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Tuesday, July 16, 2002

WTC Replacements

This site has information and models for the proposed replacements for the World Trade Center. These are just concept plans; none of them are final. There is no word on when the building would start or be completed. Thanks Shacknews.

The Master comments: While I do agree that the footprints of the towers should be left untouched as hallowed ground, I still think we ought to put those buildings up bigger and better than before. Maybe it's just me, but if we wimp out, didn't the terrorists win? Course, I doubt you'd ever get an insurance company to TOUCH that disaster policy.

A.T. Hun comments: The greater issue is one of economics. There isn't the need, desire, or money available to rebuild behemoths like that. Plus, the real way to beat the terrorists is to run every last one of them outta Dodge.

The Master comments: Yeah, but that might require a level of ruthless brutality that this country isn't capable of (and that is probably a good thing).

Monday, July 15, 2002

Walker Lindh Pleads Guilty

John Walker Lindh, who turned his back on his country to team up with the Taliban, has agreed to a plea bargain that will put him behind bars for 20 years and force him to assist the government investigation into terrorism. I personally think he's getting off easy, but I realize it would've been hard to get all ten counts to stand up.

Yeah, I know this isn't standard Haus fare, but it certainly is of interest to any American.

Kill Jar Jar!

As if Raven needed more help selling copies of Jedi Knight II, there's a new model out that will guarantee a few more sales. Yes, it's the Gungan that everybody loves to hate. It's Jar Jar! The model is quite nice. The only caveat is that he runs and moves like a human instead of like a Gungan. There is a Jar Jar skin and a generic Gungan skin. Both have unique sounds direct from (I assume) Episode I. He's Jar Jar and you've got a lightsaber. Hmmmmm.

Gamespot Gives You Spyware

According to ExtremeTech, if you use Gamespot's download manager, you also get spyware and potentially Microsoft digital rights management software. Naturally, a Gamespot rep gave this comforting reply:
Of course you could [track users], but we don't.
Boy, I feel all better now! So you pay for added content and you get spyware in return. Such a deal. Thanks Blue.

J.t.Qbe comments: You know, I used to go to Gamespot all the time--they had a lot of good stuff. Since they went to the pay-for-content model I've stayed away and have found plenty of good stuff elsewhere on the web. Guess what? I don't miss Gamespot, not one bit. Especially since this bit of news came out.

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