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Voight-Kampff and Plugins

an SF free-sheet has applied the one test that really matters to the current SF mayoral candidates:

Is a particular candidate human or an insidious replicant, possessed of physical strength and computational abilities far exceeding our own, but lacking empathy and possibly even bent on our destruction as a species?

It’s the Voight-Kampff Test. No, not the band, this one. The results are hilarious:

TW: You’re in a desert walking along in the sand when all of the sudden you look down, and you see a tortoise, Tom, it’s crawling toward you. You reach down, you flip the tortoise over on its back, Tom. The tortoise lays on its back, its belly baking in the hot sun, beating its legs trying to turn itself over, but it can’t, not without your help. But you’re not helping. Why is that, Tom?

Tom Ammiano: That’s interesting. I don’t know. I’m a republican?

(thanks Ben!)

Patents: The W3C has set up a new list to evaluate ways to work around the Eolas patent on plugins, which, after all, are part of the HTML specification.

Good. I never liked plugins anyway, always playing loud music, halting the browser while they start up, or crashing the lot with their buggy spyware code. Good riddance! Now we can get back to the sensible ‘helper application in a separate window’ paradigm ;)