News for Wodin’s Day

Wednesday, 1 October 2003, 3:00 pm
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All the news that's fit to rant aboutHappy October. The Babe’s called shot home run was hit on this day in the 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field. Yanks went on to beat the Cubbies four straight. Roger Maris broke the Babe’s home run record on this day in 1961. (2003: Giants 1 – Marlins 0. Barry: 0 HR so far.) First UHF TV station opens on this day in 1952. NASA is launched in 1958.

  • Music industry tells Senate Committee that it will send letters asking for money or explanation before going to court. RIAA Chair Mitch Bainwol said the lawsuits got consumers’ attention and established a deterrent. Senator Coleman responded, “Public floggings would get attention, too, but we don’t do that.” Moby says, sue me! but he’s not volunteering for flogging.

  • Palm releases three new handhelds, the Tungsten T3, E, and $100 Zire 21.
  • Symantec issues its semi-annual Internet Security Threat Report. Says Web application vulnerabilities increased 12 percent, malicious codes were up 20 percent, and worms and viruses increased 19 percent. Infection speeds are higher. Dramatic increase in IM and P2P threats.
  • OpenSSL reporting numerous vulnerabilities.
  • Dutch government study shows that radiation from 3G mobile phone networks can cause headaches and nausea but does make you more alert!
  • California regulators join Wisconsin and Minnesota in regulating Voice over IP providers. States say VoIP is just like any other telephone service. Providers moan and groan.
  • Presidential candidate Wesley Clark says it’s time to harness science. Says he believes we’ll be able to exceed speed of light some day. ” It’s my only faith-based initiative.” He also supports NASA. “America needs a dream and a space program.” Says he’ll fund research on warp drive. Just kidding.

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  1. Anonymous on October 1st, 2003 9:59 pm

    Don’t laugh, folks. Warp flight is feasable. It’s all about the power generation. It’ll take a lot of power, something on the scale of a decent-sized real-fusion reactor, but it is possible to sufficinetly deform space as to create warp speeds.

    Of course, a JumpDrive is just as feasable.

  2. Anonymous on October 1st, 2003 10:39 pm

    The RIAA is silly. =/

  3. Anonymous on October 2nd, 2003 12:20 am

    I knew it. The artists will NEVER see their money since The RIAA is using it to sue more people. I just finished watching the segment with you and the guy from EFF.org and he’s right on target.

    When new technology comes along change the copyright law to include fair use instead of making it ONLY for the priviliged few who probably don’t deserve it.

    File sharing WILL be legalized whether they or the recording industry want it or not. Good show today, my friend.

  4. Anonymous on October 2nd, 2003 1:02 am

    Marlins 8 Giants 5…WOOHOOO GO MARLINS!

  5. Anonymous on October 2nd, 2003 1:48 am

    Leo, you guys missed the deal of the century this week in the “Real Deal” segment. Circuit City has 35 hour DirecTV Tivo’s for $49.99 (99.99 $50 Rebate) and you do not have to be a new DirecTV subscriber to get the deal.

  6. Anonymous on October 2nd, 2003 1:52 am

    BTW The website says the rebate is only valid 9/28-9/30 but if you buy it in store its is good untill 10/4.

    I am ready for my life to be changed!!!!

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