joey after the flight.

 

They’re making a new Star Trek movie and not much is known about it but this picture has been leaked.

H/T David Voth via Wyatt

More pics below the fold

Update:

As Wyatt says, CAAAAAAAAAANS!

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How about I tell you to fuck off, mmmkay? Who the fuck are you to tell any legal enterprise what is reasonable? Who the fuck are you to tell a business what they can and cannot do? And who the fuckity ledgerfuck with retainedfuckingearnings are you to try to limit the ability of businesses and the people they enrich to excel and make life better for everyone?

Fuck you, business haters. Fuck you for driving businesses away. Fuck you for driving our assets elsewhere. And fuck you because you are too fucking stupid to see otherwise.

RIP Sarah Burke

Posted: January 20, 2012 by aliceaitch in Random Crap