Monthly Archives: May 2005

Le procès de CHOI-FM

Le site non officiel de rediffusion de CHOI-FM nous propose plusieurs entrevues très intéressantes à propos de l’appel de Genex de la décision du CRTC.

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The New Yorker: Star Wars III critic

The New Yorker has a critic of the latest Star Wars movie. Let’s say that the critic is not shy to say what he thinks of the movie… I still intent to go see the movie, but I must admit that this review is just candy.

What can you say about a civilization where people zip from one solar system to the next as if they were changing their socks but where a woman fails to register for an ultrasound, and thus to realize that she is carrying twins until she is about to give birth? Mind you, how Padmé got pregnant is anybody’s guess, although I’m prepared to wager that it involved Anakin nipping into a broom closet with a warm glass jar and a copy of Ewok Babes. After all, the Lucasian universe is drained of all reference to bodily functions. Nobody ingests or excretes. Language remains unblue. Smoking and cursing are out of bounds, as is drunkenness, although personally I wouldn’t go near the place without a hip flask.

Read the article on the New Yorker web site.

Huile sur la route, oups!

Sur le site non-officiel des pompiers de Lévis, on peut voir ce qui arrive à une voiture de police qui rencontre un déversement d’huile sur la chaussée… Oups!
À voir sur le site du SPIL.

Is this the way to Armadillo?

Des petites histoires de l’autre coté de la grande flaque:
En 1971, un crooner du nom de Tony Christie a sortie une toune s’intitulant “Is This The Way To Amarillo?” Amarillo est une petit ville du Texas. C’était une parodie qui faisait semblant de faire la promotion touristique de ce petit bled texan.

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Paul Graham: Hiring is Obsolete

Paul Graham writes a good article about yet another example on how Internet is changing the way we live.
What’s an especially productive 22 year old to do? One thing you can do is go over the heads of organizations, directly to the users. Any company that hires you is, economically, acting as a proxy for the customer. The rate at which they value you (though they may not consciously realize it) is an attempt to guess your value to the user. But there’s a way to appeal their judgement. If you want, you can opt to be valued directly by users, by starting your own company.
The market is a lot more discerning than any employer. And it is completely non-discriminatory. On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog. And more to the point, nobody knows you’re 22. All users care about is whether your site or software gives them what they want. They don’t care if the person behind it is a high school kid.
Continue reading the article on Paul Graham’s web site.

FreeBSD ports and php session

Having problems with sessions in the FreeBSD port of php4? Read on.

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Wired: The Long Tail

Wired has another great article, this one about a concept they call the long tale. They explain how Amazon is beating Wall-Mart at selling CDs and books. It’s worth reading.
Read the article on Wired web site.