Microsoft Admits that Windows Sucks

Well, almost [[:-)]].

The Register is reporting that Microsoft is throwing in the towel as far as NT 4 is concerned on the latest security flaw to affect Windows 2000, XP, and NT 4. They quote Microsoft as saying ‘The architectural limitations of Windows NT 4.0 do not support the changes that would be required to remove this vulnerability.’

So, NT by its very architecture is a security problem. Notice how this has never happened with a *nix based system.

In Case You Need Convincing

The US is right in its war effort.

###How does a fascist regime defend itself?

They shoot POWs in the head and flaunt their corpses on camera. They site military hardware near hospitals and schools, turning civilians into human shields. They wave a white flag to indicate surrender, then open up with machine guns or rocket-propelled grenades. They order noncombatants in front-line cities to attack allied troops, threatening to kill them if they refuse. They build a military bunker under the hotel at which foreign reporters are required to stay.

###The Truth from a Human Shield

Daniel Pepper, an American who traveled to Baghdad to be a human shield, was shocked when ordinary Iraqis told him the facts of life under Saddam.

*We just sat, listening, our mouths open wide,” Pepper wrote this week. ”Jake, one of the others, just kept saying, `Oh, my God’ as the driver described the horrors of the regime. Jake was so shocked at how naive he had been. We all were. It hadn’t occurred to anyone that the Iraqis might actually be prowar.* Most crushing of all was the realization that most Iraqis assumed Saddam had paid the protesters to come to Iraq. They could imagine no other reason why free people would demonstrate against a war to bring him down.

Academy Awards 2003

Some thoughts on the awards.

###Best Animated Film

Wow! They got this right. I was afraid that they’d pick something stupid like Lilo and Stitch, but instead they chose to honor the greatest living animator and chose Spirited Away.

###Best Visual Effects

Was there any other choice? [[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]]. it’s about time somebody knocked George Lucas off his perch.

###Supporting Actor

Chris Cooper. Nice acceptance speech. Even the bit about peace was in good taste. He should have won for [[American Beauty]], and now they got it right.

###Art Direction

If this isn’t [[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]], the Academy is high. I guess they’re high. Yeah, Chicago was cool, but it just didn’t compare to TTT for pure visual splendor.

Get ready, this is just the beginning for Chicago tonight.

###Bsst Live Action and Animated Short Films

I can’t comment on this much. I haven’t seen any of these.Well, the clip they showed of “The Chubbchubbs” looked fun.

“This Charming Man” for live action. Maybe I can get some of these on Netflix.

###Best Costumes

It’s probably going to be Chicago again. Yep. Well, that’s two. I wonder if it’s going to loose any of the categories it’s nominated in.

It’s a crime that [[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]] was ignored in this category.

###Best Makeup

That God Frida won this! I can’t imagine a movie as bad as The Time Machine winning an award.

###Best Supporting Actress

You go Sean! He’s just way too cool for his own good.

C’mon Queen Latifah. I’m pulling for you!!! It’s gonna be Zeta Jones, but I’m pulling for you.

Congrats Catherine. You deserved it. You were just wonderful!

###Best Original Score

Wow! That’s two for Frida! That’s totally unexpected. It’s nice to see the smaller pictures getting recognized like this. PLUS, I get to see more of the awesome Salma Hyek [[:-)]].

###Best Foreign Language Film

Not much to say here either. I guess Nowhere in Afrika deserves it. Ebert gave it a great review.

###Best Sound

Can TTT get another? Or will be Chicago again. Damn! It’s Chicago. That’s three. How could the Academy seriously say that Chicago had better sound than TTT? Oh well… wait ’til next year.

###Best Sound Effects Editing

OK. Can there be any doubt in this one? It’s gotta be TTT. Well, maybe “Minority Report”. YEAH!!! That’s two.

###Documentaries

Excellent. I don’t agree with Michael Moore politically, but I love his sense of the surreal. It’s about time he was recognized by the Academy.

OK. Shut up. That’s enough. I’ve lost all respect for you now. There was no call for that speech. YOU SUCK!!!!

Excellent Steve!!! Way to take Michael to task for that stupid speech.

###Best Cinematography

Another one for Chicago? WOW!!! “The Road to Perdiction”??? It’s not going to be a Chicago sweep. I never would have expected that.

