September 25, 2003

CTO fired for the right reasons

AtStake fires CTO Dan Geer for taking part in writing a report that concluded ``that the dominance of Microsoft software on PCs has made computer networks susceptible to "massive, cascading failures." and is particularly vulnerable to virus and other attacks.

``Geer's "participation in and release of the report was not sanctioned by AtStake.... The values and opinions of the report are not in line with AtStake's views."``

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September 24, 2003

Not Sexy

The Unsexy List by the Nerve staff is funny and right on in most cases.

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Kiddie Porn Free Chat Rooms or New Source of Revenue?

Microsoft to close free chat rooms, citing service increasingly being misused by paedophiles and spammers: however others are calling the move 'irresponsible' and pointing out it's all about an excuse to start charging for something formerly free.

Parents, please: teach your kids to not send naked pictures of themselves to strangers in chat rooms, or to give out their email to random (and often automated) requests for their email addresses!

Even when MS does shut down its own free chatrooms, there are plenty of other free ones that people will use and abuse.

Shame on Microsoft for taking the moral high ground when the real reason is all about increased revenue.

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September 19, 2003

Tiny Laptop Envy

I am lusting after the Sony VAIO TR1A. 900MHz Mobile Intel Pentium M processor w/Centrino, 512MB RAM, 30GB hard drive, 8X4X24 CD-RW/8X DVD-ROM, 56K, 10/100 Ethernet, Intel WiFi 802.11b, Windows XP Pro and a 10.6" XGA active-matrix display with XBRITE technology.

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September 18, 2003

Jet Blue sells out your privacy

JetBlue Shared Passenger Data a defense contractor for proof-of-concept testing of a Pentagon project unrelated to airline security -- with help from the Transportation Security Administration.

The TSA says the study was for a Pentagon proof-of-concept program related to improving security on military bases.

Yeh right. The TSA has been so honest with us in the past.

What I want to know is what kind of special favors that Jet Blue got in return for violating their own privacy policy and selling their customers out.

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Isabel from Space

Space Station Crew Photographs of Hurricane Isabel taken by the Expedition 7 Crew aboard the International Space Station Saturday morning, 13 September 2003.

Really gives you a different vantage point of it. It seems much more real than those normal satellite photos.

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Sun out of business soon?

With lame new products like the Sun Blade 1500 Workstation, it's hard to imagine that Sun will still be in business in the next few years. (And it's ugly too!)

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September 16, 2003

LED lights of the future

LED lamps that replace common light bulbs - now I just need to find a distributor in the US.

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September 11, 2003

Your PC becomes a Micropower FM station

FM transmitters card and 5 watt booster amp, controlled from your PC.

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September 10, 2003

Peasants Revolt against WTO

Peasants revolting against the WTO: ``thousands of protesters, largely farmers who believe new trade rules could drive them out of business, threw chunks of concrete, bottles and burning banners at police``

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A Jfax / jconnect Alternative

Voice messaging with fax available alternative to jConnect that's $6 a month CHEAPER. I use jConnect, but they're overpriced and their service is somewhat lame. I'm surprised I haven't found more alternatives.

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RIAA vs Brianna LaHara Fund

Datatype: The RIAA Are Dicks. We Apologize.: volunteers raise money to help the 12 year old girl who was sued by the RIAA for file sharing.

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September 09, 2003

Hug me, we were wrong about E

Scientists admit: we were wrong about 'E': ``A study from one of America's leading universities concluded that taking the drug for just one evening could leave clubbers with irreversible brain damage, and trigger the onset of Parkinson's disease.
The study, published in the eminent journal Science last September, had an immediate impact. Doctors and anti-drug crusaders spoke of a 'neurological time bomb' facing the young. Others suggested that taking one of the tablets was the equivalent of playing Russian roulette with the brain, and demanded tighter 'anti-rave' laws to deal with it. ``

``But today, scientists are facing up to the humiliation of admitting that the stark results they reported in the study were not a breakthrough but a terrible, humiliating blunder.``

Poor scientists confused methamphetamine and methylenedioxymethamphetamine.

The AP article adds, ``When the researchers had trouble duplicating some of their work they began to suspect problems, she explained. They had the bottle labeled methamphetamine analyzed by three labs and all reported it was pure MDMA.`` (And the fact that the animals all cuddled into a big pile and started petting and hugging each other was another giveaway).

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Remove Michael Powell from the FCC!

Why the FCC Needs a New Chief: FCC Chairman Michael Powerll is using his power to advance a media fascist agenda- consolidating media ownership nto a handful of powerful corporations, trying to scare people into believing there will be nor more free TV unless further media consolidation happens (registration required, try user cpunks pass cpunks), and is simply a tool of the corporate welfare state with no background in communications or mass media!

Lucky the House of Representatives think his agenda is out of control too, and voted by a margin of 400-21 to reverse part of the FCC's order. Last week the Senate Appropriations Commitee followed suit.

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September 05, 2003

LPFM for locals only

The Media Access Project (M.A.P.), which works with potential LPFM applicants, wants the FCC to reevaluate FM translator policies to eliminate non-commercial satellite-fed translators ("satcasters") that do not originate local programming.

Most "Satcasters" are affiliated with national religious groups like Calvery Chapel who use local affiliates to to front applications for LPFM stations.

This is the same things that satellite televangelists have been doing with LPTV stations.

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September 03, 2003

Yay. The Economy is getting Better

Federal Reserve Sees Healing Economy ``Reports from the Fed's districts "indicate that the economy continued to improve in July and August," the report said. "In some districts, improvement occurred in selected sectors and in others it was broad-based."``

I guess I can buy that large TV now. And all that other crap I've been waiting to buy!

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September 02, 2003

Burning Man died in 1997

BURNING MAN died in 1997: that's the year that the rules changed. That's when it became a for-profit LLC event production company.

Slightly related: a funny Jack Rabbit Speaks commentary.

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Barbara Streisand's House

Barbara Streisand's HouseBarbara Streisand doesn't want people to see this picture. ``Streisand was asserting that the inclusion of a single frame that includes her blufftop Malibu estate invades her privacy, violates the "anti-paparazzi" statute, seeks to profit from her name, and threatens her security. ``

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