Friday, November 27, 2009

Geektastic

The Konami Code works on Facebook.

Press up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, Enter key. Then scroll up and down and magic circles will appear.

Now the only way to get rid of them is to log off or refresh the page.

Le Shut Up: Laughing at the French

At least we can share jokes about the English...


Le Shut Up from Skangerland on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

It'll never happen here

'It is irresponsible to suggest that the "negative equity" scenario that occurred in the late 1980’s in the UK could occur in Ireland,' said Marie Hunt, Director of Research at CB Richard Ellis, in April 2007. 'All we ask,' she added, 'is that the media consider these fundamentals and adopt a balanced, informed and considered approach when dealing with such an important issue.'

Physician, heal thyself...?Would-be first time buyers who have heeded equally dramatic and incorrect predictions in the past have lost out significantly as they ‘sat on the fence’ and watched prices escalate because of the underlying fundamentals in Ireland.*

She argued that 'the biggest threat to housing market performance is actually confidence'. In other words, keep your head in the sand and it'll all be fine. The example used to expand that point is this:
Would-be first time buyers who have heeded equally dramatic and incorrect predictions in the past have lost out significantly as they ‘sat on the fence’ and watched prices escalate because of the underlying fundamentals in Ireland.
That reads rather like scaremongering ('join the feeding frenzy or you'll lose lots of money') and sits uneasily in an article that condemned RTÉ's Future Shock - Property Crash
as 'irresponsible journalism,' 'unbalanced negative speculation,' 'sensationalist,' presenting 'unfounded doomsday scenarios' and to be 'dismissed as fiction'.

It's easy to criticize with the benefit of hindsight, but the CBRE press release is a fine example of hubris before a fall. The researchers present themselves as 'the independent research team at CB Richard Ellis,' a designation that makes little sense. In what way, exactly, were they independent? Not in any meaningful way, surely. If they had been then they might not have embarrassed themselves quite so comprehensively. Perhaps they'd contend that the property crash was caused by negative comment of the sort made by RTÉ, but the only sensible reponse to that would be to laugh all the way to the banks.



http://www.gunnenewhomes.com/images/cliparts/CBRE_Reaction.pdf




* Heal thyself, and learn about apostrophes: one two-page press release has seven errors.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Va-Va-Feck Off


A major French sporting event marred by accusations of cheating? What do they think it is, cycling? No, it's not, and it's not basketball either. Maybe Thierry Henry is hoping to play at Croker again but as a GAA player...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

8 Years in Jail for disagreeing

Iran student gets 8 yrs over post-election protests

Three other people have been sentenced to death, one man was sentenced to seven years in jail and 74 lashes, over 100 have been charged with fomenting unrest, and thousands have been detained.

The Iranian Embassy in London protested against the decision of Queen's College, Oxford, to establish the Neda Agha-Soltan Graduate Scholarship in memory of a young woman killed during the post-election protests. Her death was recorded on video and seen by many people around the world.

No-one has been sentenced to anything for murdering her.

Fair play to Queen's - if the Iranian Embassy is upset then you must be doing something right.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Don't drive and use a handheld phone

Or you might be distracted and drive your Bugatti Veyron into a lake...

The driver was using a handheld mobile phone and was startled by a bird. You own a Bugatti Veyron and you're too cheap or stupid to use a hands free kit???

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Gravity pwns drunk guy

Elevenses on a Tuesday morning? Time for more beer.


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Friday, November 06, 2009

Visualizing the bail outs

Eircom security and international copyright law

The Irish Times reports that "Apple software allows unauthorised access to Eircom broadband networks". In fact, it's the legacy of Eircom stupidity that allows access to Ericom broadband networks. You don't need Apple software to do it. There are plenty of websites and other apps that will pull off the same trick. (Indeed, if you were so inclined you could do it with a pencil and a bit of squared paper, just for that old-skool feel.)

This seems like a bit of a jolly, and a good excuse to laugh at Eircom. However, as it pointed out here, it has wider implications.
It means that at some time in the future when the retarded music industry and its bevy of overpaid government lobbyists get their way and people accused of file-sharing one too many times get “kicked off of the internetz” you’ll see a tidal wave of users parking up outside your Mum’s house to use her inadequately secured WiFi connection to go get their music....

(Hint to the lawmen - this measure is punitive, ineffective, and will cause innocent people to be punished for other people’s ‘crimes’).

The punitive and ineffective measures being proposed are summarized here. It's interesting to note that in deciding to listen to the music and film industries and pursue illegal file-sharers, Lord Mandelson is going against the wishes of the UK police and intelligence services. They fear that his measures will lead more people to encrypt their internet access, which will actually make it much more difficult to track all sorts of online criminal activity.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

You know you're a geek when...

Macworld UK's review of an application called Check Off includes this:
This preamble goes some way towards explaining why we like Check Off so much. The other reason is that the name sounds a bit like Chekov, the Russian helmsman from Star Trek.
Yeah, you know you're a geek when "Chekov" brings to mind Star Trek rather then Russian literature.

(If it also brings Stargate SG-1 to mind then you have gone beyond geek into dork...)