Piracy Rampant at Redmond!

Apple iPod, Destroyer of Worlds
I am so amused about this story, about 80% of people on the Microsoft main campus in Redmond use an iPod to listen to music. That just makes sense, they get paid ungodly amounts of cash for what they do and thus have loads of disposable income. It’s a total no-brainer that they would own iPods. However, I am surprised that there isn’t some sort of rule about hiring pirates. Yes, if you will remember, Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO, aka, Gate’s Monster) stated that “… The most common format of music on an iPod is ‘stolen'” So with that logic 80% of employees at the Redmond campus are thieves. Humm… Good thing that the iPods don’t support firewire connections on a PC, if it did you might have people dropping CD images on to them and getting away with real piracy. I wonder if you lose your soda rights if you are caught plugging in your iPod to a USB port while at work.
Wired News: Hide Your IPod, Here Comes Bill
iPod users are music thieves says Ballmer

I have a bad feeling about this…

Dibold Media Player?!?
Yes, this is an ATM that has re-booted and defaulted to the base OS. That would be Windows… Come on people! Realize that you should use the right tool for the right job! Sure, you can haul lumber and roofing tar in a sports car but you would be a fool for doing it! Something that needs to be bullet proof, like and ATM, needs to run from and embedded system that upon a fault defaults to somthing that people can’t get to. The kids were able to bring up the media player now but what happens if the next unit that goes belly up lets the user gain access to transaction records (card numbers?) or even the internet (who knows how long a device like this would remain un owned on the ‘Net!) And yes, Dibold makes electronic voting system… I would like to know if anyone has looked into the ‘relationship” between them and Microsoft.. “Your building an electronic voting system? Here, we would like for you to use our nifty one size fits all OS. Don’t worry, its secure…” Give me a break…


I asked my 11 year old daughter Alex what she thought of the presidential debates and she said she would rather see a debate between Spongebob and Patrick. I thought about that for a while and realized that she could be right. I think that come Novemeber we will be faced with either voting for a pink starfish or a yellow sponge… I think I’ll vote for Plankton.

Candidate debate

Saw part of the big debate tonight. As far as I could tell both of them had good things to say, at least one of them showed that he had ideas on how to fix things and the other kept pointing out that his opponent had deceived in the past. You can fill in the names as you see fit.