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Friday, August 05, 2005

Quick English Lesson

I know not everyone has had the courtesy of a married-to-the-hip relationship to the English language like the one that I've had to endure. My mother, a journalism major, made it a daily exercise to correct us whenever we spoke incorrectly, be that using words like "ain't" or "anyways" to the inserting of words like "whom".

Even with that upbringing, it should be noted that my English can suck just like everyone else. It's not our fault people, it's a crazy mixed up hobo of a language. And remember that before someone thinks it's really funny to highlight some minor grammar mistake I might make in this post. You're not funny, and you're missing the gist here.

What I'd like to do is point out that English can be written in such a way that it renders itself useless. A sentence can be formed so vaguely that the only acceptable response is to actually scratch your head. For instance, a news report might say something like "a person left the alley holding a bag which may or may not have contained cocaine".

While there is nothing really wrong, grammatically, with that statement, its quick translation "someone probably had cocaine in that alley" is really jumping to conclusions. You know that there was an alley, a person and a bag ... and some jackass reporter is just making something up about cocaine to keep you from changing the channel. The bag may or may not have been containing a great many things, including a sonic screwdriver, a puppy, Russian dolls or perhaps just a forty.

With that lesson learned, please read the following from Sony:

"The operating system has also yet to be clarified. The integrated Cell processor will be able to support a variety of operating systems (such as Linux or Apple's Tiger)."
-- PlayStation 3 processor could support Mac OS X Tiger

Naturally, the Cell processor can support a variety of operating systems. Any processor can support a variety of operating systems. In fact, a processor can technically support an infinite number of operating systems, assuming one could keep writing new OS's for the hardware until the heat-death of the universe.

And certainly, one of those could resemble or be based on OS X. It could also be Windows, the Amiga OS, Acorn, the TI-99 system, BeOS or any other existing operating system that someone wanted to labor over enough to port.

That doesn't mean anyone will. And I really think Apple has enough worries moving to Intel to worry about a game console. And I doubt an OS X port would get far without Apple.

So yes, that PlayStation 3 may or may not contain OS X.

I'm betting ... not.

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