October 18th, 2009

Tux

Will The Mystery Netizen Sign In Please?

You know, I used to like Kaspersky.  Kaspersky Labs makes a Windows firewall/anti-virus that, when I was connected to the 'Net under Windows, I just loved.  State of the art, worked great, and didn't bog down my system like Norton's bloatware.  Between it and Spybot Search And Destroy, I was pretty secure, and I was thankful for it.

Well, Eugene Kaspersky just made my shit list.  He wants to end online anonymity.  He is proposing that 'Net users should have "passports" to make it easier to verify who is doing what in the event of criminal mischief.

Yeah.  One guy asked, "How long until the passport codes are cracked/pirated/etc.?"  Another responded, "How many seconds are you giving me?"

Heaven knows, what with the 'Net as it is now, anonymity isn't really there unless you really jump through some hoops.  And this passport thing will NOT provide defense against charges.  Look at the RIAA and how they sued people without computers or the wrong people in their quest to stamp out piracy.

What may really be going on is this:  M$, Lockheed Martin, and the Department Of Defense are trying to re-engineer the Internet.  Basically, with Web 2.0 angled to protect end users, you have a collusion that seeks to angle to protect themselves and their activities.  The competing standard needs traction, but you better believe they'll give it everything they've got.  Kaspersky, then, would be trying to get in on the ground floor before everyone else does, protecting their bottom line and maybe getting ingrained so that, when standards and such are defined, their own products benefit.

You can have my anonymity when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.
Worms Ready For Battle

My Next Public Signing -- Next Saturday In Tinley Park

So, next Saturday is my next little public appearance.  I'll have a little table at the Tinley Park Halloween Comic Book Show (18501 S. Harlem Avenue, Tinley Park, IL, set your GPS).  What's on the menu for sale, you ask?

1)  Cloudburst (full version, Linux and Win versions on the same disc), $10.  I'll have Pam, my Compaq laptop, set up to run Cloudburst so you can try it before you buy it

2)  Sound Waves #1 and #2, $3.50 each or both for $3 each

3)  Stress Puppy -- The Rise Of Holly graphic novels, $10 each

How will this work out?  I have no idea.  I don't have many copies of these things.  If I don't move any of them, I don't want to be stuck with a lump of unmovable merch.  This is sort of recon -- can I sell enough of my stuff to make this worth my while?  I'll give the full breakdown afterwards.  But for now, check out http://shotthirty.com/ for all the details.  Hope to see you all there!