Reviving Java

Elliotte Rusty Harold asks if there is a better way than JCP to evolve Java.
I think Sun needs to create a universal Java software and component distribution infrastructure and re-package Java so that initial runtime footprint is small (a few meg) but extensible and updatable as needed. Extensions and updates can be categoried accordingly and certified by Sun as well as authorities approved by Sun to ensure security and stability of each Java platform. Authorities should also be allowed to issue extension and update policies so that users and administrators can pick and choose according to their the security and trust profiles.
With such an infrastructure in place, Java can evolve much faster and more dynamically, allowing extensions like JSR 203 to be deployed in pieces as they become available and only to systems that need them. If executed well, a thriving ecosystem will emerge in which only the best API and implementations will survive regardless of who proposed tor implemented them.

Customer Service in South Korea

South Korean consumers have come to expect high quality customer service as the norm, particularly with electronic goods. If a washer or TV breaks, repairmen is expected to show up in hours after making the call, not days like in the US. And if a product has a design defect, the manufacturers can expect unstoppable torrent of complaints until the defect is fixed. Thankfully, consumers don't just complaint but actively suggest ways to improve product design, packaging, and marketing, a phenomenon foreign companies can appreciate.
So it's not surprising that a man drove a $200,000 Mecedes into SKT HQ when he didn't get the service expected. A lonely island of intelligence amidst a sea of mindless rage: the car was rented.

13 Days

It's good to see 15 British soldiers released after 13 days of captivity but more than 20 American soldiers died in Iraq during that 13 days. Here is are their names:

March 23rd, 2007 – Spc. Lance C. Springer II (IED), Sgt. Greg N. Riewer (IED)

March 24th, 2007 – Lance Cpl. Trevor A. Roberts (combat)

March 25th, 2007 – Sgt. Jason W. Swiger (IED), Cpl. Jason Nunez (IED), Pfc. Orlando E. Gonzalez (IED), Pfc. Anthony J. White (IED), Spc. Sean K. McDonald (IED)

March 27th, 2007 – Sgt. Curtis J. Forshey (non-combat), Staff Sgt. Marcus A. Golczynski (combat), Master Sgt. Sean M. Thomas (combat)

March 29th, 2007 – Sgt. Joe Polo (IED)

March 30th, 2007 – Unnamed (non-combat)

March 31st, 2007 – 1st Lt. Neale M. Shank (non-combat), Spc. Wilfred Flores Jr. (IED), Two Unnamed (IED), Four Unnamed (IED)

April 1st, 2007 – Pfc. Miguel A. Marcial III (non-combat), Staff Sgt. Jason R. Arnette (IED)

April 2nd, 2007 – Unnamed (combat), Unnamed (IED)

<p>It&apos;ll take some time for America to unsubscribe from this <a href="//www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/iraq_casualties-months.htm" target="_blank">feed of death</a> but the least we can do is spare a glimpse for them between our seemingly intentional fixation with everything unrelated to Iraq. 

Java Update Can’t Update?

Sun updated Java
6 so I fired up Java conrol panel on my Windows machine to update my existing Java 6 installation. Duh. It's telling me that I am already running the latest version despite the fact that it's not. I kept the auto-update feature of Java disabled because, given the frequency of update, I felt it was a nut-job to keep the Java updater task running. Well, it looks like it doesn't even do what's supposed to do. What kind of jokers are running the show at Sun, I must wonder. I would be happy if Tim
takes a break from raving about NetBeans and starts kicking some pointless ass.

DRM-free Prom

So EMI takes the bait. Somebody had to. Will they be surprised to learn that they can actually make money while getting ripped off around the globe? I doubt it. Software industry does it so why not the music industry?  Will DRM fade away? Nope. DRM will be more popular than ever because, when the fume of righteousness evaporates, enough people will choose cheap over DRM-free to keep it going.
Michael Arrington is hooked on Prom Queen. Different folk, different strokes. I can't stand serials which is why I don't watch TV dramas. Internet shows like Prom Queen are extreme serials. Each episode is like 2 minutes long and there are 80 to be released, one episode at at time. Out of that 2 minute, looks like about 30 seconds is wasted on commercials and previews. Egads. And it looks to be a suspense thriller of sort. I have no idea how people will maintain suspense with daily dose of 1.5 minute clip. Nuts. If it was byte-sized comedy, I can see it catching on but suspense?