Another one bites the dust.

Expect to see more annoucements like this
“Commenting on the cancellation of the game, studio manager Adam Waalkes said “Our goal with ‘Mythica’ was to create a truly innovative massively multiplayer online role playing game. While the game looked ready to deliver advancements to the genre, after careful evaluation of the MMORPG landscape, MGS has decided to stream-line its portfolio, making fewer investments in this genre. After a rigorous review of current and future projects, the decision was made that Mythica would not be one of the projects we would continue to invest in.”
Translation – The market is too crowded and we were going to get our a** kicked by WOW anyway.
Well at least uSoft still has Halo and The Ensemble products and money to buy more companies.

Having Fun with FOAF

So I guess this couldn’t be a weblog unless it included a post on friendster or orkut. I have only played with orkut, and only a little but that doesn’t stop me from agreeing with the conclusions here.
A killer app for these services could be games. Collecting the most “friends” seems to be a game in itself but not a very interesting one.
Some better ideas:

  • Merge one of the these things with a game service like yahoo games to that its easier to find someone to play.
  • Keep scores in some kind of friend group fashion. My friends can beat your friends.
  • More interesting: Build games into the network. Scavenger hunts. You can only converse with your friends but you need to get information etc from someone distant in the network.
  • Where’s Waldo. Search for a specific person, by examining clues in their profile or profiles of thier friends. A GM could post clues on a main website and run the game

Think Russian

Its a new version and a new name FireFox.
Time to upgrade. Time to say goodbye to IE again. I wonder who will make them change the name this time. To me Firefox will always make me think of the mayor of Carmel.

Thanks for Nothing.

From the NY Times:
Nuclear Expert Receives Pardon From Musharraf
“RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, Feb. 5 — Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, granted a full pardon on Thursday to Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founder of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons program, a day after Dr. Khan appeared on television and confessed to sharing nuclear technology with Iran, North Korea and Libya.
As a result, Dr. Khan, 67, will not face prison, a fine or any other punishment.
In a 90-minute news conference at army headquarters here, General Musharraf said Pakistan would not hand over all documents from its investigation to international nuclear inspectors. He said it would not order an independent investigation into the Pakistani Army’s role in the proliferation, calling the idea “rubbish.” And he said he would never allow United Nations supervision of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons. ”
Well there really isn’t anything to say about that…

Media Buyass

Why do both sides of the political spectrum think the media is biased? Maybe its because Evil Right Wing FatCats are manipulating the minds of the populace to force us to vote for Bush again. Or maybe a bunch of leftist commie gay hollywood types are trying to spread lies about our govt, defeat bush and advance thier agenda to destroy the morality of America. Or maybe its less about conspiracy and more about simply selling product.
In our consumer econonmy news is just another product we consume. Like Hummers, Hamburgers, or Birkenstocks. We choose it out of Style, taste, or fashion. And we pick what makes us feel good. People don’t watch FOXNNews because they are stupid. They watch it because it tells them that what they want to believe is true. For example, even in today’s cynical world many people want to feel like thier country basically does the right thing. So if we are going to invade another country it better be for a good reason. So they want to watch FOX which displays thier “WAR ON TERROR” banner on the screen whenever they are showing the news from Iraq. I mean what can be wrong with a WAR ON TERROR?
But the other side isn’t very different. If you Hate bush you are probably going to spend more time listening to NPR than the O’Reilly Factor.
Why can’t we just have news that presents the information and let us decide?
A big reason is that makes things more interesting. The real truth is hard to get at and can involve alot of drudgery. Watch C-Span Lately? Instead, the line between news and entertainment gets harder and harder too see. Cable news is flooded with glitzy graphics and style. People read books by comedians to get thier political history. (perhaps the real truth is just too depressing).
But the most important reason is because its not possible to for people to not be biased. Its how we are made. We constantly are sifting reality and picking out the chunks which stick best to our world view. It is however possible for people to try and hide thier bias. These people scare me. At least if I listen to Rush Limbaugh, or Noam Chomsky I know what I am getting.
Stop worrying about Bias. Start worrying about the people who say they aren’t.

Cheaper Pixels

So being almost 40 it was time to add glasses to the list of things I need to keep track of. As an upside, the resolution on all my computer monitors doubled for free.

Walmart’s Window on the World Economy

$12.84 Price of a Portable CD Player at WalMart
$13.80 Price of a Britney Spears CD at WalMart
Is this a statement about:
How Walmart exploits child labor overseas?
Or
How the RIAA exploits children in the US?
Niether. Its just a reality of the current world economy. The real question is who will be able to hold thier price longer?