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Nope, this ain't Carlin

Considered Harmful correctly notes that George Carlin is not the author of the spiffy little treatise that's going around lately on the net. If he'd written it, it would be in print by now; and it's not. Trust me.

It's not edgy enough, anyway.

Monday, February 14, 2000 @ 04:15 p.m. - Comment


Isn't it nice to know...

that the State of Virginia plans to reduce oral sex from a felony to a misdemeanor.

Happy Valentine's Day.

What are these people thinking?

Monday, February 14, 2000 @ 03:33 p.m. - Comment


The Weekly Planet

is, as I have noted before, the local alternative newspaper 'round here.

Its editor is a guy named John Sugg, and he has balls.

A final thought. Letís say youíre 22 years old and think you look glamorous with that cig hanging out of your mouth. You know itís cool, because you saw that neat ad in the Planet. And you believe, really believe, what you see in the Planet. But wait, is that a little cough I hear? Does your throat feel a little raspy? Maybe youíre short of breath. Sorry, pal, but it will get worse. Much worse. I hope youíll forgive us for helping to kill you.

Enjoy the paper in the meantime.

Monday, February 14, 2000 @ 12:35 p.m. - Comment


American Pie

No, no band camp flute stories here...

Relatively recently, someone asked me about the lyrics to American Pie, the Don McLean anthem about to be butchered by Madonna (she's re-recording it for a film soundtrack, and leaving out several verses).

There has been an annotated version of those lyrics in print sometime in the last 5 years, or so; I'd thought it was from Jerry Osborne, aka Mr. Music... but I'd also expect his website to have a direct link to a column like that, and it doesn't.

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, who writes Pop Culture Junk Mail, the latest addition to my daily reads, pointed to this web posting of Rich Kulawiec's FAQ on the topic, which hopefully will hold whomever asked me.

There are, of course, other version of the song around...

Weird Al weighed in with his version; there's a version for Unix nerds laying around on what may be the last operational Gopher server on the planet, yet another set of interpretations, yet another interpretation, this one a bit less pretentious; and, finally, my favorite, a witty little number dedicated to the engineers in the Personal Interactive Electronics division at Apple Computer -- the folks who made the Newton: Newton Pie.

Monday, February 14, 2000 @ 11:53 a.m. - Comment


Buy Bobby Hanson's Privates!

You know, the scary part is that I know people this stupid.

"If it's true that my privates aren't really for sale at eBay," he continued, "then I don't think they should advertise that they are. As for EXP.com, I'm sorry, but I've never met anyone there, so I don't think they qualify as experts on my privates. I'm not even an expert on my privates."

However, Bobby's mother, Evelyn Hanson, questioned that claim. "Bobby spends an awfully long time in the bathroom," she said, particularly after watching episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

Monday, February 14, 2000 @ 11:39 a.m. - Comment


The New Kids On The Block

aren't a musical group; oh, no; they're 'twentysomething IT professionals', and here's a cliche-ridden Computerworld story about what they really want.

I remember when I was twentysomething...

Barely.

Monday, February 14, 2000 @ 11:27 a.m. - Comment


France was wrong...

Jerry Lewis does his best to prove he's becoming senile.

[ Thanks to Twernt ]

Monday, February 14, 2000 @ 11:00 a.m. - Comment


User Friendly Nails It

Happy Valentine's Day, Miranda.

Monday, February 14, 2000 @ 10:51 a.m. - Comment


Well, obviously...

It's time to climb back on the masturbation express again.

From Getting It, this story that should make all public-access TV coordinators roll over in their graves...

Sunday, February 13, 2000 @ 10:27 p.m. - Comment


Happy VD!

Well, ok; it's tomorrow, but I didn't want to be last in line...

If you were thinking of having sex with someone you love, this will probably change your mind...

