Prepare to Meet Thy Doom

“For years, games have been racing to catch up to the visual standards of animated films. Before long, Carmack says, game graphics will rival Monsters, Inc. in their detail. When that happens, technical advances in games will proceed at Hollywood’s more measured pace – incrementally instead of in great, creative leaps. Innovators will focus on optimizing existing code, and major revisions will happen less frequently. In effect, Carmack will be…

Corruption at CNN

“I was on the roof of the Ministry of Information, preparing for my first ‘live shot’ on CNN. A producer came up and handed me a sheet of paper with handwritten notes. ‘[CNN President] Tom Johnson wants you to read this on camera,’ he said. I glanced at the paper. It was an item-by-item summary of points made by [Iraqi] Information Minister Latif Jassim in an interview that morning with…

45 More Legislators Lose Jobs to Increased Congressional Automation

“In spite of denials from congressional leaders, the rash of job cuts has some legislators worried that Congress will be fully mechanized within 10 years.|’The House and Senate will always need people,’ Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert said. ‘These machines are a valuable tool, but there’s still no substitute for the wisdom and experience of an actual human congressman. Everything that happens in Congress requires, to some extent, the…

I Don't Have Any Cash. Do you Take Mackerel?

“Never, ever pick a fight with a surrealist. Not unless you are packing a kipper yourself, and are prepared to use it. That much I now know. But at lunchtime on Monday, when I tried to slip through the surrealist blockade of the André Breton auction at the Hôtel Drouot, I assumed a black polo neck was protection enough against accusations that I was a bourgeois lackey bent on picking…

ViewSonic Airpanel V150 [Review]

Perhaps it was the sight of Captain James T Kirk scribbling away on his executive starship tablet. Maybe it’s the recurring dream of reducing computing to its simplest, starkest elements — a screen, an input device, perhaps some sound. It could even be the thought that with the technology now just about able to do it, a wireless PC screen is a really cool idea. Whatever the thinking behind Microsoft’s…

SPAM Scammers Capitalizing on Iraq War

The bottom-feeding 419 scammers are exploiting the Iraq war now, according to this Spam I just received: “First let me use this medium to introduce myself , I am Mohammed MARGAI from KONO district north of Baghdad IRAQ from the family of late Alhaji Mustafa MARGAI THE FORMAL MINISTER OF PETROLEUM AND NATURAL RESOURCES.”SPAM Scammers Capitalizing on Iraq WarLiteracy Weblog)