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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

The Morning News

posted by on September 2 at 8:05 AM

Breaking Wind: Hurricane Gustav blows out electricity to one million in Louisiana, causes damage estimated at $10 billion in insurance claims in the Gulf; destroys or damages 90,000 homes in Cuba.

Blowing Hard: RNC resumes program with prime-time speech from former self-proclaimed Democrat Joe Lieberman.

Striking Out: Bellevue teachers begin strike on first day of school. Issues stem from standardized web-based curriculum, heath-care benefits, and, of course, shitty pay.

Sweet Baby Jesus: Evangelicals cheering for Palin’s abstinence-only-educated, unwedded, pregnant daughter. “The media are already trying to spin this as evidence Gov. Palin is a ‘hypocrite,’ but all it really means is that she and her family are human,” says ‘hypocrite’ cheerleader James Dobson.

Forgive Them, Father: All about the baby’s daddy, Levi Johnson, a self described “f—-in’ redneck.”

Browsers: Google releases open-source Chrome browser today to tackle Internet Explorer. What’s wrong with IE? Observe this excellent cartoon.

Smokers: Fox reports that unnamed “medics” say Amy Winehouse was brain damaged by cannabis.

Protesters: One hundred and thirty charged with felonies after thousands join a peace march outside RNC. St. Paul has received $50 million in federal grants for local policing.

Competitors: Gregoire and Rossi both taking money from drug and insurance companies.

Hot House: Thailand declares state of emergency, banning groups of more than five people in public after one died in weekend protests. Demonstrators accuse the government of ties to ousted former prime minister.

Dog House: Garfield High School reopens after years of remodeling the 1920s building.

White House: Alberto Gonzales took classified documents out of secured areas. “He regrets this lapse,” his legal team says.

“It’s Like a Seat Belt”: Concealed weapon permits up 44 percent in Washington over four years.

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How many here use IE? I actually kind of forgot it existed, because our company policy has always been to avoid using it for all its security flaws and I just got used to using Firefox at work and home...

Posted by Just Wonderin' | September 2, 2008 8:22 AM

That google cartoon has OMFG just hidin' in plain sight in the background. Heh. Go google!

And yeah, who uses IE anymore? Isn't it just trash?

Posted by STJA | September 2, 2008 8:32 AM

The people charged with felonies apparently included those throwing park benches through windows and damaging police cars. I have little sympathy for such thuggish behavior.

Posted by Greg | September 2, 2008 9:11 AM

Wow! What cutting edge technology!

A browser...gotta give it to those Google Geniuses...they really push the outside of the envelope. Never heard of a browser before.

What was that other radical innovation they're working on? Oh yeah, a cell phone. No wonder they make the big bucks.

Posted by John Bailo | September 2, 2008 9:17 AM

So, add technology to the list of things Bailo doesn't understand.

Separate processes for each browser window is a GREAT idea. Firefox has, inevitably, succumbed to bloat, and the application leaks memory like a sieve. It's not uncommon to take a peek at Task Manager and see Firefox using up over half a gig, most of which is idle, and the only way to get it back is to blitz and restart it. I think IE's actually better at this. We have to use IE because we have web apps that require it, which sucks but isn't in our control. Probably half of our users are using Firefox, though. One of them (me) is going to be checking out Chrome today.

I still don't like tabs, though. I like to see my open windows in a row on the start bar, and almost two decades of Alt-Tab training is proving difficult to supplant with Ctrl-Tab (like if they moved the spacebar to the top of the keyboard or something).

Posted by Fnarf | September 2, 2008 9:27 AM

add tabs to the list of things fnarf is old and crotchety about.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | September 2, 2008 9:34 AM

Ugh.. that google cartoon thing... made my eyes glaze over after page 7....tried to just fast forward to the end, got to page 31, then accidently hit refresh and BAM, back to page 1.

Brevity was evidently not a virtue for google when they paid the team to develop that cartoon.. and they must have paid a lot... how long can that thing BE!

Posted by Deric in LA | September 2, 2008 9:41 AM

I started to read this and my eyes glazed over after about page 7. But I wondered how long it would be, so i kept hitting next.. and it keeps going and going and going.. i got to page 31, and then hit reload, and BAM... back to page 1. I want to see the end!

Brevity was clearly not on google's priority list when they paid the team to develop this cartoon. I don't know if that bodes well for Chrome or not.

Posted by Deric in LA | September 2, 2008 9:48 AM

Um, Deric, they had 31 pages of stuff to convey. I think they did an amazing job of explaining the many new concepts in such a short piece.

Posted by Fnarf | September 2, 2008 9:48 AM

Disclosure: I work for MSFT, though not IE.

IE8 Beta shipped last week, and it has separate processes for each tab. So it's not like Google's far ahead with respect to this kind of architecture.

Still, doesn't change that Bailo is an idiot, nor that Chrome is at least interesting.

Posted by A | September 2, 2008 9:52 AM

That's cool.

But I really wish Google, or somebody, would invent a blog system with comment registration and maybe some sort of self-moderating feature. Or at least a way to subscribe to your favorite commenters, and be notified when you got a reply. And most of all to get the fuckheads you can't stand off your screen. Remember killfiles? Not hard, as I recall.

What ever happened to that plan, O Slog?

Posted by elenchos | September 2, 2008 9:56 AM

Sarah Palin supporters use IE, because that's what morons do, just blindly go with what is handed down from God. Nosiree, thinking and choice has no place in their concrete firmament.

The cartoon method of documentation is cute, and the not-very-hidden agenda here is: Hello, fucking Microsoft: the pile of program-loading shit that you laughably call an "operating system" is going down. Hard.

Well beyond the usual blue screen.

Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber | September 2, 2008 9:57 AM

You must be aware that the host of Democracy Now, Amy Goodman was arrested yesterday along with her producer while covering the RNC protests.
How about at least a mention of this in your news.
I know you have issues with the antiwar left, but how about defending the rights of your fellow reporters who happen to cover them?
It is more becoming an issue of protecting free speech. It should not matter that you might disagree with her views or dislike the politics of her TV show.
How about some unity around the idea of a free press and free speech?

Posted by Heather | September 2, 2008 11:14 AM

Not only that, Heather, but Gwen Ifill of the PBS Newshour was tear gassed when the out-of-control Libertarian anarchists were breaking windows and the gestapo Chinese police brought in from the Olympics went nutso on them.

Republicants - unfit to govern, unfit to lead.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 2, 2008 12:28 PM

I so knew that comic was written by Scott McCloud.

Chrome looks interesting, but it probably won't pry me away from Firefox anytime soon.

Posted by julia | September 2, 2008 12:28 PM

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