Metafilter: The Master R.I.P.. Great soul jazz organist Jimmy Smith, whose work has touched you through the Beasties’ whole-hog sample of his 1972 song “Root Down,” died February 8. I’ve been sitting on a review of the concert album that came from; looks like I sadly need to expand it to a retrospective. Other coverage: Billboard, MTV.com, Business Wire, BET, BlogCritics.
Day: February 9, 2005
After legalizing unmarried sex, criminalizing pants
Boston.com: Va. bill sets fine for low-riding pants. Excellent. Glad to see that my home legislature is still taking care of the really important issues, like a citizen’s “intentionally wear[ing] and display[ing] his below-waist undergarments, intended to cover a person’s intimate parts, in a lewd or indecent manner.’”
This, of course, begs the question: what is the case law history that determines “lewd or indecent manner“ for underpants display in the Commonwealth? And how does one expose one’s below-waist undergarments in a non-lewd or indecent manner? Enquiring minds, etc.
Carly is out
Boston.com: Hewlett-Packard CEO Fiorina resigns. Fell—or got pushed? The article suggests that HP’s board has been pushing her to scale back her duties, a polite way of saying that she needs to get out of the way. Reposted from a post I made an hour ago that went missing.
The mote in your neighbor’s eye
Alex Barnett, erstwhile Microsoft UK online marketer, now in corporate at Redmond, is today’s designated lightning rod with Firefox is secure, FUD?:
How many times have you heard, “hey drop IE, it is full of security holes. Try Firefox, it is secure.”? I’m not saying IE hasn’t had its own problems, but Firefox has had security holes in past, has security holes today and will in the future. To say Firefox is secure is simply untrue.
There are certainly arguments to be made that Firefox is not the be-all and end-all in secure browsers, but picking on this flaw is probably not the right way to go about it. Especially given that IE never bothered to implement the standard in question. And the large numbers of vulnerabilities in everything from graphics handling to hyperlinks that were patched yesterday.
I think there’s a positive story to be told about Microsoft’s security response efforts. I also think that the company and its representatives have a long way to go before they can be credible calling another software effort insecure.
I’m in the wrong line of work
Boston.com: INXS reality show beckons: Slide over here, audition. So remind me: why am I busting my butt interviewing with every software company in the greater Boston area when I could be standing in line at the Middle East to audition for “Rock Star” and replace Michael Hutchence in INXS?
Oh yeah: because I have a voice…but no stage presence. Another dream dashed.