cyclomedia writes: "I'm looking to buy a subnotebook. For those who think that this form factor was created by the Asus EEE (As seemingly does wikipedia) it might interest you that the current forerunner in my search is a 190MHz,64MB,640x480 256 colour beastie known as the Psion Netbook circa 2001-ish. Basically i have a desktop, a server and an xbox and so truly only want it for surfing, email and the odd bit of SSHing home on weekends away. The aforementioned Psion is, however, of the StrongArm processor variety, which nudges it down on the desireability meter, but the fact that there exist wifi cards for it's 16-bit PCMCIA slot does score it extra points. So, anyone here got any suggestions of what to look out for on ebay? So long as I can play Doom II on it too... that is."
cyclomedia writes: "Seems that over the past couple of years more and more software is found to be phoning home on it's users, whether it's the innocent looking "checking for new versions" thread now found in most apps or good ole MS WGA. So, having a NATing router between me and the interweb what ports and addresses could/should I be blocking? Googling has so far brought up few clues but ultimately I'm not shy of killing *.microsoft.com to every windows box if absolutely necessary."
cyclomedia writes: "I've been dedicating a little of my Nerd Time to devising a strategy board game, pitched somewhere between Checkers and Chess but probably not as deceptively complex as Go. The next step in my plan is to see if I can actually create a prototype made of coins, stickers and cardboard and to attempt to teach the rules to my wife (Trek fan, hence the marriage). If I get past that stage ok then what do i do? Presumably I can't just show up at Hasbro with my jerry rigged setup and expect an enthusiastic response. Without giving too much away I can tell you that there's a nerd factor within the game itself, possibly leaning the possibility of marketing towards the Games Workshop end of the spectrum, but without the 80-sided dice and Orcs."
cyclomedia writes: "One blogger who recently visited MS (including many others, all of whom had mac laptops) for a Q&A session with Bill Gates quotes his apparent stance on DRM. Gate's apparently agreed that DRM "causes too much pain for legitmate buyers" and suggested that "People should just buy a cd and rip it.".
Gates has previously gone on record stating that the presence of DRM in windows is actually out of consumer interest, saying that "if there's content that can only be there if it's rights protected, we want to be able to have that content available to you.". Which is a variation on the please-don't-shoot-the-messenger theme."
cyclomedia writes: This has been thrown around occasionaly on slashdot in the past and here's my fleshing out of the idea.
- first, start pre production soonish but hold off a few years, bring it out on the 25th anniversary of TNG.
- second, give them a decent ship that looks mean and doesnt have a barber shop onboard. preferably something akin to the sleek and fast-as-a-bastard Exelsior class
- third, show some of the dark side of the federation, TNG and DS9 occasionally allowed us a peek into dimly lit bars, spaceports and mercenary cargo ships, sure you don't need to go all the way to firefly extremes, we want it to be trek afterall
- fourth, give them a proper mission, or three over the course of the series' run, sure have monster-of-the-week episodes to get people interested but also expand on the DS9 theory of an overall plot (but at least decide in the first place what it is).
- finally, install a now older, wiser, and not at all anoying: Captain Wesley Crusher
Here's how i see it playing out in my geek brain, it just needs a few, er, important blanks filling in. the first half of the double-length pilot will see a retiring admiral picard meet up with Crusher at his ben kenobe style hut on some rocky planet somewhere. For $REASON (to do with his experiences gained whilst off with The Traveller perhaps?) starfleet have sent picard to get Crusher on board for $MISSION. They go off somewhere and get stuck up a mountain and after a reversal of fortune on TNG's "Final Mission" with picard helping him out crusher realises he now owes the old boy a favour. so he agrees to go along back to starfleet to check it out. Picard cheekily flies by the shiney new ship to bait Crusher along. and after having dinner with his mum, probably, Crusher takes on the job under certain conditions, especially that he wants a couple of his own guys on the crew (who specialise in Tactical and $SOMETHINGELSE), but not in a Maquis-on-Voyager-oh-dont-we-all-get-along-nicely- after-all way, more like Garak-and-Odo-on-Defiant way, not in uniform, not technically starfleet but under Crusher's command nontheless. For the hell of it you could throw in a bunch of rowdy often drunk klingons, instead of bloody vulcans. Crusher, being a kick ass pilot and engineering wizz will also not be entirely liked by the crew: the sexy assed Youngish ensign girl who he keeps supplanting so he can steer the ship himself (though they end up finally getting it on eventually, probably), his first officer, who's pissed that this guy just got handed a captaincy and he was overlooked despite years of butt licking and the Chief Engineer, because crusher's not only always interfering but also crashing into things.
Set them off on their $Mission, and let battle commence!
cyclomedia writes: "TheOneRing.Net has a new scoop on the ongoing Hobbit Movie saga, sourced from elbenwald.de. Apparently the rights to make the Hobbit film fall back to Saul Zaentz "next year". He claims that, under their stewardship, The Hobbit will "definitely be shot by Peter Jackson".
For the whippersnappers amongst you: Mr. Zaentz is the head honcho of Tolkein Enterprises, which originally acquired exclusive rights to productions of the LOTR and Hobbit material in 1976, prior to overseeing the Bakshi animated version of LOTR."
cyclomedia writes: In a glorious moment of web standards cooperation, not to mention months of revisions and mailing list debate the WHATWGWeb Forms 2 draft has been accepted by, and published at the W3C. This comes over a year since the WHATWG asked for "final" comments on the spec so it's taken some time to iron out the creases.
The past month has also seen the start of an official Gecko drive to impliment the spec, possibly in time for the 1.10 release. Though bits and pieces have already been filtering into the source such as the much debated "ping" attribute. Opera already has a head start on the Mozilla camp touting Web Forms 2 support in it's 9.0 release.