Friday, September 02, 2005

Let The Mudslinging Begin

"At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office. Mr. Ballmer then said: "Fucking Eric Schmidt is a fucking pussy. I'm going to fucking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I'm going to fucking kill Google." - supposed testimony from Kai-Fu Lee

A little explicit, but it just doesn't have the same effect without the expletives. Is Steve Ballmer really stupid enough to say that? That's what the rumors are according to some leaked court briefs. I think he'd say something along those lines, but that probably is a little exaggerated. Nonetheless, I thought it was pretty funny. That's not it though, Creative is taking a cheap shot at Apple by claiming that they're violating a recent patent that Creative gained regarding the succession of menus to select a song or album. This smells of desperation to me, and so does Microsoft's lawsuit against Google over the loss of an employee. I think it's sad when companies turn to litigation to make up for their lack of ingenuity. There are many reasons why the Creative Zen has so many less users than the iPod, and one of them is that every other person probably hasn't even heard of it. I guess in such cutthroat industries it's inevitable, but I wonder if it'll ever end. Of course maybe Ballmer hates Google because of their book-burning initiative.

You must be tired of hearing about those three companies by now, but I actually have more on all three of them. Microsoft has decided to not release future versions of Services for Unix, but I can't understand why. I think they wanted to have it built into Windows instead? *shrugs* It turns out that Apple machines are slower than Linux machines because of the Mac OS X platform rather than the PowerPC architecture, which then makes the move to Intel strange. Just something to ponder over the weekend. Google is actually opening up its Google Print project to foreign submissions, which means that they're trying to expand more internationally. Lastly, the spread of mobile phone viruses has led to the creation of anti-viral software for the Bluetooth phones. You can expect it to be in stores soon.

I'm going to start off the movie news with my concern for the progress of 21, which now has director Shawn Levy on board, but I wanted someone better at the help with Kevin Spacey in the movie. In case you haven't heard, it tells the tale of those famous MIT kids who ripped off Vegas casinos with some smart techniques. Another strange thing today was a weak rumor that Bishop may be in X3, but it seems pretty farfetched and he's not a good character to bring in so soon. If you want to see something cool though there's a new video journal entry at the Blue Tights Adventure with a neat model being used in Superman Returns. Lastly, there's a script review for Die Hard 4 over here for the action fan in us all. It sounds like a mixed bag, but there's still a lot of time left.

This week, I'm going to try out the Friday Fandango:

Some people claim that everyone is a “little gay”... let’s pretend this is true and list five people* of the same sex that you’d “do” if you were so inclined. Yeah, and let’s pretend your Significant Other doesn’t mind you doing the freaky fandango with someone else.
I think I'm straight enough to answer this question and not sound gay. I'd say Brad Pitt, Kanye West, Chris Martin, Chris Cornell, and Brandon Boyd. What can I say, I have a soft spot for musicians. The fact that Michelle Branch can sing and play guitar makes her much hotter than she already is.

Before I end, I want to share a couple of highlights from the NSC exec retreat on Sunday:

Ok, now cough again for me  Yep, that's me in the yellow

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