Thursday’s Thespian

All the news that's fit to rant aboutHello news!

  1. Anti-spam vendors say the Federal CAN SPAM act isn’t working.
  2. There seems to be a backlash against users who got MyDoom. A New York Times article says the technorati are becoming intolerant of the less literate. The article quotes Scott Bowling, president of the World Wide Web Artists Consortium, saying “it takes affirmative action on the part of the clueless user to become infected. How to beat this into these people’s heads?”
  3. Slashdot reports that yesterday’s Google front page banner with its links to fractal sites brought several servers down at great cost to the owners.
  4. Tivo has made a deal with the Nielsen rating service to share customer viewing habits.
  5. The BBC is ignorantly asserting a link between MyDoom and Linux users. There’s no evidence – just speculation. This may be the real damage from the virus.
  6. Governor Schwarzenegger is scheduled to meet with HP CEO Carly Fiorina and other tech execs to enlist their support for his California bond plan.
  7. A research study says you might live longer if you sleep less. I must be on track to live to 120.

21 Replies to “Thursday’s Thespian”

  1. The real conspiracy (which there is a good deal of evidence to support) is how MS is helping SCO in it’s lawsuit. It’d be a coup for MS if they can get SCO to de-stablize the whole Linux movement/community.

  2. How about a nice conspiracy. SCO wrote MyDoom and unleashed it on them self to prove
    that they are the victims and need the 1 billion dollars!

  3. Joe,
    I’m not entirely sure what that article has to do with Leo’s entry, but…
    I don’t see it as show how “insane” Mac people are (unless you mean “insanely great.”) If anything, it shows how “Mac people” view their machines as natural extensions of themselves, not simply utilitarian as most PC users see their machines.
    Replace the guts of a BMW with that of a Ford Escort and watch the reaction…

  4. This isn’t the first (or last time) the BBC is assuming on it’s news articles. The fact is MyDoom is nothing more than a spam gateway for spammers and the writers put on a front of “motive” to take down SCO.
    The BBC assuming and I bet they correct the article. However it has been proven already that some Linux users did DDoS SCO.com before. However I doubt those are truly a representive of the Linux community. Linus himself wouldn’t do this and those who follow his lead are the true Linux community. He works on making his kernel better not wasting bandwidth.
    Tisk Tisk BBC.
    Research…

  5. Just a word on the article about the tech geeks who are getting fed up with the tech novices. Just remember that someone else taught you the ropes too so don’t come all high and mighty with those of us who don’t know a thing.

  6. It’s interesting that we’re all talking about Linux and Macs on the same thread, since their users have a lot in common. Both are marginalized by the Windows majority, and both are brutally critical of Windows… yet the only thing that exceeds the their criticism is the lengths they go to defend their OS whenever someone attacks it. Personally, I don’t understand why people use Linux. Linux at the moment is where Macs were about 8 or 9 years ago, where it is the better OS, but the amount of effort needed to get it to work in a Windows world is prohibitive for all but the most die-hard Microsoft haters. Meanwhile Mac OS has been refined now to the point where it has no major compatibility issues with Windows, while being much more stable. And the dock looks cool. No, until Linux gets a lot more user-friendly, I think I’ll be sticking with OSX.

  7. hm.. 6-7 hours of sleep… Is this real? I’m personally not a fan of sleeping for long periods of time, and I usually get around 5-7 hours of sleep everyday… but I don’t know if mortality has anything to do with being tired… or is tiredness just a physiological side-effect of a weak mind… such an interesting subject

  8. Mac users are no more insane than PC people. Many Mac users are PC users, either by choice or necessity. What they’ve done by perpetrating the hoax and posting it on Overclockers.com, is to select a few hate email letters and use them to judge the majority of Mac users. It’s wrong, inaccurate and misleading. It’s the fuel the anti-Mac people like to feed on, and vice versa. The world is full of angry and boisterous people who use all kinds of computers and operating systems. Take a chain-saw to your Mac if you need an emotional release, just don’t mess with mine.

  9. Let me preface this by saying that I have nothing against the Mac…it’s just not my OS of choice.
    What I DO have a problem with, however, are Mac “snobs” who insist that Mac is better than everything else and Macs don’t have the problems that other OS’s have and etc. etc..
    For those Mac users who fit into this category, I give you this: http://www.drjack.com/macs_suck/
    Leo, I think you’d get a kick out of this one. 🙂

  10. Hey Leo , Im pretty sure you check the comments for this blog and I thought I would post a answer to a question from the show , someone asked if they could stop static on their vonage (voIP telephone service) while downloading large files .. you said because of the way the internet is designed you cant prioritize traffic , while this is true outside of your network (beyond important flags on email and some other things which realyl dont have any effect outside smtp queues) you can use QoS (quality of service) on VoIP routers , vonage requires that you have one of their routers (place you plug in the phone , cable/dsl modem , etc) the model is either a cisco or a offbrand I cant remember , they both implement QoS , you might want to bring up on the show , that if you’re having trouble both downloading files and talking at the same time , you need to get into the configuration panel on your vonage router , either cisco or other , not entirely sure of the internal ip addresses , 192.x.x.x im sure .. you guys might want to research and do a special on VoIP telephones and broadband , and fixing problems like QoS issues while downloading large files ..
    these voip routers have www admin pages just like linksys/etc broadband routers , and enable you to prioritize VoIP traffic over regular traffic
    keep up the good work with “”the screen savers and “”call for help
    love the shows , you guys put alot of great information into the hands of the public .. im so glad your network isnt a complete commercial corrupted microsoft/large corporate vent for their marketing/products (other than the MSN spots and the best buy spots which should not be advertised like they are shows), but I understand that you guys need to be profitable . You do a good job of balancing both .. mentioning linux on the air , doing bits on mods/etc having kevin mitnick on .. doing spots on wardriving . Its great to so such intelligent/informed discussion on tv for a change.
    shane

  11. Hey Leo , Im pretty sure you check the comments for this blog and I thought I would post a answer to a question from the show , someone asked if they could stop static on their vonage (voIP telephone service) while downloading large files .. you said because of the way the internet is designed you cant prioritize traffic , while this is true outside of your network (beyond important flags on email and some other things which realyl dont have any effect outside smtp queues) you can use QoS (quality of service) on VoIP routers , vonage requires that you have one of their routers (place you plug in the phone , cable/dsl modem , etc) the model is either a cisco or a offbrand I cant remember , they both implement QoS , you might want to bring up on the show , that if you’re having trouble both downloading files and talking at the same time , you need to get into the configuration panel on your vonage router , either cisco or other , not entirely sure of the internal ip addresses , 192.x.x.x im sure .. you guys might want to research and do a special on VoIP telephones and broadband , and fixing problems like QoS issues while downloading large files ..
    these voip routers have www admin pages just like linksys/etc broadband routers , and enable you to prioritize VoIP traffic over regular traffic
    keep up the good work with “”the screen savers and “”call for help
    love the shows , you guys put alot of great information into the hands of the public .. im so glad your network isnt a complete commercial corrupted microsoft/large corporate vent for their marketing/products (other than the MSN spots and the best buy spots which should not be advertised like they are shows), but I understand that you guys need to be profitable . You do a good job of balancing both .. mentioning linux on the air , doing bits on mods/etc having kevin mitnick on .. doing spots on wardriving . Its great to see intelligent/informed discussion on tv for a change.
    shane

  12. Yea, I’ve been wondering that too. I miss his ‘real’ posts, like something about all those cool photo’s in his blog from this weekend…

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