NTK bits, 30/10/98
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 98 13:10:28 -0800
Subject: NTK bits, 30/10/98
From: "Danny O'Brien" <email@example.com>
Excerpted-from: NTK now, 30/10/98
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>> HARD NEWS <<
The Net's very own degentrified no-go zone, USENET, fell further
into screeching chaos this week. The newsgroup's new street drug of
choice, HipCrime, is spreading fast - a simple script which replaces
legitimate newsgroup posts with unreadable nonsense (and yes, the
two are separable to an expert eye). No-one knows who's behind
Hipcrime - some suspect it's a concerted effort by a small group,
others asuume it's a generalised act of self-destruction by the
usual script kiddies. Or maybe it's just like the Sixties, and the
CIA are flooding the market with uncut HipCrime to prevent the
Randian revolution from spilling out of alt.objectivism.
- like anyone goes there now 'cept to score warez and whores
http://www.ganesha.org/ptb/hipcrime.html - more street craziness
Germany's Chaos Computer Club lost one of its leading lights (in a
suitably decentralised, Erisian way) with the death of hardware
hacker TRON. One NTK correspondent recalled "he possessed superior
nads", but Tron may be better remembered elsewhere for his work in
exposing security holes in smartcards and the GSM telephone network,
as well as the first probing of the new German digital TV set-top
boxes. Tron's body was found in a Berlin park. The police are
treating the incident as suicide: CCC demur.
>> ANTI-NEWS <<
berating the obvious
Interface's Dr KEYBOARD recommends people ignore ISP advice, install
Microsoft Internet Explorer... Time Out's SPYDER apologises for
misnaming "Macromedia Shockrave" - it should, he explains, be
"Shockrave's Shockwave"... NT 5.0 renamed 2000 (blame rounding
errors in the math library)... JIM BARKSDALE saw himself as
"Stalin", reveal e-mails... Interface's Dr KEYBOARD says
alternatives to NT "for experts or enthusiastic amateurs with too
much time on their hands"... new Freeserve-fearing A4-size AOL
mailout uses the word "Free" 27 times (not counting uses in body
copy)... Interface's Dr Keyboard recommend you use Microsoft
Hotmail with Microsoft Internet Mail or Microsoft Outlook Express...
VM Labs rename "Project X" NUON, don't realise www.nuon.com already
belongs to Dutch folk history museum.. AUDIOSTREET overestimate
>> EVENT QUEUE <<
goto's considered non-harmful
"The gradual co-opting of Halloween to celebrate science fiction
mythology rather than supernatural tradition is symptomatic of a
society that now projects its concerns towards technology rather
than the metaphysical unknown. Discuss." Whatever, any excuse will
do for uber-webcast SCIFI CON 3.0, the SciFi Channel's weekend-long
online jamming-on-the-net sort of thing, with Real Audio author
readings (KW Jeter's new Noir - from 4am GMT, 31/10/98, Bruce
Sterling's Distraction - from 5pm GMT, 31/10/98), and endless
scrutinising of the original Halloween/ sci-fi crossover, Orson
Welles' "panic-inducing" War Of The Worlds radio show. Though we
bet Jim Cameron doesn't touch on the theory that the whole "mass
panic" myth was *made up* by the authorities to "prove" there'd be
chaos if first contact was made, thus justifying cover-ups of all
subsequent alien activity.
http://www.scifi.com/scifi.con/ - note to SFX readers...
- ..."Orson Scott Card" is not a publisher of CCGs
>> TRACKING <<
making good use of the things that we find
For those of you who tire of watching John Glenn's launch take just
over five hours to "real time stream", allow us to present X-FILE.
This utility can dump RealMedia files to disk even from servers
using the "pnm:" protocol. So when you try to do a "Save link as..."
on a RealMedia file, and all it gives you is a stumpy little ".ram"
file, you'll still be able to grab the genuine article for later,
full-speed playback. Unpleasantly, it's a Windows shareware utility
with all the hallmarks of that ancient form (time-limited demo,
"unusual" user interface, weirdo installation), but it does the job.
And, hey, if he *does* die, you're going to want a permanent
memento, aren't you?
- oh, yeah, as if you hadn't thought it
- next: RIAA ban Playstation
>> MEMEPOOL <<
hasta la altavista
Star Wars trailer spoiler (feel the evil rising in you):
http://www.darkhorizons.com/news4/swtrail.htm ... too geeky for your
wrist: http://www.orang-otang.com/ ... local weirdness:
http://bltc.com/domains.htm ... John Romero and Bill Gates share
birthday (28/10)... Is Your Kid A Hacker?, asks Kevin Poulsen and
http://www.zdnet.com/familypc/ ... using thetrip.com to track
corporate jets; deals... how about a HOWITZER?
http://www.briwebsite.com/ ... NETLINK rehiring previously fired
employees?... Self-Important Newspaper Explains Onion To Dumb
Americans Who Don't Get It
>> SMALL PRINT <<
Need to Know is a useful and interesting UK digest of things that
happened last week or might happen next week. You can read it
on Friday afternoon or print it out then take it home if you have
nothing better to do. It is compiled by NTK from stuff they get sent.
It is registered at the Post Office as "we blagged our way into the
BAFTA Awards ceremony, and all we got was this lousy special citation"
NEED TO KNOW
THEY STOLE OUR REVOLUTION. NOW WE'RE STEALING IT BACK.
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