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Strangely, Alan Moore "appears" in two comics that came out this week: Cerebus #239 (with a Rick Veitch appearance to boot) and Bacchus #41.
I had something very unusual happen the other day: an automated telemarketing machine apologized to my answering machine.
If you are a homeowner and need cash for any reason, this could be the best news you'll hear in years. To hear this short message, please press the number 1 key on your telephone now...Please press the number 1 key on your telephone now... I'm sorry, I don't understand.<hangup>
Sure, it wasn't an apology for the call itself (more of a response to an error condition) but -- as an interface design element, building an apology into a normally-annoying intrusive device is quite nice. I almost (almost!) wouldn't mind hearing them call my machine again to hear it say "I'm sorry" one more time.
Thought experiment: "Incidentally, Steve, you're going to be shot around New Year's by some panicked fellow citizen. Do prioritize your remaining days well, would you?"
An interesting piece contrasting Gates' and Lewinsky's videotaped depositions:
FYI, San Jose Mercury News' Good Morning Silicon Valley section has relocated: http://www.mercurycenter.com/svtech/reports/gmsv/
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