Wednesday’s Whetstone

All the news that's fit to rant aboutHello, Neo. The Matrix Revolutions opens today.
It’s Guy Fawkes Day in Britain. Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for trying to vote in 1872. Happy Birthday Roy Rogers, Ike Turner, and Art Garfunkel.

  1. As expected, the FCC has voted 5-0 in favor of “broadcast flag” rules that will require that all devices capable of receiving digital TV signals come equipped with anti-piracy protection to keep flagged programs from being copied. By July 1, 2005 all TVs, VCRs, DVD players, and PCs must include anti-copying measures that prevent redistribution of flagged material. How long before these measures are cracked and defeated? Does anyone not know how to defeat region-encoding?
  2. Microsoft is offering $250,000 rewards for information leading to the arrest of the creators of MSBlast and SoBig. says this is the first time a company has offered a reward for the capture of cybercriminals.
  3. The revolution is well on its way. Legal downloads have exceeded CD single sales in the US since the end of June by nearly 2 to 1.
  4. Intel claims that it has saved Moore’s law with the discovery of two new chip materials.
  5. As we reported on the show yesterday, Novell is back in the Linux business. The company, which already owns Ximian, is offering $210 million for Germany-based SuSE Linux. IBM pitches in $50 million. With Big Blue’s backing, the #2 Linux poses a real threat to #1 Red Hat. Newsforge has the morning after analysis.
  6. Xbox Next will have G5 like chips from IBM inside, graphics from ATI, and a chipset from SIS. Don’t expect anything before 2005, though. Just proves that gaming is now on the cutting edge of hardware innovation.
  7. Speaking of gaming machines, Sony has announced a new low cost handheld for late next year that will do everything but change the baby. The dual-processor PSP is a GameBoy competitor that will include a 16:9 24-bit screen, iPod like features, and maybe even a cell phone.

6 Replies to “Wednesday’s Whetstone”

  1. 1. the new matrix seems to be getting bad reviews so far but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see for myself.
    2. wow
    windows is one confused mess of a operating system. probably that’s why I used it but it’s still a confused mess.

  2. So I’m going down the road this afternoon and my muffler falls off. Why couldn’t it have happened yesterday? One step forward two steps MAC! Nothing seems as bad. Now if I just had an ipod…
    I took your newsletter’s advice and went to Paul’s longhorn supersite. Is that guy biased or what? I’m not up on his description of the next OS, but as far as XP’s concerned the only thing I think it has on Panther is more available software. I support microsoft out of necessity, but I’ve always rooted for the underdog. I have yet to switch over, though I plan to over the holidays. On the other side of the coin I support the Xbox. It’s the only thing standing in the way in sony’s quest for world domination. Reading this news article makes me worry that xbox next won’t stand a chance against sony’s thousandfold increase with cell processor technology. But that’s just me. I don’t want to live in a world without choices.

  3. I am sitting in my system analysis class, counting the time down to go see the MATRIX. I am going to the 12pm show, and I am pumped.

  4. So long as Microsoft ships Windows with security holes, there will be people who exploit them. You can’t fight nature, man. Predator and prey…it’s pretty basic. The bounty is clever, but I hope they are also working on producing more secure software.
    You know what they say: Secure code starts at home.
    Or, you know…something like that. 🙂

  5. i called my friend the other day and he said, “i can’t talk, i’m gonna go see the latest matrix movie!” and i said, “there’s another matrix movie?”
    i swear that somebody could chew the state of maine off of the continent and i’d never find out about it. now i’m not just blonde, i’m out of the loop too!

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