Wednesday's Camouflage

All the news that's fit to rant aboutMiddle of the week. Here's the news. President Bush is off to Britain. Fortunately, he'll be moving faster than an unladen swallow.

On this day in 1863 President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address. The US Senate rejected the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations in 1919. Ford cancelled the Edsel in 1959.

Happy birthday Ted Turner, Larry King, Jodie Foster, and Meg Ryan. Happy Anniversary Corbin and Amanda.

  1. President Bush has asked the US Senate to ratify an international cybercrime treaty. Privacy advocates say the treaty goes too far and will force US ISPs to begin collecting information on their customers. It also bans hate speech, which is constitutionally protected in the US. Only Albania, Croatia, and Estonia have ratified the treaty so far.
  2. AT&T has patented a way to trick spam filters. The technique, which randomly changes a spam message each time it is sent, could be used to thwart collaborative filters like Cloudmark's SpamNet. AT&T says the patent is purely a defensive measure.
  3. Security firm, Internet Security Systems, says Internet attacks are getting worse, up 26% last quarter. The report also noted that the delay is shrinking between the publication of a flaw and the release of a program to exploit that flaw.
  4. Job losses in the tech sector slowed this year. "Only" 234,000 people lost their job this year, compared to 539,000 last year.
  5. In his Comdex keynote, Kevin Knox, director of business development for AMD, slammed Intel's Centrino products. The CPU itself is good, he said, but "the wireless technology they bundle with the chip is garbage."
  6. For the first time ever, AOL has opened its instant messenger to third party developers. Early next year, Macromedia Flash programmers will be able to download a Software Development Kit (SDK) for AIM that will let them write programs that can interact with AIM data (although it doesn't look like they'll be able to write a stand-alone AIM client).
  7. The man vs. machine chess tournament ended in a tie yesterday, when World Champion Garry Kasparov agreed to a draw with X3D Fritz. Each had won one game and drawn two in the four game match. There's no question now that computers are as good at chess as humans, despite Kasparov's denials.