Archive: March 24th, 2002

Backwash

I can’t believe the idiotic behaviour of Starbucks.

They’re suing the site Backwash.com. The reason? Backwash.com linked to Starbucks.

That’s it.

The mere of fact of hyperlinking (like I’m doing right here) is enough to have Starbucks’ lawyers set loose.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to write to Starbucks and tell them that an evil criminal mastermind at Adactio.com is wantonly flinging hyperlinks around.

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Nitpicking

The movie "Wall Street" is on television right now. The film is set in the year 1985 yet in an early scene a trader makes a reference to the Challenger disaster which happened in 1986.

Aw, shoot - somebody beat me to it over at the nitpicker’s movie site.

Who would have thought Oliver Stone could make a movie and not get all his facts straight…

Wah-ha ha ha ha ha!

CNN, CIA, See No Evil

CNN really need to get a fact checker.

An article entitled "Complaint prompts CIA to curb cookies" contained the following piece of misinformation:

"The agency removed software from one of its Web sites this week after a private group discovered that the CIA was using banned Internet tracking technology called "cookies," said Mike Stepp, who manages the CIA’s public Web site."

Cookies, banned? Hardly. If they were, this site would be breaking the law by allowing visitors to set preferences for which theme they want to view.

It’s also worth noting that the CNN website itself sets quite a few cookies - try surfing there with your cookie preferences set to "Ask for each cookie".

Ah, CNN - that great bastion of investigative reporting - as long as they’re reporting something stamped with the White House seal of approval - exposing the nasty, illicit doings of the CIA.

Never mind if the Central Intelligence Agency helps to overthrow democratically elected governments or fund islamic fundamendalists, they’re setting cookies from their website, goshdarnit.

CNN’s priorities, like their fact-checking process, are dubious to say the least.