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Kyrgyzstan Under Cyberattack?

Okay, one can imagine why hackers in Russia might attack Estonia and Georgia.

But Kyrgyzstan? Where's the motive? Seems to me this is most likely just fallout of one of the more recent virus outbreaks, being blamed on "enemy action" to make it somebody else's fault.

Clemmensen named "all-time unsung player" of Hockey East

I have to wonder why an award like this even exists. Why not just hand out, every year, some Awards For the Best Player Who Has Not Yet Received This Award and keep doing it until everyone has one? That'll fix it.

Second, how is a guy who got as much ink as Clemmensen, all of it well-deserved, "unsung"? If an award like this is even going to exist, it should be something along the lines of the Bruins 7th player award-- the best of the guys who wasn't expected to be one of the best, or the player that beats your expectations. Nobody who has followed Hockey East since its creation doesn't know who Clemmensen is and what his accomplishments were. It's ridiculous.

He won three HEA championships and appeared in four NCAA championship semifinals.

The list of runners-up is no less silly: Joe Fallon (UVM), Cal Ingraham (ME), Fernando Pisani (PC) and Joe Sacco (BU).

Joe Sacco? Unsung? Cal Ingraham? Really? Okay, maybe you might not SEE Cal standing there without lowering your chair a notch, but you could certainly still read about him.

Next up, the Hockey East Anniversary committee will be running a ballot for the league's most memorable moment. I have two nominations for this award: the awarding of the All Time Unsung Player Award to Scott Clemmensen last week, or that time BU coach Jack Parker said it was "good for the league" the first time Merrimack College beat the Terriers.

Sony: What Is Happening Is Not Happening

Thank goodness Sony is a Japanese company, because they can at least claim that English isn't their native language when someone points out the nonsense in claims ilke the latest regarding PlayStation 3 sales.Things start out fairly innocuously:

Man's Best Friend... Again

I often wander into complex threaded discussions in places like Newsvine but feel completely overwhelmed by the number of comments that scream out for replies, but daunted by the amount of time necessary to reply individually to each one.

This story about a couple that paid $155,000 in an auction to clone their dead dog spawned a conversation that covered a wide range of topics, although a number of recurring themes arose.

"I sure can think of a lot of things I could do with a $155,000, and cloning my pet is not one of them!"

Many of the users claimed that it was bad to spend this amount of money on cloning a dead pet because the money could be better spent on other things, mostly charitable works. Some were very specific and pointed out that if one was interested in giving a home to an animal, there are many animals scheduled for euthanization that could be saved for that amount of money, or even better still, clinics that could perform spaying/neutering operations on animals to prevent the birth of unwanted animals.

Whether this is valid or not depends primarily on the context of the criticism, and in nearly all of the posts, the context was missing. One author supplied it, pointing out that nobody was advocating a law to prevent this couple from having done this, or from legally exploiting their own property (in this case, cash) for a legal purpose (in this case, cloning their pet). Rather the intent was simply to point out that a more positive and socially responsible act might have been to use the money for something else, something beneficial for a wider range of individuals than themselves and their dead pet.

While this is laudable, actually I wonder if that commenter is right: at least some of the comments I think were advocating some kind of restriction, or at best suggesting that there was something morally reprehensible about what they had done.

Not always doing the best, most right thing, does not make the thing which is done wrong or evil. These things are a continuum, not a dichotomy. As others pointed out, had this couple purchased an expensive car or other consumer item, not only would they not have been criticized, but the story would not have existed, as it would not have been notable.

One Console Platform?

BioWare CEO Ray Muzyka's advanced the possibility that someday gamers would play games on one ubiquitous console. There are "valid reasons," he says, why the market would trend that direction, with the exception of "Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo maybe having some issues with that they might want to continue their platforms."You think?This has come up before, and I'm pretty sure that it was Muzyka behind those earlier remarks also.

Blame, Reward, and Help: Crisis of Meritocracy

The comments on this Newsvine story about portions of the bailout packages going to distressed homeowners I think illustrate one of the conflicts that is at the center of America's domestic agenda, and one that has been there for quite some time.

With Friends Like These

"It is better to make friends than enemies."

This statement is presented as axiomatic in a blog post at the Agonist, seemingly in reference to the recent US attacks in Pakistan, although it never mentions it by name, except in the category tags.

Despite the seeming obviousness of this rule, the author admits that much human behavior seems to contravene it:

Capital Idea

A Killer App?

Mobile Banking - A Killer App?

Am I the only one who thinks that in the current climate, people are actually going to want to check on their accounts less, rather than more often? What's the driving motivator here-- paranoia or depression? Is it a sick fascination that will drive people to need to watch their retirement funds deplete even while they're on the go? Or will they prefer to just wait for the monthly statement to arrive, whether it comes in the postbox or the email box?

Blow: Stories In Games Are Just Hot Air

Jonathan Blow, One man creator of the oh-so-pretty Braid platformer, as amazing for its interesting gameplay as its surreal visuals, says, essentially, that videogame stories are bad and probably wouldn't get much better with better writers since trying to tell a story in a game is a bad idea.