Thursday, January 11, 2007

Microsoft only badmouths companies in trouble

It suddenly made sense - Microsoft congradulates Nintendo while sticking a dagger in Sony's side. Why? Public perception. If the public already sees a company is doing poorly (Sony) than sticking it to them seems more like "calling it like it is" and offering a better alternative.

But to stick at someone who is doing well (Nintendo) and being innovative would just seem trite.

Bill Gates: Still Stupid about the Future

Bill Gates is famous for saying we won't need more than 64k of RAM.

Then he said motion-sensative controllers are stupid (as of May of 2006), and now identifies Nintendo, not Sony, as their strongest competitor.

Duh, do you think people like motion-sensative controllers more than you wanted to believe?

My views on Islam

I read this article. Before continuing you should too, or this post will seem racist and you will lack context.


I think that most of Islam (in my ignorance of particulars of the subject I cannot say "all") can be summed up by this, something Thomas Jefferson wrote of a meeting with an ambassador of the Barbary States (concerning their attacking and enslavement or ransoming of American sailors):

"The ambassador answered us that [the right] was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise."

Islam is, and remains, a hostile religion bent on death to the infidel, which stands in direct contrast to the foundations of our nation -- which is why they really hate us. We embody religious freedom, and they embody the opposite of it.

I've read of a U.S. Justice who, when sentencing an Islamic extremist who used a bomb and tried to say he was a holy soldier, said he couldn't fathom the hate -- and surmised that it was our freedom that they despised the most.

(Concerning the U.S. in history) To me, the will that compels a man to give his life for a country that extols that the men he dies defending have the right to live contrary to everything he believes (while not harming others) -- is far greater a sacrifice than giving your life for people you know are just like you.