The headline sort of speaks for itself:
BBC Sport: Scudamore announces bung inquiry
Scudamore said that it was the ongoing rumours of a culture of bungs that had provoked the Premier League to take action.
So what is Scudamore going to do about these bungs?
“We’re going to clean this thing up one way or the other, in terms of perception and in terms of turning it into reality.”
Even after reading the whole article, I’ve been unable to infer what “bung” means in this context. Either it’s just really funny to Americans, or proof that there’s homoerotic subtext to sports worldwide.
As if Nikon’s retreat from the film market wasn’t shocking enough, Konica Minolta has announced their own withdrawl from the photography market. Sony is purchasing what’s left of their camera business, and the company will stop manufacturing film and paper by March 2007.
I don’t think too many people will miss Konica Minolta’s film and paper offerings, but no more Minolta cameras is kind of shocking. Too bad Sony didn’t get the Minolta name along with the camera hardware. The Sony brand probably does carry more weight with consumers, but there was a time when Minolta was at least worthy of consideration for pros and serious amateurs. With all the shocking photography announcements this month, I’m expecting announcements of Kodak-Nikon and Fuji-Canon merger announcements within the next month.
If you’ve gotten bored with creating your own South Park characters, The Simpsomaker will help you mix things up a bit. The current version offers extensive options, but as yet no Apu or Chief Wiggam, not to mention Krusty and Sideshow Bob! Oh well, maybe in version 2.0! Even so, this thing rocks. Well worth 5 minutes of your short attention span.
The San Jose Mercury News is reporting the US Justice Department has asked a Federal court to force Google to provide them with search data for one million random IP addresses, and all search data for a one week period. Think about that…if you use Google once a week, your data will be going to the Feds. Why do they need this information? To protect the children! More specifically, to defend the Child Online Protection Act, a law which was struck down in 2004 when a Federal court ruled it “too broad”. Won’t someone please think of the children?
The government indicated that other, unspecified search engines have agreed to release the information, but not Google.
So if you search with Yahoo, MSN, or one of the myriad also-ran engines, you may already be a winner! And don’t forget, every search engine out there plants a cookie in your browser. Unless you clear out cookies on a regular basis, some of them will persist for 30+ years. So if you’ve been searching for anything the Feds might find interesting, it would be trivial for them to subpoena all searchees associated with the cookie on your machine. But that should only worry those with something to hide…
The first Intel iMacs have made their way from Apple Store shelves into the hands of early adopters, and some of those users have submitted Xbench benchmarks. There are also some anecdotal benchmarks available in the MacAddict Forums. Comparing the iMac Intel to the Powermac G5 (both at 2.0Ghz) yields a very mixed bag of results. In a few categories, the Intel CPU is twice as fast as the G5. In most others, the G5 is a bit faster. Obviously we’ll need more than a few submissions to make a real judgement, but if the MacBook performance is pretty close to the iMac at similar clock speeds it’ll be pretty close to having a Dual 2.0 G5 sitting on your legs. Close enough to replace that G5 tower with a MacBook? I’ll let you know when I figure that out for myself.
Rocket: Atlas 5 (AV-010)
Payload: New Horizons
Date: January 17, 2006
Site: Complex 41, Cape Canaveral, Florida
Time: 1:24-3:23 p.m. EST (1824-2023 GMT)
“Gillespie, 53, claims that Marlowe and Bob Charpentier, a 52-year-old Oregon resident, insulted him and harassed him in the AOL chatroom called ‘Romance %u2014 Older Men’ to the point where it inflicted ‘severe emotional distress and physical injury that is of a nature no reasonable man could be expected to endure it.’”
George Gillespie is a total pussy. Sue me, ya wanker.
The internet has always been a mean place. Chat, IRC, usenet…anywhere you interact with people who sit miles away, faceless.
It’s not a place for the weak. You know what I did when I found usenet to be beyond what I could deal with?
I stopped doing it.
Fuck George Gillespie and let’s hope this case gets tossed out pronto.
“(CNN) — NASA’s Stardust space probe is racing toward Earth, carrying a tiny payload of cometary and interstellar dust — particles that scientists believe are leftovers from the creation of our solar system.If all goes as planned, Stardust will release the 100-lb. capsule carrying the samples at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday. It would enter Earth’s atmosphere about four hours later and parachute to the ground in Utah at 5:12 a.m. ET.”
I certainly hope it goes allright. In space speed, the Desert Command is barely a hiccup away.