Charles Sebold has a public service announcment I’m…

Charles Sebold has a public service announcment.

I’m begging you, before I have to delete another thousand (yes, thousand) bogus emails — please either update your antivirus and Windows systems, or stop running Windows, or get off the internet. For the good of the internet, before we have to change email so much that it doesn’t work anymore, please fix this now. There is no technological solution; the only solution is for you to take charge of your internet connection and computer as an individual. I already told you how; it’s not hard.

Strangely enough, I haven’t received a single MyDoom email.

Cory Doctorow has an inspired response to Robert…

Cory Doctorow has an inspired response to Robert Scoble’s blog post claiming that the best way for digital music consumers to protect their investment is to lock themselves into the craptastic DRM scheme that is going to be most widespread (Microsoft’s). Not only does he lambaste that viewpoint, but he points out that Microsoft is in a prime position take on the media companies and deliver what consumers really want.

If Microsoft wants to deliver a compelling service to its customers, let it make general-purpose tools that have the side-effect of breaking Sony and Apple’s DRM, giving its customers more choice in the players they use. Microsoft has shown its willingness to go head-to-head with antitrust people to defend its bottom line: next to them, the copyright courts and lawmakers are pantywaists, Microsoft could eat those guys for lunch, exactly the way Sony kicked their asses in 1984 when they defended their right to build and sell VCRs, even though some people might do bad things with them. Just like the early MP3 player makers did when they ate Sony’s lunch by shipping product when Sony wouldn’t.

BostonGlobe Infiltration of files seen as extensive Republican…

BostonGlobe: Infiltration of files seen as extensive.

Republican staff members of the US Senate Judiciary Commitee infiltrated opposition computer files for a year, monitoring secret strategy memos and periodically passing on copies to the media, Senate officials told The Globe. From the spring of 2002 until at least April 2003, members of the GOP committee staff exploited a computer glitch that allowed them to access restricted Democratic communications without a password. Trolling through hundreds of memos, they were able to read talking points and accounts of private meetings discussing which judicial nominees Democrats would fight — and with what tactics.


The Massachusetts open source software saga has come to an end. Government officials dropped the anti-proprietary rhetoric but still require the consideration of OSS and open standards.

The new policy further spelled out the distinctions, saying: “For all prospective IT investments, agencies must consider as part of the best value evaluation all possible solutions, including open standards compliant open source and proprietary software as well as open standards compliant public sector code sharing at the local, state and federal levels.”