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June 5, 2008

Proof That The Tech Industry Is Not Boring

Filed under: business,technology — Tags: , , , , , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 10:48 pm

Broadcom pwnedHere’s the proof in the form of a headline from The New York Times today: “Broadcom Co-Founder Faces Conspiracy and Drug Charges”. Apparently, the guy had a nasty habit of slipping ecstasy into executives’ drinks when he was meeting up with them.

Enjoy the read.

On a semi-related note: Now, the next time I’m trying to get one of Broadcom’s shitty (but ubiquitous) wireless adapters to play nice with Ubuntu, I’ll take solace knowing that some of the douche-bags behind Broadcom are now behind bars.

May 26, 2008

MFU, by HC

Filed under: humor,technology,thoughts — Tags: , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 4:24 pm

“When I walk down the street and only 3 or 4 shots are fired at me, I find it hard to stay awake.”

That’s the quote that stood out, among numerous outstanding quotes from this excerpt of a book of post-modern stream-of-consciousness madness by an author known only by the initials H.C.

It’s not new, especially by internet standards. In fact, by said standards, it’s ancient history, and I’m almost positive an entire generation has completely forgotten about it by now. It’s a relic of the days when WIRED was not yet a respected institution, and anything with .com at the end was automatically invaluable. Much of what the original C3F site spoofs, such as Pathfinder and the original incarnation of MSN, are bygone relics that the Sidekick generation has never seen or heard of.

I guess you could say it’s something like The Catcher in the Rye meets Snow Crash meets any post from Maddox.

Note that you can read the whole book by starting here and replacing the numbers in the URL until page 6, where the author makes things a little less maddening (most of the time) for the reader by providing links. Enjoy.

April 5, 2008

A Long View on the 2nd Bush Administration

Filed under: politics,thoughts — Tags: , , , , , — Alfonso Surroca @ 2:12 am

When George W. Bush’s presidency began, I was young enough for my complaints to be dismissed as stemming from my being young and inexperienced in life. Back then, I worried that the United States was approaching decline; that she could no longer support her people with the jobs needed to keep growing; that without immediately changing her course, we would be lost.

Some eight years ago, we were on a precipice. We chose, by a very slim margin, to back down; and then, we were pushed off. Over the years that followed, we have fallen. We have lost our security, our rights, our jobs, our financial stability, our global standing, and only God knows how much else. And I believe that we’re not going to understand the full extent of how far we’ve been pushed until years after the 2nd Bush administration has passed.

I was thinking of this as I read about a poll wherein 61% of historians polled viewed the 2nd Bush presidency as the worst in our nation’s history. Whether or not we elect the right man for the job this time around, we’re still in for an entire generation of problems. A generation of problems which we will have traced to one moment in the year 2000, when the ship of state was hijacked.

Perhaps a decade from now we will be able to take a long, sober look at this administration. Only then, when we have (hopefully) undone most of the damage it has caused, will we truly understand exactly how bad this administration has been.

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