East of the Sun, West of the Moon

2005/11/3

Linkage (25)

Filed under: Humo(u)r,Linkage,Software — Erwin @ 5:26 pm

Ahem… ok, this (Kansas.com) isn’t not really supposed to be funny, but:

An Ozarks man who provides motorcycle escorts for funeral processions has settled a lawsuit with a Kansas-based phone book company that published his business number under the heading “escort services,” leading to late-night calls from people wanting female company rather than a ride.

I couldn’t suppress a chuckle and wanted to share. 😉


A follow-up (Washington Post) on the Sony rootkit issue:

On the heels of the Internet uproar over security concerns with its copyright-protection measures, the company that developed the software for recording-industry giant Sony BMG Music Entertainment says it is providing computer users with a “patch file” that will mitigate some of the features that alarmed security researchers when they were discovered earlier this week — especially the program’s built-in ability to hide files on the user’s system.

This response will no doubt be seen as a point scored in favour of using the full disclosure strategy, meaning publishing the incriminating inforation instead of politely emailing Sony and others with it, waiting for a reply, etc, while at the same time other CD buyers are entirely unaware of what’s being done with their computer.

It works here, but can be a double-edged sword in the case of other software vulnerabilities, where revealing the information can at the same time help the crackers/script-kiddies in creating more ways of attacking your computers (workstations and servers).


A teenager in the UK was cleared (BBC News) because what he did was not a crime:

A teenager accused of sending millions of e-mails to his employer has been cleared because UK laws do not make a crime of what he did.

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District Judge Kenneth Grant of Wimbledon Magistrates Court said that although a lot of e-mails were sent, they could not be said to have caused unauthorised changes as defined by the act.

No changes, but there’s a good chance that (important) regular email didn’t get through or got delayed substantially. This isn’t 1990 where you would assume that it could take hours before the message arrived at its destination, people generally assume it takes minutes if not seconds for a message to make its way from sender to recipient and act accordingly.

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