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I'm sorry we can't offer you an ad spot in "CSI." Perhaps you'd consider "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis?"

On Thursday afternoon Google began testing ad-supported content on Google Video, offering us the chance to watch for free, premium content for which we almost certainly never would have paid. "Judge Wapner's Animal Court Special Collection,"  "Deadly Kung Read More →

Apparently they don't teach Wired Equivalent Privacy in Barista school …

Wardrivers take note: An open wireless connection is not an open invitation, and unauthorized access to a computer network, even an unrestricted one, could be a felony. That's the case in Vancouver, Wash., where a local man has been Read More →

The consumer data? It's under the passenger seat in my car. Why?

The Federal Trade Commission typically asks companies that lose consumer data to subject themselves to an independent security audit biennially for 20 years. I wonder if it will ask the same to itself now that it too has exposed Read More →

We wish you further success in your future endeavors and trust that the door will not hit you on the butt on the way out.

Novell's increasingly ornery shareholders finally got to Novell's board of directors. After market close Wednesday, Novell sacked CEO Jack L. Messman and CFO Joseph S. Tibetts Jr. and sent them packing "effective immediately." Novell named Ron Read More →

It's the perfect distribution vehicle for us; Nobody ever reads the Shockwave EULA …

As the launch of Microsoft's new Vista operating system grows near, Google is aggressively seeking out exposure for its products -- so much so that it's lately been willing to purchase distribution with cash, not traffic as had been Read More →


"MR. GATES: If we did YouTube, we'd be in a lot of trouble. First of all, people would say, "How do you make money?" Second, they'd say, what about all that copyright violation taking place up there. It's a neat Read More →

One last thing: strike that part about us realizing "that privacy is an important issue for our customers"

How convenient. Accused of sharing of consumer records with federal investigative agencies without court-approved warrants, AT&T has retrofitted its privacy policy to allow it to do just that. "While your account information may be personal to you, Read More →

Off Topic

Comcast service rep asleep on the job -- at a customer's house (Thanks Bruce)  and, because so many have submitted it recently, a replay of an Off Topic from 2002: Indigen, a cartoon which proves Read More →

Steve Ballmer would have been a far less sympathetic "PC guy," but he declined for obvious reasons …

Apple's latest ad campaign is funny, but is it effective? According to Slate’s Seth Stevenson, it's not. "I'm smack in the middle of the target demo," Stevenson writes in Slate's Ad Report Card. "I'm a PC user, and Read More →
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