DID YOU HEAR

DID YOU HEAR

  • Toga party at Justice. According to ABC News, the attorney general last month ordered draperies made for two large, partly clothed Art Deco statues of a man and a woman in the Justice Department's Great Hall. Justice may be blind, but not John Ashcroft. Comments, complaints? The National Coalition Against Censorship's Web site is encouraging people to send e-mail to AskDOJ@usdoj.gov.

  • Microsoft bugs. Like a plague of locusts, they've caused so many disasters'fatal errors, general protection faults, blue screens of death. One bug even lets users wreak vengeance on their sysadmins via the Windows NT or 2000 'elevation-of-privilege attack.' For more Microsoft bugs, see the Jargon Lexicon, at info.astrian.net/jargon/terms.

  • Those darn users. They're to blame for losing or stealing notebook computers that cost up to $10,500 each to replace, counting lost productivity and data, according to Kensington Technology Group of San Mateo, Calif. But'whoops'the FBI and the Computer Security Institute say the figure is 'grossly underestimated' and in fact runs up to $60,000 per stolen system.

  • Digital Dirty Dozen. Guess what the now-languishing HR 2724, the 2001 Music Online Competition Act, would do? 'On the one hand, require nondiscriminatory licensing of online content, and on the other, mandate copy-protection schemes,' complained the Cato Institute of Washington in its rundown of the 'Terrible 12' high-tech bills in the 107th Congress. Personally, we were rooting for HR 718, the Anti-Spamming Act of 2001, which would fine senders of misleading or obscene commercial e-mail $5 per violation, not to exceed $1 million. That's after they catch 'em. Good luck. Send tips, no spam, to buzz@postnewsweektech.com.
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