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4/12/2004

Will MS kill Java?

Filed under: — Glanz @ 3:42 pm

Most analysts, being more reserved than I, are “waiting to see what happens” concerning the fate of Java.
“Our view of the settlement should depend on what we see Sun doing with the proceeds. What did we fight so hard for? Will Sun show us that our support was well-deserved, and will Sun prove it has the vision to strengthen Java by recognizing and assisting the independent developer community? These are the key questions, and I hope you will join me in watching how things progress before we draw conclusions about this settlement (or was it a purchase?)” … writes Rick Ross in this article at NewsForge.

But I have no good reason to practice such reservation, so let me state that it seems to me that the recent SUN/Microsoft settlement is really not about terminating an old feud. Historically, Microsoft has bought companies that have developed protocols and software contrary to the monopolist’s interests, that is to say, anything that even remotly threatened the criminal corporation’s hegemony in the domain. Companies that refuse to sell their souls are simply litigated out of existence via frivolous lawsuits. In the present case, it’s not a company but a block of code called Java made by a company who agreed to consort with ‘the rich enemy’. No, this is not a marriage, but rather a prostitution of principles. It seems that Sun has become Microsoft’s red-light district.

The recent SUN/M$ “settlement” smells of this. Java will most likely die because MS will kill it, and tan its hide for further use. This also means that SUN can no longer be trusted, except of course, by those stupid and/or immoral enough to trust Microsoft. “Our companies will continue to compete hard, but this agreement creates a new basis for cooperation that will benefit the customers of both companies,” Ballmer lied through his teeth in a typically false microbrained statement for fellow microbrains.

The moral of this story is that bribery and corruption win, especially when they are cleverly disguised as a settling of litigation…, and that ‘Ho`s will be Ho`s”….

4/11/2004

The Easter Notes -FUD in a basket case :: Mad Penguin

Filed under: — Glanz @ 7:59 am

The Easter Notes -FUD in a basket case :: Mad Penguin
“Recently we posted an article covering the statements about Linux made by Green Hills Software, Inc’s CEO and founder Dan O’Dowd. What Mr O’Dowd no doubt forgot to do was hire someone to write his speech that day before he presented it before the Net-Centric Operations Industry Forum in McLean, Va. The end result is a completely ridiculous and unfounded rant on the insecurities of the Linux operating system as it pertains to governmental usage. I have a few things I too would like to point out in response to this unbelievably ludicrous speech. The following are my thoughts…

In Conclusion…
The entire document that was released by Green Hills should be retracted immediately and shortly followed by an apology for allowing this man to speak in public. Not only does it make their CEO look completely ridiculous, he is also shedding bad light on the company itself and any future credibility they may have. Even though I doubt they have any real impact in the world as it turns, I do believe they are at least helping to spread unnecessary FUD. To think that the head of a corporation is making statements like this makes me wonder what kind of operation he runs as well as what kind of decisions he makes every day and based on what grounds.

Maybe we should light a candle in hopes that people will actually think about what they say before it comes pouring from their mouths, leaving the rest of the world scratching their heads in amazement. I for one have worn a hole in my head over this one…”

NOTE+rant:: The Green Hills CEO is a perfect example of an American dinosaurian capitalist who fears extinction because of such terrible concepts as “liberty”, the right to contribute to society without interference of moneyed interests, and freedom of expression in technical works. The fear and trembling he is experiencing is shared also by unethical exploiters all over the world. Big business is afraid of freedom of choice, especially when that freedom of choice implies not being obliged to pay for their products because superior products are being offered to the world by a community of people with a social conscience. This is why these dictatorial companies, strewn all over the world like a sickness after having been spawned in the US, have as their primary goal the control of the laws of their country of origin, “the land of the free”. There is hope however. There is an antidote to the malady: a mix of laughter and derision, followed by a good dose of boycotting.
– glanz

4/9/2004

Losing His Religion: Techfocus Interviews Hacker Adrian Lamo

Filed under: — Glanz @ 5:00 pm

Techfocus. Irreverent. Insightful. News. - Losing His Religion: Techfocus Interviews Hacker Adrian Lamo
I first worked to get an interview with Adrian Lamo in July, 2003. Having compromised the networks of some of the most influential companies in the world was not incredibly unusual, but the manner in which it was done was intriguing. Adrian Lamo has been termed the “homeless hacker,” the “helpful hacker” and numerous other nicknames - because instead of disappearing into the ether, he would make the company aware of the flaw he had exploited, and in some cases would advise them on how to resolve it. Based on that approach, Lamo was fortunate to have dealt with companies that didn’t choose to press charges.

Then, during an interview with SecurityFocus (not affiliated with Techfocus), he admitted to having broken into the NY Times network. The interviewer contacted the New York Times in a request for comment. Shortly thereafter, the FBI started an investigation. He was ultimately arrested in September for the penetration of the New York Times network, and for using their resources. Today he has pleaded guilty to breaking into their network, and for conducting unauthorized searches on Lexis/Nexis - all on the Grey Lady’s tab. You can read the original criminal complaint here.

Lamo had another distinction from many hackers - he did so while homeless.

This was no ordinary interview. Not only had Lamo not given any interviews since the arrest, but the FBI had been exerting tremendous pressure on journalists that had spoken with Lamo, demanding that they turn over all notes and correspondence with him. It was only after a strong outcry from the journalistic community and their attorneys that the FBI grudgingly relaxed their demands, but there was little solace in that. As such, there was nothing written down - just a digital voice recorder with a limited battery. Upon the conclusion of the interview, the recording was transcribed to the PC, then sent to an offshore server outside of my control, in the event that an order was made to surrender it. The digital recording was destroyed.

4/8/2004

Germans garotte Google Gmail over privacy | The Register

Filed under: — Glanz @ 9:36 am

Germans garotte Google Gmail over privacy | The Register
Google may have to rethink its new free email service Gmail, announced a week ago. The company is offering a whopping 1Gb of free storage, but scans the content of incoming email and seeds it with targeted ads.

This is forbidden, under German privacy laws, Andreas Hermann of the German Federal Data Protection Commission told a Hanover newspaper yesterday. In Germany, email, fax and phone conversations are considered to be confidential. Snooping on email is permitted only when substantial criminal activity is suspected.

Google stresses it will assign computers and not people to scan the content of emails, but this may still be a violation in Europe, where privacy protection laws are much stricter than in the US, where Google is based.

NOTE:: Also unresolved is the issue of why Google needs to retain your email after you’ve closed your account. Could it be because a company that employs dozens of IT professionals and certified engineers with PhDs can’t find the rm command or can’t figure out how to automate deletion of information?

Call me paranoid but I believe this smells of a deal with the US Govt’…

Google has “patriotically prevented” certain countries from having complete access to services and has restricted references to certain ‘unapproved’ foreign sites, Canadian sites included, because of outspoken criticism of the US concerning the war in Iraq, criticism of US trade policies, and other “un-patriotic” free speech. Considering these voluntary ‘patriotic acts’ , what’s to prevent me to believe that this is just a USGovt/Google plot to spy on the free world. In any case, I trust Google as much as I trust the US administration.