Spam & E-Mail
9/27/2000; 2:52:58 PM 'judges1617 writes [on Slashdot]: ''Microsoft is now testing a beta version of their MSN Explorer that sends e-mails to everyone in your Outlook Address, informing them that your e-mail address has changed and invites them to to try MSN. Even the people who use MSN are complaining, but M$ refuses to acknowledge it is doing anything wrong. Read the whole story here'' The best part of this article is the MS reps argument about why this isn't spam "The e-mail you received was an invitation from MSN Explorer, sent on behalf of an existing user who changed their e-mail address and wants you to try MSN Explorer." I guess we can add "Spamming" as another "Business" where Microsoft can use its monopoly status to its advantage.'
This is really borderline unethical, sending out e-mails claiming to be from some person but actually written by Microsoft. That's close to lying about who sent the message.
Congressman: I Want My MP3
Music & MP39/27/2000; 9:12:10 AM 'A bill introduced in the House could dramatically alter the landscape that led to massive copyright violations against MP3.com, and open the door for competitors to stream into the digital locker space unimpeded by licensing agreements. 'Representative Rich Boucher (D-Virginia) -- along with three Republicans -- introduced legislation Monday that would make it legal to create a database of sound recordings for the sole purpose of transmitting those recordings to individuals who had previously purchased music.'Wired links the words "database of sound recordings" to the text of the proposed bill, which is kind of odd, but at least they're trying.I think this is an excellent reminder that laws aren't the final say in whether something is right or wrong, because the law is easily changed by the right people. For some reason this has been a particularly big issue in the digital music debate.
LinkBack reset again
LinkBack9/27/2000; 8:49:24 AM LinkBack was reset again, due to a large number of issues, including the computer it is running on only having 64 megabytes of ram, which I was being rather wasteful of. A new slimmer LinkBack is now running, which will hopefully stay stable, except for the lousy network connection @Home gives me, which I can't do much about.To make up for that, I'd like to extend a Manila-only offer to LinkBack participants (I think that's all anybody's using anyhow). If you'd like to have a "Sites Recently Linking To Me" box on your sit (that you can call whatever you like), please let me know. What I can do is create two messages on your site. One will contain the details listing (like this) and one will just have a list of links, seperated by BR tags. (If you'd rather have a bulletted list that can be arranged.) I'm not quite ready to do this, but please let me know if you'd be interested. If nobody's interested I'll just leave the hack in that lets it work for me and not make it systematic so it will work for anybody.
Non-Profit Research Team To to Review Carnivore
Surveillance and Privacy from Government9/26/2000; 9:07:39 PM Having failed to convince any University computer departments to review Carnivore, the Justice Department has found a non-profit organization brave enough to tread where academics fear to.'IITRI's review team, including unspecified faculty members from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, was to start work immediately and wind up by December, when a report was to be made available for public comment. The review itself is technical, not legal.'IITRI is apparently associated with the Illinois Institute of Technology, so apparently there will be some technical people involved in the review, despite TheStandard's lack of info on the topic.
Web Advertisers Want To Cut Spam Down
Spam & E-Mail9/26/2000; 9:36:22 AM 'The Responsible Electronic Communications Alliance, which includes DoubleClick, 24/7 Media, Bigfoot Interactive and ClickAction Inc., says [their proposed] standards will cut down on the number of unwanted emails, or spam, that Internet users receive.'OK, correct me if I'm wrong, because I could be, but isn't the primary business of the four mentioned companies web advertising? Do we really care if the web advertisers make noises about reducing spam? I don't know about you, but doubleclick.net hasn't sent me much spam lately.Something tells me this won't affect anything.
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