Archive for February, 2005

Is Microsoft-Linux Coming?

February 26, 2005

I read this very interesting artice in PC Magazine and it made me think. Will Microsoft enter the X market? I have suspected this for a long time, ever since the MS VS LINUX wars began. It WOULD make since for Microsoft to want to enter the Linux market. A Winux, MS-Linux, or Lindows product from Microsoft could allow them to kill Linux like the article says. There are even rumors that Microsoft is developing a layered OS version of Windows that would allows multiple OS’s to run withing Windows like they were Windows applications. I guess this would work by using an emulator that Windows would process and reconfigure to work inside of Windows. So what I want to know is another OS on the table for Microsoft. Could they enter the Linux, or even Mac, markets? I guess only time will tell from Microsoft.

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Pope Silenced… His Life is in Question

February 24, 2005

It is beign reported by the AP that the Pope is, for now, mute. The procedure in which he under went has removed his ability to speak for the time beign. It is said he is in good spirit, and hopes to return the his duties very soon.

My thoughts and prayers are with the Pope. While I am not Catholic, I do hold great respect for him and his position. With what seem the final days of his life we must now begin to think to the future. What will be the results of the selection of a new Pope, this is in some peoples eyes the most powerful position in the world. Hopefully he has many, good, years in front of him.

By VICTOR L. SIMPSON

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope John Paul II underwent a successful operation Thursday night to insert a tube in his throat to relieve his breathing problems, hours after he was rushed back to the hospital for the second time in a month with flu-like symptoms of fever and congestion, the Vatican said.

The pontiff was conscious in his hospital room after the tracheotomy, breathing with the help of a respirator, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.

A top aide to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi who visited the pope Thursday said John Paul was “serene” after waking up from the anesthesia. The pope raised his hand and attempted to speak with doctors but was told not to try, Cabinet Undersecretary Gianni Letta told reporters at Gemelli Polyclinic Hospital in Rome. Read More…

Schiavo does not need to die

February 24, 2005

I was on the blog BlogsforTerri.com and I found this very interesting video. Based on the video it seems to be that Shiavo is in a state in which pulling the tube would be “cruel and unusual”. She is a living, breathing human being who deserves to live as long as she is mentally alert.

Questions on the Videos

There are some that doubt the Terri Schiavo videos, questioning when they were taken and that perhaps she has deterioated since then. The facts are these:

After her accident, she never fully recovered. She was diagnosed then as having PVS. That diagnosis was the basis of Michael’s malpractice award. After that point was when the fight to take the feeding tube from Terri began.

If at any point during the time of her accident and now she displayed the activities that are depicted in the video then the diagnosis of PVS is false. PVS is a permanent condition, you cannot come out of it and come back in (see the NHS definition here). PVS is a permanent condition defined as having no awareness of their surroundings or make any voluntary movements. The videos show that she has been doing exactly that.

Terri has been without rehabilitative care or anything that goes along with it for 12 years. Many medical professionals are hopeful of her recovery and she should be given that opportunity to recover.

Source: blogsforterri.com

Connected Coast to Coast… what drug is MSNBC on?

February 22, 2005

Well I just watch the new show on MSNBC for the first time all the way through, very challenging not to pick up the remote and change it, called “Connected Coast to Coast”. When I first heard the name I thought, “Great! They gave Art Bell or George Noory a show on MSNBC!” simply to say I was wrong. This show is supposedly meant to connect the computer inclined to the cable news networks. Since MSNBC is a part of MSN and Microsoft a show like this makes since, but they have delivered it poorly.

Dr. Monica Crowley is not to bad on the show. She offers a somewhat conservative view, but stays within the realm of political correctness. She offers a good personality for the show, but Ron Reagan is a different story.

Ron Reagan is nothing like his father. He is stiff and seems like he is reading of a teleprompter the entire time. His views are offensive to me, but that’s his option. For example he talked about a move in Washington state that would split it between the conservative and liberal sides of the state. He made conservatives out to be stupid, homophobic ( by dismissing all possibilities that anyone could have another view than him), bad cooking, rednecks that would have no way of running there own state. While I might agree with a separation of Washington being a stupid idea, his way of presenting it was not the best*.

