IE market share: not so fast, TechCrunch

TechCrunch is all a-flutter that Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser has lost 11% market share since March. However, they use StatCounter's graph of browser version share to illustrate the article, which combined with the graph (and how many people are reading the body of the post?) makes it look like Firefox and IE are neck-and-neck. Here's the real graph: Still a steep dive for IE and clearly a gain for Firefox, but IE still has a big lock on the browser market with 55% share, a big lead over its nearest competitor. Of course, the genuine good news in TechCrunch's graph is that IE6 has finally dipped below 10% market share. As any good webdev knows, IE6 is the bane of the web, holding back the release of a whole slew of fun new technologies. This share is enough to keep it an A-grade browser in YUI's chart of graded browser support, but now only in Windows XP (Windows 2000 support was dropped this month). So: still good news, but don't go declaring victory for Firefox just yet.
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Pilots, part 1

I just wanted to get home. That was how it started. I'd had a hard day at work. At the time I lived in San Francisco, but worked an hour south of it, in Silicon Valley, like a lot of people. Because I liked to pretend that I cared about the environment, I used to take the train. Remember that? We were so scared that we were gonna burn all this oil and drown the polar bears. It seems so silly now. Anyway, I had just left the office and was heading for the train. I was really tired, it had been a really long week and it was still only Wednesday. I was walking a familiar route, you know how it is when you're in routine, you zone out, think about other things. I started thinking about how much I wanted to be home. I started wishing really hard that I was there, visualizing myself walking down my own street, a few steps from my door instead of a half-mile from the train station. I closed my eyes, still walking -- just for a second or two, like a long blink -- thinking really hard about my street. The smell...
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Pilots, part 2

It's not true, of course, the poster I mean. My head is still there at that point. Or I would be dead, right? Head cut off, blood spurting out the neck. Obviously. Whatever. So I turn up at the other end of the field, and the guys freaks out. That's all in the videos, too, of that first time. I mean, I'd just teleported, back when that word was still science fiction. And of course, on the other side I'd turned up in the middle of this big cloud of what looked like smoke. That's why you hear Fizz screaming about fire extinguishers and why Shrink was screaming down the phone at Blanco to get his ass to the field -- ridiculous, I mean, that original station is in the middle of fucking nowhere in central Cali, and Rick was more than two hours away in Santa Clara. Of course, I was fine. The smoke was just dust; incredibly fine dust, more like vaporized rock. It's what happens to stuff that gets caught at the boundary of the cloud. Stuff inside the cloud comes with me: I was standing on the same ground as...
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Pilots, part 3

The very first thing we discovered, after the first week of tests, is that switching on solid ground is a terrible idea. The pulverised dust and atomized rock mixture isn't really toxic of itself, but it fills your lungs like smoke and then congeals like cement dust. Nasty. We were coughing our lungs up for days; Rick made us stop switching until we came up with a better solution. We tried a bunch of crazy things first. Jumping up in the air didn't get me high enough; I still took a pile of dirt with me, and anyway it's hard to chill out when you're jumping up and down. Obviously any kind of raised platform would have its legs chopped off when it came out the other side. One solution that almost worked was this big platform with shock-absorber mounted legs, like a moon lander, mounted on some sacrificial supports. I'd switch over, snapping the bottom set of legs, then the whole thing would fall down and bounce to a stop. There's no dust, but in every other way it's a terrible solution: you waste a ton of...
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AT&T's censorsorship of 4chan

AT&T is definitely blocking 4chan, but the reasons are not clear (see second update below). Perhaps this will turn out to be an overreaction. If so, that would be great. I'm not a big fan of 4chan. I don't spend any time there. It's a cesspool. While it's been influential in its introduction of memes to the web (like the Rickroll, LOLcats and more), it's clear that /b/, the only portion censored, is a reservoir of the worst kind of filth, depravity, and yes, probably genuinely illegal content. I've lived on the Internet for over a decade and am a naturally curious person, so I'm pretty hardened to awful images, but /b/ is as bad as it gets. However, that doesn't give AT&T permission to censor 4chan, or anything else. AT&T probably thinks starting with 4chan is a shrewd move on their part -- its denizens are annoying and its content unambiguously objectionable. It will struggle to find defenders. But it's clear that once they've set the precedent with 4chan, they will attempt to extend it, probably in...

Does anyone want more Pilots?

I've got more, but I am motivated almost entirely by feedback. Comment or be damned. Update: thanks for the motivation. The plot is now complete (I didn't really have a plan when I started writing) and new installments are coming soon, assuming jet lag doesn't kill me.
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