And, hell; if I'm not having sex, why should you? :-)

[ Thanks to Hey, URL! for sharing this with us, no? Oh, and I dare any man in my audience to read this without grabbing... ]

Sunday, February 13, 2000 @ 10:10 p.m. - Comment


Obviously,

I have a lot of unexpected crying to get out of my system.

Requiescat in pace, Sparky.

Sunday, February 13, 2000 @ 08:57 p.m. - Comment


Training and frustration

You know, people don't seem to want to learn, anymore. Ok, when you're training someone in a business environment, they do have time constraints to deal with, and maybe they don't have the time to dig as deeply into a topic as they might otherwise... but so many people these days don't seem to want to learn at all.

Or maybe it's just that they have such limited areas of interest that I never cross paths with them.

Example: I just went back to the Acme Labs licensemaker site. Jef Poskanzer, who runs the place, is one of the original designers of the Apple Macintosh. He has all kinds of interesting stuff on his site. I know this because I'm poking around there. But I do wonder how many of the other people who go there will look at anything but the one page...

Sunday, February 13, 2000 @ 12:28 p.m. - Comment


I will not

point to the Make A License Plate page; I won't, I won't, I won't.

See? :-) I didn't.

Oops.

Sunday, February 13, 2000 @ 12:24 p.m. - Comment


Damn you, Dan!

He's forever scooping me on stuff, even when I've got warning. I guess maybe I don't spend too much time onlin after all. :-)

The new Comes Naturally is up, and explores the logical conclusion of the whole "government paying TV producers for anti-drug messages" theory. A delightful read, as always, if you're not sex-negative. And if you are, how do you put up with me?

Sunday, February 13, 2000 @ 12:18 p.m. - Comment


Is Linux Secure?

The answer, of course, is "well, if you're doing your job, it is"... and that the primary thrust of this article in Info Security Magazine, spotted in Root Prompt.

The author does appear to have a pretty decent handle on the real issue, "is Linux secure as it is deployed on the net", this provocative comment notwithstanding:

For end-users, Linux may be a better platform than Windows: more robust, more reliable and certainly less expensive. But is Linux more secure? Donít bet your job on it. A fresh Red Hat Linux installation is reasonably secure, but all bets are off once Linux newbies start installing and configuring applications and services that open gaping holes in your organizational infrastructure.

Worth (or, for Pascal fans, 'Wirth' :-) a read.

Sunday, February 13, 2000 @ 11:35 a.m. - Comment


Maybe...

I should take the classes to get my MCSE.

Sunday, February 13, 2000 @ 11:15 a.m. - Comment


Remember...?

Dan asks, in a somewhat unusual context:

Remember when we were kids, and we could play?

And everyone wants to know why I prefer younger women...

Sunday, February 13, 2000 @ 11:11 a.m. - Comment


Velvet Jones would be so proud...

The WWF Ho Train.

Saturday, February 12, 2000 @ 12:16 p.m. - Comment


Long Pissy Rant - Is Customer Service Completely Dead?

My first two paying jobs were Albertsons and Burger King. So I'd like to think I understand that no, the customer isn't always right... but they are always the customer, and they sign your check, albeit perhaps a bit figuratively.

It has not been a good week.

I'm getting tired of new managements having to show their ass. I'm getting tired of having to point out to service businesses that I don't pay them to win arguments with me.

Let's start with yesterday. As you may have already noted, below, my friend Christina auctions adult toys and lingerie on eBay, and I've put a link to her auction list below.

There's a story there, as you've no doubt guessed by now.

It took me half an hour to get that link to work... The problem, you see, is that the click tracker site I use mangles the URL a bit; I needed to %-escape the question mark and ampersands in her URL to get it to work right. Unfortunately, the eBay error message doesn't bother to tell you what it did get, so you can figure out what might be broken. Ok, simple fix: drop a note to the webmasters at eBay; suggest that addition to them, right?

'Shyeah, right', as my friend Hood would say.

There is no mailto: link on the eBay site anywhere for the webmasters, as far as I could find in 8 minutes of diligent searching. So I looked for a phone number. Uh huh.

