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Saturday, September 29, 2001

NFL Week #3 Picks

OK, let's see if we can do better than last week. Dolphins, Chiefs, Giants, Packers, Steelers, Colts, Bucs, Falcons, Raiders, Broncos, Chargers, Jaguars, Eagles, 49ers.

The Master comments: Eeyore's picks: Rams, Chiefs, Giants, Packers, Steelers, Colts, Bucs, Falcons, Raiders, Broncos, Chargers, Jaguars, Eagles, Jets - The underlined teams are the differences, only 2 this week-and she made her picks on Tuesday!

Excite@Home Files Chapter 11

CNet News is reporting that Excite@Home has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It is in the process of selling its assets to its majority stockholder, AT&T. Boy, spending $780 million on Blue Mountain really seems silly now, doesn't it? Thanks Slashdot.

Friday, September 28, 2001

Mac Q3A 1.30 Patch

id's Graeme Devine updated his .plan with news that the Mac Classic 1.30 patch for Quake III Arena/Team Arena is now available from id's FTP site. Blue also has some mirrors available.

Be Careful What You Read

Last month Slashdot posted a story about an Oklahoma ISP tech named Brian West who was supposedly arrested for informing a competing ISP about a security flaw in their system. The Slashdot community naturally broke out its usual anti-government rhetoric and sent many flame mails to the prosecutor. Well, there was a follow-up this week where it appears that Mr. West was not as cherubic as he was portrayed. Here's the real scoop from the trial press release. Here's a taste:
WEST penetrated a security hole in the website of the Poteau Daily News and Sun, employed a user ID and password, and downloaded computer files of value. WEST reported to the newspaper editor that he had penetrated the website, accessed the site using a username and password, and downloaded several files. West told the newspaper editor that his intrusion accidental. The website owner reported the unauthorized access to law enforcement authorities.

Pursuant to an application for search warrant, a United States Magistrate-Judge ordered a search of WEST's employer's place of business. Files which WEST had downloaded from the website were found on WEST's laptop. A copy of the search warrant was left with WEST's employer as provided by law. WEST was not arrested nor charged at the time. Subsequent investigation revealed that WEST had downloaded the computer files, was in the process of rewriting the files, and intended to market the revised software program.
So he wasn't a "white hat" hacker after all, he was a common thief. Wired has more information too.

Just a Little Slimy

That's how I felt when I read this post on Stomped. Basically they are asking readers to pay $2 per month to keep the site afloat and Redwood on board. If I were a conspiracy theorist, I would say they let the news of Redwood's departure get out so that they could come back with this ploy. Let's not kid ourselves, Stomped is a business. They didn't have to open up a big gaming center in the Twin Cities. I have real trouble with sites begging for money simply because they failed to grasp simple economics.

Here's my ultimatum to gaming sites. If you want my cash, you'd better do more than copy-and-paste news. I can do that and still hold down a full-time job. I subscribe to because they're specialized subscriber content is worth the money. So far, I've seen little added value at most sites other than a tag by your name on their forums and you get to keep your favorite cyber-personalities around. Whee.

While I'm ranting, I also get cheesed off when sites ask for money, but then the news posters talk about their new car (far nicer than mine), where they are going for vacation (Vacation? What's that?), or anything along that line. I am not particularly inclined to hand over cash to support someone's lifestyle that is considerably better than mine. I'm not intending to gripe about my lot in life. I'm quite happy with what I have. Just don't expect me to feel much sympathy when you are living better than I.

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