Archive for November, 2005

My in-depth War of the Worlds movie review

Wednesday, November 30th, 2005

…what garbage. 1/10, only because I need to keep 0/10 free in case I one day decide to see Battlefield Earth or Catwoman. What a waste of $30.

I think I’ll go hide under a table and make an ash of myself.

Trac – this year’s open source bug database

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Trac bug database
seems to be the darling of the Open Source world, replacing
as the issue-tracker-de-jour.

I will have to check it out!

Xcode 2.2 supports MS Visual Studio assembly

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Xcode 2.2 has been release, and mentioned in the release notes was this little nugget:

Visual Studio compatible inline assembly: In order to provide migration
support for applications moving from other Intel platforms, we have begun to
provide VS inline assembly support. This work is not complete at this point butsupports many usages. Please file problem reports for missing functionality.

With this support, these game developers will find it much easier to bring such code over the MacOS.

I am thinking of games here, and any assembly-level libraries they’ve written to speed things up.
This would have to be pure code, not something that calls out to any platform-specific APIs.
Maybe a physics engine or something.

Then again, if you can dual-boot (or even better, switch-boot) to your game-playing OS (formerly known as Windows), why bother?


Google and movies

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

This is an expanded version of my posting to ReidNews. It really belongs here, not there.

google movies
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I was trying out Google’s home page when I noticed they had something called “Movies”.
I checked it out and found two interesting links:
movie theatres near my house
movies showing near my house
(it’s the same info, sorted by movie instead of theatre.

Note that if you see a showtime listed in blue (i.e. it’s a link) it will let you buy your tickets online.
I don’t see *any* in blue, so I am guessing that Google’s ticket provider,
does not operate in Canada. Or at least near my house in Canada.

For our movie planning, we’ve been using
Eye’s film listings,
but maybe next time we’ll give Google a shot.
They collect reviews from various film critics on the ‘Net and translate them all to X-out-of-five-star-ratings.

Andrew points out that Rotten Tomatoes also collects reviews from newspapers and web reviewers.
It seems that some people think that this new Google capability is going to really hurt sites like Rotten Tomatoes, though.

Google also has a “movie:” keyword that lets you search through movies. Here is The Matrix, for example. You can also search for people in the movies, e.g. Akira Kurosawa.

As well, you can search for local theatres directly from the normal Google page by typing the prefix “movie:”, “theatres”, and your zip/postal code. e.g. “movie: theatres M1e1e1″. If you want to see nearby movies, it would be “movie: movies M1e1e1″.

More in-depth information on how exactly Google is doing this (via Tribune Media Services and CinemaSource) is available on
The Internet Stock Blog.

By the way, I noticed that Google has a University of Toronto search page in their huge list of university-specific search pages.

And we won’t even talk about Google SMS.


Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

is a site that, despite their name, specializes in predicting the dates for all upcoming Apple announcements.

They are especially proud of their 100% accurate prediction of the
video-enabled iPod release.
I tried out the Pentium iBook and my prediction (Apr 15 2006) was within 2 days of the average (Apr 13 2006).
Maybe announcements come out on Wedsnesdays more often?

Note that if you become a registered user, your vote counts twice as much as an anonymous one.

A380 update

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Aviation Week article Wikipedia A380 article

Grokster gets it right up the Kazaa

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Defunct Grokster Home page .. A unanimous US Supreme court ruling. I think the guts of it are “If thou writeth software, and thy users use it to break the law, thou art scum.”.

Sony comments on iPod

Friday, November 4th, 2005

Xcp Faq–iPod

Keep cross-border shipping fees down

Thursday, November 3rd, 2005

The CBC has a little piece on how to keep down fees on goods shipped across the border.

Stealth DRM Rootkits from commercial audio CDs?!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2005

DRM Sysinternals blog about SONY BMG copy-protected CD

ZDNet blog

Its a good thing only allegedly honest folk who allegedly buy CDs are allegedly being ripped off, I guess.