So I checked whois -- surely there will be some valid phone number for them there, right? Echo answers mournfully. The number in their whois entry is disconnected. Call Directory Assistance. Get a new number. Also disconnected. Oh, there's a new area code; try that.

Apparently, Sprint LD hasn't learned about AC 669 yet...

Search the page again. Here's a phone number for their Stock Transfer Agent, in New Jersey, call that. Voice Response unit that asks me to spell the first three letters of the company's name on my 'Touch Tone Keypad'. Accepts what I enter but doesn't verify what it thinks I said. Great. Tell guy-who-answers-the-phone that that's a bad idea, then tell him what I'm looking for. GWATP looks in his rolodex, and gives me another number, similar to the second broken one; turns out to be the stock contact at the company (doh!). Thank GWATP, call other number, get voice mail, hit 0, get switchboard operator.

Try to explain to SBO just enough of what's wrong to get the right person on the phone... SBO *just* *doesn't* *get* *it*. Can't parse "well, just transfer me to someone who has 5 minutes to listen to me rant", even. I finally decide to attack "both your phone numbers are disconnected first"; "please send me to your communications management people".

"Who's that?"

To quote Charlie Brown: "AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!"

Puts me on hold, finally finds me a person with a clue. I explain all seven levels of my frustration; she promises to find me a webmaster person and puts me on hold.

She does, and Mary is very patient and helpful in a) finding a solution to my problem, and b) listening to me pontificate architecturally on why those DLLs should tell you what they heard when they don't like it and that publicizing the API to that particular DLL might be nice, too. Takes my email address; promises to let me know what comes of it.

So, tell me, not that all of the problems were eBay's; why did I spend half an hour getting progressively more and more pissed that a) systems supposedly in place to service me, a customer, not only were broken, but b) no one cares if they get fixed?

Another delightful little story, from last night.

I'm already unhappy, for yet another "I don't pay you to win arguments with me" reason I won't go into right now. I go to the IHOP down the street. "The Branch Office", I call it.

I guess I'm closing that office.

"ALL 20%, 15% AND OUTDATED DISCOUNT CARDS WILL NO LONGER BE HONORED." said the tacky looking sign taped to the doors and register. "WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE. MANAGEMENT"

I asked my waitress. "We lost over $2000 on those cards!"

Yeah; that's about half a day's business. How much are you going to lose by telling those people that they're not Very Important anymore? The way I see this, they didn't lose two grand, they made roughly 50% of 5 or 6 times that much money, that they wouldn't have made otherwise.

But no matter. I'm not important anymore, so I guess I'll take the $1000 or so I spent eating there each of the last 2 years to Steak & Shake instead. I suggest you do the same.

Saturday, February 12, 2000 @ 11:30 a.m. - Comment


Good Catch, Eric.

My buddy who writes the amusingly titled Gyro On Pita (and whose lady, Rayne sells, um, adult items on eBay -- not to mention at the Wagon Wheel Flea Market), spotted a story on the business world's answer to The Onion, FNWire - 'Fast, Free, False'.

SUN ISSUES FINAL WORD ON MICROSOFT ó Last Issue's Big Story
Palo Alto, Cal. ó In an effort to streamline corporate communications and eliminate redundancy, Sun Microsystems today issued what it called its "official and definitive" statement on the company's relationship with rival Microsoft. "Microsoft sucks," Sun said.
I love it.

Alan won't, of course.

Friday, February 11, 2000 @ 03:03 p.m. - Comment


It doesn't take all kinds...

we just have all kinds.

Here's the story of a crook who apparently got "stick up" confused with "stick out your tongue".

The St Pete Times doesn't seem to have gotten to this story yet...

