Take No Prisoners

Monthly Archives: August 2007

Service Oriented Architecture is your Ticket to Hell

Allow me briefly to depart from the usual subject matter of this blog, BS in society, to address Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), BS in Information Technology. I recently discovered that proponents of SOA, such as Thomas Erl, claim it increases agility. This is unadulterated bullshit. SOA for Dummies Suppose you are a programmer and you […]

Video Slideshow: Top 5 Heroes in the War on Bullshit

Now that the War on Bullshit has been officially declared, it is time to award some medals to comrades that have already distinguished themselves. I’ll start with two honorable mentions and then move on to the top 5. Honorable Mention: Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman (MythBusters) For each episode of the TV series, Mythbusters, Adam […]

Three people arrested for using unsecured wireless internet, outdoors!

Today BBC news reported that a U.K. man was “arrested after being spotted allegedly sitting in a street with a laptop using someone else’s unsecured wireless connection.” Apparently, at least two others have been arrested on similar grounds, those grounds being a UK law called The Communications Act (2003). This act makes it an offense […]

Three Reasons the Internet is Killing Culture… Dismantled

On August 16th, Stephen Colbert interviewed Andrew Keen, author of a new book, The Cult of the Amateur: How today’s Internet is killing our culture. Admittedly, I’m a little behind the rest of the blogosphere on this one, but only because I wanted to be more specific then just saying Keen is a senseless twit, […]

Prelude to an Attack on Iran… yeah, right

On Saturday, Time ran a story claiming that “the Bush Administration will put Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on the terrorism list.” Supposedly, this “can be read in one of two ways: it’s either more bluster or, ominously, a wind-up for a strike on Iran.” Yes, the war on Iraq is just going so well […]

Moving to a New Server

After The War on Bullshit got 110 000 hits in its first month, I decided to move to an independent host and put a little more work into the look and feel of the site. Now that its been moved to its new home, with associated new look, feel free to let me know how […]

Six Reasons to Burn the Bill of Rights… No, Seriously.

(or, “Why human rights are a bullshit basis for a legal system”) Disclaimer: this article is not about human rights violations by any particular person or group and is not right wing propaganda aimed at justifying torture, terrorism, genocide or other evils in our world. This is about scrapping human rights as a basis for […]

Top 7 Reasons Breaking Sports Records is B.S.

The big news in sports in the last few days has been Barry Bonds breaking Hank Aaron’s epic home run record: 755 career home runs. (For anyone who’s unfamiliar with baseball, a guy called the pitcher throws a hard round ball that this other guy, the batter, tries to hit with a big piece of […]

Why the RIAA Should Hang Robin Hood

Previously in this segment, I discussed how the RIAA fabricates a link between unauthorized music downloading and shrinking music industry profits. After some insightful discussion, I also differentiated the treatment of piracy in criminal and tort law. Today I turn to what might be called the Robin Hood argument. Francois writes: “And even if such […]

Theft versus Loss in Music Piracy

Several interesting points came up in the discussion of my last post, which addressed how the RIAA deceives the public regarding its imaginary losses due to music piracy. Paul wrote: “Saying that it’s not a loss if the person wouldn’t buy it if it weren’t available for free is like saying it’s not stealing for […]