Important! If you have played a Sony product on your computer, it apparently has downloaded a "rootkit" on your computer:
The software installs itself as a root kit, which is a set of tools commonly used to make certain files and processes undetectable, and they're the favored tool of crackers who are, as Wikipedia puts it, attempting to "maintain access to a system for malicious purposes." In fact, root kits are often classified alongside Trojan horses. And Mark Russinovich, who created a root-kit detection utility and was one of the first to blog about the Sony intrusion, discovered another little gem when he tried to remove the DRM drivers. It broke his computer--disabling his CD drive.I'm hearing rumblings about a class-action suit. If anyone hears about anything more effective than a petition, let me know.
So, let's make this a bit more explicit. You buy a CD. You put the CD into your PC in order to enjoy your music. Sony grabs this opportunity to sneak into your house like a virus and set up camp, and it leaves the backdoor open so that Sony or any other enterprising intruder can follow and have the run of the place. If you try to kick Sony out, it trashes the place.
Australia foils major terrorist attack.
Police Find Bomb-Making Factory in Paris.
Defense lawyer in Saddam trial killed.
British author John Fowles, whose works include "The French Lieutenant's Woman" and "The Collector," has died. He was 79.
Urbina charged with attempted murder.
Drunk Death Row Escapee Captured in La.
Beatty Tries to Crash Schwarzenegger Rally.
Pirate Attack Repelled by Cruise Ship Crew.
Cheerleaders Had Sex in Bar, Witnesses Say. Yes, with each other.
Tom Cruise fires sister.
I've been sitting on this story for a while, because it's just too horrifying.
bacardibreezer7: "I'm sure you have already been told about this but check it out: so much cocaine use is going on in London that there are traces of it in the Thames." Actually, I hadn't, so: awesome. Now that Kate Moss has been to rehab, though, I expect those figures to start going down significantly.
Honey is medicinally awesome. Also: "When combined with water and oxygen, glucose oxidase forms gluconic acid and hydrogen peroxide—the very same stuff you probably have in your medicine cabinet right now. This means that diluted honey can serve as an excellent antiseptic, while being far less likely than ordinary hydrogen peroxide to harm already-damaged tissue."
Pictures: jenni_talula's books and her Lost bear have arrived.
BookCrossing: Discovered this the other day on lapsus_0_calami's journal, and I'm having fun adding recently-read books to my bookshelf. The really fun part is that you can sign up for an alert for when someone releases a book "into the wild" in your city. (Eeeee! A book was released in the quad at my alma mater! Ooo, and it's a good book, too.)
Speaking of which: "Cleo, I'm sure you're tired of putting up these thefillintheblanksite things, but could you pimp The Literacy Site? It's like The Hunger Site, but it donates free books to children with every click. Today, every click is doubled. I don't know how long this will last." Actually, I'm not tired of them at all--they're all at the same hub site, so it's not like they're poser copycats or something. I just wanted to add a new one every so often rather than overwhelm people all at once, but if they're doing a special today, let's go for it.
Alabama Governor Calls for Aruba Boycott
'Desperate Housewives' Actor Fired