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Author: Lilithe (formerly Ean) (page 52 of 64)

Mahou Shoujotai ( 魔法少女隊アルス )

Mahou Shoujotai Poster

Mahou Shoujotai follows the adventures of a girl named Alice through a magical world. At first she gets herself and her friends into trouble and things are very light-hearted at the beginning of the series. The story takes a quick turn around the middle and comes to a fairly climactic ending. The one thing I can say is that they keep throwing wrenches into the works to keep you interested. Nothing really follows logically other than the fact that you’re pretty sure at the end of the whole thing everything will be alright.

The series comprises forty episodes at about 5 minutes per episode. The fansubs I’ve watched are actually about six and a half minutes each because they have a header that explains bits of the translation that might not translate well to English speakers. All in all I’d have to say this series was great. There was great lore, a great heroine and a great supporting cast. All of the important characters have their own motivations and story arcs which are given their due time.

I even appreciate that this isn’t a fanservice anime in the least sense. It sticks to the story at hand and I was riveted. I ended up watching many episodes in a row.

I’d give it 4 out of 5. Check it out for sure.

Official Mahou Shoujotai Site

Only Criminals Pay for Movies

You Might Have Just Bought a DVD, But We Still Think You’re a Criminal

This kind of crap is a source of frustration and confusion for many of us. Some of us even find it amusing that the MPAA places advertisements preaching the perils of piracy at the beginning of movies we’ve paid for. The fact of the matter is, most of the time a pirate will remove these warnings so downloaders are in fact, never bothered with this crap.

So at the end of the day, the only people bothered with anti-piracy propoganda are people who have paid to see the now de-valued material.

Will the MPAA ever “get it”?


A Black Spot on Jupiter and NASA

Now, this story comes from a site called, “Enterprise Mission.” Something about that name discredits it just about right away.

I found it fascinating, however. Apparently by plunging Galileo into Jupiter to avoid causing damage, NASA managed to ignite the Plutonium 238 fuel and create a nuclear explosion.

The article argues that this explosion atomized some of the atmospheric contaminants including carbon, which formed elementary carbon creating a dark soot spot on Jupiter that had not been there before.

There’s even a little intrigue because it’s all supposedly only documented by the hobbyist community. That seems a little shady to me as well. I think I’ll look into the details if I have the time but it’s an interesting read nonetheless.

Original Story:

Galileo Info.:

A change of format

Since I’ve had my fun in coding my own weblog and I don’t seem to have the time to make one as nice and complete as some of the projects I’ve seen on the Internet I’ve chosen a script I think I can deal with.

Chotto Hen - My old page layout.

So you may notice my weblog will change its look a bit while I fiddle around with the settings of this new environment and make it my own.

I’ll try to get the ShoutOuts working again as a part of this new engine – but if I can’t add it in a way that works, I may just leave it out and post all of the old shouts as part of a post.

Bye for now…

Total Cost of Subterfuge

So I′ve ordered Microsoft Canada′s “Get the Facts” CD kit.

I wanted to see all of the independent studies those ads you see online are citing, saying that the total cost of ownership (TCO) is much lower for a Windows 2003 Server.

While the studies do prove lots of Microsoft bred IT managers who grew up with a Windows PC and only really know that OS well like purchasing and dealing with Windows servers, most of the studies are surveys which are highly subjective.

In my personal experience, a server with any other operating system and a Windows based server perform completely differently. So much about the underlying operating system of Windows is sub-obtimal that typically it just chugs along compared to anything else, really. This includes linux distributions, BSDs, Mac servers and pretty much anything else I can get my hands on.

As far as maintaining a Linux, Unix, Sun or other odd branded server is concerned – your costs are definitely going to be higher on a per-incident basis because you need someone with a higher degree of training to fix the problem. Considering the fact that you′re much less likely to have an issue with, for example Linux or Unix than with a Windows server this might offset the cost. I can′t say anything conclusively on this either.

Interoperability was a major point in thier missives. From what I read the IT managers who migrated to Windows Server 2003 threw their hands up in the air and said, “Hey! This is easier to administer and it′s not that bad!” Microsoft has taken a slightly better stance lately on using open standards in their products, but it is admittedly half-assed as it usually is. This might get better with time, as long as we continue to be savvy consumers and demand better. They may be a slow-moving giant but Microsoft does seem to listen.

The big sticking point in all of these articles seems to be indemifying clients against loss associated with their use of the product. Essentially if you buy your server software, supposedly you are protected should someone sue you. If you use an open-source, free alternative they argue that your hands are tied.

The articles downplay the fact that many linux groups and Linux-based companies have come up with indemnification solutions of their own. I′m no expert on this so I can′t even comment on it.

From what I′ve read of my end user licence agreement (EULA) for my copy of Windows XP (admittedly a consumer product) I can not hold Microsoft in any way responsible for damages that arise from the use of their product. This includes claims of fitness for a particular use, merchantability, etc, etc, etc… The legalese goes on for a while and basically lets you know you′re boned if you get sued for using Windows and letting something sensative slip out.

So the world of business consumers getting indemnification is completely new to me. I′ll have to read more on the subject.

Overall? I′d have to say that I need to learn more. I′ve used Linux distributions of many flavours for years for my own purposes and this website is, in fact now hosted on a modest Linux box. (Which I′m sure you can glean from the HTTP request.)

I generally like the stability of Linux. I′ve never had downtime with linux due to anything but a hardware failure. If I were to have a server farm with no SPFs (Single Points of Failure) I could make that exactly zero percent downtime, easily. I′ve had a shaky relationship with running servers on any flavour of Windows.

So Microsoft definitely has it′s work cut out for them convincing die-hard fans of alternate solutions like myself of their merits. I′m sure they′re not worried as they have lots of money. 🙂

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