Friday, February 11, 2000 @ 12:45 p.m. - Comment


Weekend Music Reminder

Shana at the South Tampa Borders, Saturday 4:30pm, for her CD release party, and her vocal counterpart Tonya Quillen, at the Tyrone Mall Borders, Sunday, 4pm. I expect to be at both of these; if you're a local listener silly enough to want to meet me, I'm the 6'1" brunet with the wire frame glasses.

No, I will not be wearing a carnation. I won't even have a lapel. :-)

Shana and Tonya are both excellent singers and songwriters; I recommend you go if you like that sort of thing; you'll be glad you did.

Friday, February 11, 2000 @ 11:53 a.m. - Comment


Two interesting notes...

from David Chess' weblog...

Those of you who know me personally know that my approach to religion and faith is, roughly "I don't know who's cranking; I'm pleased she doesn't stop." (Those who know me really well even know where I stole that line from. :-)

David has put this differently, but equally well, in a note to his log today:

(Note: for those sensitive to such things, I do believe that the Bible is the world of God, but then so are the Torah, the Koran, the Lao Tzu, "Where the Wild Things Are", the ingredient list on your cereal box, and especially whatever it was that that guy was yelling last night in the street outside your window.)

He also had a pointer to a good backgrounder on the current spate of Denial Of Service attacks on the Internet this week, which may be why you've had trouble getting here, if you had.

I've had people ask me: "Hold it. I thought the Internet was supposed to have been built to be protected from a nuclear attack?"

It was. It was not, however, designed to be safe from greed on the part of the corporations who build it.

I've said this before, and I'll say it again. IP transport is an engineering function. Not marketing. Not sales. Not revenue. Engineering. If you don't treat every facet of IP transit solely from an engineering viewpoint, what we're seeing is what you'll get.

Period. End of report.

The ways to avoid and mitigate this sort of attack have been well known for years, but just try to get management to let you spend time and money on implementing them.

This is the grand "I told you so".

Thursday, February 10, 2000 @ 01:56 p.m. - Comment


The CSS fracas - another view

If you've been tracking the web (or the world :-) lately, you've probably heard that a Norwegian teenager got himself arrested by the movie industry last month.

Well, ok, they didn't do it in person, you can bet Jack Valenti (of the MPAA) pulled the switch.

In any event, yet another source has weighed in with an opinion on the reverse engineering Jon Johansen performed on the weak, poorly designed encryption scheme the movie industry people chose to "protect their movies from pirating" (shyeah, right!):

Far from being an illegal and immoral activity, hacking the DVD encryption codes was entirely legal, moral and necessary in order to circumvent the DVD industry's shameful attempts to restrict the legal rights of consumers through technical coercion.

Ah, you're saying to yourself, Richard Stallman, or another of thse long-hair "information must be free" weirdos.

No.

The Los Angeles Times.

[ Thanks to Linux Weekly News for catching this one ]

Wednesday, February 9, 2000 @ 09:34 p.m. - Comment


Do not piss someone off in Papua New Guinea

You have been warned.

[ Thanks to Considered Harmful ]

Tuesday, February 8, 2000 @ 10:55 a.m. - Comment


The Grand Master lives...

Brent caught this commentary on why Heinlein is so cool. I, too, grew up on the Admiral, and I'm trying my best to hook as many other people on him as possible.

If this guy would finally get his book in print (which I'm assured is going to happen this spring sometime)... (looks at page) 8 May 2000 is the date he's talking about; the 12th anniversary of the end of the world.

Oh, excuse me; where was I?

Yes... that's right. Boondock.

I still want to marry Maureen.

And Friday, and Deety...

And Poddy, when she's old enough.

RIP.

Monday, February 7, 2000 @ 11:15 p.m. - Comment


Mr Monologue strikes again...

Every once in a while, Jim hits a good one...

Musician and former "Entertainment Tonight" host John Tesh
has settled a lawsuit against an online business that
registered an Internet domain name which infringed on his
rights.

     The terms of the settlement with
     www.sucksbeyondbelief.com were not disclosed.

