There’s so many things wrong with NBC CEO Jeff Zucker’s comments on Apple and video that it’s almost impossible to know where to begin. Here’s a few choice bits.
“The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year is a Mac. Try that again: The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year–or for that matter, ever–is a Mac. Not a Dell, not a Toshiba, not even an Alienware. The $2419 (plus the price of a copy of Windows Vista, of course) MacBook Pro’s PC WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 88 beats Gateway’s E-265M by a single point, but the MacBook’s score is far more impressive simply because Apple couldn’t care less whether you run Windows”
Yes, that’s right: the fastest laptop for running Vista on is the MacBook Pro.
A United Nations expert has condemned the growing use of crops to produce biofuels as a replacement for petrol as a crime against humanity.
The UN special rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, said he feared biofuels would bring more hunger.
Of course, we don’t have to face the choice between feeding everyone and growing fuel. We could, instead, use technology to create new crops which grow faster and require less in the way of expensive pesticides and nitrates. Ones which could be planted reliably, year after year, without having the impact which current high-yield crops have.
Would it surprise you to know that crops like these already exist – but that a well-financed lobby is pressuring governments not to allow them to be grown? And that this lobby is, instead, pushing crops which require highly-toxic chemicals such as copper sulphate to be used on them as pesticides.
John Siracusa has published his usual extremely thorough review of Leopard. If you’re at all interested in the internals of the new Mac OS, this is an essential read.
Apple appears to be attempting to set a new record for a service being down for "scheduled maintenance" with .Mac synchronisation of Contacts and Calendars – with this feature of .Mac now having been down for ten days.