NTK Bits, 1999-12-24
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 99 12:35:55 -0800
Subject: NTK Bits, 1999-12-24
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Excerpted-from: NTK now, 1999-12-24
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"Tribe Flood Network and Trinoo launch their attacks from a host of
innocent computers that already have been broken into. Then, on a
signal from a master computer, the computers simultaneously bombard
the victim machine with packets of information so fast that it
becomes unresponsive. At that point, the target computer won't
respond to commands and can't be taken off the network."
... what, not even by unplugging it?
>> HARD NEWS <<
"Humbug!", said Scrooge
It's on nights like this that one naturally turns for inspiration
to the eternal Christmas story: you know - the one where rampant
commercialism devours everything in its path in the pursuit of a
quick buck? LEONARDO FINANCE, a French subsidiary of the Transasia
Corporation, this week launched a lawsuit against the
internationally respected Association Leonardo, publishers of the
multimediatronic Leonardo Journal. Transasia claim one million
dollars in damages on the basis that a search engine search on the
word "Leonardo" brings up not only their Web site but those of the
magazine. And so, in this season of goodwill, a squad of eight
French policeman broke into Leonardo's legal address in France -
the home of the 80-year old widow of the organisations' founder,
Frank Malina - and confiscated all paperwork with the word
"Leonardo" on it. This all makes perfect sense. "Leonardo" is a
mind-bogglingly unique and sufficient descriptor for Transasia's
work. And it's not as if "Leonardo" practically connotes the whole
tradition of inventiveness and "prior art". And it's definitely
worth their while fighting for the word, because once they get hold
of that whole Leonardo namespace - no matter *who* used it before
- who else might they go after? How about helicopter manufacturers?
- "He who controls the language, controls the future"
- who'd have thought they'd do it one word at a time?
And if you think the Namespace Wars will be over before Christmas,
note that our trusted betters at ICANN are planning to move
arbitration of domain names to the National Arbitration Forum. Will
this help in matters such as the ongoing battle between etoys.com
and etoy.com, where the younger, richer, and more commercial company
can sue the award-winning European artists off the face of the Net?
Listen to this quote from the NAF Webpages spotted by Lewis Shadoff
(c/o the excellent Tasty Bits from the Technological Frontier
discussion list): "Forum arbitrators are not permitted to ignore
the law and make decisions based on 'equity'." Equity, for those of
you who haven't yet the sense to become lawyers, is the principle
that justice involves fairness as well as the fixed rules of law.
No room for fairness, or for non-profits too poor to fight back, or
for the exercise of art: just for the iron rules of law and
business. Well, we must have our rules. But who's that out on the
streets of London, wailing up at our window on this freezing
"Business!" cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again.
"Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my
business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence,
were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but
a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my
- the owners of www.dickens.com will be furious
- and a Merry Newtonmas to all our sources
>> MEMEPOOL <<
hasta la altavista
seasonal pyrotechnics: http://www.sunplan.com/pp/ ... TOPICA buying
up more mailing lists ... EWOK apocalypse:
http://www.geekhaus.co.uk/toybox/ewok.htm ... break into Ion Storm's
HQ and steal the Daikatana master discs:
http://www.arrgh.co.uk/ionstorm ... oh, that canny BOFH: THE
REGISTER pays for the new columns, but who ends up with the archive?
http://bofh.ntk.net/ is your new, ad-free local mirror ... hooray!
a pre-millennium socket layer for the Z88!
http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/~djm/z88dk/zsock/ ... a Spectrum ZX81 - now
they *are* rare:
... somebody really *doesn't* want cheap Net access in
>> 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.
Registered at the Post Office as "holiday, baby, holiday"
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