Murdoch on the war path again.

Nov 26, 2004 | | 0 comments |

Twice in one week! ComCast (owned by Rupert Murdoch) are putting their cable rates up for the second time in a year. 14% this time, apparently.
Let's see. RM takes over Sky Television, prices soar in England. RM takes over ComCast cable, prices soar in the US.

Nope. I can't see the correlation.

MS using Firefox

Nov 24, 2004 | | 0 comments |

This is pretty funny. Microsoft have released a screenshot of some of the features of their MSN search engine (the one they're filling using Google results). The funny thing is that the screenshot shows them using Firefox. I guess Microsoft finally came to the same conclusion as the rest of us - IE is a festering turd. A copy of the picture is linked here.

All quiet on the western front.

Nov 23, 2004 | | 0 comments |

I spent a lazy couple of days blowing stuff up and murdering people in GTA:San Andreas again this weekend. I have to say the game is quite educational. I'm learning all sorts of new profanities and swear words I didn't even know existed. The difference, of course, is that being a sensible regular person, I can tell the difference between a videogame and real life. If you were to believe the hairy-legged no-bra-wearing unwashed anti video-game activists, then this weekend I'll be going out to knock over a couple of convenience stores, run over children and grandparents with my car and indulge in an orgy of hot lead destined to go down as one of the worst killing sprees in history.
Yeah right.
Au contraire, it's the activists who are the real danger. Some of them believe so unwaiveringly in their crusade against games like GTA that they know no limits when it comes to spreading their message. They also clearly don't understand one simple fact : no videogame has ever incited someone to commit real-life violence. Of course people with already violent tendancies might use these games as the excuse, but no law-abiding, peace-loving general member of the populous has ever played something like GTA, then flipped out and murdered someone. Ever.

Meanwhile, Paula arrived back safely on sunday. I didn't get a call from the airport so I spent a couple of hours beside myself in despair on sunday because I thought the immigration people had gotten to her. In the end I managed to get the INS office to give me some secret code word. When I phoned the airline and use the code word, they were able to confirm she'd caught the connecting flight - something they wouldn't normally do because of privacy concerns etc.

[ding]"And today's code word is Fahrfenheugen."