‘Happy Mac’ Killed By Jaguar ."> Happy Mac’ Killed By Jaguar .
Aug 28th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Happy Mac’ Killed By Jaguar. The Mac­in­tosh oper­at­ing system’s corny but some­what love­able star­tup icon appears to be a vic­tim of the lat­est upgrade. And Apple doesn’t want to dis­cuss it. By Michelle Delio. [Wired News]

bq. Happy Mac was jet­ti­soned to appease the aes­thet­ics of Steve Jobs who has wanted for a long time to dump the “smirk­ing sym­bol,” sources close to Apple pro­gram­mers con­firmed.

That’s pretty typical–another sym­bol of the Mac OS gets “Steved.” Apple’s offi­cial response (on page 2 of the arti­cle) reads like adver­tis­ing copy.

Federal government’s bookkeeping needs fixing, too .
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Fed­eral government’s book­keep­ing needs fix­ing, too. “There’s been a lot of sanc­ti­mo­nious finger-waving in Con­gress at cor­po­rate CEOs and much of it is hyp­o­crit­i­cal,” said Pete Sepp, a spokesman for the National Tax­pay­ers Union, which pro­motes lower fed­eral taxes and spend­ing.

The finan­cial state­ments of many fed­eral agen­cies are in such dis­mal shape that the Gen­eral Account­ing Office (GAO) — the inves­tiga­tive arm of Con­gress that audits fed­eral accounts — has been unable to provide an opin­ion on the government’s finances for the past five years. []

The gov­ern­ment has no incen­tive to be care­ful about their finances. It’s not like it’s their money–if they run out, they can always steal more.

Mac OS 9.2 Lives, For A Pittance [ MacSlash: A daily dose of Macintosh News and Discussion ] The rep stated that phases 4 and 5 were d
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Mac OS 9.2 Lives, For A Pit­tance [Mac­Slash: A daily dose of Mac­in­tosh News and Dis­cus­sion]

bq. The rep stated that phases 4 and 5 were down the line quite a ways, but that it was being done in order to help force devel­op­ers who aren’t on board yet with X to get there by pro­gres­sively pulling Clas­sic away from them, while still pro­vid­ing sup­port for those cus­tomers who can’t switch yet.

Inter­est­ing choice of euphemisms here. Con­sider the use of “help” when what they really mean is “force.” Also notice how the rep speaks as though all Mac uses want to switch, but just can’t yet. This is cer­tainly not the case for me!

Meathead Start .
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Meat­head Start. “They’ve done some­thing extra­or­di­nary,” Rob Reiner told the San Fran­cisco Chron­i­cle ear­lier this week. “Con­sid­er­ing it’s the biggest county in Amer­ica, there’s a lot of folks look­ing at what L.A. is doing.” The film­maker and activist was refer­ring to a new plan to provide free pre-school for every 3- and 4-year-old in Los Ange­les County, cour­tesy of funds from a statewide tobacco tax. [Rea­son Online]

By mak­ing this state­ment Mr. Reiner has done an excel­lent job of dis­cred­it­ing him­self. You see, Los Ange­les County is not the biggest in Amer­ica. How­ever, it is located imme­di­ately to the west of San Bernardino Coun­try, which really is this biggest in the coun­try.

It’s hardly sur­pris­ing the Mr. Reiner doesn’t know that, since San Bernardino County has a dis­tinct lack of mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar man­sions, exclu­sive coun­try clubs, and expen­sive shops. In fact, it’s the west­ern edge of what the lib­eral elit­ists con­de­scend­ingly refer to as “fly­over coun­try.”

Getting ready for media bias .
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Get­ting ready for media bias. “The Pales­tinian jour­nal­ists’ union declared Mon­day that news pho­tog­ra­phers are “absolutely for­bid­den” from tak­ing pic­tures of Pales­tinian chil­dren car­ry­ing weapons… [The news, Uncen­sored.]

This is part of the rea­son why media cov­er­age of Israel is so biased. It’s cer­tainly not the only rea­son, though–after all, the for­eign news orga­ni­za­tions go along.

Network Associates Buys “Better Carnivore” [ Slashdot ] Given the kind of mindset the Neta executives must have to buy such a product, it’s not surprisin
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Net­work Assoc­iates Buys “Bet­ter Car­ni­vore” [Slash­dot]

Given the kind of mind­set the Neta exec­u­tives must have to buy such a pro­duct, it’s not sur­pris­ing they tried to bury PGP.

Letter from an ANGRY Reader .
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Let­ter from an ANGRY Reader. Chip Elliott at -

Let­ter from an ANGRY Reader
— a 1981 let­ter to Esquire
mag­a­zine about one middle-aged cou­ples’ dis­cov­ery that being armed is
a nec­es­sary part of life. At least as rel­e­vant today as it was twenty
years ago. [kaba] [End the War on Free­dom]

This is an excel­lent arti­cle, despite its age. The author gives the impres­sion of being a lib­eral who had been, as the say­ing goes, “mugged by real­ity.” It’s a per­spec­tive not often seen in arti­cles on self-defense, and is def­i­nitely worth read­ing.

Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship [ Slashdot ] Orion was another of those interesting ideas for space travel that never went anywhere
Aug 27th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Space­ship [Slash­dot]

Orion was another of those inter­est­ing ideas for space travel that never went any­where. Since it used nuclear explo­sions for propul­sion, launch­ing one from the ground would be rather hard on the sur­round­ings. Bar­ring some dire emer­gency, an Orion-style ship would really need to be built in orbit.

Calls for Action Open U.N.
Aug 26th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

Calls for Action Open U.N. Sum­mit [AP World News]

Amaz­ingly this story, quite long for the AP, is com­pletely filled with Tranzi pro­pa­ganda. There’s not a sin­gle men­tion in the story of the one sub­ject of the sum­mit which might actu­ally improve con­di­tions for poor countries–ending the agri­cul­tural pro­tec­tion­ism of Europe and the US.

MSNBC .  Cheney outlines case against Saddam.  Frankly, this is a flawed strategy.  Given how unlikely it is that we will invade Iraq at this point, every belicose statement from s
Aug 26th, 2002 by Ken Hagler

MSNBC.  Cheney out­li­nes case against Sad­dam.  Frankly, this is a flawed strat­egy.  Given how unlikely it is that we will invade Iraq at this point, every beli­cose state­ment from senior gov­ern­ment offi­cials merely serves to sink the econ­omy.  Stop it, please! America’s chance for a dec­la­ra­tion of war ended last spring. [John Robb’s Radio Weblog]

Say­ing an inva­sion is unlikely doesn’t make it so. And what does a dec­la­ra­tion of war have to do with any­thing? The US hasn’t declared war in over 60 years–how many wars have we fought in that time?

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