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December 2008

Technology

Mass beaching of 30GB Microsoft Zunes

From Gizmodo.com: 30GB Zunes Failing Everywhere, All At Once

Right, so this is a weird one: we’re getting tons of reports–tons–about failing Zune 30s. Apparently, the players began freezing at about midnight last night, becoming totally unresponsive and practically useless.

So, all the 30GB Zunes have decided to throw themselves on a beach to die.  What a hilarious way to start off 2009!

But seriously, how many people does this really effect?  I don’t know of anyone who admits to owning a Zune.

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Myron Rolle- football player and Rhodes Scholar

I was struck by the flu this Christmas which caused me to spend Saturday on the couch sleeping and half watching three college bowl games- the Meineke Car Care Bowl, Champs Sports Bowl, and the Emerald Bowl. The Emerald Bowl is sponsored by Emerald which makes nuts and commercials that they think are funny but really aren’t.  I wasn’t planning on watching any of these games, but when you’re sick, it’s better than nothing.

During the Champs Sports Bowl between Florida State and Wisconsin I saw a profile on the FSU player Myron Rolle.  Impressive individual.  Very refreshing to see an exceptional scholar athlete.


From CNN.com: Scholarly Seminole: NFL prospect Rolle also has Rhodes aspirations

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iFart Mobile, top selling paid app today

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With all the applications on the iTunes App Store, what’s the number one paid application on December 23, 2008?  It’s the iFart Mobile– Fart Machine for all ages.

iFart Mobile is a Digital Sound Machine and entertainment system which brings endless laughs and enjoyment to its users. Combined with more usefulness and functionality than some other popular applications, iFart has a built-in security system designed to surprise and discourage iPhone theft, as well as a “Sneak Attack” function ideal for pulling pranks on parents, children, friends, teachers, workmates and employers alike.

The reviews are pretty much what I’d expect…
(1 star) Super lame, don’t sound real at al
(2 star) Waste of a dollar, machine generated sounds
(1 star) I tried and tried and this prank does not fool anyone. The fart sounds are way to fake.

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NYTimes.com: Bush v. Gore Set to Outlast Its Beneficiary

From NYTimes.com: Bush v. Gore Set to Outlast Its Beneficiary

The Supreme Court’s decision in Bush v. Gore, issued eight years ago this month, was widely understood to work like that tape recorder in “Mission: Impossible.” It was meant to produce a president and then self-destruct.

“Our consideration is limited to the present circumstances,” the majority famously said, “for the problem of equal protection in election processes generally presents many complexities.”

This is an interesting article regarding the legacy of the Supreme Court decision of Bush v. Gore that helped decide the election in 2000.  While the decision was only meant for the specific case, it is currently being invoked in many other election cases.  Whenever the Supreme Court gets involved their words and decisions carry a great deal of weight.

“Whatever else Bush v. Gore may be,” Judge Boyce F. Martin Jr. wrote for the majority, “it is first and foremost a decision of the Supreme Court of the United States and we are bound to adhere to it.”