NTK Bits, 2000-02-25
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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Fri, 25 Feb 100 18:48:24 -0800
Subject: NTK Bits, 2000-02-25
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Excerpted-from: NTK now, 2000-02-25
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"We have always done a good job of safeguarding privacy. I don't
think we've done a good job as we could have on getting the message
out there about privacy."
- DoubleClick's KEVIN RYAN
...although if you had detailed knowledge about the sites we visited,
you could probably work it out
>> HARD NEWS <<
nuts and screws
If you were wondering why this week's Private Eye had an advert
for www.portia.org.uk, an apparently empty site, here's why. PORTIA
is - or was - a site that documents suspected cases of false
convictions in the UK, run by the eighty-year-old journalist, Ken
Norman. On February 9th of this year, the small ISP who hosts the
site received a letter from lawyers acting on behalf of the Police
Federation. The Police Federation is currently seeking action
against the BBC for a Trial and Error program on the Eddie Gilfoyle
case, and sought to have a page covering the case removed, and
replaced with "a full apology". Eddie's conviction has been found
unsafe by the the Criminal Cases Review Commission, and following
an investigation by a neighbouring police force, officers involved
have been recommended for disciplinary action. Nonetheless, under
the weight of the Federation's legal threats, the ISP felt obliged
to remove the entire site.
- although, of course, censorships' just a caching problem
- best dealt with backups
- at multiple sites
Of course, we have our own battles to fight. Not quite in the same
league is our two year campaign to hold Bill Gates to his promises.
As founder subscribers will recall, back in 1997 we challenged Bill
on a promise he gave some years previously: to release the source
for the original, 4KB Altair BASIC. Since then, he has persistently
mentioned "getting around to it". We guess he's been too busy
forgetting stuff for the DOJ trial to recollect this particular
commitment. Or has he? IT WEEK recently reminded him of the deal,
and Bill said that "anybody who wants a copy can just ask." You
heard the man: wonder what license he's going to pick?
- next, he has to get Win2000 to run in 640KB
- the story so far
>> ANTI-NEWS <<
berating the obvious
http://www.softwareparadise.co.uk features ISO9002 "qulaity" (sic)
accreditation ... ... MATT DRUDGE demands bongo and flute backing
to his audio book ... THE THE in Amazon's top ten pre-ordered
albums: but *how*? ... BBC reveal that in futuristic Finland, "Some
girls change the covers to suit their clothes - if they're wearing
a red dress they'll have a red phone that day." ... SUNDAY TIMES
recommends users "jiggle their mouse" to beat online time-outs ...
AMAZON not learning much from that purchase circle feature:
(try Bill Gates) ... they're just trying to wind up Tim BL, right?
http://www.g-wizz.net/errordocuments/404error.swf ... still, there
are worse industries to have a doh file:
>> TRACKING <<
sufficiently advanced technology : the gathering
GRAPHVIZ is one of programs that make you realise that (a) everyone
else has the same problems as you and (b) a few of them are *much*
better at getting around to solving them. It's a suite of programs
for UNIX and Windows that takes a simply organised text file of
directed or undirected nodes, and constructs an accurate and
aesthetically rather lovely graph of them. And it saves the shame
of borrowing Marketing's copy of Visio. No recent changes (although
it did slip quietly into an Openish Source license last September).
We only just found it. We're fools.
- Tony Buzanariffic
>> 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.
NEED TO KNOW
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