Apple has spent what seems like 10 years trying to make PC users look dorky with their “I’m a Mac” advertisements. And along comes Microsoft and does a far better job at it.
Notice the clock on oven starts at 3:20 and ends, 6 minutes later, at 5:01. I hate to tell these folks, but after 1.5 hours, you can assume no one else is going to show up.
I can’t help thinking that, if Microsoft had come out with a well-managed, well-produced and enjoyable ad campaign that didn’t make everyone cringe, they wouldn’t currently have half the internet talking about their product launch. So perhaps this is actually brilliant…
It’s become the conventional wisdom that the tortured will say anything to make the torture stop, and that “anything” need not be truthful as long as it is what the torturers want to hear. But years worth of studies in neuroscience, as well as new research, suggest that there are, in addition, fundamental aspects of neurochemistry that increase the chance that information obtained under torture will not be truthful.
Torture is more about sadistic self-indulgence and dumb insistence on a pre-formed opinion than effective intelligence-gathering and strategy; as such, it fits in perfectly with American foreign policy.
The stupid, it hurts….
A huge outback dust storm – 500 km (310 mi) wide by 1,000 km (620 mi) long – swept across eastern Australia and blanketed Sydney on Wednesday, September 23rd, disrupting flights and ground transportation and forcing people indoors for shelter from the hazardous air, gale-force winds, and in some places hailstorms. Those few who ventured outside, especially at dawn, were greeted by a Martian sky, familiar landmarks blotted out by the heavy red dust blowing by. Collected here are a few photos of the worst dust storm Sydney has seen in 70 years, three of which you can click to see a before/after fade effect. (26 photos total)
A woman takes a photograph with the Sydney Opera House shrouded in dust behind her on September 23, 2009. (GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images) #