Dave linked to this essay by Carl Sagan yesterday, but it’s well worth linking to again: Reflections on a Mote of Dust. “Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity — in all this vastness — there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. It is up to us.”
First, Gartner research group recommends that companies “immediately” replace IIS with a more secure application, and up comes the spin: “Redmond is telling its sales channel that a rewrite of IIS is underway for version 6.0.” Hmmm…
Joel Spolsky has a few things to say about re-writing software: “Completely rewriting it would just introduce another set of bugs that would take another few years to find. Chances are that nobody on the current IIS team even remembers the bugs they fixed five years ago, even if they were on the team that long ago…”
CNET: Napster reaches settlement with publishers. “As part of the deal, Napster has agreed to pay $26 million to settle its ongoing legal disputes with music publishers and songwriters. That doesn’t mean the lawsuit troubles as a whole will disappear–record labels are continuing with their own litigation, which still threatens Napster with even more substantial legal damages.”
Press Release: Al Qaeda to cut at least 5,000 jobs. [Humor]
Humor: Got Napalm?