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Saturday, April 8, 2000

Microsoft Knew About the Win2K 51 IP Bug

I saw this last Saturday, but thought that it was an April 1 thing. I guess not. A Win2K server which is acting as a domain controller can't handle more than 50 IP addresses. This article shows that Microsoft knew about the bug before Win2K went gold. When customers started questioning and complaining, Microsoft first ignored them and then would only release little information about the problem. According to Microsoft, using such a configuration is "stupid" anyway. A fix is on the way, though, for people stupid enough to try this.

Monopoly trial, schmonopoly trial. Good ol' Microsoft. Always letting the customer know who's boss.

Minix Gets BSD License

Wow! Andrew Tanenbaum, author of Minix, posted the news that Minix can now be distributed under the BSD license, making it "effectively no different than being in the public domain. You can do whatever you want with it. " Minix is a small Unixlike OS which inspired Linus Torvalds to develop Linux. I remember running it on my old 286 from 5.25" floppies. More on Minix here.

The Code Breakers

Interesting article on Yahoo! News on Making And Breaking Codes at U.S. Spy Agency NSA. I've always had an interest in codes and cyphers, and it's always interesting to read what it's actually like to do this kind of work.

The China-Taiwan Debate

Now, this is off-topic, but I think people need to be aware of this world crisis. China Lashes Out at New Taiwan Government is the title of a Yahoo! News article indicating that mainland China has gotten vocal and violent towards Taiwan once again.

Why is this important? Well, Mainland China has nukes, and the largest army in the world. Taiwan is a tiny island. If those two go to blows a lot of people are going to die, and Americans will die with them because we are legally obligated to defend Taiwan in a crisis situation.

A.T. Hun comments: The Chinese aren't that stupid. It's the typical sabre-rattling with very little substance. Plus their buddy Bill won't be President much longer. They'll need to start sucking up again :) They need most-favored-nation status more than they need Taiwan.

Sharky CPU $ updated

SharkyExtreme has updated their Weekly CPU Price List. Sharky runs a great site. Be sure to check that one out.

WinZip 8.0 Beta release

Winzip Computing, Inc. (Formerly Niko Mak) has released a new beta of WinZip 8.0. So far, I like this release. It's a lot more like Explorer, which makes Drag&Drop a lot more sensible and reliable when used with WinZip. Check it out.

Friday, April 7, 2000

More on the id, et al, Lawsuit

This ABC News article gives more information on the lawsuit against id and many other companies which was thrown out of court yesterday (story). Here's what the parents of the victims were claimed, and the main reason the suit was thrown out:
The lawsuit accused 25 companies of negligence for not warning consumers that content they made available could incite copycat violence.
Heaven help us if everything that could possibly set someone off would have to have a warning label. I also love it when these suits assume that music, games, etc., main purpose is to get you to kill yourself or others. Seems to me that would kind of cut off ye olde revenue stream. While my heart goes out to the parents who must have gone through indescribable pain, it doesn't justify punishing someone else. And yes, the shooter was convicted and will spend the rest of his life in jail.

More Obi-Wan Screenshots

GamersZone has some new screenshots from Obi-Wan, LucasArts' Episode I first/third-person shooter, as well as some concept sketches. Thanks

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