Monday, February 7, 2000 @ 12:32 p.m. - Comment


Yep...

Junior High was the right call.

Now I get to see which 'loggers have no sense of humor.

Monday, February 7, 2000 @ 12:10 p.m. - Comment


Grrrrrrr...

This story annoys the crap out of me.

The response from guests is positive, says Omni marketing vice president Peter Strebel, citing more than 25,000 messages of support (including many from "family values" groups) and just a few complaints.

"Some of the cards have been from businessmen saying, 'Thanks for removing the temptation,' " Strebel says.

Well, of course.

Could someone explain the words "self-selecting survey" to them? I'm sorry, but we still don't live in a world where business travelers are going to send bitchy notes to the hotel chain saying "you took my smut away, damn you!"

They will, however, vote with their wallets. The other quote from the piece is pertinent, I think:

A major adult-video producer is surprised by the Omni decision. "We live in a society where sexually oriented content appears everywhere, from music CDs to mainstream movies," says Vivid Entertainment Group president Steve Hirsch. "We will see how this affects occupancy rates."

Yup. We will.

Monday, February 7, 2000 @ 11:58 a.m. - Comment


I'm sorry...

but the law is simply an ass.

Monday, February 7, 2000 @ 11:56 a.m. - Comment


Well...

I see things are finally getting back to normal at Columbine High School.

[ Note: if you've left your sense of humor in your other pants, tough. ]

Sunday, February 6, 2000 @ 03:49 p.m. - Comment


If you've ever wanted to make it...

with a Real Doll... here's the solution to all your problems.

Sunday, February 6, 2000 @ 03:31 p.m. - Comment


On a trek...

...through the BradLands, I spotted something that, like Brad, I wish I'd read before going to highschool...

Your Guide to High School Hate

Some people will tell you that high school is a secondary education system designed to prepare the youth of today for the world of tomorrow. These are lies, lies that fester in the mouths of jackals, heathens, and vice-principals. In reality, high school should be thought of as a holding cell, intended to keep minors from enjoying their carefree teen years. It's the one time in your life where the government takes complete and utter responsibility for you, provided you don't wind up on welfare or get elected to Congress.

Sunday, February 6, 2000 @ 03:00 p.m. - Comment


A TEMPEST in a Teapot

If you've ever heard TEMPEST tossed around in conversation -- usually conversation about the CIA and the Pentagon in a Tom Clancy novel :-) -- you might have wondered what it meant.

Via rootprompt, this introduction to TEMPEST.

I did find one thing with which to quibble, though. This article defines TEMPEST as an acronym (that is, a pronounceable initialism), and gives it's expansion. I don't have the references handy, but I'm pretty sure I've seen in several places that it is, in fact, just a word, not an acronym. Hmmm... references?

Sunday, February 6, 2000 @ 01:55 p.m. - Comment


If you have any problems using this website

please fill out this form.

Thank you.

Sunday, February 6, 2000 @ 12:31 a.m. - Comment


And, speaking of girl hackers...

here's a Freshmeat piece on Why are there so few female geeks?

My ghod; I think I actually scooped everyone for a change. :-)

Sunday, February 6, 2000 @ 12:12 a.m. - Comment


If you hate smoking

Call this number: 1-800-578-7453

If you like smoking, call this number: 1-800-578-7453

[ Thanks to Lilly ]

Sunday, February 6, 2000 @ 12:07 a.m. - Comment


Fannish Speech Pathology

Dan pointed me back at Dori (who had dropped off my daily list; I see they're back at it now), who found this cool Usenet posting, which, while I adduce it as evidence that Usenet is not either dead, thank-you-very-much, is also quite interesting. It's a summary of a presentation at Minicon by Karyn Ashburn, a speech therapist concerning the way fen speak.

Nifty stuff...

Saturday, February 5, 2000 @ 11:48 p.m. - Comment


Tradeoffs...

