CYBERTERRORISM (NOT)

More interesting reading at The Register: a deeply cynical article bashing the press for repeating stories about alleged threats of cyberterrorism. The government is beating the drums about the likelihood that al-Quaeda technology whizzes are about to level cities from their computers, or something like that. The press is repeating the stories without any investigation, corroboration, or thought. […] continued

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COMPUTER SPEAKERS

I spend a lot of time in my office – more than I spend in the room in the house with the television and stereo. I’ve long believed it’s worthwhile to invest in good speakers for a computer if you’re going to use it to listen to music or watch DVDs. […] continued

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MORE FEAR FROM THE RECORDING INDUSTRY

The recording industry continues its relentless quest to be the embodiment of evil in modern times. The latest announcements are aimed at all of us – the folks who would be its customers in less nasty times.

First, the recording industry is planting fake files on file sharing networks – files with the names of popular songs, but with empty content or commercials (or perhaps viruses, but no corporate suit will ever admit to such a thing.) One source reports that a company named OVERPEER – under contract to Interscope and Universal Music – is the source of a large number of files with short sections of each song repeated over and over to pad out the file so it’s the approximate size of the original. […] continued

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MICROSOFT RESERVES RIGHT TO HACK YOUR COMPUTER

Here’s one of those things that might be trivial, or it might be enormously significant. There’s no way to be sure – but this is not a time when I have a very high opinion of the decisions made for us by big businesses.

Microsoft included language in the license agreement for Windows Media Player 7.1 that was very very scary. […] continued

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