It’s all true.
The hackers are converging today on the Hotel Pennsylvania in NYC for the 5th Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) Conference.
The corncob pipe was patented on this day in 1878. The Enigma key was broken in 1941. The first commercial helicopter passenger service was inaugurated in NYC in 1953.
Happy birthday, Elias Howe, inventor of the sewing machine, 1819. Tom Hanks is 48. Fred Savage is 28.
- If you switched to Mozilla or Firefox for better security, not so fast. The Mozilla Foundation has confirmed that there’s a bug in the programs that allows sites to execute arbitrary code in Windows without user intervention. There is a patch for “shell:” exploit – download it now. Mac and Linux users are unaffected.
- The Motion Picture Association of America continues to pump the hysteria, claiming that one in four Internet users has downloaded a pirated movie. Of those, 17% are spending less time at the theater. And in South Korea where broadband is nearly universal, 58% of users are downloading movies. According to the MPAA this “growing global epidemic” is costing the industry $3 billion a year.
- Amazon is taking orders for the first Portable Media Center devices now, even though they won’t ship for another month or two. The Creative Zen is $499 for 20GB of storage and will be available in August. The Samsung Yepp YH-999, with similar specs, ships in September.