Brent Simmons, in his log, inessential, discusses the fact that Cobalt webservers are about to start shipping with Microsoft Active Server Page support (although, if memory serves, it's not from Microsoft... :-), and comments:

I'm wondering when, or if, people will realize that tag-based systems aren't a great method of content management. You're still dealing with files on a hard drive. You still face most of the same problems you face when building static sites entirely by hand. Give me templates and a built-in database and Edit this Page buttons -- then give me the ability to add macros. Now we're talking. Just adding scripts to an otherwise plain HTML file doesn't do nearly enough to make a website easy to manage and easy to update.
Brent is talking, of course, about Manila, the product sold by the company he works for, Userland Software. Now, my disagreements with his boss, Dave Winer, quite aside, I have to disagree with him on a technical point.

Yes, putting some of the content on your site in a database can make many things much easier. But, there's a major tradeoff, and it's this: the lion's share of web servers still, unless the Netcraft Web Server Survey is wrong, are running Apache. The last time I checked, the vast majority of those are running on Unix boxes. And there's a reason for that besides mere seniority: websites are mainly text, and Unix boxes are toolboxes for dealing with massive quantities of text.

You can cobble your way there on an NT box, usually by buying expensive add on software. You can do things like full text searches on database backed sites, if you picked the right database server software, and if you pay thousands extra for the right add on to it.

On a unix box? You can do it in about 15 minutes. For free. Pretty much regardless of which Unix it is.

The point of this little commentary is that, of course the features he talks about are nice, and of course it would be nice if the vendor supplied them instead of you having to handbuild them... but this is not a sufficient reason to choose the wrong underlying platform to support them.

This weblog is run on the pitas.com engine. If you scroll down to the bottom, you'll see that it has an "Edit This Page" button. The idea is absolutely great.

It's pretty trivial to put such a button on a site served by the Zope application server as well, and in fact, I did, on the page I was playing with. But Zope has the same problem. While putting that data in a database makes some things quite a bit easier, I can't get to it anymore.

Yes, a global object database is great. Yes, an outliner for editing code is a super idea; I hope someone writes one for Python, which would be perfectly suited to the idea. But none of these things lessen the availability of tools, and the toolbuilding environment, of the Unix operating system.

To quote (I think) Henry Spencer, "to replace Unix, another operating system must become Unix."

Unix hasn't survived 30 years of horrible marketing and commercial fragmentation for no reason...

(PS: Yes, Brent; fork() is cool. :-)

Saturday, February 5, 2000 @ 11:08 p.m. - Comment


eBay isn't happy...

It seems some other companies are operating websites that skim data out of eBay about current prices on auctions and aggregate this information for their customers.

This raises an excellent, and very important, question: who owns that data? eBay makes it publicly available through HTTP; do they really have the right to complain when people make use of it?

Both Bidder's Edge and AuctionWatch -- which offer search tools that let users track and compare product listings, pricing changes and auction status on many different auction sites at the same time -- say they provide a valuable service for consumers. They say eBay, the world's largest auction site with more than 4 million listings, views them as a threat.

Yup, they do, and the reason is simple, but obscure: companies are rarely in the business they appear to be in.

Television is an excellent example. Television isn't about bringing programs to viewers, no, not at all. It's the business of selling eyeballs to advertisers.

eBay is a less clearcut example than some, since it actually makes money off it's transactions; many 'free' (shyeah, right) sites are even in a tighter bind: they make money of page views by humans, if their sites get farmed by robots, they lose big.

It's not clear how you could stop this; even if you try referrer-locking the site (so that requests with an unexpected referrer are bounced), it's easy enough to forge -- this is the old armor vs. armament battle. Armor always loses.

Fundamentally, it comes down to this: free site operators don't want to admit in public that they're selling eyeballs to advertisers, and without admitting that, they can't make a believable argument as to why such practices are bad for them.

