Mike Hatch Hates The First Amendment?

After Minnesota’s anti-game law was found unconstitutional, the state attorney general guaranteed that he’ll waste more taxpayer’s money. Hatch plans to do this by fighting the court’s decision. Similar cases failed in other states, wasting the local taxpayer’s money. Speculation arises about Hatches motivation for defending the dubious law. November may have something to do with it, along with Hatch’s campaign for governor.

The law that was to take effect today forbade the acquisition of Mature or Adult Only rated games by persons under the age of 17. Fining consumers 25USD for every infraction rather than the vendor created a unique enforcement situation. According to Senator Sandra Pappas (DFL, District 65), the law was never intended to be enforced, but rather a way to get the attention of parents. Paul Smith, of the Entertainment Merchants Association, reports that lawmakers know that they are passing laws with marginal constitutionality, and yet that doesn’t seem to deter them. Various online forum threads buzz with a calling for lawmaker responsibility. Many overlook the upcoming election as an opportunity of forcing politicians to be responsible, by voting for the opponents of those deemed irresponsible. Various political theories suggest reasons behind this activity, and its merits and faults but that’s another day’s story. This November I’m voting, are you?

-John Havlik

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Digg Under Attack?

Frequenters of Digg will know that there are way too many top 10 (15, 20, 25, etc.) lists out there that make it onto Digg. Recently a top 25 list of FireFox plug-ins article was featured on Digg, people as usual commented on the article, its faults and accuracies. This article was different, for one reason or another every comment was digged down, and not by small numbers. According to a post on the blog CanHeSayThat, “Almost every one of the 100+ comments on this story have been dugg down and have an average score of -10.” Featured on Digg’s homepage today was CanHeSayThat’s article, in which just about every comment has been dugg negative, except for a few. These exceptions seem to have been a community effort to fight the attacker(s) plan. Some speculations arise about a possible Netscape fanboy attack, after numerous attacks/hacks on the new Netscape earlier this week.

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-John Havlik

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ATI and AMD, To Be One Big Company?

Rumor mills keep spewing out ‘insider’ information that there is a planned ATI-AMD merger. Many have commented that this would hurt Intel and nVidia, as ATI reportedly makes the best chipset for the upcoming Conroe (Core Duo 2). With Intel and AMD as arch enemies, this chipset would likely never see the light of day. nVidia, as we all know, has helped AMD significantly with SLI and their enthusiast chipsets for AMD64 systems.

Reportedly on Monday, AMD and ATI will confront share holders on the possibility of a merger, naturally for their approval. Then the FTC will have their way with AMD and stall the merger for several months, if it even allows it. One speculation that I can offer is that the current lawsuits against Intel by AMD may be used as a cover in order to sneak the ATI merger through the FTC quickly. Other speculations on the net include the fact that AMD doesn’t have enough revenue to completely buy out ATI. Personally, I’d like to see ATI to continue to be a independent company.

-John Havlik

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Bye Bye IDE

Traditional IDE/PATA drives have less than a week before they will no longer make their way to high end Intel systems. Beginning with the ICH8 south bridge Intel no longer plans on providing native IDE support on south bridge chips. Just a day ago, a certain fellow at the inquirer ranted over how Plextor is the only manufacturer of SATA optical drives. In the end he said that IDE’s days are numbered as he believe that by next year IDE will be reserved only for low end systems. Mr. Demerjian said that the market really needed a kick start to get more suppliers for SATA optical drives, and it seems Intel is going to be that boot that will be doing the kicking. It’s about time PATA dies, I really want a SATA dual layer BluRay R/RW drive in my next desktop system.

-John Havlik

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What Happened?

As you have probably noticed, I’m running the theme that will eventually be on the main Weblogs.us server as the homepage. This is still very buggy, but I needed an online testbed for troubleshooting of a plugin that isn’t working correctly, currently it’s the breadcrumb navigation that is being evil, hopefully we can resolve that shortly. Once the breadcrumb navigation issue is solved this blog will return to it’s normal theme.

-John Havlik

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