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April 26th, 2007 - Adventures in Engineering — LiveJournal
The wanderings of a modern ronin.

Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-04-26 16:30
  Subject:   Sony flips Kutaragi over, attacks his weak point for "massive damage."
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  Mood:snarklarity ensues
  Music:Weird Al - White & Nerdy
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With the March introduction of PS3 in Europe completing the successful launch of PS3 worldwide, Mr. Kutaragi has identified SCE's Annual Shareholders' meeting in June as the ideal timing to pass on the torch to the new generation of management. Mr. Kutaragi will now apply his extensive technological knowledge and leadership skills to take on new challenges beyond the world of PlayStation.

http://games.slashdot.org/games/07/04/26/1726200.shtml


Is he going to get a Gunpei Yokoi window seat, or is he going to have any real power?

Consider their fortunes of late, he should be glad they're not making him commit sepuku.

I was envisioning an expensive Sony-brand proprietary Wikazashi(sp?), a blade shorter than a katana that is especially for suicide. That seems more appropriate.

Even better: Ritual Wii-mote Seppuku. Only fair.

The question is... will the video footage of him comitting ritual suicide be available on UMD?


It's a new Wii game: Super Sony CEO Seppukku! ;]


"With the March introduction of PS3 in Europe completing the successful launch of PS3 worldwide..." What is that word doing in there?

well it did actually launch didn't it...

Yep, but so did the Challenger.


Ouch!! ;D


Mr. Kutaragi will now apply his extensive technological knowledge and leadership skills to one of our competitors so, hopefully, they can fail even beyond the world of PlayStation.

Business language translations:
Leaves to spend more time with family - Flat out quit, had to be begged to give some kind of notice.
Leaves to take on new challenges - "There's the door, don't let it hit you on the ass."



I don't know what to think about this one. I think from a technical perspective, the PSP is the finest handheld video game system ever made. The PS3 is also quite a technical achievement, though perhaps in the wrong way. The failures I see at Sony are not technical, they're managerial. So if Kutaragi was really the one responsible for forgetting that "it's the games, stupid!" then okay, sack him. On the other hand, you'd think he'd be very valuable as a CTO or Chief Scientist or such.
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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2007-04-26 18:03
  Subject:   The best online Java text book I've found.
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In my quest to sharpen my Java skills, Google turned up "Introduction to Programming Using Java, Fifth Edition" by David Eck. I think I LJ'd about this book a while back, but it was worth posting again. In my opinion, this book is even better than Thinking In Java by Bruce Eckel. It's not a short book, but I've found the writing extremely clear and understandable.

The great thing about The Interwebs, is that you can read both this and (old versions of) TIJ online for free. Though, as good as this book is, maybe I'll pick up a print copy. I bought TIJ, so I really ought to have a copy of this too.
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