Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Tuesday Clips

North Korean Election Results

  • Kim Jong Il wins re-election with 99.9% turnout. In other news, 0.1% of North Koreans put into labor camps.

  • Over at Kos, a comment on the stem cell exec order:
    (House Minority Whip Eric Cantor)'s not even pretending there's a moral objection any more. It's just knee-jerk contradiction for the hell of it at this point.

  • Bleeding Heartland has fun redistricting Iowa down to four; insert my standard Leonard Boswell Needs To Retire Or We Lose To Latham rant.

  • And a Linux bonus: PCMag guru John Dvorak, long seen as a Windows booster, says good things about Ubuntu and bad things about Micro$oft:
    With few exceptions, each time a patch is installed with the Mac OS, the performance of the machine improves. With Windows, the performance always declines.

    I don't think Microsoft has ever sent out a patch that improved the performance of the machine. Ever.

    And of course, the biggest differences between Ubuntu and Windows are the cost and the subsequent headaches, because Microsoft is constantly fretting over bootleg copies. The company monitors machines to make sure they are running legal copies of software. There have already been instances of computers shut down by Microsoft HQ because of some glitch in the cloud. This is simply unacceptable. I don't want to rely on a system like that.
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