Tuesday’s Badinage

All the news that's fit to rant aboutTime once again for The Screen Savers morning briefing. (If this is too much reading for you, try News-Images.com, all the stories, none of the words.)
Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre inventor of the daguerreotype, an early form of photography, was born on this day in 1789. Mickey Mouse debuted in Steamboat Willie in 1928.

    The news from Comdex…

  1. Microsoft has announced it will launch a music service on MSN to compete with iTunes next year.
  2. NVidia announced a new notebook chipset, the GO5700. It suppports DirectX 9. Look for it in laptops from Toshiba and Alienware early next year.
  3. Sun says it will start using AMD’s 64-bit Opteron in two new servers next year.
  4. And HP has announced a line of PCs based on the AMD Athlon 64. The Compaq Presario 8000Z starts at $1200.

    In other news…

  5. Microsoft is publishing the XML schemas for Office 2003. Open source advocates are skeptical, particularly since Microsoft is asserting some patent rights to the schema, making it impossible to use in GPL’d products. Office programs still save into a proprietary binary format by default, but releasing the schema could make it easier for developers to create software that can manipulate files saved in Office XML format.
  6. A San Jose Federal court judge has agreed to hear the EFF’s arguments in the Diebold case. Diebold attorneys have been sending cease and desist letters to web sites posting or linking to allegedly leaked internal documents exposing flaws with Diebold’s electronic voting machines. The company is also going after the sites’ ISPs claiming DMCA violations. The EFF likens it to the leak of the Pentagon Papers.
  7. Australia’s first prosecution for music swapping ends in a suspended sentence for the two defendants. Students cried in the court room and engaged in a group hug. “It felt as if my life was being ripped to bits,” claimed one defendant. Oh please. Maybe they should have sent the stolen music back
  8. C|Net columnist loses free AOL account, proclaims the imminent collapse of the company. Now that’s objective journalism.

9 Replies to “Tuesday’s Badinage”

  1. You forgot the big news item of the day for most of us, LOTR:The Two Towers Extended Edition is out!

  2. Bandinage? Did you mean to say, “Tuesday’s Badinage”? A little late now for corrections, I admit, but a word as cool as badinage should be spelled correctly.

  3. I loved that sendthemback.org website.
    Especially the HEX dump (they should have put a link to free Frheddy)
    that you either mail in a box or fax out.
    Actually a hex dump to an ascii file, then using your fax modem
    would produce the desired result. Just like emailing each .mp3 individually.
    Overload their resources !!!
    I think I’ll make a script using BLAT.DLL to loop through each .mp3 on my
    hard disk and send 1 email per. Do it twice to make sure they really really
    do get it.
    How long until someone makes a worm that does just that?
    been collecting mp3’s & wav’s, using original CD’s, since 1995.

  4. Saw the senditback site last night on the America’s Army board, had a great laugh. I think I’ll send each mp3 to them the amount of times I’ve burned it. Thats adds up to… 14,000 mp3s emailed to my local RIAA rep.

  5. hex editor is actually a useful tool for students….
    have a big paper due but didn’t quite get it done?? take your favorite image, open it up, copy/paste it in word and save it on the floppy.
    Next day bring in the floppy, and then blame it on the floppy broke

  6. One more newsworthy item for those fans of Netflix. Leo/Sarah Lane showed an app for Mac OS X called Netflix Fanatic, it allowed you to rearrange the cue and other functions. The application has been pulled at Apple Computer’s request because the developer who wrote it is an employee of Apple. Leo, i hope you mention this on the show in the hopes we can get the application put back up.
    Scott Tabbey

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