27 March 2017


“So, tell me about this video game ‘Unravel’.” “Well, you play an escaped ball of wool who has to go out into the world to collect an old woman’s scattered memories.” “A what?” “There are all kinds of stringlike physics puzzles. We’re marketing it as a whole new genre, the ‘string-em-up’.” “You might want a different name for that.” “Well, the game is proving very popular in playtesting.” “I didn’t think we had the budget for playtesting. ... Read more

21 March 2017

Hans Reiser and Donald Trump

Update: I was contacted by the person responsible for a “free Hans Reiser” web site I had linked to, and told that he had been trolling. I’ve substituted the link with one going to a Slashdot discussion, as it demonstrates the same point that there were plenty of people who thought Hans might be innocent. In October 2006, a Linux kernel programmer named Hans Reiser was arrested by police on suspicion of having murdered his ex-wife Nina. ... Read more

19 March 2017

iPhone and iPad reconsidered

I don’t really do religion. Not in the faith-based belief sense, at least. I can’t imagine believing or supporting something blindly, in the face of evidence. I don’t do brand loyalty as religion either. I lack the brand loyalty gene, or something like that. I bought Sennheiser headphones for years, but after a couple of duds I switched to Shure and Philips. I went years without ever buying the same brand of cell phone twice. ... Read more

12 March 2017

Preet Bharara

2008—2009 BakerHostetler represent hedge fund Hermitage Capital in their case against a Cyprus-based company called Prevezon, allegedly involved in laundering the proceeds of $230 million stolen from the Russian treasury. Oct 2013 BakerHostetler suddenly changes sides, and begins representing Prevezon in the case. 2015 BakerHostetler attack their former clients in a filing for Prevezon: “Browder and his agents engaged in a series of misrepresentations to execute the fraud, to distance themselves from it, and to pin it on the Russian officials investigating Browder for a separate tax fraud his companies committed” ... Read more

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