Greg Veis, YouTube Hunter: The Jobs/Gates War

Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Oh, the outrage they incite. So much as mention the name Bill Gates around a Mac-olyte, and you're promised to get 10 minutes of intolerable screeching that will include the words "devil" and "nerdy little goober." Same vitriol goes the other way around, too, except substitute the references to: "pompous prick" and "substance-less prick."

Me, I don't have a horse in the race. I prefer Macs and my iPod gives me the tinglies -- but Bill Gates certainly does some nice stuff for the poor. Can't fault a man for that. I'm more interested in the human drama between the two -- their differences in personality and approach; how their rivalry sparks (and sometimes hinders) large-scale technological progress; what preferring one to the other says about you, etc etc. It's juicy material that made for a kinda watchable Noah Wyle flick... no easy feat.

So, today, a side-by-side comparison of these two corporate titans in action. Tell me whose public style you prefer and why in the comments section, and please please please don't turn this into a "Mac sux," no, "Windows sux" geek-fest. In fact, don't write "sux" at all. It's not a word. Thank you.

This first video is from 1984, at a Macintosh unveiling. Two things to watch for: 1) Jobs' smuggitude in extremis (not hard to pick up on), and 2) the crowd's going absolutely ape-poop at the four minute mark.

And here Jobs is some years later discussing -- again, with an air some might call haughty ("some" referring to those with eyes and barely registerable brain function) -- a key problem with Windows:

Compare that performance to Gates' in the early days:

One last Jobs video, this one a clever -- and probably time-extensive -- remix of his favorite expressions:

Next, two Bill Gates YouTubes. The first is a reaction to a mid-demo flub-up, and the second most likely offers the best opportunity we're going to get to seeing Bill Gates seriously peeved.

And, for no reason, here's Bill Gates getting shot in the South Park movie:

Before I go, a quick note about next week's YouTube Hunter entry, which will be a 2006 Election Round-Up. If any commercials or events on the campaign trail this year struck you as particularly noteworthy (think macaca), please send them over, because next week we'll be celebrating the first YouTube election by running down the best video-captured moments of Midterms '06.

'Til then...

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Fisherman Catches Rare Blue Lobster, Donates It to Science
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Live lobsters caught off the New England coast are typically brown, olive-green, or gray—which is why one New Hampshire fisherman was stunned when he snagged a blue one in mid-July.

As The Independent reports, Greg Ward, from Rye, New Hampshire, discovered the unusual lobster while examining his catch near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Ward initially thought the pale crustacean was an albino lobster, which some experts estimate to be a one-in-100-million discovery. However, a closer inspection revealed that the lobster's hard shell was blue and cream.

"This one was not all the way white and not all the way blue," Ward told The Portsmouth Herald. "I've never seen anything like it."

While not as rare as an albino lobster, blue lobsters are still a famously elusive catch: It's said that the odds of their occurrence are an estimated one in two million, although nobody knows the exact numbers.

Instead of eating the blue lobster, Ward decided to donate it to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. There, it will be studied and displayed in a lobster tank with other unusually colored critters, including a second blue lobster, a bright orange lobster, and a calico-spotted lobster.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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Australian Scientists Discover First New Species of Sunfish in 125 Years
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Courtesy Murdoch University

Scientists have pinpointed a whole new species of the largest bony fish in the world, the massive sunfish, as we learned from Smithsonian magazine. It's the first new species of sunfish proposed in more than 125 years.

As the researchers report in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, the genetic differences between the newly named hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) and its other sunfish brethren was confirmed by data on 27 different samples of the species collected over the course of three years. Since sunfish are so massive—the biggest can weigh as much as 5000 pounds—they pose a challenge to preserve and store, even for museums with large research collections. Lead author Marianne Nyegaard of Murdoch University in Australia traveled thousands of miles to find and collected genetic data on sunfish stranded on beaches. At one point, she was asked if she would be bringing her own crane to collect one.

Nyegaard also went back through scientific literature dating back to the 1500s, sorting through descriptions of sea monsters and mermen to see if any of the documentation sounded like observations of the hoodwinker. "We retraced the steps of early naturalists and taxonomists to understand how such a large fish could have evaded discovery all this time," she said in a press statement. "Overall, we felt science had been repeatedly tricked by this cheeky species, which is why we named it the 'hoodwinker.'"

Japanese researchers first detected genetic differences between previously known sunfish and a new, unknown species 10 years ago, and this confirms the existence of a whole different type from species like the Mola mola or Mola ramsayi.

Mola tecta looks a little different from other sunfish, with a more slender body. As it grows, it doesn't develop the protruding snout or bumps that other sunfish exhibit. Similarly to the others, though, it can reach a length of 8 feet or more. 

Based on the stomach contents of some of the specimens studied, the hoodwinker likely feeds on salps, a jellyfish-like creature that it probably chomps on (yes, sunfish have teeth) during deep dives. The species has been found near New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and southern Chile.

[h/t Smithsonian]


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