'Time-Traveler' Busted For Insider Trading

Ok, I agree that this is a rather sad first posting in the News and Current Events topic, but it was just too good to pass up.

According a Yahoo TV article, 44-year-old Andrew Carlssin turned an $800 stock investment into a $350 million portfolio in only two weeks. How'd he do it? By traveling back in time from 2256.

Duh.

Full (and amusing) Story

Corporations Suffer Microsoft Activation Bug

Microsoft sucks, on so many levels. In their latest anti-piracy scheme, they've managed to screw over all of their largest customers.

Corporations using the Select version of Office, which includes a site distribution license to eliminate the need for individually registering each installed copy of Office, have recently been hit by a bug that's prompting users to register Office with Microsoft. Of course, this is precisely what the Select version is supposed to get rid of.

But wait, it gets better.

When prompted to register, you can select "Remind me later." Well guess what? You can only select this 50 times, and then Office will refuse to load.

But wait, it gets even better!

Becuase of another known bug, the registration wizard will refuse to start after the 50th try! So, now users are unable to use Office at all, nor can they register it to enable it again.

So why am I posting this on my site?

Guess who discovered the problem affected a certain "Select" corporate customer that signs his paycheck.

Bastards.

Full story on The Register:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/30301.html

Does Apple Still Need Microsoft?

6 years ago, Microsoft agreed to invest $150 million in Apple, as well as continue to develop Microsoft Office for the Mac platform. That agreement ended last year, has not been renewed, and doesn't seem likely to be renewed at this point.

On top of this, Apple has been developing and recently announced its own web browser, Safari, and its own presentation software, Keynote, which, compete directly with Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Powerpoint.

A recent article on OSopinion discusses these events, what they might mean for Apple, and speculates where it may be heading. An interesting read.

Full story:
http://www.osopinion.com/perl/story/21256.html

PlayStation2 Gets DVD Upgrade

Sony is set to release an upgraded version of the PS2 next month in Japan. Improvements mostly focus on DVD playback, including new support for progressive out, recordable DVD media, and a built-in IR receiver for a DVD remote control.

All I can say is, "Kick ass." No release dates set for North America or Europe yet, but I think Sony has plenty more to gain than to lose by releasing it here, so I think it'll make an appearance here as well.

Full story

What to expect in Linux 2.5

"This document explains some of the new functionality to be found in the 2.5
Linux kernel, some pitfalls you may encounter, and also points out some new
features which could really use testing."

There's a lot of good stuff here, and worth checking out for a glance at what'll be coming in 2.6.

Full document:
http://www.codemonkey.org.uk/post-halloween-2.5.txt

Phoenix and Minotaur Officially Renamed Firebird and Thunderbird

"After months of discussion and further months of legal investigation, we're finally comfortable moving forward with new names. The new name for the Phoenix browser is 'Firebird'. The documentation and product strings will be updated soon. In addition to securing Firebird, we've also got the OK from those contributing legal resources to use the name 'Thunderbird' for a mail client. Hopefully this will be the end of naming legal issues for a while."

Phoenix/Firebird home page
Minotaur/Thunderbird home page

Windows Server 2003 Heralds New Era for Software Security -- hmm

In an attempt to salvage MS's tattered Security track record, Microsoft is trying to push server 2003 as the new era for software security. While this might be true as compared to other MS server OSes... it remains to be seen how it will stand up against Apple's OSX, Linux, and Solaris which are far more securable platforms.

Here is MS's press release