"More than two million people visit a BT payphone every
day. Results from past BT promotional activity have shown
that advertising in kiosks really works"
- STEVE DAVIS, head of BT Payphone marketing
BUSTY MODEL, NEW IN TOWN, OFFERS "PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES"
>> HARD NEWS <<
"So where were you when they took your private keys away,
Daddy?" "If I remember rightly, young lady, I was voting
for 'Hank the Angry, Drunken Dwarf'". Labour announced
their CRYPTO POLICY on Monday. Having managed to postpone
in the week Whit Diffie was in town, this time they
stumbled it out when Phil Zimmermann was here to take the
calls. His reactions, at a hastily-convened meeting in
Cambridge? To their request that government authorities
endorse your signing key, fine. And handing over your
private key? "Extra code in PGP 6.0 so you can switch your
private key, without changing your sig key. You can switch
it as soon as they leave." Also on the agenda: Phil's
trying to switch the license on the Free Unix
implementation of PGP to a more Open Softwarish tune.
Meanwhile, watch out for the new legislation; but be
prepared to wait, because writing law takes so much longer
than patching code. Thank God.
- those proposals in full
- the good Duncan Campbell reports...
- Sod that! We want pictures of Hank!
The BPI this week discovered that RealAudio streams *could*
be recorded, after all. Shocked, *shocked*, by this
discovery, and feeling betrayed by assurances that Web
users could never in a million years have worked out what
that "Line Out" socket was for, they immediately demanded
compensation from all the music Websites. In a typically
brave stand, the BBC shut down all their Radio 1 RA
streams. We're just hoping no-one snitches to the BPI about
that "taping the John Peel Show off the radio onto a C60"
- FLASH! BBC closes down all RealAudio streams!
- UPDATE! Wily hackers find secret backdoor to RA files!
"We never imagined directories could be listed", say experts
- go on, just intercept the data going to your sound card
And, finally, a bit of good news. The INTERNET MOVIE
DATABASE, our favourite site in all the world, has
successfully sold its soul to Amazon. Bundled with UK book
sites BookPages (who he?) and German company Telebook (wer
er?), Amazon is spending 55 million dollars on European
content. And, naturally, since the content on IMDb is
written by its visitors, you can be expecting your cut any
- only joking, plucky Celtic movie people
- oh, right. That's... nice.
>> ANTI-NEWS <<
berating the obvious
Demon bought by SCOTTISH TELECOM, as predicted - Roy Bliss
to be MD: that we didn't... MSN IRELAND "disappears" ...
NOVELL says spam costing UK $8 billion a year... www.next-
generation.com's article on the Chris Anderson FUTURE
buyout ended with "resistance is futile. You will be
assimilated": tagline mysteriously disappears... NOVELL UK
HQ still has sendmail configured to relay spam...
INDEPENDENT says Netscape strikes deal with "the electronic
massaging company USA.NET" ... Our favourite hack, RICHARD
BARRY, spams Ziff Davis journalists: requests they help "a
sick boy" who is "collecting business cards to get into the
Guinness Book of Records"... Times' INTERFACE reports
"President Bill Clinton recently took the unprecedented
step of restricting the export of cryptographic software":
just how recently was this, then? ... RICHARD BARRY
recants: apparently it is all "a sick hoax"... theDJ.com
launches an all-weather EL NINO music channel... "Gorilla
not impressed by Net chat"... Paranoia.com, sadly, dead...
>> EVENT QUEUE <<
goto's considered non-harmful
So when did the LONDON 2600 MEETINGS get so stylish?
They're having a live RealAudio broadcast this Friday, with
a DJ and everything. Although it's unclear from the press
release, either the Shaftesbury Avenue McDonalds has a
brand new ISDN feed, or the gentlemen dudes of the Home
Counties Elite are mixing it at Backspace or other cyber-
hangout where we're sure they've got advance permission.
Still, some things never change: it's still 7.00pm, 1/5/98,
next to the VR machines at the Trocadero. Look out for the
dark coats, black t-shirts and - if any of them went to
last week's DNS, the very, very hungover stares.
- you people should be *ashamed* of yourselves
>> TRACKING <<
geeks-geeks copy program
Quick! While Rob Malda's still doing celebrating his
finals, we'll quickly slip in the MPEG3 player in your car,
which Rob's slashdot covered earlier this week, but we
think we can get away repeating here. It's British, it's
Linux-based, and you'll probably have to devote the next 6
months of your life getting yours to work. But it beats
waiting for them to ban the MPMan, doesn't it?
- already moved from Demon, so you've probably seen it
- how can we *not* love them, damn it all to heck
- and while you're there, here's that GSM Card SIMulator...
The CYPHERPUNKS mailing list has always been, search form
reflecting content, a little hard to track down. It's a
shame, since it's hard to find a better technical and
historical resource on cryptography, cyberlibertarianism
and watching Tim May hurl insults at every newbie who
crosses his mantrap-spiked path. The search engine code
isn't *quite* working yet, but when your day job is
toppling governments, it's hard to find the time.
- it stands for "Soldier Of Fortune": setting the tone
>> MEMEPOOL <<
hasta la altavista
http://www.hizbollah.org/ ... He-Hog the Atomic Pig...
