Monday’s Murmurs

SupermanSuper man, Christopher Reeve passed away yesterday at the age of 52.
Saturday Night Live premiered on this day in 1975. Happy 79th birthday Elmore Leonard.

  1. It’s the one year anniversary of Microsoft’s pledge to make security job one. How are they doing? Jon Udell has a good article on the subject in this week’s Infoworld. His conculsion, the sins of the past will continue to haunt us for a long time, but Microsoft is on the right track. I’m sticking with OS X.
  2. Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows XP Media Center 2005 and the MSN Music Store tomorrow at LA’s Shrine Auditorium. The new Media Center is expected to be cheaper and include wireless connectivity.
  3. USA Today has an article about John Gilmore’s boneheaded lawsuit against airline ID requirements. The Cypherpunk and Sun founder claims they violate his right to travel the US anonymously. He says the policy amounts to a national passport. So drive, John.
  4. I can’t even believe I’m reporting this. The US has won “gold” in the World Cybergames. Team3D defeated the Titans of Denmark in CounterStrike to take home the $50,000 prize. The final match was played before an “enthusiastic crowd” of unspecified size yesterday in San Francisco.
  5. The FBI has shut down 20 sites that were part of an alternative media network known as Indymedia. Rackspace handed the servers over after receiving a court order on Thursday. It’s not clear what Indymedia was doing wrong, but the FBI says it was acting on the request of Swiss and Italian authorities. Indymedia said it had been “asked last month by the FBI to remove a story about Swiss undercover police from one of the websites hosted at Rackspace. It is not known, however, whether Thursday’s order is related to that incident since the order was issued to Rackspace and not to Indymedia.” The seizure has sparked protests from the International Federation of Journalists. The EFF is offering help.
  6. Slashdot says, Halo 2 has gone gold. Bungie says the hotly anticipated XBox game will make its November ship date.
  7. An Ohio man has been fired for using SETI@home at work. The worker at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services had been running the software that searches for ET on state servers since October. His boss told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, “I understand his desire to search for intelligent life in outer space, because obviously he doesn’t find it in the mirror in the morning.” Ouch.

Listen in tomorrow at 6:45a Pacific for my weekly news commentary on KGO 810 AM in San Francisco.


11 Replies to “Monday’s Murmurs”

  1. I read about that Ohio guy over the weekend. One thing SETI@home *ALWAYS* stresses that you should not run their software on any computer that you are not authorized to run it on. (Example: Servers at work) While he certainly win some “Tech Job Darwin Award” of some sort, his former boss was rather harsh. He’s probably one of those Folding@Home guys. 😉
    As for John Gilmore’s lawsuit, I can see his point. A quote from the article you linked to kind of puts it all in perspective.
    “Gilmore said the ID requirement does little to ensure security. ‘Ordinary citizens may show correct identification, but do we really think that someone who is willing to commit a terrorist act won’t also be willing to present false identification?’ ”
    I’m a little bothered by what seems to be our willingness to give up rights in exchange for a perception of “security.” It’s all too easy to strip away people’s rights and point to 9/11 as the only reason/explanation for it. The events of 9/11 were plotted well in advance and very involved. Would it have been thwarted if the terrorists had to show ID? I’d say probably not. On the other hand, I don’t see this as being an unreasonable search. People routinely have to show ID to get into bars and movies, so doing the same to ride on an aircraft is not such a stretch. I said I saw his point, not that I necessarily agreed with it.
    However, I do worry that our rights are slowly and surreptitiously being stripped away. We, as citizens of the US need to keep an eye on proposed changes and question their validity. You know, “land of the free” and all that.

  2. I LOVE the audio and podcasts!!!!!! Please don’t stop that. We are seriously in withdrawal for you here in NC Leo. This is great! I download it for my hubby..and he can listen to it on the way to work! Please, please, please find a way to get back on the air in the US!!

  3. there’s this new invention. it’s called streaming. you can listen to leo LIVE over the inetweb on kfi. Or better yet, dl the shows commercial free. kthnxbye

  4. Leo,
    Just wanted to point out something re: John Gilmore. If I recall correctly one of the reasons John Gilmore is fighting the ID regulations is that they are *UNPUBLISHED*. Basically the government has told the airlines they have to follow certain rules and regulations, but they wont publish them and are not allowing the airlines to disclose them either. How can we be accepted to follow the laws of the land if nobody will tell us what they are?
    As far as the suspected terrorist pin, I dont see any reason the airline should have made him remove it to board the flight. Unless there is some fine print about your clothing when you purchase your ticket (I’ll admit I havent checked) who cares what pin a passenger is wearing.

  5. Airport security is to make a certain percentage of the population feel good. It poses no real barriers to a planned concerted effort. Ever wonder how many 747’s are flying air freight daily? Do you know how much explosives you could cram in a semi-trailer? Knee jerk reaction is a double entendre.

  6. Leo, I’m shocked at your attitude about the John Gilmore story. My, oh my, when TechTV “sold-out” to a younger audience and took on a more brash attitude about things, you sure took a noticable turn. I am very disappointed. This isn’t about some obese person suing a fast food restaurant because their food made them fat. Read a bit deeper into the Gilmore story and think about it.

  7. Please, whatever you do DON’T click on the ad banner for a Free iPod and product testors on the main page. If you do and you give them your email address I guaraneee you you will receive more SPAM than you ever have before. I did this and luckily I gave them one of my SPAM accounts, and now I get on average 150 to 200 SPAMS a day. Leo, by chance you read this please for the sake of your readers get rid of that SPAM ad banner. I am not talking about the free iPod banner on this page from but one from the main page of this blog from

  8. I dont understand why a guy would be fired if the computer isnt affected. We all run programs at night, mostly for Cancer research, but our company has no problem with it

  9. I cannot believe that checking IDs at the airport has stopped a single terrorist act. Do you really think that a terrorist would be so dumb as to cause a problem at the airport with a bad ID? (OK, Cat Stevens…er…Jusuf Islam…bad example) If these vermin wanted to crash another plane, they would have done so by now and may try to do so again. But after the brave people of flight 93 and armed pilots, I doubt it will happen again soon.

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