Monthly Archive for January, 2005

Sometimes the answer is just staring you in the face

In a rather astoundingly useless poll by CNN/USA Today/Gallup 49 percent of the US people say Bush is a divider, another 49 percent say he’s a uniter and the remaining 2 percent don’t care one way or another.

It must have taken superhuman restraint from the CNN editor to keep the obvious conclusion off the writeup.

Meanwhile CNN is working on a poll to study if people think water is wet.


Bury that one alive

The latest in a long series of reality tv series gets cancelled after only one episode.

Hurray! Good riddance to bad rubbish.


Financial supporters of spyware

Looks like some VC firms really like aiding and abetting spyware companies. Here’s a list:

Spectrum Equity Investors
U.S. Venture Partners
Crosslink Capital
Garage Technology Ventures
Rosewood Stone Group
Investor AB
Technology Crossover Ventures
Insight Venture Partners
Technology Investment Capital Corp


T-Mobile does not inform customers their customer database cracked

Apparently a cracker gained full access to the entire T-Mobile customer database sometime in 2003. The feds got a wind of the breach by March 2004, because the crackpot was selling confidential Secret Service documents online. T-Mobile was made aware of it by the feds in July 2004, although it is possible they also knew of the breach earlier.

What did T-Mobile do to protect the identity and confidential information of its customers? Nothing. Not a single warning was sent to customers, they did not force customers to change their passwords, they simply wished customers didn’t notice. This, btw, is illegal (civil) in California provided a law enforcement agency did not ask the company to postpone notifying the customers.

As a T-Mobile customer I’m amazed by the irresponsibility of T-Mobile. Thankfully my one-year contract with them is already expired and I’m free to switch to any provider I choose.

1/13/05 Edit: T-Mobile claims cracker only had access to 400 customers and all those customers were notified as soon as T-Mobile found out about the breach. I wonder, if T-Mobile knew at 2003, why the cracker still had access to a Secret Service agent’s account in March 2004.