Ben Cantrick (mackys) wrote,
Ben Cantrick

The random news update.

I'm not in the "market." I'm interested in Linux because of the technology, and Linux wasn't started as any kind of rebellion against the "evil Microsoft empire." Quite the reverse, in fact: from a technology angle, Microsoft really has been one of the least interesting companies. So I've never seen it as a "Linus versus Bill" thing. I just can't see myself in the position of the nemesis, since I just don't care enough. To be a nemesis, you have to actively try to destroy something, don't you? Really - I'm not out to destroy Microsoft. That will just be a completely unintentional side effect.

This article ran in the NY Times (and hit Slashdot) a while ago, but I just now found the mirror site above. I'm not much for the NYT's "you have to tell us all your demographic info before you can view our stories" policy. I don't have to tell them my address to buy their paper on the street, so I see no reason to do so it the web...

Lots of comments on /. about how Linus looks bad in this picture. I disagree. He's a bit sunburned on the cheeks, but he looks like California has done him good. A little thinner than I remember, and he looks pretty mellow.

In other news:

A five-year-old Australian girl shocked teachers when she showed her class how to make a bong out of a Coke bottle during a "show and tell" session.

At least two instances have been reported to the Education Department of children aged between five and 12 being caught with drugs at school.

In one case the drug was amphetamine. Teachers have indicated this may be the tip of the iceberg.

"The little girl showing how to make a bong was the most in-your-face example of drug culture among primary school students I've heard of," one teacher said.

"It's not unheard of that primary school children will be found with drugs at school," the teacher said.

"Usually it's just a bit of dope - they've probably nicked it from their mum's purse and brought it along to show off.",4057,7401630%255E13569,00.html

I just don't know WHAT to think about this one...
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