Month: June 2002

NYT: Puncturing Web Ads Before They Pop Up. “Last September, a German company called MediaBeam released a program that lets Web sites block visitors who use anti-ad software — the first anti-anti-ad software. Within days, a 25-year-old German programmer published instructions for defeating MediaBeam’s blockade, in effect inventing the first anti-anti-anti-ad software. Predictably, MediaBeam responded by announcing version 2.0 of its product, designed to block the blocker’s block of ad-blockers. It’s going to be a long millennium.”

Time to switch to Lynx?

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NYT: Xerox to Restate $1.9 Billion in Revenue. “Accounting manipulations by Xerox had “enormous impact” on its reported financial performance, the SEC said in April. The agency also alleged Xerox’s senior executives quashed objections auditor KPMG LLP. At the same time, the executives were making millions of dollars in bonuses and sales of personal stock at inflated prices resulting from the fraud.”

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It’s a sad day for bass players like myself. NYT: John Entwistle, Bass Player for the Who, Dies at 57. “John Entwistle, the quiet, efficient bass player who co-founded The Who and helped it become one of the most dynamic and successful rock bands in history, was found dead of an apparent heart attack Thursday in his Las Vegas hotel room. He was 57… The Who was to play at the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino on Friday, the first date of a three-month, nationwide tour. That show and another scheduled for July 1 in Los Angeles were canceled.”

Entwistle made a big impression on me musically. He was one of the first rock bassists to “open up the tone control” and really be heard. His solo on My Generation was groundbreaking, and aside from Paul McCartney, I have a hard time thinking of a more influential rock bassist.

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Miss Piggy. “Never eat more than you can lift.”

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News.com: Tech companies: Do as Bond would do. “The head of a government-based venture capital firm pleaded to the information technology industry: Be like James Bond.”

“The fictional British spy used technology to his advantage when tracking down criminal masterminds. But in the real-world fight against terrorism, the situation shouldn’t be different, Gilman Louie, chief executive of In-Q-Tel, said during a keynote speech at the TechXNY trade show here.

“‘I am asking all of you in this room to do one thing: to think about how we can employ these technologies to give ourselves a competitive edge,’ Louie said. His speech, called ‘James Bond Saves the USA,’ stressed that the government’s ability to analyze and distribute information quickly is the greatest weapon it has in diffusing terrorist threats.”

Hmmm… Where have I heard this before?

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NYT (AP): Scientists Find Ancient Rainforest. “Scientists digging south of Denver say they have uncovered evidence of a rainforest that emerged soon after the asteroid collision that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.”

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Sam Ruby: “Somebody should tell Joshua that !(A && B) == ((!A) || (!B)).”

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NYT: The Latest Corporate Scandal Is Stunning, Vast and Simple.

“Coming in the wake of a seemingly endless series of corporate scandals — from Enron to Tyco, Adelphia to Dynegy — WorldCom might seem just one more carcass on the pile — and one that had already been picked at for months because of questions about its accounting. But experts on accounting say this case is extraordinary because of the amount of money involved and because of the relative simplicity of the accounting maneuvers used to disguise the truth.

‘The magnitude of this is just mind-boggling,’ said John Fahy, a certified public accountant and former prosecutor. ‘Auditors cannot miss something like this. It is just inexcusable.'”

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Rob McNair-Huff: Will Worldcom collapse threaten the Net?. “A commentary on NPR this morning by Reed Hunt, former head of the FCC under the Clinton Administration (I think…), points out that more than 70 percent of Internet traffic passes through pipes owned and managed by Worldcom at some point on its route across the Net. Is that Internet traffic in trouble if Worldcom crumbles? Should the federal government get to work now to ensure that the Net stays up and the email goes through? That is what Hunt was arguing…”

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NYT: Appeals Court Declares Pledge of Allegiance Unconstitutional.

“A federal appeals court in California declared today, in what will surely not be the last word on the issue, that the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag is unconstitutional because of the words ‘under God’ that Congress inserted in 1954…

“Late this afternoon, the Senate passed a resolution expressing its disapproval of the Ninth Circuit action. There was no dissent, and Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota, the Democratic majority leader, urged his colleagues to convene at 9:30 a.m. Thursday to recite the pledge. About 100 members of the House, led by Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, recited the pledge on the east steps of the Capitol this afternoon.”

They’re talking about the decision over on Slashdot.

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