The latest BOFH,
or Bastard Operator From Hell. If you read The Register
you're familiar with him... It's the story of an abusive IT guy basically doing whatever he wants to users and getting away with it. It's been going on for about 10 years
, all of which is archived
, so if that one doesn't tease your fancy, maybe some of those will. If you're not familiar with basic IT stuff some of it may be foreign to you, but once I started reading I couldn't stop. Try a couple years back, 2002 is a good vintage. >clickety<
Do no evil...
it looks like Orkut would like to 0wn your data. And although the piece is heated, everyone did get incensed over Microsoft's near-identical passport policy. And I know you invited
types like Orkut...
42 days to a Googlewash.
The Register comes out all guns firing at the blogging community's apparent "redefinition" of a term, calling it Orwellian doublespeak. Is it true that a small coterie of A-list bloggers is able to change the way we (for we: read Google users) define a phrase? Or is there really something bigger
This new RIAA lawsuit
really frosts my cookies
! I can't believe the Recording Industry Ass. of America
has the balls to think they can censor the Internet, but they contend that "As a matter of fact, copyright itself was written into the Constitution before the Framers ever even got to the first 10 amendments."
Therefore, the RIAA reserves for itself the right to determine which Internet websites you may view. Please discuss.
Debate over brain scans
Over at the Register, one of their writers has gotten into a fantastic pissing contest with InfoSeek's founder over the issue of brain scans and airport security. What are your thoughts?
Scott Adams helps to design the ultimate cubicle.
Oh, the irony. According to The Register
"So has Adams sold out, or what?
On closer inspection, this whimsical parlay could well be a physical extension of the Dilbert strip. How else to account for the 'sun indicators', or as the blurb says:-'Regardless of the weather outside, sunlight travels across your space, glowing and fading with the rhythm of the day.' Yes, to remind you of the futility of your miserable, rabbit hutch existence, of course."
Anti-rip CD system bypassed.
heh. nice try, boyos. i've never understood how people can believe something digitized can possibly be protected in such a manner as to be foolproof. what one process can scramble, another can undo. [via /.
What do Windows XP and lingerie have in common?
Quite a lot, according to Microsoft. The Register
reports that MS is taking full advantage of the fact that sex sells with their latest Swiss ad. There's only one problem - the commercial doesn't make any sense.
Keith Henson, usenet's foremost Scientology basher
flees to Canada, gets arrested, and has now been freed and might be granted political asylum. More Henson info here
Do you use Hotmail for email? If so, it looks like Microsoft owns all your messages
and can reprint or repurpose them however they like. I'd assume the ToS
could be extended to cover any content on a passport-using website as well. Scary stuff, considering all the Hailstorm services on the way...
Never go skiing with a mobile phone.
Or rather never try to search for persons burried in an avalanche with your mobile phone turned on. Sad but true.
ProSite has an interesting staff.
They all look like pretty average guys. And a click on Gordon Hay's glasses pretty much confirms that, yeah, there's nothing too special here.
(Found on The Register
. Oh, and you may want to keep your mouse on the stop button...)
This story of a whiz kid who vanished
raises all kinds of questions. Sufiah, a 15-year-old student at Oxford University, disappears; then, her father receives an e-mail, supposedly from her. The e-mail
claims that she ran away from her father's abusive high-pressure learning techniques; the father
claims that she must have been kidnapped and brainwashed. The police aren't sure how to handle this situation, as there's no way to prove
that the mail is really from the daughter. Finally, the father has called in the media to present his
side of the story, since Sufiah has threatened to go to the media with hers.
'Serbian Badman' virus not so bad after all. The Register
is calling it a hoax in that a DDoS attack just isn't possible with the alleged virus.