miniNTK bits, 12/25/98
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 25 Dec 98 11:31:14 -0800
Subject: miniNTK bits, 12/25/98
Excerpted-from: NTK now, 25/12/98
[What do you mean, what are we doing online on Christmas Day? What
are YOU doing online on Christmas Day? What's that? You're reading
this in mid-January? Yeah? Then how are we having this little
conversation then? A series of rhetorical questions, you say? Ah.
Anyway, here follows the usual piebald motley harlequinade that is
MiniNTK. Strict traditionalists should press delete and wait for
the next scheduled NTK, which should be on 8/1/99. People who like
to click on the blue words should page down, because URLs settled
in transit this issue.
PS MiniNTK are always longer than normal NTKs. The reason for this
is lost forever in the endless sands of time.]
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>> HARD ANTI NEWS <<
seasonal adjustment disordering
[We're too bloated on our traditional Christmas meal ("Festive
Vanilla" Frijj's and the first, tastiest batch of Cadbury's Creme
Eggs) to do any real work. So, like the Economist or the New
Scientist or the Blue Peter Annual, we're giving you a special
Newtonmas quiz instead. Read the following (true) stories carefully
and answer: which ones are news and which, dear reader, are tended
by her unruly sibling ... antinews?]
Peace and goodwill: During the Iraqi airstrike, a PR company phones
around, suggesting an article on TOP GUN, the recent USAF flight
sim - "because of its topicality". Sick, yes. But N or A?
Frank, incensed: This is an old one, but we thought we'd sneak it
out when he's not looking: RICHARD BARRY finally calls. He's very
upset and threatens to sue unless someone apologises for all the
jokes made regarding his poor research skills. The people on the
other end of the phone offer their sympathies. Sadly, they explain,
they're The Register - and have never written about Barry in their
lives. N or A?
Galled: PETER MANDELSON, after pressure from citizens and small
businesses, finally withdraws internal DTI support for key escrow
in the forthcoming crypto legislation. If the spooks want strong
crypto controlled, they'll have to sort it themselves. One week
later... you know the rest - but is that N or A?
And "Dyrrh": And finally, thanks to the eagle-eyed reader who has
noticed that the new look, unedited JON KATZ uses "1" and "I"
interchangeably, implying that he writes his Slashdot pieces on a
typewriter. N or A?
>> LONG RANGE TRACKING / NON-EVENT QUEUE <<
fancy schmancy necromancy
[Similarly... can't... quite... get up... to uncover this week's
new invitations and software. So we ground up bits of Terence
McKenna, fed it to Douglas Rushkoff, and then examined his entrails
to discover what'll be happening in the *unforeseeable* future.
PS SOME OF THIS MIGHT BE WRONG.]
>25/1/99 OPEN SOURCE: Believed to have suffered a stroke, neurosurgeons
reveal that RICHARD STALLMAN's left (creative) brain hemisphere has
declared differences with his right (Emacs mode) cerebellum, and
chosen to fork his own consciousness. Split brains unicamerally
declare that in future, RMS will stand for "RMS's Multiple
Stallmans". ERIC S RAYMOND shrunk to size of bacterium, placed in
tiny intravascular submarine to negotiate.
>23/4/99 APPLE: In boardroom coup, STEVE JOBS sacks remaining Apple and NeXT
staff, installs voice talent from PIXAR in key management posts.
New Apple ad campaign uses tagline "It's a bug, *and* a ninety
minute feature". Success of iMac's "child-oriented" design leads to
new LCD monitor using a Tinky-Winky form factor. Job's rumoured
disdain for the buying public confirmed when he refers to Macs as
"The Computer For The Rest of You".
>11/7/99 MICROSOFT: Growing bored with lack of real competition, Redmond
"leaks" more strategy briefings, leaves anonymous management tips
on NORVELL, COREL, and HOT DOG SOFTWARE voicemail, checks Internet
Explorer source into Mozilla Project CVS. R&D supremo NATHAN MYRVOLD
announces that Microsoft will invest $3 billion in five year project
to cure his persistent lower back pain. BILL GATES' wife, Melinda,
divorces him on grounds that Gates children stole elements of her
"look and feel".
>9/10/99 SPACE: Timed to coincide with the release of STAR WARS prequel,
NASA scientists announce preliminary evidence for the reality of
"Force": also existence of Death Star within Solar System. Details
sketchy, say NASA, although suggest additional funding "may refresh
>12/12/99 Y2K: Unforeseen effects of millennium bug include: Animatronic
Abraham Lincoln at Disney World does "Baby Cha-Cha", anal leakage,
National Lottery Grand Prize rolls over to -5,234UKP, ancient gods
become real, children freeze and crash when learning days of week,
sun falls into ocean, technical experts in UK government *stop*
thinking it's 1900, shares go down as well as up, NTK holds .NOT
>> GIFT MEMEPOOL <<
what you want ain't what you got
Wanted: The Star Wars Cookbook from Amazon.com ... Got: Legal
Letters from http://www.barnes-and-noble.com/ ... Wanted: sexual
selection with artificial life at http://www.ventrella.com/ ... Got:
"Sexual" "selection" "with" artificial "life" at:
Wanted: A Hoberman Sphere from
http://www.hoberman.com/fold/sphere.html ... Got: A Cartman Ovoid
from http://www.mattelmedia.com/pooh/ (try with images off)...
Wanted: the animated outtakes at http://www.abugslife.com/ ... Got:
the over-animated losers at http://www.bunderlife.com/
>> SMALL PRINT <<
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on Friday afternoon or print it out and show grandma if you have
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