Shortcuts, Godzilla Meat, Slow Updates

The “Shortcuts” topic will be for multiple quick things that come up over a day or two. I could’ve called them “Quickies”, but then this site would be just a little too much like Slashdot without the discussions.
CNN brings us a fun little article about a Japanese company offering Godzilla meat. It’s really corned beef, but who’ll know? It probably should have been something that “tastes like chicken”.
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The Harm of Censorship

Salon.com Books | The morality police: “Cloaking themselves in concern for the welfare of children, censors have managed to successfully paint the people who oppose them as willing corruptors of children.” A lucid argument in defense of free speech that also takes the interesting perspective that minors are not all innocent and are also that there’s no proof that they’re harmed by the media.

MS Smart Tags Described

Today, we find an amusing and descriptive take on why Smart Tags are a bad idea. ZDNet: Interactive Week: Microsoft Tries To Get Smart: “What’s gotten people like Winer and others (link to photo of protestors burning the flag) riled is concern that Microsoft (link to Microsoft stock chart showing how well company is performing) might, because of its OS monopoly (link to article by anti-trust expert detailing why Microsoft is not a monopoly) be able to force its technology down the throats of unsuspecting, uninformed or apathetic users (link to photo of lemmings) who might not realize the implications of the technology (link to Microsoft XP order info page).”

June Incubator

The Incubators are where I’ll post drafts of larger articles while they are works in progress… anyone can provide comments and feedback conveniently before the article goes live for real. Articles started in June will appear here.

Java’s Widening Gulf

Commentary: Java’s widening gulf – Tech News – CNET.com: “We interpret the message from JavaOne as follows: Users should not expect 100 percent compatibility among different Java vendors’ platforms, any more than they should expect that from different versions of Unix. And the gulf between different Java solutions will widen.” This is absolutely the worst way to try to defeat Microsoft.
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Computer Embarrassment and Abuse

Novatech Online Search Results: “I got so angry with my laptop that I just threw it across the room, when it refused to come out of the suspended mode. The funny thing was when I calmed down and picked up the laptop it was out of the suspended mode, but my hi-fi, which it hit, has never worked since.” So, those of you who attack your poor, innocent little computers aren’t alone.
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MIT To Make Coursework Available on the Web

MIT to make nearly all course materials available free on the World Wide Web: “MIT President Charles M. Vest has announced that the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will make the materials for nearly all its courses freely available on the Internet over the next ten years.” This is a bold step, and a great thing for a public institution. This can lead to some exciting improvements in higher education available to everyone.