Friday, May 28, 2004

It's not the death penalty, but...

Hopefully the spammer sentenced to seven years in prison will discourage others. Maybe we'll get a death sentence for a virus writer...

Thursday, May 27, 2004

Bizarre wreak

Check out the photos of this accident. Weird.

Monday, May 24, 2004

CA contributes to the Linux kernel

LinuxWorld is reporting that Computer Associates has contributed a bit of code named K-Gem that will hopefully provide a standard method for event notification.

Friday, May 21, 2004

What's your terrorist quotient?

In an example of statistics gone wrong, politicians may have been talked into letting the same technology that terrifies them make important security decisions. This article talks about a database that's supposed to help find terrorists based on a wide variety of factors. If their initial list was 120,000 people, then we either too big of a terrorist problem to handle or they're idiots. What always gets me when one of these privacy nightmare scenarios comes up, the people who created it seem surprised that the public has a problem with it...

FSF declines SCO request

The FSF had declined SCO's subpoena for infomation it want's for it's Linux lawsuits. What surprised me about this was how readable the subpoena is... I was expecting alot more legal mumbo-jumbo.

Hacker group gets bitch slapped

It appears that a member of a hacking group didn't like the friends the group made and taught them a lesson.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

Nano Bacteria

BBC News has an article about possible proof of the existance of nanobacteria. This could have a lot of real world health implications as well as changing how we look for life elsewhere in the universe. There's more info at New Scientist and some good links here.

Video Shirts

A couple of ad companies have found a new way to stick ads on a t-shirt.

Big Steaming Pile of Shit

The Alexis de Tocqueville Institution has published a report claiming Linus Torvalds was not really the father of Linux. I have not gotten to read the report yet, but there are mentions of in on C:Net, ZDNet, Linux Insider, Newsfactor, and Technobable. Apparently most of the accusations revolve around the notion that Linus stole code from Minix. The author clearly didn't bother paying attention to his own research (what little there was) since the creator of Minix strongly disputes his conclusion about the origins of Linux. Oh yea, did I mention that Microsoft funds the institute?

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Cool Bargin Site!

I ran across Ben's Bargins durring my wanderings around the net. Check it out.

Mistaken Identity

Benson-vs-Identix.com details the problems caused by a finger printing system giving two men the same identity. The innocent victim was pulled over for a traffic violation and finger printed then his record was linked to the criminal record of a felon. There's some info about another guy this happened to as well. I can see where technology like this can really help law enforcement, but when there is a question about the information the computer is giving them, there needs to be a system in place to get the issue resolved quickly rather than having a man sitting in jail for 43 days.

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Open Source Code Scan

Black Duck is offering a service that allows a company to scan their code to make sure there are no intellectual property conflicts with open source code. Open Source Risk Management offers similar protection, calling it "Open Source Insurance". Novell and OSDL have been offering protection/help battling the evil minions of SCO for awhile.

The Gross, the Bad, and the Stupid

Check out the worst porn titles of all time. I guess they gotta start running out of original names eventually, but some of these are really bad.

Thursday, May 13, 2004

HOTD

life is hard but fun
i hope i'm not the only one
who really exists.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Summary from Wired's Nextfest

This article is a cool teaser from Wired's Nextfest. A lot of ideas for new tech we may see in the not to distant future.

Rumsfeld Style Kung-Fu

Rumsfeld's critics better watch out or he'll go kung-fu on their asses. That's one bad ass evil dude!

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

Jav Logs

I wonder when they'll be selling these logs made from coffee at Starbucks...

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Food for hackers?

It never ceases to amaze me what you can find on eBay.

Monday, May 03, 2004

When Toilets Attack!

The Register reports that pay toilets in the UK have gone on a rampage kidnapping young children (OK, one...).