Chrono-Syntactic Infandibulum Link #3

I was reading through various articles on The Register this afternoon, and I found an article in which Google stands accused of copying up to 43 files of Oracle Java code for its Android OS. Given the recent headlines of plagarism concerning Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg’s resignation following Bayreuth University’s decision to strip him of his PhD, and then the revelation that the LSE are investigating allegations that Saif Gaddafi plagarised his PhD thesis, I thought this was highly ironic. It would seem to be that the latest ‘thing to do’ would be to copy someone else’s work.

Which kind of takes the fun out of it. (Define ‘fun’ as you wish.)

In other news, Firefox’s lead developer has announced that he’s jumping ship to Dug Software once the latest version of Firefox (v4.0) is released later this year. Time to watch share prices, perhaps?

Oh, and I’ve noticed that the searches for raccoons are still popular, so here’s another raccoon fix for all you crazies:

Smiling raccoon
Smile for the camera!

Inane Whittering #4

This morning I found a rather amusing link regarding Google’s latest Trojan App for Microsoft Office and how the German Foreign Office is killing Linux in favour of Windows. The latter story doesn’t make much sense to me, I mean, why get rid of Freeware that works and replace it with a so-called premium product that ends up freezing and then apparently “apologises for the inconvenience.” Microsoft, sweetheart, you have no idea of the inconvenience that you have just caused me. You’ve just lost me several hours of work, you useless pile of wombat dung. Don’t apologise for something if it’s not sincere.

I’ve also found a really good article (well, for me anyway) on sleep patterns. It turns out that we’re supposed to be biphasic sleepers, i.e. we sleep in two blocks separated by a period of consciousness, rather than creatures who hibernate for one massive chunk. See, now I have an excuse explanation for being awake at all kinds of quirky hours.

Oh, and for all you raccoon lovers out there (yes, I’ve noticed the searches), here’s something that I think you might appreciate:

Hip raccoon
Damn, that is one cool cat.

Inane Whittering #2

Time for my first late-night whittering. Or should it be early-morning? I guess it was only a matter of time before I found myself at 1:30am in bed with my netbook.

The world is a strange place in the early hours. It’s really quite eery and ghost-like. It’s also the time for comfort eating. I found myself in this position towards the end of last week, having finally snapped (and become somewhat even more unhinged than before) after a screw-up with an assessment for another course (one that, for once, wasn’t entirely down to me). Before I knew it, I found myself in a somewhat zombie-like trance in the kitchen; freezer door open with spoon in hand and the best part of a tub of ice-cream gone.

The thought then occurs to me, that being lactose-intolerant, perhaps this wasn’t the best idea.

I paused, shrugged my shoulders and decided that I might as well finish what I’d started. I guess it was one of those moments in life where you’re pretty sure that there is some kind of being watching all of this and wetting himself.

I then decided that I was going to be really mature and boycott work for the rest of the night. So I watched the Clangers instead, which I felt was a far better use of my time.

I also came to the conclusion that the Clangers and the Soup Dragon would make a pretty good government. (I will elaborate, but it’s now 1:40 and I have class at 9 tomorrow..) I’m aware I sound like I’ve been taking some kind of illegal substance – I haven’t. Just lots of tea. And maybe Marmite on toast.

Incidentally, I found the soundtrack to the Clangers and now have it on my mp3 player (no iPod here). It certainly brightens up the world – try listening to it when wandering through Liverpool Street station during rush hour. I couldn’t help but smile.

Yes, I know. 19 and a half and I’m watching old children’s T.V.
Next time, I’ll whitter on about the benefits of Bagpuss..

Ooh, and apparently it’s handbags at dawn for Google and Microsoft. Honestly, ladies. Show some decorum, please. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Schlaf gut :)

Inane Whittering #1.5

Half a whittering? My excuse is that I got back from my Berlin conference in the early hours of yesterday morning and my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is back with a vengeance.

Berlin was amazing. My first day was spent working on the welcome desk..
Really attractive shirts

And then we had networking sessions later that evening:
Work, food and alcohol..

…And all day Saturday:
Early Saturday morning after a night at the bar

Considering we had more than 300 delegates, I think it went quite well!

So that’s what I was doing all weekend.. I have, however, just found an article on the BBC about yet another flaw Microsoft have discovered with their software and hardware.

This is why we should be using alternatives more, rather than the default dinosaurs.. no?

Also, The Register has an interesting article on the latest update from Google about their GoogleDocs facility. I like the use of the word “netziens”, personally. *removes linguistic hat*

Right, once I’ve actually learnt something useful, I shall come back and try again. Carpet Tunnels permitting..

Schönen Tag!