Archive for the Stupid Category

Prostitution Advocated by UGA Campus Newspaper as Way To Pay Tuition

Posted in On My Radar, Sad, Stupid on September 27, 2011 by dublab

Picture of Original ArticleUGA’s campus newspaper Red & Black recently ran a feature in its print edition titled “Student skips loans, finds a sugar daddy.”  What I assume was originally the author’s attempt at hard-hitting investigative reporting somehow ends up suggesting that young, cash-strapped female UGA students consider getting themselves a sugar daddy in order to pay for tuition.  It reads like a paid advertisement for the sugar-daddy web service – an old Billy Mays infomercial has more journalistic integrity.

If this sounds fucked up to you in any way, I encourage you to contact the good folks at the Red & Black with a letter to the editor. Or if not, you could drop the author a message (one Adina Solomon, LinkedIn profile here) letting her know what you think of her groundbreaking reporting.

 

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DRM is Filthy: Why Musicians Will Hate Windows 7

Posted in Anger, Music, Sad, Stupid, Technology on February 17, 2009 by dublab

When the beta version of Windows 7 dropped recently, nerds around the world were heard gasping in relief.  Finally, a version of Vista that works.  With features that people want.  I heard all about its improved ease of use, the marvelously easy installation process, the almost-like-magic identification of drivers for nearly every piece of hardware under the sun and the fantastic dock-like task bar.  For about 2 and a half weeks there, I REALLY WANTED to get Window 7 as soon as it came out.

But today we get the news.  Windows 7 is riddled with filthy, dirty DRM.  Specifically, a Slashdot reader recently discovered that capturing audio playing on a Windows 7 machine with said PC’s own sound card is pretty much impossible – by design.  If the sound card is playing audio, its inputs are disabled by the OS.  As if that weren’t enough, the OS seems to be very protective over the modification of installed software – this is where it gets much scarier:

Re — Photoshop: That Photoshop stopped functioning after we messed with one of its nag DLLs was not so much a surprise, but what was a surprise: Noting that Win7 allows programs like Photoshop to insert themselves stealthily into your firewall exception list. Further, that the OS allows large software vendors to penetrate your machine. Even further, that that permission is responsible for disabling of a program based on a modified DLL. And then finding that the OS even after reboot has locked you out of your own Local Settings folder; has denied you permission to move or delete the modified DLL; and refuses to allow the replacement of the Local Settings folder after it is unlocked with Unlocker to move it to the Desktop for examination (where it also denies you entry to your own folder). Setting permissions to ‘allow everyone’ was disabled!

This is disappointing news to many, including myself.  As a musician, I use the computer as a tool to make my work easier, and from that perspective, this is kind of like seeing someone try to market a paint brush without bristles – totally unacceptable, and not something that I would EVER spend money on.

So, to Microsoft: take this crap out of the operating system and I may consider purchasing Windows 7 when it comes out.  If you leave it in, I will need to continue using my XP machine until 2016 when you put out your next OS.

Start Your Conspiracy Engines…

Posted in Anger, Politics, Stupid on October 7, 2008 by dublab

If anything can convince me that election cancellations are possible (as pointed out by DJ Eurok), it would be this BoingBoing post which suggests that congresspeople were told that not passing the bailout bill would force the government to impose martial law.  Some people would call that coercion.

Clearly there are dark forces at work, and they are fully capable of getting a bill passed by Congress.  If our government is really convinced that the constituency is about to start rioting and that this nation’s way of life is about to descend into anarchy, is it really that far-fetched that they might try to cancel the elections?

Linkdump: Beating Up Sarah Palin

Posted in On My Radar, Politics, Stupid on October 7, 2008 by dublab

The dogs have been unleashed, and they’re all going after Sarah Palin: