NTK bits, 06/11/98
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 6 Nov 98 14:14:31 -0800
Subject: NTK bits, 06/11/98
Excerpted-from: NTK now, 06/11/98
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"I'm not prepared to talk about specifics but we have
seen organized criminal groups using the proceeds from software
counterfeiting to pay for terrorist operations overseas."
- BRAD SMITH, Microsoft general counsel
air strikes on Norwegian warez sites to follow
>> HARD NEWS <<
Remember, remember the fifth of - I'm sorry, it's gone again,
pleaded BILL GATES this week, as his taped testimony to the DOJ
Truth Commission revealed an inability to recall the details of
his own e-mail outbox. We guess then he won't remember the words
of the NYT column where he noted "I can remember all the moves of
many chess games that I've played. I can still remember all my
lines in a high school play, 'Black Comedy... I remember financial
data very well, too. I can visualize the source code to the version
of BASIC that I wrote for the first microcomputer, back in 1975."
But I can't *quite* remember sending a three-line e-mail which
included the phrase "Do we have a clear plan on what we want Apple
to do to undermine Sun?"
- fifth of... fifth of... fifth of amendment?
- I deny having developer relations with that ... platform
- there can be no red faces at the Redmond
Another [piece of] e-mail that Gates failed to recall was, of
course, the Halloween Document, a sharp memo shoved into Eric
Raymond by a masked "brother" on the run from Redmond Asylum. But
was it meant as a trick or treat? While the gathered Free
Softwarelings scared themselves into even more recursive states
("We shouldn't read it! That's exactly what he'd *expect* us to
do!"), author Vinod Valloppillillilloopp returned in - Halloween
Document II. In this sequel, he tries Linux, and likes it. "The
feeling was exhilarating and addictive", he writes, "as it was when
first I heard the screams of the OS/2 evangelists in Sub-Level
- well, the mark-up's a little hard to read sometimes
- we refer the honourable gentleman to his previous page
- Gaddafi-lover Cringely speaks sense
- Winer writes "I am not a gorilla". Nobody tell Glenn!
- still no-one knows what "de-commoditizing" means
>> ANTI-NEWS <<
berating the obvious
Finally, someone paid http://www.hotwired.com to lose the
colours... COMCOMCOMCOMCOMCOMCOM.COM currently "on hold"... LLOYDS
BANK Website closes between 0400-1000AM (server needs a nap)...
DANNY KELLY gets big plug for www.m365.com in Guardian, despite
its current non-existence... Brain Structure May Play Role in
Children's Ability To Learn To Read, reveals study... DIGICASH runs
out of money... N2K "forget" to pay Ticketmaster $3 million...
Human Error Responsible for Most Data Loss, uncovers survey...
IE5.0 to feature "Go" button, for users who don't know you have to
press return after an URL... APPLE claim to have "patented" the
colour Bondi Blue... PC DIRECT illustrates computer security
article exclusively with stills from WarGames movie - mentions
WarGames in first sentence... Falco! SYQUEST crashes - but they
took backups, right? ... Microsoft buy LINKEXCHANGE for $250
million - but how are we going to break it to
http://www.stopgates.com/ ?... BBC.CO.UK now "Millennium Product"
(ie will be usable sometime in next)
... who will find a future for http://www.streetmap.co.uk?
>> EVENT QUEUE <<
stop! scanner time!
Pity the traditional craftsfolk, outmoded by rapid technological
change - craftsfolk like DJ SCANNER, whose live mixes and
recordings of mobile phone calls were the talk of the town back in
the heady days of the early '90s. Obviously this hasn't been quite
such a poignant artform since digital mobiles hit the scene, and
he's now reduced to hanging around near London tourist attractions,
recording and photographing the ambience - and, we believe, somehow
"converting the digital images into sounds". Scanner will be
performing the resultant "Surface Noise" on a travelling double
decker bus between St Paul's Cathedral and Big Ben from 6pm on
12/11/98-14/11/98 (UKP12.50, advance booking essential), and
hopefully providing some sort of tour commentary, since his voice
- oddly - sounds exactly like the lead singer out of Jamiroquai.
- is it just us, or does the B*Witched Rollercoaster single
- ...sound just like "Get on board, get on board"?
>> TRACKING <<
making good use of the things that we find
You know how everything in UNIX is supposed to be a file? You know
Perl lets you do everything you'd ever want to do? You know that
means, logically, you can return UNIX to its pure, pre-Fall state,
where everything *is* a file - anything you want? So you could,
say, chdir to "http://www.yahoo.com/", then chdir to all the links
on that page? And you know that there's only one person insane
enough to thus let you write your own filing system - in Perl? Yes,
from the people who brought you the Turing Machine using only dd
and sh, we roundly announce:
- next: X-Windows servers using trained cellular automata
>> SMALL PRINT <<
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