Two thoughts on spam.

Others have noticed this, but it’s starting to crop up on my weblog too: Seemingly vacuous, empty, or merely off-topic comments that appear to have no purpose — until you notice the URL of the commenter. For instance, today I noticed a new comment on this blog that said nothing but “I really agree with that last comment.” Checked the URL, and sure enough, it pointed to a site claiming to offer “free DVDs.” Sheesh.… Read the rest

Two thoughts on spam.

BlackBerry reveals bank secrets.

A man bought a used BlackBerry from a former Morgan Stanley vice president and discovered that it still contains the VP’s email messages, revealing a treasure trove of confidential information, according to this Wired News story by Kim Zetter.

In addition to personal e-mails that reveal the VP’s own Charles Schwab IRA account numbers, the name and phone number of his mother and the amounts he paid for his monthly mortgage, car and Visa bills, the e-mails discuss confidential information about loan terms for Morgan Stanley clients, debt-restructuring strategies for specific companies, preliminary talks for potential merger deals and even some creative ways of interpreting contracts.

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BlackBerry reveals bank secrets.

Living dead.

Mercury News reporter Matt Marshall looks at what happened to ten telecom and networking companies that each received more than $150 million of investment during the bubble years of 1999-2001. These companies include such household names as Zhone Technologies, Yipes Enterprise Services, and Calient Networks.… Read the rest

Living dead.

Wooden mirror.

Artist Daniel Rozin’s Wooden Mirror consists of 830 little squares of wood, a hidden video camera, and a Mac 8600. The squares rotate up and down individually, appearing lighter or darker depending on their angle, so the whole array can display a rough reflection of whatever is in front of it: your hand, your face, your body.… Read the rest

Wooden mirror.