Please ignore the media whore. (3.75 / 4) (#26)
by erp6502 on Fri Mar 15, 2002 at 01:25:33 AM EST
I've worked with Steve -- that is to say, I've had him copy my ideas verbatim into his backdated notebooks. I've watched him post my data on his office door with his name thickly scrawled over mine (no kidding) even as he completely misinterprets its significance. I've learned to not submit papers to conferences where he might agree at the last minute to be a program chair (and hence not appear on the call for papers) or for which he's likely to be a referee.
He's a slippery, revisionistic scoundrel, not half as clever as he thinks, with a nose for publicity but a profound lack of taste in research.
Check out this recent self-quotation (his formatting, to make you think he's Twiddling it into his wearable) that typifies his sensationalistic non-think:
The obvious response came within minutes:
To that end, consider,
e.g. real-world photonic firewalls
(lightwaveparticle packet filters),
as described in more detail in
According to Barnum, the aim
of advertising was "to extort
advertising, and other visual
detritus form annoying, and
sometimes dangerous clutter at
the sides of busy roadways and
made in the shape of an
octagon, and painted red, and
placed at the side of a busy
road, is the visual equivalent
of yelling ``fire'' in a
crowded theatre in order to
get everyone's attention to
tell them you have something
one possible solution is to
wear protective eyeglasses
that help us see better by
diminishing reality, and
filtering out dangerously
distracting advertisements to
replace them with relevant
Steve is a freak. So are most of us.
The difference is that Steve has a following of losers who see in him a disgusting form of redemption for their pathetic existence. Their reasoning must go something like this: "If an ugly, uncouth, uncharming crank like him can become a media darling, then maybe someday I'll be able to buy a cyber-strapon that makes me popular. Oh good, now I have something to look forward to in life [stops wanking long enough to pull gun out of mouth]."
... Are you really suggesting that we
strap selectively-opaque glasses on drivers to IMPROVE highway
safety? Zaphod Beeblebrox may have had the luck of a cat, but if
you go strapping peril-sensitive glasses on the general public,
you're going to kill more people than the advertisers. Think.
Maybe a better tactic, though admittedly less exciting than
walking around dressed like a gargoyle, would be to do some data
mining and figure out exactly how many more accidents there are
within a quarter mile of billboards. Then launch the mother of
all class-action suits: billboard owners, ad agencies, clients of
ad agencies, owners of the buildings under the billboards, zoning
boards that allow advertisements on highways, everyone. You may
not change the world, but are you going to go home rich.
The fact that the media can smell a story doesn't imply that anything Steve does is interesting, novel, of his own invention, or in any case, research. But try to explain that to the lowest common denominator:
"Oh, no, of course I don't understand what he's doing; it's important research. My god, doesn't he ever shower?" [Yes he does -- once a week, whether he needs it or not.]
[...]Last month that changed. Before boarding a Toronto-bound plane at St. John's International Airport in Newfoundland, Dr. Mann says, he went through a three-day ordeal in which he was ultimately strip- searched and injured by security personnel. During the incident, he said, $56,800 worth of his $500,000 equipment was lost or damaged beyond repair, including the eyeglasses that serve as his display screen.
Oh, come on. This stretches credibility beyond the breaking point and only highlights Steve's contempt for others' intelligence.
Just like most of his claims, it's a wild exaggeration foisted on the media as an appeal to their need for sensationalism -- one of the skills he developed during his time at the Media Lab, along with a candid approach to self-promotion that allows him to claim with a straight face to have invented a "field" of "research" "on his own".
As a friend pointed out when the story broke early today:
Please, people, don't believe the hype; just wake up and smell the nerd cheese.
"He is now undergoing tests to determine whether his brain has been affected by the
sudden detachment from the technology."
I don't think that it's the sudden detachment from technology that's affecting his brain :)
Sniff! Sniff! Smells like a FREAK!!!