ULYSSES 31 movie? Nah... Open Cola!... The GUARDIAN
Unlimited - to six sites... pronouncing "www" as "yadda
yadda yadda"... http://freeweb.pdq.net/headstrong/ ...
unsubstantiated rumours indicate WINDOWS 3.1 disks
mysterious fail to install after 1/1/98... www.leif.com
... Wu Tang's OL' DIRTY BASTARD renames himself "Big Baby
Jesus" ... US BUREAU OF EXPORT sniffing ftp sites for baad
crypto... this proves - something:
www.mormons.org/humor/index.htm ... also contrary to God's
plan: www3.mistral.co.uk/whitedot/ ... searching for
"_vti_inf.html"... our favourite URL of the year so far:
>> GEEK MEDIA <<
the color of television tuned to a dead Sky channel
TV>> after years in the post Big-Breakfast wilderness, Mark
Little's back with NO WORRIES WEEKEND (from 22.45pm, Fri-
Sun, ITV), though his broad definition appears to include
deeply worrisome failed Leslie Nielsen spoof REPOSSESSED
(11.20pm, Fri, ITV), superb spaghetti sequel THE GOOD, THE
BAD AND THE UGLY (2.55am, Fri, ITV), plus that paean to
easygoing Aussie lifestyles MAD MAX BEYOND THUNDERDOME
(11pm, Sat, ITV)... anyway, beats appalling Stallone sound-
stage schlocker CLIFFHANGER (9.35pm, Fri, BBC1), though
repeats of THE ADAM AND JOE SHOW (11.05pm, Fri, C4) pick up
with bad portrait drawing on the streets of London, and the
casting sessions for Smack Me Up, Gun-Bitch... odd
scheduling for Kevin "Scream" Williamson's semi-self-
referential teen-dram DAWSON'S CREEK (7pm, Sat, C4); spot
the geek in Film Threat T-shirt later this series... and,
it being Saturday, the theme nights peak a little early
with EUROVISION'S WATERLOO (from 9pm, Sat, C4), plus
equally Abba-obsessed MURIEL'S WEDDING the day after (9pm,
Sun, C4)... SUPERGIRL (1.45pm, Mon, BBC1) looks most puny
beside superior sequel SUPERMAN II (3.35pm, Mon, ITV)...
former Doogie Howser plays a village idiot in THE OUTER
LIMITS (11.35pm, Mon, BBC2)... and, as the BBC plans its
1998 "Computers Don't Bite" campaign, Lynda La Plante goes
and launches the - truly awful - KILLER NET (10pm, Tue,
C4); please add your comments to our critique at
http://www.spesh.com/killer ... while the SLIDERS (6.45pm,
Wed, BBC2) visit the oddly familiar-sounding world "where
mass entertainment is provided by an extremely violent
video game" (maybe it's QuakeWorld!)... starting a Sharon
Stone double-bill - though she hardly "stars" in the other
one - is CCTV thriller SLIVER (10.15pm, Wed, BBC1), with
William Baldwin as a possibly murderous C programmer,
though that isn't part of the evidence used against him...
FILM>> [NB: just for a change, NTK's swearing
correspondent, Charlie Brooker, proposed that instead of
our usual imdb.com categories, we quoted the warnings/
recommendations from the parents' "entertainment guide" at
http://www.screenit.com/ , which details every instance of:
(among other things) Sex/Nudity, Disrespectful Attitude,
Inappropriate Music, Tense Family Scenes and Profanity -
and, as a result, often reads like Barry Norman with
Tourette's Syndrome]... anyway, true to its premise, it's a
similar cast, similar plot, similar ideas - and sequels do
*still* suck, even when they're SCREAM 2 [ScreenIt:
"Extreme profanity - at least 29 "f" words (1 used with
"mother"), 21 "s" words, 1 slang term each for male and
female genitals (the "d" and "p" words), 12 asses (1 used
with "hole"), 3 hells, 1 crap, and 3 uses each of "G-damn"
and "Oh my God," 2 uses of "Jesus," and 1 use each of "For
Christ's sakes," "Jesus Christ," "Oh God," and "My God" as
exclamations]... the rehab of B-list '80s action heroes
continutes with Kurt Russell in surprisingly tense road-
noir romp BREAKDOWN [ScreenIt: "Extreme profanity - 21 "f"
words (1 with the prefix "mother"), 14 "s" words, 1 slang
term for breasts (the "t" word), 14 hells, 8 "ass" words (3
used with "hole"), 7 S.O.B.'s, 4 damns, and 7 uses of "God
damn," 4 uses of "Jesus," 2 uses of "Swear to God," and 1
use each of "Oh Christ," "Christ," and "For Christ's sakes"
as exclamations]... you'll always wonder what might have
happened if you hadn't gone to see Gwyneth Paltrow's London
Underground-product-placed parallel-universe (and Sliders-
title influenced?) love comedy SLIDING DOORS [ScreenIt:
"Heavy Profanity - with the English accents and regional
slang, there may be more than listed below. For instance,
the term "shagging" seems to be used as a replacement for
the "f" word (both sexually and non-sexually), and the
terms "wanker" (derogatory for masturbation) and "bollocks"
(testicles) also seem to be used as profanities... At least
7 uses of "shagging", what sounded like 2 slang terms using
female genitals ("twat"), etc etc..."] And, needless to
say, various uses of "God" and "Oh God" as exclamations.
back to the imdb next week, I think...
ERROR!>> Oh, it's so easy to knock isn't it, but what
happens when the shoe is on the other foot, and that foot
is in our own mouths? We admit it: Demon *didn't* eliminate
the alt.b.mp3 newsgroup; *someone* misconfigured their
newsreader. The ICA didn't have an E10000, and if they did,
it wouldn't have cost 250,000UKP, nor would it have been
one of fifteen (closer to 750,000; and they've sold more
than that, easy, though not in the UK). Also, we taste-
tested Nestle's new Pretzel Flipz - salty pretzel shapes
coated in "delicious" white fudge. And a big fucking
mistake that proved to be. For the fatals mistakes of
others, tune once again to www.teammanager.com/falco/ -
first results out next week!
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