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Elon Musk should let results speak for themselves

Elon Musk does not appreciate criticism it seems.

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, the CEO of several high-profile American companies, broadcast to his 22 million social media followers on Sunday an unfounded and disparaging claim about an expert caver who criticized a miniature submarine he made.

Musk attacked Vernon Unsworth, who helped in the rescue mission that saved 12 boys and their soccer coach from a flooding Thai cave.

He called Unsworth, a British caver, who lives in Thailand, a “pedo” or pedophile in a now-deleted tweet. The unfounded claim came after Unsworth called Musk’s miniature sub a “PR stunt.”

When I saw Musk launch a car(!!!!) into orbit atop his Falcon Heavy, I was blown away. We seemed to be entering a new era of space travel – maybe soon we will see regular manned flights to the moon.

But for all his impressive achievements, Musk has a lot of projects which aren’t quite so impressive. And his reaction here is going to make a lot of people take a second look at his achievements.

For example, the Hyperloop. Thunderf00t has several videos on the technology, and it turns out to be an incredibly bad idea. And of course, while his Tesla cars are great, his production problems don’t seem to be going away any time soon.

Maybe more engineering, and less ego is in order.

Dead Terrorist, classy to the end

I refuse to use his name. He gave up his right to a human name and his right to be a member of the human race years ago, and the shot that killed him was possibly the most moral action ever undertaken. He was a terrorist who died at the hand of the agents of those who he murdered.

Some uncomfortable facts are coming out:

In a secret CIA prison in Eastern Europe years ago, al-Qaeda’s No. 3 leader, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, gave authorities the nicknames of several of bin Laden’s couriers, four former US intelligence officials said. Those names were among thousands of leads the CIA was pursuing.

The revelation that intelligence gleaned from the CIA’s so-called black sites helped kill bin Laden was seen as vindication for many intelligence officials who have been repeatedly investigated and criticised for their involvement in a program that involved the harshest interrogation methods in US history.

“We got beat up for it, but those efforts led to this great day,” said Marty Martin, a retired CIA officer who for years led the hunt for bin Laden.

And of course, all the news services are reporting that he hid behind one of his wives. Classy to the end.

He’s in hell now.

MS-DOS 5 Upgrade Promo Video

It’s hard to know how anyone thought this was a good idea at the time.

Nowdays… well, the idea of promoting any version of DOS as something great just doesn’t seem right.

Actually, this one is worse.

New Technology to the Rescue

Acording to CNN, in the future disaster recovery may be different.

See, instead of simply waiting in vain for help or for your services to be reconnected, you’ll be waiting in vain while watching flying robots.

Great stuff!

xkcd inspires real-life program

Heh, this is funny.

Evidence that either time travel or tooth decay existed in 1928

This clip is going around the internet.

This from a Charlie Chaplin movie, and looks to modern eyes to be someone talking on a cellphone.

Youtube comments suggest that it’s much more likely to be someone with a mental condition or more likely someone who’s just come from the dentist and is holding a block of ice against their newly pulled tooth.

Somehow, the tooth theory seems most likely to me.

Update: Apparently this may also have been a  prototype hearing aid, which were coming out at that time.

Durn you Apple!

I really dislike Apple. Their customers are so insane, and their products are so often just something that’s been out for years with slightly better software and much better marketing.

But I really, really want one of these. I mean, that is just one funky piece of personal electronics!

I use my wife’s one more often than she does. Plus, I need a new watch.

Plus, you have a memory stick on  your wrist, and… oh wait – no HD camera.

Meh, on second thoughts, I’d like a cellphone built in too – I’ll just wait for the iPhone Nano.

But seriously, if you put all that in a gadget all you’d need is a built in eft-pos card, and some sort of gadget you could open your house with and you wouldn’t need to carry anything else at all.

Limewire convicted

This makes no sense.

LOS ANGELES – File-sharing software company LimeWire has lost a court battle to the major recording companies.

A judge with the US District Court in New York ruled this week that the company and its Chairman Mark Gorton were liable for inducing copyright infringement.

The decision doesn’t mean the site will shut down right away. The record labels and LimeWire are to meet with Judge Kimba Wood on June 1 to determine the next steps, such as a possible deal to work together going forward.

The Recording Industry Association of America said the ruling was a significant victory against one of the largest remaining file-sharing services in the United States.

Um, this makes no sense to me.

Limewire produces software to access two file sharing networks. (Gnutella and BitTorrent)

Let’s say that the company was completely shut down. What would people do?

Answer: they’d shift to another software package or write their own. It’s like shutting down Nokia because you don’t like people talking on cellphones. I’m sure (hope more like) the court has good reasons for it’s decision, but outside some damages from Limewire, the record companies aren’t going to be any better off.

The iPad

I have no problem with Apple products but the glazed eyed zealotry of their users frightens me.

I approach all new technology with hostile scepticism: I think this dates back to my time working in San Jose during the late nineties. Every couple of days someone launched a new technology that would change the world, none of which you’ve heard of. And every wave of media hysteria about a new product reminds me of the hype around Second Life and the Segway – some singularities they turned out to be.

danylmc – DimPost

I read somewhere that the “iPad” name was actually owned by Fujitsu (before Apple acquired it just in time), and then another company before that. That fact alone suggests strongly that the device may just fall by the wayside.

But I digress. Here’s a nice diagram of how to make your decision… on the second go around it told me I need a laptop.

What do they mean by “a professional” anyway?

Shady URL

Some people have crazy ideas.

Like Shady URL – you can transform any web link into something that looks dodgy.

Why exactly anyone would want to do that is beyond me…

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