###Best Film Editing

It’s probably going to be Chicago, but wouldn’t it be interesting if TTT wins? That’s five.

###Best Actor

Please, let it be Jack. It’d be a whole lotta fun in the speech. Adrien Brody! in The Pianist! WOW! That’s a surprise, but from everything I’ve heard, it’s a wonderful performance in a wonderful movie. Congratulations!!

I wish I could kiss Hale Barry like that!!!!

###Best Song

Who’s it going to be? Please, let it be Paul. He deserves it!!! Eminem! WOW! Unbelievable! Who’d have ever thought that the Academy could be that ballsy!!!

I haven’t yet seen the movie, but from what I’ve heard, this song most completely fit the movie that it was for.

###Best Actress

Salma, Salma, Salma! It’s probably going to be Renee, but I want Salma!

Yeah! Nicole Kidman. That’s my second choice. She got robbed last year, so this is just some justice. I want to see this movie now.

###Screenplays

I’m not sure I care about this… how could [[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers]] not have been nominated for the adapted screenplay award?

We all know that it’s going to be chicago, so let’s get it overwith.

Yikes! The Pianist!!!!!! This has been an evening of surprises!!!

And now for the original screenplay. C’mon Greek Wedding! That was way too fun to not win. Well, I guess I’m going to have to see “Talk to Her”.

Definitely a year of surprises.

###Best Director

If they don’t give it to Scrosese, it’s a crime. He’s deserved it so many times. Please Academy, whatever you do, don’t give it to the new guy for Chicago. Yeah, he did a great job, but it isn’t an all time classic like many of Marty’s movies are.

Roman Planski!!!! Unbelievable!!!!

###Best Picture

OK. Will there be one more suprise? Will something other than Chicago win?

Nope. No surprise here. Chicago wins. it’s quite deserving of the award. I very much enjoyed the movie.

Bob Fosse, wherever he is, has a smile on his face!

Hackers Obsolete?

I think not! This is the funniest thing I’ve read in a while. I guess it’s just getting easier to lie.

Microsoft software is carefully designed to keep your company’s valuable information in, and unauthorised people and viruses out. Which means that your data couldn’t really be safer, even if you kept it in a safe. Which is great news for the survival of your company. But tragic news for hackers.

Right.

Bush Demands Recount

Bush thinks he should be on the board.

In the wake of Apple’s announcement late yesterday that former Vice President Al Gore was elected to the company’s board of directors, President George Bush announced this morning that he would demand a recount.

“I am sure that when the votes are tallied again,” Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer said, “Apple will find that President Bush was, in fact, named to the board, not Mr. Gore.”

Very funny [[:-)]]. Maybe Georgie Boy should think about that case against [[M$]] if he’d **really** like to get on the board [[:-)]].

Al Gore Joins Apple Board

I may have to like him now. Damn [[:-)]].

In a statement, CEO Steve Jobs noted that Gore is an avid Mac user who edits his own videos using Final Cut Pro. However, Gore’s support of the Mac has not been unwavering, with the politician having said three years ago that he had switched from a Mac to a PC. Gore was chosen as a director at a meeting of Apple’s board earlier Wednesday.

OK. So maybe he’s not all bad. [[:-)]].

… Go!

I hope this is over quickly.

The US launched its first strike against Iraq last night. Let’s hope that they hit their target and that the war is over soon.

U.S. government officials said a private home outside Baghdad had been targeted after intelligence indicated “some optimism” about the location of top Iraqi leadership — including Saddam.

It looks as though they missed Hussein, but they might have hit some high ranking officials.

On Your Mark, Get Set…

Are we ready for this war?

I’m optimistic.

Really, I am. I believe that we’ll win this war in the blink of an eye. The problem is, that this *war* is really only a battle. What’s going to come next? Who knows.

Are we, as a country, ready for the long haul ahead? We can’t do this half way and have any hope that the world will be a better place when it’s all over. Once we take this step, we have to go all the way… occupy, rebuild, renew, reeducate. Are we ready to spend the money that’s going to need to be spent over the next 50 years (you heard me right) to ensure that Iraq becomes a friend rather than a more embittered enemy? Will we continue after our men and women of the armed forces start to die in suicide bombing attacks?

I hope so.

I’m optimistic.