News for Friday

Friday, 10 October 2003, 5:16 pm
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All the news that's fit to rant aboutIt’s time for news….

  1. Sunncomm decides not to sue the Princeton student who revealed how to disable its CD copy protection scheme. The company was threatening litigation under the DMCA. Sunncomm CEO Peter Jacobs told The Daily Princetonian, “I don’t want to be the people my parents warned me to stay away from.”

  2. Yesterday SANS Institute called Microsoft’s Outlook and Outlook Express major security vulnerabilities, now a group of security experts are saying stay away from Internet Explorer.
  3. Redmond’s response? Microsoft says it’s going to stop issuing weekly software patches, instead moving to monthly patches except in case of emergency. Ballmer says predictability is more important than… what… security? Good news for dial-up Windows users, patch size will be reduced 30-80% by only shipping the deltas instead of the entire file. About time.
  4. Missouri’s AG is the first to file anti-spam lawsuits under the state’s new law. 35 states now have anti-spam laws. Notice how spam has dropped off?
  5. Instant Messaging Planet says AOL is planning to insert streaming TV-like ads into AIM. Hey, that’s our job.
  6. New Scientist is reporting that a new game copy protection scheme from Macrovision degrades the gameplay slowly on pirated discs. The idea is to get the pirate hooked on the game before disabling it.


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  1. Anonymous on October 10th, 2003 5:23 pm

    At least a week ago I launched AIM and I heard music playing. It turns out that it was a streaming TV ad for AOL Broadband (the same one that we’ve all seen on TV).

  2. Anonymous on October 10th, 2003 5:43 pm

    Microsoft’s stopping of issuing weekly software patches and moving to monthly patches except in cases of emergencies sounds like the old magicians smoke and mirror ploy to me. To the average user who knows just enough to get updates getting them only monthly is going to make it look like there are less patches to be had. Pretty sneaky if you ask me.

  3. Anonymous on October 10th, 2003 6:24 pm

    Ah. Back to normal. Thanks Leo.

  4. Anonymous on October 10th, 2003 7:41 pm

    This “Fade” copy protection seems like it shafts me out of my rights to create a backup copy as outlined here

  5. Anonymous on October 11th, 2003 3:00 am

    The “Fade” protection is a great idea, but coding it for each game could be a pain, and I agree with David that it could infringe on your rights. Of course I’d never, ever pirate software at a LAN party. What kind of sick person would engage in that kind of activity?

  6. Anonymous on October 12th, 2003 3:53 pm

    Konrad Zuse and his computers (1938)

    Konrad Zuse and his computers

    Konrad Zuse

    Who was Konrad Zuse? Professor Dr. Friedrich L. Bauer writes: Konrad Zuse was the creator of the first full automatic, programm controlled and freely programmable, in binary floating point arithmetic working computer. The Z3 was finished in 1941.

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