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Mooninites Attack!

The unfortunate ignorance of Boston authorities leading to a city-wide scare and innocent marketers being held accountable.

“It’s a hoax — and it’s not funny,” said Gov. Deval Patrick.

No, it isn’t a hoax, and no, it’s only sort of funny. It’s not funny to spend a bunch of money on a false reality. That is to say, a waste of resources on what could easily have been avoided or at least curtailed.

What it would have taken is one of millions of cellphones with cameras taking a picture. Sending that picture to a publicly available website, and waiting the 30 seconds for someone to reply, “That’s a TV show thing, Cartoon Network, Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”

Yeah, in the first 29 seconds you should begin to isolate the areas, but at t+30 you should be able to downgrade the threat level to brain matter gray and have wasted what, $1,000 as opposed to the supposed estimate of $500K?

Eyeballs and brains are good things when you use them properly. When ants start panicking or when whales with inner-ear infections lead their pack to shore there is a sad breakdown of sociality. We should seek to minimize any such effects.

Governments should stop being followers or stalwarts of technology and start actually leading us forward with awareness, transparency, and the like. The fact that they don’t makes me wonder why the hell we employ them in the first place.

Emboldenization

Every time someone speaks against the current war in Iraq and more generally the president’s foreign policy we get treated to these turns of phrase like “emboldens the terrorists.”

Every time someone speaks against the current war in Iraq and more generally the president’s foreign policy we get treated to these turns of phrase like “emboldens the terrorists.”

And every time you hear those words, you should realize the terrorists are emboldened. It is by the fact that we have idiots serving us that believe conducting the government properly is somehow villainous and radical.

Fools and buffoons that would have us throw good money after bad and live men after dead in Iraq until we have nothing left. Such dimwits seem to be the terrorists’ biggest ally.

Why Yahoo! doesn’t get it…

The woes of the modern web include the million credentials one must remember to access the sites you use. But should you be forced to use less?

Slashdot is running this story about Yahoo! trying to force flickr users to switch over to using a “Yahoo! ID” instead of their e-mail address as a login credential.

At first glance I thought to myself, “but isn’t Google doing the same thing lately with sites like blogger and orkut?” That is, until I double-checked. While Yahoo! is in fact trying to force the move, Google (for now anyway) is simply allowing users to sign up for the services (or migrate existing accounts) to a Gmail account.

Yahoo! seems to be moving more in the direction of brick and mortar, trying to couch their dealings and services as they want rather than as the users want. While I’ll admit Google is far from perfect, they seem to want to conserve at least some level of choice for the end-user.

On the other hand Yahoo!’s minimum width seems to be for 1024×768. Google seems to go around 640×480 (like this site). My old theme was set for at least 1280×1024 I believe (well, width is what matters) and I’m still trying to figure out where it should be.

Overall, reaction to the new theme has been pretty positive. By that I mean I like it.

-Adam