Sony's embedded rootkit software: The Root of the Problem

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 12/07/2005 - 20:24
John Gartner at MIT's Technology Review, commenting on Sony's use of marketing spyware, embedded in their latest music CDs, gives us an important perspective on end-user culture and its vulnerability to abuse by established consumer companies. Entitled "The Impact of Emerging Technologies: The Root of the Problem," the article is a bit technical in places, but it covers an area every consumer of electronic goods should be aware of.

An Interview with Barbara Nicolosi, by John Romanowsky

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 12/07/2005 - 17:58
In a very interesting interview on, Barbara Nicolosi comments on Catholic investment in film making.
We have to invest in the long haul, in building up a new generation of artists by mentoring, training, and supporting them, not in taking up a small collection and then squandering it in ill-considered efforts. Honestly, it's the artistic equivalent of selling your house, going to Vegas and putting it all on the red.

Firefox 1.5 review by PC Magazine

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 12/07/2005 - 16:47
Even you bloggers might want to check out Firefox, if you haven't already. It's a project of Mozilla, a non-profit group that inherited the code from Netscape 4, and decided it had to be rewritten from scratch. Their code base, which came to be known as Gecko, was incorporated in Netscape 7 and 8. In a significant rewrite of the software scaffolding that resulted in a very lean browser, Firefox (originally called Firebird) was born. Here is the review at PC Mag: "Firefox 1.5 review by PC Magazine."

Musings on World AIDS Day

Submitted by frlarry on Wed, 12/07/2005 - 16:32
George Musser, a staff editor for Scientific American, appears to be fed up with us moral purists. A recent article on the SciAm blog, "Musings on World AIDS Day," details his Deming-like alternative program for combatting the spread of HIV. He would like to stratify human populations into groups to which he would apply different strategies. In one group, he would emphasize abstinence, in another condoms, etc.