Archive | January 4, 2006

WMF exploits continue to multiply and mutate…

Computerworld News Pre-release Microsoft patch for WMF flaw leaked. “Microsoft today confirmed that a pre-release version of its security update for the recently disclosed WMF vulnerability was briefly posted on the Internet . Users appear divided on whether to install an already available third-party patch for the problem.”

Meanwhile, InfoWorld: Top News is reporting…

Attempts to exploit WMF vulnerability by IM multiply.

(InfoWorld) – Security researchers have logged over 70 variations on instant messages attempting to exploit the WMF vulnerability since the first were reported on Saturday.

ColdPlay doesn’t want you to listen to their music.

Ars Technica notes “A CD insert to make Sony blush. CD disclaimers are becoming more common now that DRM routinely renders discs unplayable for consumers, but the disclaimer accompanying a Coldplay CD takes the cake. Then smashes it. Then points and laughs.” By (Ken “Caesar” Fisher).

What an astoundingly bad idea. Let’s punish the 98% of music fans to prevent (badly, poorly and ineffectively) a small number of pirates. This is so clueless. Copying and sharing (and legitimate Fair Use, time-, place- and device-shifting) is always going to happen. The winners in the music industry will be the ones who learn how to turn that sharing into revenue. Lots of musicians and music sites are learning how to do that. Patronize them, and not the clueless.

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