NTK now bits 28/11/97
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 97 01:57:43 -0800
Subject: NTK now bits 28/11/97
Excerpted-from: NTK now, 28/11/97
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"You look at France and Germany - and to a lesser degree
the UK - and it's like the Third World"
- NICHOLAS NEGROPONTE, keynote address, European IT Conference
oh, fuck off
>> HARD NEWS <<
weak lemon drink
Suave scene hacker KUJI strolled away from court this week, with
all charges regarding his alleged "infowar" with the US military
dropped. The judge said that conducting a trial wasn't worth the
expense. Funny - that wasn't what the Americans were saying at the
time of the 1994 attacks. Then, Kuji and his "accomplice" (penitent
music student THE DATASTREAM COWBOY) were twin Satans, stealing
valuable secrets for foreign powers, wreaking havoc on sensitive
mainframes, and almost tipping North Korea into war. Or that's what
Air Force Office of Special Investigations told Congress, in an
attempt to increase "awareness" (*cough* funds *cough* status) of
the hacker threat. As it turned out, the AFOSI had little evidence
of any serious breach of security - and what they did have was
profoundly flawed through their own sloppy procedures. Still, plenty
more young hackers to demonise, and if the authorities are more
careful, they'll ruin people's lives properly next time.
- George Smith de-crypts the media brouhaha
- Duncan "the other, famous Duncan Campbell" Campbell's take
>> EVENT QUEUE <<
pointers with references
Not perhaps the obvious way to celebrate World AIDS Day, but each
to their own: EROTICA '97 takes over London Olympia this weekend
(perhaps better known to NTK readers as the venue for rather more
chaste gatherings, like Mac Expo and the ECTS). The Website both
criticises a Victorian-era attitude to sex, then adopts its
terminology, promising an "erotic extravaganza in the form of a
Public Exhibition... entertainment designed to tantalise and
fascinate." No info yet on exactly what the seedy attractions might
be, but even the stand specifications sound a bit racey: "White
Octanorm with white infill wall panels... Ceiling Grid with muslin
ceiling... Black Fascia infill with white letters for exhibitor
- of course, that depends what you mean by "exhibitor"
>> TRACKING <<
Web site come by this way two moons past
FACEIT! is a PC facial recognition program that, barring
Travolta/Cage-style test-cases, actually works. The free
time-limited download can use QuickCam and standard video inputs:
featured progs are an access-control screensaver which will only
unlock when it sees your face, and an encryption program that uses
your head as a key. But our correspondents agree that the best bit
is the passive- recognition system, which will pluck out and circle
up to six faces from a continuous realtime video feed. "It's like
having a desktop-mounted gunsight", they are pleased to report.
- now we want one of those "Resurrection" breath scanners
ICQ failing to scale; Microsoft submitting its own competing
standard to the W3C; Netscape teaming up with AOL - are these the
last days of the "buddy list" pioneers? Hell, no! Out of the wilder
fringes of Appledom comes HOTLINE! A palpable hit with Mac users
for months, HOTLINE has been billed "the BBS for the Nineties". It's
got threaded discussion groups, chat, and a fast ftp system. It's
also eminently hackable, with all kinds of nice extensions to try
out. Out on the PC by the end of year, too, although apparently
there's some sort of bootleg PC version going around the Hotline
sites. As it is, the downloadable Mac client is time-limited to 15
minutes. Although apparently there's some sort of bootleg crack...
ah, you get the picture.
- talk about creating a Frankenstein's monster...
>> MEMEPOOL <<
hasta la altavista
BT to buy DEMON?... BIO TETRIS... case-insensitive URLs on MICROSOFT
ads... death of SUCK? Or is it just Thanksgiving?
... LOUISE NURDING follows NTK advice in her new video,
attacks CCTV camera with laser pen... GameBoy digital camera...
JESSE BIRST - the new Pournelle... Barbie-size Realdolls:
www.racydoll.com ... Meat Bomb...
www.xtra.co.nz/content/loveman/cag-v0.9b/part3/ ... HARRY "ain't it
cool" KNOWLES tempted by high life...
www.fiorella.com/equipment.html ... BLADE RUNNER movie sequel to
reunite original cast... speleonics
http://members.tripod.com/~cnet_truth ... BUGTRAQ finds security
vulnerability in John Madden Football '97...
easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~stephenbalchin/zoe.html spizzerinctum... and
if *anyone* can take over the world, CANON can:
>> COMPO <<
congratulations. you're fired.
An emotional competition last week, as competition winner Jay
slipped in on Thursday after a week of struggling through every
foodstuff URL known to man - "Did you know even *Ryvita* have a
Website?", he writes. The eureka moment came as "we were massaging
hungover headaches in a greasy cafe. A friend of mine buys a can of
Diet [CLUE CENSORED], we all look at each other, look at the [OBJECT
DELETED], look back at each other again - and slap our heads in
unison". It's just like Willy Wonka, isn't it? Jay and friends win
the new Metallica album RELOAD, sci-fi Command & Conquer clone DARK
REIGN,and a child's T-shirt advertising Shell smart cards. (Oh and
special kudos to the perpetrator of the URL, who "resigned" from
his job on the same day as the competition. Webmasters should check
out http://www.ntk.net/compo/ to find out how they too can spend
Christmas poor and alone.)
To this weeks URL. It takes the form http://www.a*****o.com and it's
the answer to this question: "cosa significa 'absurd'?". Answers to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Corporate queries to email@example.com.
>> SMALL PRINT <<
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