All in all CC2C I think will fail when it is said in done with, just look at these ratings I found on mediabristo.com on how successful the show has been:

12 to 1pm: 0.1 / 61,000 P2+ viewers / 30,000 P25-54
Vs. Jan. 05 avg: 0.2 / 151,000 P2+ viewers / 61,000 P25-54
5 to 6pm: 0.1 / 129,000 P2+ viewers / 20,000 P25-54
Vs. Jan. 05 avg: 0.2 / 194,000 P2+ viewers / 55,000 P25-54

Notice the ratings are almost cut 50% since January. Hopefully Tucker Carlson’s new show will do well, the last new show on MSNBC I liked was Joe Scarborough’s show. So maybe there is hope for conservatives on MSNBC. (HINT TO MSNBC: Forget the ballerina and get some real journalist, not uninformed liberals who are only successful because of his name!)

*I’m all for him stating his mind, but he needs to be a little less sheltered and leave the liberal cloud that makes him think this way, so narrow minded.

Chief Justice Rehnquist to Step-down by June -NYT

February 21, 2005

The New York Times is reporting that Chief Justice Rehnquist of the Supreme Court will resign by June, if not sooner. This now brings the question, who will replace Rehnquist? The recent tapes say that President Bush at one time wanted John Ashcroft to be on the Supreme Court, but with recent events this seems unlikely. Time will tell.

ASHINGTON, Feb. 21 – When the Supreme Court resumes its term on Tuesday, Chief
Justice William H. Rehnquist will again be absent from the bench because of his
illness. Although he is not bedridden and has been regularly attending the
justices’ private conferences, his empty black leather chair will certainly set
off a new round of speculation and chatter about his tenure on the court Read More

Chief Justice Rehnquist to Step-down by June -NYT

February 21, 2005

The New York Times is reporting that Chief Justice Rehnquist of the Supreme Court will resign by June, if not sooner. This now brings the question, who will replace Rehnquist? The recent tapes say that President Bush at one time wanted John Ashcroft to be on the Supreme Court, but with recent events this seems unlikely. Time will tell.

ASHINGTON, Feb. 21 – When the Supreme Court resumes its term on Tuesday, Chief
Justice William H. Rehnquist will again be absent from the bench because of his
illness. Although he is not bedridden and has been regularly attending the
justices’ private conferences, his empty black leather chair will certainly set
off a new round of speculation and chatter about his tenure on the court Read More

Bush says Diplomacy with Iran is first choice , but says war is an option

February 18, 2005

To be brief I believe the US is not getting involved with the EU and Iran talks so that this leaves an open door for the US to clean up the mess. Chances are the EU will not succeed and since the diplomatic ties will break it would now mean something else would have to happen. That something else, based on previous events, would be the US dealing with it. I believe we would have brief talks that would fail and ultimately lead up to an attack on Iran.

Bush declares solidarity with Europe on Iran Diplomacy is first choice, he says, but force cannot be ruled out
MSNBC News Services
Updated: 3:51 p.m. ET Feb. 18, 2005

BRUSSELS – President Bush said Friday that Iran is trying to use the United States’ refusal to join European talks over Tehran’s nuclear program as an excuse for not giving up uranium enrichment.
In interviews on the eve of a trip by the president to Europe, Bush stressed that the United States preferred diplomacy and did not want to use military action against Iran over the nuclear question.
“What they’re trying to do is kind of wiggle out. They’re trying to say, ‘Well, we won’t do anything because America is not involved.’ Well, America is involved. Read More…

Microsoft’s BIG Annoucement; AntiSpyware, Internet Explorer 7, AntiVirus

February 15, 2005
ANTISPYWARE/Internet Explorer 7/AntiVirus

Bill Gates today at the RSA Convention announced that Microsoft would release there AntiSpyware product, that is now in BETA, as a free product to Windows users. He hinted though that to use the product you would need to pass a test that would check to see if you had a legal copy of Windows.

