Monday, November 21, 2005

Argh! Ye EFF be wagin' war and boardin' Sony!

This rootkit thing is getting way out of control. Certainly fun to watch and makes for interesting discussion at the lunch table.

The latest is that the EFF is filing suit against Sony for the installation of spyware-ish SW on users machines without their consent, etc. Details in the announcement here.

I don't know much about the Electronic Frontier Foundation but I love their name. Has such a rogue, adventursome ring to it. Makes me picture a bunch of guys with bandanas and eye-patches in a scene somewhere between a Dr Who episode and Monty Python's Crimson Permanent Assurance.

[Update: Holy crapperoo! According to this, the Texas attorney general has joined the fray! Don't mess with Texas! Of course, Sony's back-up plan? Attack of the dancing robots!]

4 comments:

Billy Zelsnack said...

EFF is awesome. I have 2 shirts and 2 of their stickers on my car! I guess you could say that I am a fanboy.

janel said...

I concur that EFF is awesome. They have a really nice email newsletter to keep you informed about all the ridiculousness.

Also, it turns out that having the 'coding is not a crime' bumpersticker on your car before you meet him is a fine way to impress a boy. Well, one in particular.

kim said...

Mon Dieu! Janel, does Billy know about this boy?!?

With all respect to your "stick it to da Man" attitudes, did anyone ever really persecute you for coding?

At least the skater version of that bumpersticker was for kids that were miffed about being kicked out of the mall parking lot

:-)

janel said...

no, no one ever directly persecutes *me* for coding, but i was partially educated at CMU, land of the DeCSS haiku:

http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/DeCSS/Gallery/decss-haiku.txt

i [heart] the first amendment!

well, i did tell billy about the boy, but you know how billy's memory is for details he really doesn't care about . . .