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Close the Gates on Spam January 29, 2004

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Bill Gates of Microsoft spoke recently at a conference where he said that spam would be defeated in 2 years. He called for extra user vigilence in tandem with his plans for better filters, bulk mail retardants and in addition a postage stamp like system for e-mail. The article was not too clear on this point but it looks like the recipient will have the call on whether or not an incomming e-mail should be paid for by the sender. I can only assume that there is more to it but never-the-less interesting… source: The Register

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Why Have They Gone Away? January 26, 2004

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Well as usual there’s always a witty posting on The Reg about something relatively current. This time it’s a take on the outsourcing of jobs (particularly in call centres) to India. Humourous to the last and a very clever anicdote to compare the situation to. source: The Register

Google Bombing January 23, 2004

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We all remember that quirky search for “miserable failure” in Google that turned up results of a particular US president but now Google Bombing seems to have become a sport in the making and more and more famous names are finding themselves turning up as the no. 1 result of certain unflattering keywords. One can’t help being suspicious as to who might be behind this recent growth in the activity given the original victim and the set of new victims. source: New York Times

CD-Ow! January 21, 2004

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Well after much talk in recent months it appears that CD-Wow will have to raise their prices to meet the copyright laws of importing cheaper merchandise from outside Europe. Ah well, it was good while it lasted and it’s a shame that there is no such thing as an “open market” even though some would like you to think so. source: Ananova

Mike Rowe Update January 21, 2004

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Well I said yesterday that I wanted to hear more about the mikerowesoft.com story and indeed there is an update and no less than the MSN site is running the story. Seemingly MS have said that they may have been somewhat harsh in dealing with Mike Rowe and they now promise to treat the young domain owner with a bit more tact. Read on… source: MSN
secondary source: Canoe.ca

Rubbish! January 20, 2004

Posted by jbwan in General, Politics.
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Yesterday I returned home from work only to lift from my letter box what I assumed to be junk mail. Indeed I wasn’t too far from the truth. It was a flyer from the local corporation informing me about the new refuse charges to be employed in the city. For the last couple of years we have had to place a Eur 5 tag on our bins in order for them to be collected. Now we will have to pay an Eur 80 annual fee and also attach a Eur 1.50 tag to our recyclable bins and a Eur 4.50 tag (in the form of 3 * Eur 1.50 tags) to our multipurpose ‘grey’ bin. Sad really, an annual charge and a usage charge, where’s the justice in that. I think a lot of people here in Waterford will start to refuse the refuse charge. The only reason it has come in is because of the usual Irish attitude of never complaining to public officials and never remembering that we live in a democracy and as such should be able to control our country by majority rule and not by a couple of intellectually impaired politicians who wonder no more than where their next pay cheque is coming from. Oh I give up, but not on this issue, this is something I feel very strongly about and as a tax payer I have a right to basic services that I am paying to fund anyway without having to supplement even further through additional taxation. reference source: Waterford City Council

Big Brother January 20, 2004

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The New Scientist is always a good read and yet again it has the goods on a legitimate virus idea by the FBI. Seemingly the FBI want to install Trojan Horses on peoples machines in an attempt to monitor potential criminals and undesirable activity. The Trojan, codenamed “Magic Lantern” seems to ring a bell with me from some time ago but I’m having trouble thinking where I heard it before. AntiVirus companies are supposedly making allowances for the Trojan Horses not to be detected by their scanners. I can only imagine the legal challenge against something like this. How could you ever trust an AV company who admitted that they didn’t scan for every known virus and more that they openly admit choosing to ignore some based on government requests. The plot thickens and my copy of 1984 has all the details. source: New Scientist

Sounds Like Trouble January 20, 2004

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Well the men from MS are at it again, this time they appear to be taking action against a 17 year old Canadian whose personal domain name may be causing them problems. The young Canadian is Mike Rowe and his domain is MikeRoweSoft.com I kid you not. Anyway read the story from the source as it’s a bit of a laugh and I really hope that I hear more about it over the coming weeks. Already I’m thinking that I might start registering some domains myself. Hmm, how about MyCrowsLoft.com or MikeRoweShopped.com obviously certain consumers are very easily confused according to the article so I shouldn’t have any trouble becomming a dominant market player. source: The Register

Yes, I Read January 19, 2004

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I have noticed this little idea on Rob O’Connor’s Weblog for a while now and I think it’s pretty neat. He’s got a little image of the book that he’s currently reading and a link to where you can read a review or buy the book. The reason that I think it’s good is that if you know someone or have been reading their articles/postings for a while then you may also find yourself interested in what they read. As such you might find interesting books that you would probably otherwise never pick up. So to follow in the fashion I have started placing my current reads in the top left corner of my pages in a similar way to that of Rob’s Rants. Thanks for the idea!

P.S. I rarely ever read a single book at a time (bad attention span or something) so there will frequently be several images in the left column. 🙂

In the news today January 16, 2004

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Well, in the news today Michael Jackson is due in court, Dubliners are 17% better off than the rest of Ireland, Mary Harney suffers an embarrassing resistance from her department with respect to decentralisation to Carlow and my very own research group the TSSG is headlining again with more publicity. What a day! source: Irish Times

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