01 May 2003
Carving up spam. Unsolicited bulk e-mailers are on the spit this week as lawmakers, computing giants and marketers each apply the heat and a study shows the prevalence of fraud in spam. [CNET News.com]
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Gyro failure puts Hubble in safe mode. A gyroscope failure on the Hubble Space Telescope Tuesday has put the spacecraft into a temporary safe mode. [spacetoday.net]
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iPodJust took delivery of the new 15G iPod, for review purposes for a few days. Amused to see that the protective film in which the actual iPod itself is wrapped bears this statement in four languages: "Don't steal music." (Ne volez pas le musique; Bitte keine Musik stehlen. And some Japanese characters.) A cynic might wonder why Apple didn't add, "Pay for it at the Apple Music Store"... I can't say much more about it at the moment because I haven't had the chance to do anything with it. First impression is that I actually prefer the older design (which is a good thing, as I bought the 10G version only a month+ ago!). The all-touch controls are nice, however. I'll fiddle with it some more over the weekend.

For now, I've got to get ready to head over to the Digital Media Conference at UCD. I'm chairing the telecommunications session at 3:30, which has an interesting line-up of speakers. Don't think we'll get much of a chance to resolve the industry's issues but we'll sure try to air them!

12:23:36 PM  #   your two cents []
Fortune: Intel's Andy Grove: The Next Battles in Tech. Q&A with Andy Grove. "The consumer-electronics/media industries are two closely related businesses ripe to be transformed. If it was as important as warfare, and you spent big bucks the way the military does, you could come up with a wholesale reengineering of consumer electronics into an industry that was completely digitally based..." [Tomalak's Realm]
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Well, perhaps not quite like Marilyn Monroe, it must be said: Cilla prepares birthday treat for Blair. Cilla Black is to perform a Marilyn Monroe-style rendition of Happy Birthday for a BBC2 tribute to the prime minister. [Guardian Unlimited] ...Whatever. The mind is boggling even as I type.
11:31:33 AM  #   your two cents []
Fluffi Bunni nabbed at computer security show. "A suspected member of notorious hacker group Fluffi Bunni was arrested by the Metropolitan Police when they recognized him on a stand at the InfoSec computer security show in London, reports IDG News." [onlineblog.com]
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Microsoft's Antitrust Problems Remain Unresolved in Europe. A European antitrust official said that Microsoft had yet to resolve concerns about the way it competes in the European software market. [New York Times: Technology]
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David Pogue:  Apples New Online Music Service. Apple made its long-awaited entry into the online music market this week with its iTunes Music Store. How good is it? [New York Times: Technology]
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