He also announced that a public BETA of Internet Explorer 7 would be released in the summer of this year to users of Windows XP Service Pack 2. The product promises to focus on security and productivity, like tabbed browsing. Up until now it has been thought that Internet Explorer 7 would be an exclusive to Windows Longhorn, but this seems like they have changed that plan.

Another announcement was of the new Microsoft Update that will replace both Office and Windows Updates so that all Microsoft products could use a single update service, this is expected to enter BETA in March. In terms of AntiVirus products, Gates said once the recently announced deal to acquire Sybari is closed Microsoft will ship a new anti-virus scanning engine based on the acquired GeCAD technology as part of Sybari’s Antigen solution. More to come…

Can A Penguin Be Gay?

February 12, 2005

We’re here, We’re Queer, We’re Penguins?

Update – The Zoo has come back with a reason for there actions: “We’re simply trying to help save a threatened species, the Humboldt penguin is a bird whose homosexual tendencies are well known to zoologists.”

I am at a loss for words! All I will say is I posted a series a while back on homosexuals on my old blog, and I think this will apply for that. I will definitely keep a check on this.

Berlin – A plan by a German zoo to test the sexual appetites of a group of suspected homosexual penguins has sparked outrage among gay and lesbian groups, who fear zookeepers might force them to turn straight.”All sorts of gay and lesbian associations have been emailing and calling in to protest,” said a spokesperson for the zoo in the north-western city of Bremerhaven on Friday.He said the zoo concluded the penguins might be gay after seeing male penguins trying to mate with other males and trying to hatch offspring out of stones.German media reported that female Swedish penguins would be brought to the zoo to test the theory, but when word got out about the plan, the phones started ringing.”Nobody here is trying to break-up same sex pairs by force,” the zoo’s director Heike Kueck told public broadcaster NDR. “We don’t know if the three male pairs are really gay or just got together because of a lack of females.”

Could NY Go Red in 08′

February 11, 2005

Is New York Republican Country?

Will Rudy and Hillary go head to head?
Updated: 2/11/2005 9:07 AM
By:
Jola Szubielski

They haven’t made any official announcements as yet, but
there is wide speculation both former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and
Senator Hillary Clinton will seek the White House in 2008.
Martin Reid of
the Rensselaer County Legislature said, “This is both the big shot for both of
them. They have to grab the brass ring.”
A recent CNN Gallup poll has
Giuliani and Clinton as the front runners for their respective party
nominations.

Albany Common Council President Helen Desfosses said,
“Hillary is moving to the center, and who knows, the Republicans are in
considerable disarray for 2008. They really don’t have an heir apparent to
Bush.”
Reid and Desfosses said both Giuliani and Clinton have a good shot.
Each has the political experience and prestige to win, but each faces their own
hurdles.
Reid said, “Giuliani can run now, whereas Hillary has to get
through her re-election in 2006.”

Desfosses said, “I think it’s much
more likely that Hillary Clinton is going to end up the Democratic nominee
than…Giuliani is going to end up the Republican nominee. He’s very liberal for
a Republican.”

But still some in the Capital Region have already picked
their choice.
Mike Hartigan of Albany said, “I’d vote for Guiliani. I think
he did a great job in New York City, really turned the city around. Early in my
career I spent a lot of time in New York City, and it wasn’t a place I’d like to
be. Today, I don’t mind going down there. It’s fun to be there. It’s a
cleaned-up city. I think he can do that same kind of thing for the nation.”

Mary Ferguson-DeWitt of Albany said, “I would vote for Hillary Clinton.
I’m a supporter of hers. I really like her policies. I like what she’s done in
the Senate, and think she’s for people.”

But whatever the outcome,
people from the Capital Region said two candidates from New York could only
benefit the state.

From what I know, and I am not a New Yorker, Giuliani is more loved than Hillary by hardcore New York. He is not my first choice for a repbulican President, but he is acceptable. If I had my pick Pat Buchanan would be in office so that might tell you something. Giuliani is a progressive Republican with liberal views on many social issues. Like his lives with gay guys. I don’t think he could easily win the support of right-wingers like Pat Robertson. What the future holds in 08′ has yet to be seen, but mark my words Giuliani and Hillary whether they run or not will effect that election.