Monday’s Mass Hypnosis

Janet Jackson feigns surpriseAnother week, another news flash. Guess the groundhog saw more than his shadow.
iFilm has the Superbowl ads if you want to watch again. They were almost as good as the game this year. You have to love seeing IBM’s $2.3 million ad for Linux, a free operating system. And man those shards of glass pops are good, but I’ve got to cut down.

Leaded gasoline went on-sale for the first time on this day in 1923. Fox TV founder Barry Diller is 62. Farrah Fawcett is 57 (yikes!). Christie Brinkley is 50. Pebbles Flintstone is 41. Data will be born on this day in 2338.

  1. Prescott’s here. Intel’s newest Pentium IV will initially ship in 2.8, 3.0, and 3.2 GHz flavors, with a 3.4 GHz model real soon now. The company also announced a 3.4 GHZ Pentium 4 Extreme Edition and a 3.4 GHz Northwood-based PIV. The Prescott will sport twice the L1 and L2 cache, dedicated integer multiplier, 13 new SSE instructions to improve 3D and multimedia performance, a 50% longer pipeline, and improved branch prediction. Based on the new 90 nanometer process, the Prescott will be able to hit speeds of 4 GHz by the end of the year. Anand and ExtremeTech have already posted excellent articles with benchmarks. We’ll have our own lab’s results on The Screen Savers tonight. Bottom line: Prescott looks good on paper, but AMD still has the faster chips. Maybe Prescott will catch up when software is recompiled to take advantage of the new SSE intructions.
  2. The SCO site went down Sunday in the face of the largest denial of service attacks ever. Security experts estimated as many as one million machines, infected with MyDoom, were hitting the site. The attack began 16 hours early, apparently because many machines’ clocks were set inaccurately. SCO’s site is still down this morning.
  3. The Google IPO is delayed due to “market conditions.” Looks we’ll have to wait a little longer for the recovery.
  4. Bill Gates and others are pushing a scheme to charge a penny per message for email to discourage spamming. Yeah, that’ll work.
  5. The IE phishing patch isn’t the only thing Microsoft can’t seem to ship on time. The company has announced that Halo 2 won’t arrive on store shelves until this fall.
  6. Microsoft is leaking details to developers on XBox Next. Three IBM 64-bit procs, an ATI next-gen graphics chip, at least 256MB RAM, low cost, and no guarantee of compatibility with existing XBox games. Look for it in the fall of 2005.
  7. Now I’ve seen everything. Nokia has just introduced a “sports inspired” cell phone with an integrated compass and flashlight.

12 Replies to “Monday’s Mass Hypnosis”

  1. I predict that Halo 2 will be the hottest item this Christmas (that is, if it gets released by then)

  2. Well, that stinks. I was rather looking forward to Halo 2. Let’s hope this doesn’t become the Chinese Democracy of the gaming industry.

  3. Halo2 is going to be awesome, but there’s two more games coming out that’s gonna kill it. Half-Life 2 and DoomIII. I can’t wait for those.

  4. Hmm…I guess Comcast either didn’t visit TechTV today or they did and Leo is either unable to, or hasn’t had a chance yet, to say if the deal went through. Leo said yesterday that he would give a hint in his blog here on Leoville.

  5. Hi Leo,
    I’ve been enjoying The Screen Savers and Leoville for a couple of years now. It’s great to hear you on my local AM radio station, KFI–now I have three reasons to tune in to the station (the other two being Phil Hendrie and Coast To Coast).
    I tried calling in to your show about a week ago. I believe your screener was about to put me on the air–I was going to ask you about Apple’s business strategy involving HP (and the iPod). Unfortunately my wireless phone chose then to run out of battery power.
    So I’ll try to call again sometime. I’m loving your show! Welcome to L.A. radio, Leo!

  6. You thought the ads were almost as good as the game? I thought they were the most disappointing in years. Budweiser hit new lows in locker room humor, Chevy seems to think kids sprouting profanity is funny (the people at their ad company must love South Park) and the Linux kid is just plain creepy. Fortunately the football game was a really good one.

  7. Hi Leo!
    Just browzing the internet. Nothing really new of course for the time being. I like the website you have and all. That stuff is really awesome! Moving on, I didn’t see the Super Bowl halftime
    show but, I did hear about what happened. There’s speculation going around about wether Janet and
    Justin should still appear at the Grammy’s. Anyway, in my own words, I think they should be able to go to the Grammy’s.
    I’m going to watch them because Metallica’s ST. ANGER album is up for a grammy nomination. Oh Yeah!!! Well, like Call For Help, watch it every weekday etc. Gtg now, Bye!!

  8. Interestingly that article on MTV’s site in regards to the “shocking” half-time show appears to have been taken off their website.

  9. KFI* sorry
    and to TAO Kayer- that metallica album was boring and shallow. master of puppets was teh best

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