Here’s a familiar, mundane scenario: you’ve got an iPhone with loads of music on it. And you’ve got a laptop with a new album on it. You want to put the new album on your phone. But you can’t hook them up and simply drag-and-drop the files like you could with, ooh, almost any other device. Instead, Apple insists you go through iTunes.
Microsoft gets a lot of stick for producing clunky software. But even during the dark days of the animated paperclip, or the infuriating “.docx” Word extension, they never shat out anything as abominable as iTunes – a hideous binary turd that transforms the sparkling world of music and entertainment into a stark, unintuitive spreadsheet.
Plug your old Apple iPhone into your new Apple Macbook for the first time, and because the two machines haven’t been formally introduced, iTunes will babble about “syncing” one with the other. It claims it simply MUST delete everything from the old phone before putting any new stuff on it. Why? It won’t tell you. It’ll just cheerfully ask if you want to proceed, like an upbeat robot butler that can’t understand why you’re crying.
This is a sensational column, that I highly recommend reading.
People rave about how well-designed Apple products are, but I have to disagree because of iTunes. It is shockingly shitty for a flagship piece of software: clunky, unintuitive, and kind of ugly. Unfortunately, since I have an iPod, I’m forced to deal with it on a regular basis.
Memo to Steve Jobs: the world doesn’t need yet another iteration of the iPod. The world does need a simple, lightweight, and well-designed iTunes. Get your shit together.
Plus the file formats they use for most of their data makes anything you get through iTunes unplayable by most other programs. So it sucks balls if you want to play a movie you just downloaded on your Android or on your TV through Media Center. There are ways to circumvent this, but you shouldn’t need to do them.
During the sanctions debate, US diplomats attempted to add the possibility of an international military intervention into the resolution. They called for using “all means necessary to protect civilians and installations” and in UN resolution terminology, this generally serves as a code for military action.
It failed after strong opposition from Russia. UN Ambassador Sergei Lavrov never forgot the legal trick used by the US and Britain to invade by claiming Iraq was in breach of the resolution of 1991. Russia has since then insisted that resolutions contain a clause specifically prohibiting the use of military force.
It has been widely documented that many of the worst atrocities on behalf of Libyan leader Moammar Gadaffi have been committed by foreign mercenaries from countries such as Algeria, Ethiopia and Tunisia. Despite that, the U.N. Security Council’s sanctions Resolution aimed at Libya, which was just enacted last week, includes a strange clause that specifically forbids international war crimes prosecutions against mercenaries from nations which are not signatories to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which protects many of the mercenaries Gadaffi is using. Section 6 of the Resolution states that the Security Council:
Decides that nationals, current or former officials or personnel from a State outside the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya which is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of that State for all alleged acts or omissions arising out of or related to operations in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya established or authorized by the Council, unless such exclusive jurisdiction has been expressly waived by the State;
Why would a clause be inserted to expressly protect war crimes-committing mercenaries on Gadaffi’s payroll from prosecutions? Because, as The Telegraph’s John Swaine reports, the Obama administration insisted on its inclusion — as an absolutely non-negotiable demand — due to a fear that its exclusion might render Bush officials subject to war crimes prosecutions at the ICC on the same theory that would be used to hold Libya’s mercenaries accountable.
vruz: what’s a war crime… or two.
I mean, it’s not like these are things that a majority of the world thinks are awful. My faith in my government dwindles daily. Haven’t trusted them in a while, but wasn’t expecting this.
Sato questions whether the audience is even interested in taking a deeper look into stories that creators put out. He feels the general audience is losing its ability to understand the meaning behind narratives that they experience. That works with a focus on plot and narrative are passed up in favour of those with an emphasis on cute characters and no real plot progression.
I think I shall just re-add this to my movie queue. While cute characters can be a draw, I can’t really watch an entire season of just that. Reason I don’t like things like Ouran Host Club.
I think insanity defenses are legit if the person is insane. There are all too many people faking a serious illness to get out of what they rightly have coming to them.
For the actually insane, if you have committed a serious crime, but because of your illness did not recognize it as a crime then you are not responsible for your actions. However, if you are perceived as a danger to society then you should be hospitalized until you can safely return to the masses.
People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.
I don’t really know what to think… I liked parts of it, but… I don’t think I liked it as a whole. The story in it was sort of… unsatisfying to me. It had a lot of mirrors to TTGL so that probably colored my opinion some. Oh wells.