Wins and Fails This Week in Geek v 18
You’d be lucky to own the Sun, but you might want to steer clear of emoticons on XXX. If the preceding made no sense, it’s because you haven’t been keeping up with this week’s wins and fails in all things geek! Read on for the scoop…
WIN: Selling the Sun
Since Oracle announced it’d be decommissioning the Sun.com web site, which came with the $7 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems, speculation has been overflowing about whether or not they’d sell it – and what kind of price the domain would fetch. In addition to being a valuable 3-letter domain, it’s the 12th oldest .com domain on the Internet. Brokers say it could bring in a cool $1 million. That’s a nice win for Oracle, but then again, it doesn’t put a dent in what they spent acquiring it.
Or more to the point, a 60 year-old man who attempts to seduce a 13 year-old girl because of her animated emoticons in chat. The 13 year-old girl? Not so much. In actuality it was a police officer, and the man who wanted to love up some smilies is now a convicted sex offender. He’s appealing his conviction claiming police enticed him by using the emoticons, and that the jury should have seen the emoticons during trial – which he feels would have gotten him off the hook. Because, of course, anyone would lose control in the face of semicolons and parentheses.
It’s a big win for porn pushers, and perhaps porn lovers, though it takes a particularly geeky set of interests to appreciate the creation of a brand new domain extension. That’s right, ICANN has approved the .xxx extension, which has been a long time coming. Now it’ll be easier than ever for aficionados to hone in on the sites they want…and for those of us who don’t give a damn, to avoid ’em.
WIN: Gunshot Detection
13,000 US footsoldiers in Afghanistan will soon be equipped with gunshot detection systems, a gadget about the size of a deck of cards that can alert a soldier to the direction from which a shot was fired in less than a second. The Individual Gunshot Detectors are equipped with sensors that can detect the supersonic sound waves of gunfire and a small screen for displaying the direction and distance of it. Meanwhile, the closest civilians will come is surround sound in FPS.
FAIL: ‘Do Rage
SXSW is a geek’s paradise…most of the time. But if you’re an attendee snapping pics for posterity, you might want to think twice. This word of warning comes after a downtown Austin attack, in which a photographer was beaten with a skateboard and robbed for taking a picture of a guy with an incredibly obnoxious haircut. The triple mohawk-wielding alleged offender and his friend were quickly tracked down by police, because, as the Houston Press points out, nobody other than A Flock of Seagulls would be caught dead with that ‘do. Or, perhaps, the cast of Revenge of the Nerds during their epic song sequence.