describes a technology which permits someone to remotely control a dildo over the internet. Reach out and touch someone!
(I bet they're working on that next.)
A coalition of 13 nations
declares war on those nations who are implicated in this attack. (There's nothing more dangerous than 300 angry teenagers.)
Another "new economy" company bites the big one. A month ago
Metricom filed for chapter 11. Tomorrow they're shutting down
the Ricochet wireless network, leaving their subscribers high and dry. Employees are getting one week of severance pay. They're leaving behind $1 billion in debt
. (It's Webvan all over again.)
One million credit card numbers stolen! News at 11!
has gone public with a rather dry account of a huge organized attack on ecommerce sites, exploiting security flaws in NT which Microsoft fixed and offered patches for nearly two years ago.
Who do you root for when everyone's a villain?
It turns out that everyone
involved in the "Internet Twins
" fiasco is scum. Sure as hell the biological mother is (she gave the babies up twice
and now wants them back; I wouldn't trust her to care for my cat); the woman from the UK
is, and now the man in the US
is. A plague on all their houses.
Now the biological father, Aaron Wecker
, has begun proceedings to gain custody of the babies. I hope he isn't as despicable as everyone else involved. Let's hope this circus doesn't follow the girls around for the rest of their lives. If there's any sort of lesson in this, I wish someone would tell me what it is.
Blair and Bush agree that all internet users
should be clearly identified. Which brings up an interesting question: Is anonymity a constitutionally protected right? (In the US or anywhere else?)
Whenever anyone colonizes a new territory (e.g. cyberspace) it's inevitable that three groups follow: prostitutes
. The romance is over -- welcome to the (virtual) real world.
Children, if you can't play nice, go to your rooms. Microsoft
are now throwing rotten eggs at each other. I haven't seen the atmosphere between two large corporations get this ugly since the MCI/AT&T long distance wars. As Ars Technica
puts it, "Man, their bad blood has gone from lengthy legal disputes to 'Oh Yeah? Well your mom is ugly!' type squabbling."
There will always be a lawyer.
"Internet intoxication"? This is worse than twinkies.
How to bypass web content filtering programs.
It's easy, it works, and all you have to have is a Hex calculator
. Strike a blow for freedom!
Why in hell is the National Acadamy of Science involved in looking for ways to censor the Internet?
Here's an interesting commentary on the fact that all censorship ultimately fails
. A great quote: "It amazes me to see parents who support 'family values' demanding government censorship on the Net. In other words, their family values have failed, and they can't control their children, so they expect the government to control the situation for them." (Via GeekPress
Maybe I spoke too soon.
A lot of semipro tech-zines
, sort of like blogs except with specific subject matters
to cover, are financed by ad networks. In the recent past a bunch of them have lost their funding
when their ad networks went out of business. Now one of the biggest networks which remains is changing their terms
to the detriment of the web sites. I gather that a lot of the ad networks were running at a loss, and of course new funding has dried up. [more inside]
I think they got a bargain.
A company which was in financial trouble let a kid come in for two weeks as an intern. He took a look at their business, immediately set up a web site for them to sell their product, and they promptly received an order for 70,000 pounds through that web site. It appears it will save their company.
Maybe ICANN really can't.
There may be a revolt among all those Europeans who think that they own their parts of the Internet. (Who do they think they are, anyway? Don't they realize that they're just electronic colonies of the US?)
Actually, I'm with them; I think ICANN is getting just a little too full of itself.
("Digiscents") demoed at Comdex. Scan down to the fourth paragraph for an informal review.
Sometimes there is a strange kind of justice in the universe.
A candidate in Oregon
, who had promised to require that all schools and libraries be forced to use censorware on their computers, changed his position when he found that his own campaign site was being censored by one of the most popular of the censorware packages.
Ah, schadenfreude. Hoist by his own petard, in't he?
"We probably don't want your business. Go away."
That actually seems to be the message here. I don't recall such a hostile advertisement before. (Via HardOCP
(Recognize yourself? I did...)
They bagged the kid who was responsible
for all those Denial-of-Service attacks a couple of months ago. He's Canadian.
Here's an interesting legal question: could the US extradite him? The crimes were committed in the US, but he was in Canada at the time he did it, since he worked through the Internet. Whose laws apply?
(By the way, I've seen no indication that the US is considering extradition; I was just curious whether they could