Archive for the 'Humor' Category

Sony BMG on the “Internet villain” shortlist

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

The Register: Sony BMG shortlisted for “Internet villain” gong. Heh. I didn’t even know that there was an Internet Villain award, but the trade group ISPA UK now has my undying appreciation. Sony BMG was shortlisted for “compromising the security of its customers’ PCs with its copyright-protecting rootkit technology.”

No Xmas for Sony

Thursday, December 1st, 2005

Check out this nifty “no Xmas for Sony” badge, via BoingBoing. If you use it, please link to this blog. I don’t know why Cory Doctorow doesn’t know that exists, but a general info blog like this seems a better thing to bring the general public to than Mark Russinovich’s post.

Parody: I ♥ Rootkit

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Are you thrilled to pieces with what Sony BMG has done to your computer? Do you like the thought of shredding your installed device drivers with uninstallable DRM that hides itself from you when you pop that Neil Diamond disc in your Windows XP box? Do you, for one, welcome your new corporate overlords? Well, […]

Parody: digital camera rootkits

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Via a reader, New Sony Digital Camera Installs Rootkit to Stop Photo Sharing. “‘People are sharing pictures all over the Internet without regard to copyright and trademarks. Just the other day I saw a Halloween photo of a kid dressed up like Yoda. Don’t they know that Yoda’s image is wholly owned by Lucasarts? […]

Sony meets FoxTrot

Monday, November 21st, 2005

The first comic strip to pick up on the XCP debacle is Bill Amend’s brilliant FoxTrot. I almost did a spit take with my morning cereal when I saw today’s strip in the dead tree edition of the Boston Globe (a frame of which is shown to the right).
FoxTrot has long been the geek highlight […]

Time limited CDs (a modest proposal?)

Monday, November 14th, 2005

Postcards from the Pug Bus: Newest Sony software will limit CD plays. Read with your humor hat on. Had me going until this quote:
“We do not anticipate the one-hundred-play limit will be aninconvenience to most customers,” McKee continued. “As music piratescorrectly argue, the majority of CDs contain only five or sixlistenable cuts anyway, so […]

Fill in the blank

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Thanks to Crooked Timber for pointing out that Sony President Thomas Hesse’s who-cares statement about the rootkit makes a great Mad Lib: “Most people, I think, don’t even know what a noun is, so why should they care about it?”

Most people, I think, don’t even know what a venereal disease is, so why should they […]

All your rootkit are belong to us?

Monday, November 7th, 2005

And now for something lighter: seen at Damo’s Workspace, All Your Rootkit Are Belong to Us.
You know what you doing. Take off every “UPDATE31105.ZIP!” For great justice.