As for eBay, they're falling prey to the conundrum Eric Raymond points out in his essay on the Quake cheating problem: if you open up the client, all your security has to be on the server. In a stateless environment like HTTP, this can be exceedingly difficult to do right, and if it's the aggregate of your data that is the value proposition of your company, and you want to make it available via the web, you have to expect that people will do things with your raw data that you didn't expect, and figure out how to live with that.

It's exceptionally difficult to stop it.

Saturday, February 5, 2000 @ 07:51 p.m. - Comment


Geek Fantasy

I've just been back over to Monkeybagel, one of the many websites that reminds me that I'm not as funny as I think I am, and re-read (it was pointed out on Slashdot months ago) this Geek Fantasia...

If you're a geek, too, this will be uncomfortably pleasant sounding...

Saturday, February 5, 2000 @ 07:30 p.m. - Comment


Rant: Technology and Privacy

Here we go again.

This story, from the local alternative rag, The Weekly Planet (previously Creative Loafing, until the owners got in a franchise huff with the Atlanta paper that owns the name), is about GPS tracking technology, and how it's 'advancing'.

Another Florida-based company really wants to get under your kidsí skin, literally. Applied Digital Solutions has patented the rights to an implantable digital transceiver it intends to market for medical, law enforcement and business security. One proposed use is to insert the transceiver, called Digital Angel, under the skin of children so that in the case of kidnapping, the child could be tracked.

Uh huh. Right

Data creep strikes again.

As more and more information about who we are and what we do, and where and when we do it, is captured -- often we are told that it's "to make our life easier"; sometimes, it's just paid for (supermarket 'savings' cards) -- it becomes easier and easier for the people who collect that information to use it, and correlate it with other people's data, in ways we did not intend -- and, usually, ways we wouldn't approve of, if we even knew it was happening.

Has your state switched over to the new thermally printed driver licenses, like Florida has? Did you have to sign that little digital signature pad? How about the last time you bought something with a charge card?

What, exactly, happened to the digitized version of that signature? If it was laser-printed on a check, do you think your bank would question it?

Signatures are especially problematic, because they're 'negotiable' -- they're not merely a means of identification, they're a means of authorization -- but even the detail data about that credit card purchase is now available to the highest bidder from your credit card company.

This is why I don't deal with banks, other than to cash my checks. I used to get really weird looks from people when I explained why...

I don't, much, anymore...

Saturday, February 5, 2000 @ 06:21 p.m. - Comment


Carnival Cruises no Paradise

Carnival Cruise Lines haven't been having an especially good year or so. They've had several problems with ships at sea, roundly pissing off Mr. and Mrs. America. But they're 'teflon', you see; criticism doesn't stick to them.

Or so they think. Today's St Pete Times carries an article that casts their travails in a somewhat different light.

Even for complaint-prone Carnival, the nature of the "electronic protest" has been an eye-opener. "We have not seen this before," acknowledged Tim Gallagher, a spokesman in Carnival's Miami headquarters.

That quote will be the cover story in next month's edition of Duh Magazine. Apparently the people at Carnival pay no attention to the news, or they would have heard about the problems that befell a little tiny company you may have heard of, a couple years ago...

They're called 'Intel'.

They thought that there were customers small enough to piss off, too. They were big enough to survive that mistake. Is Carnival?

Saturday, February 5, 2000 @ 05:44 p.m. - Comment


For those people

geeky enough to have understood why Verio trademarking 'whois' was stupid, but not geeky enough to follow Slashdot every day (are there any of these? :-), here's the answer.

Saturday, February 5, 2000 @ 12:55 a.m. - Comment


Maybe I missed something...

CERT Advisory CA-2000-02 talks about the issues involved with web bulletin boards and similar systems that can display unchecked user-input HTML. It suggests something I've long practiced: "Web Users Should Disable Scripting Languages in Their Browsers".
says Dan at
Flutterby.

But, Dan? How does that "Change appearance and color scheme" stuff work? :-)

Saturday, February 5, 2000 @ 12:46 a.m. - Comment


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