Archive for October, 2005

Halloween Horror

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Quote of the week: October 31st

Monday, October 31st, 2005

“You’re a college person so you can like speak burpanese in like…complete sentences…” – CJ

Happy Halloween!!!1!

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Jack Thompson wants to censor you!

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

Jack Thompson:

  • Led the campaign against the 1989 2 Live Crew album “As Nasty As They Wanna Be”, and later, Ice T’s “Cop Killer.”
  • Filed with the FCC regarding the contents of a 2003 edition of Howard Stern’s radio show resulted in Clear Channel Communications being fined $496,000 in 2004.
  • Filed, in 1999, a $33 million federal products liability lawsuit against several entertainment companies, including Time Warner Inc., Polygram Film Entertainment Distribution Inc., Palm Pictures, Island Pictures and New Line Cinema, Atari Corp., Nintendo of America, Sega of America Inc. and Sony Computer Entertainment on behalf of the parents of victims of the 1997 Paducah schoolhouse shootings.
  • Most recently has taken his tirade against videogame publishers Take Two (Grand Theft Auto series, Bully et. al.), Capcom (Killer 7), and EA (The Sims. Yeah really).
  • This guy has really made himself a credible source for irrationality and brought many smiles to sane peoples faces. The mainstream press loves this guy too. The hot coffee mod “scandal” in GTA3 is but his latest whipping boy. This guy has scored a lot of prime time interviews and news stories on major outlets since the early ’90s with, among other things, demands that 2 Live Crew’s “As Nasty As They Wanna Be” and Ice T’s “Cop Killer” be banned (those were big news items at the time), been a major factor behind several indecency fines Howard Stern received from the FCC, and been a part of damn near every news story on the dangers of violent video games.

    This is the guy who insisted that Columbine was caused by DOOM being a “murder simulator”. He has sued, among others Time Warner Inc., Polygram Film Entertainment Distribution Inc., Palm Pictures, Island Pictures and New Line Cinema, Atari Corp., Nintendo of America, Sega of America Inc. and Sony Computer Entertainment under Federal Product Liability laws after a different school shooting.

    His allegations led Dateline NBC to report that Lee Boyd Malvo, the beltway sniper, had “trained extensively using Halo”. He has been interviewed numerous times on CBS, including one famous instance in which he compared Doug Lowesnstein of the ESA to Joseph Goebbels. He has appeared on 60 minutes to discuss how Grand Theft Auto (he alleges) trained a young man to murder two police officers.

    You all may want to check out the ChatterBox interview with Gabe and Tycho. Gabe talks a little about his recent conversations with Jack Thompson. Apparently the first thing Jack said after calling Gabe up and establishing his identity was:

    “Let me tell you something, idiot.”

    This utter professionalism is well-reflected in the text of his fax to the Seattle police.

    “There are a bunch of computer geeks out there who think…”
    “These idiots have been so careless as to…”

    I can only imagine what some of his non-game-related correspondence is like.

    The deeper you dig… the crazier Jack Thompson seems to be. Apparently he ran against Janet Reno for the Office of Dade County State Attorney back in 88. He made some pretty ridiculous claims, including that Janet Reno uses call girls. He’s also gotten in an e-mail flamewar with a 14-year old, and his quips make the youngster look like Socrates by comparison.

    I hope if the mainstream media begins to give Jack Thompson more air time, since he is fast becoming a “celebrity”, these past deeds are brought up. To ignore them does not accurately portray his real character.

    MS-sponsored TCO Report

    Friday, October 28th, 2005

    To be “fair”, here is a Windows vs Linux TCO study that was sponsored by Microsoft. What’s that? Oh, of course it’s fair…Microsoft wouldn’t lie to us to sell their product now would they?

    Anyway, it’s still good for a laugh…

    Here it is.

    Signs

    Thursday, October 27th, 2005

    Attempting to find less obvious signs led me to examples that I had found in my personal life and my work life.

    Verbal signs, such as someone speaking with sarcasm, somone speaking with a harsh sounding voice, and someone speaking with a smile on their face, could all be examples of verbal signs rather than physical signs. When interacting with others, both verbal signs and body language could be taken into consideration when looking for “non-obvious” signs.

    More “obvious signs” would be street signs and safety warning labels – at least one would think so anyway. Here is one example of a set of very confusing signs. Needless to say, the signs do not make things obvious.

    ENG-113 Assignment 8

    Du-huh?

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

    Linux Tills

    Wednesday, October 26th, 2005

    A lot of tills are running Windows XP Embedded for their OS. After speaking with someone working at the local Subway (I noticed the WinXP default screensaver going), I found out that the tills need to be restarted at least twice a day. My issue with this, of course, is that the bloated Windows desktop isn’t really required, but you can’t buy Windows without the desktop. It’s funny that people “upgrade” their OS just because it’s the “latest and greatest”, but did they really need to in the first place? Chances are they didn’t unless the OS was no longer supported (such as NT4 or Windows 2000). Even then, if they’re reliable, why upgrade?

    UK retailer Matalan has migrated 2,800 tills to Linux for several reasons – two are that the tills would be more secure and easier to support. They have been doing so since the end of 2004 and haven’t looked back. They compared Windows XP Embedded, but chose not to switch to XPe because of virii that target XP systems, performance issues, and didn’t feel that XPe was a mature enough system yet. The regular version of XP has services packs that are issued, but would “require a lot of testing and customizing on XPe before being applied”.

    Article here.

    Linux intrusion discovery cheat sheet

    Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

    Here is a cheat sheet created by the SANS Institute. Good for the quick and dirty checks, but there are still a lot of other valid things you could do, but probably didn’t fit on one sheet.

    Grab it here.

    5 moderator points

    Monday, October 24th, 2005

    I hadn’t meta-moderated in a while, so it’s been a while since I was given some mod points.