Yeah -- that's right, Netscape sucks.
the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook
are revealed for all to see!
No, not the browser -- the company that was Netscape and has since been
swallowed by AOL.
Why does it suck?
Simple -- some recent versions of Netscape's SmartDownload product have
a gaping security hole in them and although the company did produce a patch,
it didn't publicise the problem or issue an advisory that users should
update their vulnerable software.
For all their flaws (no, I can't count that high) Microsoft has at least
developed a policy of acknowledging security holes and providing patches
in a pretty short timeframe --
some would say too short when those patches have problems of their own.
Of course the world's really smart Netscape users (both of us) remain unaffected by
the problem because they weren't dumb enough to upgrade to the latest version anyway.
The BBC is reporting that another case of foot-and-mouth may have been
uncovered in a human. 7amNews/ShockHorrorProbe warned of this
possibility over a month ago.
Find out more at 7amNews/ShockHorrorProbe...
Lost Someone or Something?
I tend to sleep with the TV on -- it's a sophisticated skill I cultivated while running
7am.com like a one-armed paperhanger so that I wouldn't miss any "breaking news" --
and last night my subconscious woke me to watch an advertisement.
Yes -- I actually watched a TV ad!
I don't know whether it was the mention of "website" or "one hundred dollars"
which woke me but the ad was for
KiwiSearch.net, a site
that offers to pay you cash for leads.
Take a look at the site (just pop your cheque in the mail
Jarmo) and try to decide whether this is a clever idea which might well
earn money while providing a public service -- or whether they're dreaming.
The Music Industry Needs A Life
Believe it or not, those whingers from the music industry are at it
again -- this time they're bitching about people downloading copyrighted
tunes to use as ringing tones on their cellphones.
Yes... a UK-based company claims (and I kid you not) that the being able to download
free tunes such as the Mission Impossible theme is costing the music industry
up to $1 million a day in lost royalties.
Maybe their cellphone is some new kind of mutant version with a 64-voice
digital synthesizer chip capable of producing full DVD-quality surround-sound
music -- but all the phones I've seen, and the monotone tunes you can download
for them hardly seem to qualify as being worthy of copyright protection.
Stop your whining and get on with proving the Net community with a sensible
solution to selling music in a cost-effective and convenient format please!
ANZAC Day Tomorrow
No Aardvark tomorrow because, like all good Australasians, I'll be
attending dawn parade -- will you?
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