Thursday’s Topical Treatise

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Michael Crichton is 61. Weird Al is 44. The first video recording on magnetic tape was televised coast-to-coast on this day in 1956.

  1. Here comes the Do Not Spam registry. The US Senate has unanimously passed an anti-spam bill that outlaws deceptive spam and creates a registry for people who don’t want junk email. Law enforcement and ISPs, but not individuals, could go after spammers. Only fraudulent or deceptive spam would be illegal, not all unsolicited commercial email. The House is stalled on its version of the bill.
  2. Watch your mouth. Gator is going after web sites that call its program “spyware.” Gator says it’s not spyware because users are notified before the download and the program provides a service. Gator has already successfully sued PC Pitstop. “If we find anyone publicly calling us spyware, we correct it and take action if necessary,” said Scott Eagle, Gator’s senior vice president of marketing. Call us “adware” instead.

    I prefer to call it “crappy software you should under no circumstances install.” Use Roboform AI instead. It’s free of charge and spyware free.

  3. At the Office 2003 launch Bill Gates tells Australian IT that governments that choose open source are choosing an inferior product. “Our position is that organizations should simply buy the best software for their situation,” he said. “Do you want your Government to be efficient?”
  4. X10 files for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the $4.3 million judgment in the pop-under case.
  5. It may make you look like you’re talking into a taco, but Nokia claims its new N-Gage gaming cell phone has sold 400,000 units in just two weeks. Sell through might be just a teeny bit lower. Arcadia research says 5,000 have been sold in the US.
  6. From Darwin to Adelaide in 30 hours, 54 minutes. The Dutch Nuon Solar Team has broken its own record for solar powered vehicles, averaging 97 km/hr in the Seventh World Solar Challenge. MIT came in 3rd.

11 Replies to “Thursday’s Topical Treatise”

  1. Some of the comments/links posted tonight are why I opposed the development and sale of Pagemaker and RSG.

  2. Franken’s trash… oh, book, sorry… is on the For Sale section up there on the left.

  3. >Gator is going after web sites that call its program “spyware.”
    Good thing they can’t go after you for calling it “pain in the assware”.

  4. Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the War on Terrorism
    by Ann H. Coulter
    Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right
    by Ann H. Coulter
    Shut Up and Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the UN are Subverting America
    by Laura Ingraham
    Off with Their Heads : Traitors, Crooks & Obstructionists in American Politics, Media & Business by Dick Morris (Author) (Hardcover)
    My guess is that Franken lies just as much, Leo.
    “Franken documents how the right lies to gain and maintain power. If I weren’t laughing so hard, I’d be crying”

  5. I just want to point out that last bit of news: The World Solar Challenge.
    I’m a member of one of the Montreal, Canada solar car teams and I hope that you’ll put in a good word about it on your show tonight.
    It’s an absolutely crazy experience and if we had been able to race the American Solar Challenge, I would have loved to drop by the San Fran studios to show off our wheels.
    It’s not as green and eco-friendly as we tell our sponsors but it’s a incredibly rich experience for everyone involve.
    Learn more about solar cars and solar technology at the WSC and ASC sites and visit the teams’ sites for a small look at the very cool world of solar car building.

  6. I don’t mind truth. It’s PROPAGANDA I have trouble with and Al Franken is the Democratic version of Goebbels.

  7. now now children. Enough of this left vs. right bs.
    keep in mind Al Franken is a comedian. If you really put complete faith in what he..or anyone else frankly, you have serious problem.
    I love his book titles more so than their contents. They’re edgy and stupid at the same time.
    Bill O’Reilly should be excuted however.
    go ahead and bash me. I’ll execute you too.

  8. i can’t believe weird al is 44. I mean..I believe it..he’s been around as long as I can remember..but it seems odd. he doesn’t look it.

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