Last night, I watched a 60 Minutes episode on CNBC which explored the danger foreign hackers pose to the US, especially to the banking industry, the government, and the power grid. The story (which seemed to be pieced together from stories originally aired on 11/08/09 and 3/27/09) highlighted the rapid spread of the conficker worm, which even infected the station’s network during the production of the show.
They interviewed an exec from a popular security company who, not surprisingly, explained the need for his companies products. The 60 Minutes crew completely fails to explain the best and cheapest way to avoid the danger: don’t use Microsoft Windows. The media never seems to grasp there are alternatives, like Linux, that will protect you from 99% of the malware without the need for special security software. Are these media outfits on the Microsoft and Symantec payroll or are they just not doing a thorough reporting job? The answer is yes to both.
Media ignores Linux because Microsoft is a major advertiser and they don’t want to lose millions of dollars in ad revenue. Another reason is most people producing these stories are ignorant of Linux and the technical issues involved. The OS (operating system) is never even mentioned. Wake up and smell the conspiracy, folks. You can and should ditch Microsoft Windows and use Linux – it’s faster, more secure, and free.
The Internet is Infected
Sabotaging the System
The Conficker worm on 60 Minutes
60 Minutes Missed the Elephant in the Room
Today is Document Freedom Day. If you’re not one of the open source faithful, or even if you are, you might not be familiar with this digital independence day. According to the web site at http://documentfreedom.org, “Document Freedom Day (DFD) is a global day for document liberation. It will be a day of grassroots effort to educate the public about the importance of Open Document Formats and Open Standards in general.”
I’d like to be, but I’m not. This country has accomplished some wonderful things, but it has also committed evil acts against even it’s own citizens. In my previous post, you see an example of our government conspiring to justify the murder of an unarmed citizen. But this is merely the continuation of this fine american tradition. I lifted this front page image from the New York Times without their permission. Their site credits UMI. I hope uniformed thugs don’t show up at the door to my quite modest little house to demand justice for these large corporations. I’d hate to be shot to death for copyright violation.
Some interesting links:
US Dept. of Justice (excuse me while I lose my breakfast) Capital Punishment Statistics
US Notches World’s Highest Incarceration Rate (It’s big business throwing people in a cage, and you can get a franchise!)
Listen to Neil Young’s Ohio on Last.fm (full track)
NYT Headline: 3 Detectives in Bell Shooting Acquitted
Why does this come as no surprise? The defendants waived their right to a jury trial, which many people thought was a risky move. What was risky about it? Instead of having twelve honest citizens decide their fate, they entrusted the decision to an agent of the corrupt, murderous, out-of-control mega-gang known generically as “the government”. It’s high time the people took matters into their own hands.
I’m so f#ck!ng sick of hearing pseudo-intellectual @ssh0les debate the relative merits of the crapweasels running for office as if any of that matters! Do you really think that our civil liberties will be restored if Obama gets elected? Do you honestly believe the war will end, gas prices will drop, the government will stop screwing the poor and middle class? That the police will suddenly act like enlightened protectors of the innocent and not like the ignorant thugs that many (but not all) of them are? How freakin wonderful the bliss of that naivete must be! I wonder how much it matters to Sean Bell, his family, or his fiancee?
Now, I’m off to install Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04 on a server and (hopefully) forget goddamn politics, news and people. Like an ostrich, I’ll sink my head into the sands of geektopia. But come the revolution, brotha…