Do you have the Christmas Spirit? If you have any doubts,
you can take
the test over at Guardian.co.uk.
Art imitates life:
In keeping up with things poetic, here's The
Mayfly Project - a modest update on the American Haiku.
- online mixing
Make your own beat mix! This blows Absolut DJ out of the water.
Too-cool example of what you can do when you really understand
a medium. An intriguing and complex toy. Click on the question
mark in the lower left corner, if you need help.
The year that was:
"For the first time in the history of the net, "sex"
falls out of the Top 10 search terms during the days following
the attacks. "
- Year in Review
Sexual Stone Age" Shift charts a noticeable trend in music
and pop culture.
OH, That's Tech-y
If you thought "IT" was interesting, then maybe you'd like
It's a revolution in uh, transportation (?!) Everybody ought
to have a Megway...
I thought the whole point of the web was, well, linking. KPMG
seems to have a different philosophy.
Spammity-spam, spammity-spam, spam, spam, spam...
A little history: Chris Raettig linked to KPMG. Then they
sent him an email saying he's not allowed to link to them
unless he gets their permission, as per their Web Link Policy.
Now people all over the web are randomly linking to KPMG.
I'd like to say poor bastards, but if that old saying "any
press is good press" is true, then it's their marketing dept's
OOPS... Hey, at least they fixed it...
"But David," you say, "surely you're mistaken. The 105th
U.S. Congress passed the all-important bill S.1618. Title
lll, Section 301 Paragraph (a)(2)(C) of this bill says that
spam isn't spam if it includes a removal mechanism." Sorry
folks. The law never passed.
Plug 'n Prey -
Microsoft released a security patch to plug a hole in its
Web browser that could allow hackers to steal passwords
and trick people into downloading virulent files. Microsoft
said customers using Internet Explorer versions 5.5 and
6.0 should install the patch immediately. The patch,
released Thursday, can be found on Microsoft's Web
"Opening an e-mail attachment or accepting any download
isn't required," Pynnonen said. "The victim user doesn't
necessarily notice anything out of ordinary when reading
a malicious e-mail message or visiting a malicious Web site."...
"This is a serious vulnerability. People running Windows
XP need to put the patch on right away," said Scott Culp,
manager of Microsoft's Security Response Center.... "With
most cable modem users, there's a physical wire that feeds
an entire neighborhood, and someone from that wire could
attack anyone without needing to know the IP address," he
said. "The attacker can take control of the PC and have
access to all the files. They might as well be sitting in
front of the keyboard."...
Although describing the flaws as "the worst default
security vulnerability in Windows ever," Maiffret credited
the company for working quickly and intelligently to stem
Speaking of Security Holes...
The enemy within?
The FBI has a magic
lantern... I wonder what comes out when you rub it?!
Although many laboratories possess the Ames strain of anthrax
involved in this fall's bioterrorist attacks, only five
laboratories so far have been found to have spores with
perfect genetic matches to those in the Senate letters,
the scientists said. And all those labs can trace back their
samples to a single U.S. military source: the U.S. Army
Medical Research Institute of Infectious Disease (USAMRIID)
at Fort Detrick, Md....
While the CIA has had small amounts of Ames strain anthrax
in its labs to "compare and contrast with other strains,"
a spokesman said, the agency did not "grow, create or produce
the Ames strain." The anthrax contained in the letters under
investigation "absolutely did not" come from CIA labs, the
Well, looks like we can't blame Saddam Hussein for growing
PEACE ON EARTH