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20 years Ago

Stop Using IIS

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Slashdot writes that the Gartner Group has come out with a statement recommending that businesses not use Microsoft’s web server.

Slashdot misreports the severity, though:

Gartner remains concerned that viruses and worms will continue to attack IIS until Microsoft has released a completely rewritten, thoroughly and publicly tested, new release of IIS,‘ which they say has an 80% chance of happening by the end of next year.

Note that the Slashdot quotes extend into the portion that is... [More]

How did Microsoft get off the hook?

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The justice department just kind of let them walk. They definitely abused their monopoly (see this thread). It seems the prosecution lost their witnesses. All of the companies pushing the U.S. Government to release Microsoft’s yoke suddenly have much more important things to worry about…like bankruptcy.

DMCA strikes again.

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The well-known Dutch cryptographer claims to have broken Intel’s DVI (Digital Video Interface) encryption, but won’t publish for fear of being prosecuted under the DMCA as soon as he sets foot on American soil.

21 years Ago

Peakabooty from the Cult of the Dead Cow

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More hacktivism from the Cult. This time their software aims to provide private, closed networks untouchable by prying eyes.

The last section ‘Some Truth about Peekabooty’ is the most interesting, I think.


Windows 98 vs. Windows 2000

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This is a comparison of Windows 98 and Windows 2000 with the GeForce2 GTS (slowest one) and Radeon (both 64MB cards). They tested 8 different games with different engines, including Unreal Tournament, Quake 3 and Serious Sam. Surprise, surprise, Quake and Serious Sam showed 0% change between platforms.
Looks like you can move safely over if you like….

Here’s the main chart:

and the whole review: [More]

DMCA takes over the world

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A (biased) description of a recent meeting of the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction and
Foreign Judgments, discussing globalizing copyright laws.

SDMI − copyrighted music

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SDMI is the secure digital music initiative. They issued a challenge last year to any comers to crack their protection. Anyone who agreed to enter the contest was bound to secrecy, though and not allowed to reveal any details of how they cracked it, if indeed they could. Once group from Princeton declined because of this proviso and cracked it anyway. Turns out they can now be prosecuted under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) which purports to disallow reverse-engineering of software... [More]

Badass Hacker

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This guy forged identities of most of the richest people on the Forbes 400. He almost got away with it too…

read on…

More on Windows XP Product Activation

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Apparently, the Beta testers are somewhat upset about it already. There’s a good alternative suggestion culled from the newsgroups, and an all-too-real and all-too-expected reason why it probably won’t get done.

GeForce3 in more depth than you can imagine

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This site is by one of the leading hardware guys on the web…he’s from Germany. His writeup is huge, but if you’re interested in the feature set:

My take is that the GeForce3 introduces some amazing new techonologies and the card kicks ass. However, the next card will take some of the rough edges off of those technologies and kick even more ass.


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A couple of more articles on the insidous approach of a dumbed-down era of computing:

Descrambling DVDs with Perl

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Here you’ll find a 526 byte Perl script that can descramble DVDs in real time.

Latest buzz is they’re going to get away with it

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One day the court hates MS:

Another, they seem to have no problem with MS:

Latest patent issued

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This ones for software patches, issued to Symantec. It was actually issued in April of 2000.

Read it, the description is so general that any and all patching technologies fall under it.

Damn funny piece about Napster

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Read the one from 08/08/2000.

22 years Ago


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Discussion of user-interface paradigms and logical conclusions. ‘Files’ and ‘Folders’ are obsolete. Computers should only deal with ‘things’, each of which have ‘properties’. These ‘things’ can be grouped by an number of properties, using a search or ‘query’. That’s it. He addresses the need for a view on your data that lets you see an email on the same footing as a file. It’s brought together is something called a ‘lifestream’, which is a date-ordered stream of data. Sub-streams are created by... [More]