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OnStar going silent on millions of vehicles

Remember back before you had tivo and you had to watch all those OnStar commercials during football games. Turns out that the original roll out of the service was done on the analog spectrum (not surprising if you look at the time frames we are talking about).
They are taking a small beating in the press:

OnStar going silent on millions of vehicles
A decision by the Federal Communications Commission that allows all cell phone companies to turn off their analog networks beginning in February of 2008 means that nearly two million people, or half of OnStars entire subscription base, will soon find the other end silent when they press that blue button on their vehicles dash.


Hacking The Corporate Network, to be a nice guy…

Via Tech Web comes this story of a Former VP Of Technology Charged With Hacking Corporate Network. The kicker? He lets his former colleagues know that their jobs are in danger!

A former VP of technology at Source Media has been arrested and charged with hacking into the company's network, reading confidential e-mails, and tipping off employees who were in line to be laid off.

Hero? Hacker? Both?


The 13 Most Embarrassing Web Moments

PC World - The 13 Most Embarrassing Web Moments
The Internet is the most efficient information distribution system ever known. But if you're not careful, it's also the perfect way to embarrass yourself in front of the entire world.


U.S. Government Study Determines That 1% of the Internet is pornography, but that’s not why I’m writing this!

A CNN piece with that sensational headline discusses the COPA case as it winds it ways back through the court. The really exciting part of the whole article for me though is here:

Closing arguments in the four-week, non-jury trial before Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr. are expected Monday.

Why would I care about that you might ask? Is it because I happen to remember that he was the judge presiding over the original COPA case and struck it down so many years ago and I find it odd that he would be presiding over it again?
Nope.

It's because Senior U.S. District Judge Lowell Reed Jr. is the man who performed our wedding ceremony when my wife and I married some 13+ years ago.

He actually happens to be pretty tech savvy, and made a sound and studied decision the first time around. I suspect he will again in this case.


Apple names new head lawyer

Cnet is reporting in it's front page that Apple names new head lawyer.

Plucked away from the IBM legal department:

Rosenberg, who will report to CEO Steve Jobs, held a number of top-tier legal positions during his more than 30 years with Big Blue, serving most recently as the company's head lawyer.

"Don has a broad range of experience that includes litigation, securities, intellectual property and antitrust, and he will be responsible for overseeing all legal matters and government affairs for Apple," Jobs said in a statement.


Road Testing BMW’s Hydrogen 7

Via Wired:
Road Testing BMW's Hydrogen 7

Jules Verne, in his 1874 novel The Mysterious Island, described hydrogen as an "inexhaustible source of heat and light." A little over 130 years later, BMW is testing the theory with an innovative internal combustion engine that burns the lightest element much like gasoline, only cleaner.

Nice to see some progress. Clearly we're not there yet, but BMW seems to be taking some steps towards changing the way fire up our vehicles.


Some examples of stuff I’m messing around with

Over the last few months I've played around a little bit with a couple of new javascript libraries, a few toolkits, wordpress, and a few other things. Mostly I've been playing around to stay current(ish) with what's happening since I do so little creative development these days. I'm mostly working on enterprise stuff that is functional, but not too sexy. Everything has it's place.

Here are a couple of examples of what I could throw together in just a few minutes using the very cool Rico Library which is an extension of the most excellentprototype javascript framework.


10 Rules For Effective Enterprise IT Architecture

10 Rules For Effective Enterprise IT Architecture
This is the kind of stuff I do for a living...
This list (and I'm not normally a list guy) is spot on.


Making Sure You Don’t Get Your Rebate Money: Patented!

Making Sure You Don't Get Your Rebate Money: Patented!

Via techdirt... what we already know, but liked to pretend wasn't true...
Now pattenting how to screw the little guy.
Instant Classic.


Phone Scam Charge Rocks HP

Wired News: Phone Scam Charge Rocks HP
Hewlett-Packard fraudulently obtained private phone records while trying to trace a media leak, according to a former board member who resigned when he learned of the action.


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