Archive for November, 2005

More Spam

Monday, November 28th, 2005

You might have noticed that spam started to appear among the comments in the rants section (of course I delete them as soon as I notice, so you won’t find them there).
It’s annoying as hell (even if I can’t say I’m being flooded by spam)… I even thought about disabling html links in the comments. This would not stop spam completely, of course, but I think it could work, to an extent.
But disabling links, I also thought, would be like killing the internet. What’s the internet without links? I can’t even imagine an internet without links.
So, links in the comments are still enabled. The internet is safe, for now ;)

Snow (?!)

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

It’s snowing.
I don’t remember ever seeing snow in Milan this early in November…
EDIT: just uploaded a snowy picture.

Did you notice?

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

It’s amazing how many things in the world around us go by completely unnoticed. You can take a flight of stairs every day for years without even knowing how many steps there are. And how many streets did you cross today? Can you recall? Do you recall paying the smallest bit of attention to the hair color of that man sitting besides you on the bus?
Of course you can live happily without noticing these things. In fact, you wouldn’t be able to live if you had to pay attention to everything: information overload is already a big issue, nowadays, without having to waste our attention on a lot of tiny details.
Nevertheless, I can’t help but being struck with amazement when I discover these unnoticed details. Sit down, boy, and I will tell you a story.
Since 2 years I’m taking the train every day to get to my university (in Como). Lately I started reading a textbook while on the train: since I’ve got to study its contents later, I had to do some underlinings. And from the ondulatory pattern of my underlinings I discovered that there are a lot more vibrations between Milano Cadorna and Saronno than between Saronno and Como. I think it’s because of the number of switches on the tracks.
The detail in itself is indeed small and useless. And nonetheless, it gave birth to an interesting train of thoughts.
Train ;)

No more dolls!

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Listen and see!

They are running wild
Electric sheeps are coming out

Rootkits & tags

Friday, November 18th, 2005

Two pieces of news caught my attention during my usual blog-browsing, this night.
The first one (in italian) is about copyright enforcement: from the 1st of january SIAE tags should be applied to photocopies too. I’m not even wasting breath on this one.
The second one (in english) is also somewhat about copyright: it’s a blog post examining the fishy behaviour that security companies (like McAfee or Symantec) held when dealing with the (in)famous Sony rootkit. It’s a quite long post, but I’d spend some time to read it, if I were you ;)
“What happens when the creators of malware collude with the very companies we hire to protect us from that malware?”

Crucio!

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

LOL!

Got Root(kit)?

Saturday, November 12th, 2005

Maybe you already know about the rootkit used by Sony as a form of DRM on its audio CDs. Or maybe you don’t even know what a rootkit is.
Either way, you may find interesting this blog post by Paolo Attivissimo: he’s summarizing the whole story, in a way that’s both clear and short (as much as possible). The post is in italian.
Quite surprisingly, even traditional medias are covering the issue, as you can se in this article from corriere.it (in italian as well).

Some books

Friday, November 11th, 2005

My nightstand, as it is today. I usually keep books on the nightstand for a long time, so this picture is also a collection of my readings in the last weeks. I’m planning to post more picture like this in the future.

It all catches up to you when you slow down

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

I’m sorry I’m neglecting the website lately, but all of a sudden I found out I have so many things to do I don’t even know where to begin from…
What bothers me is that all of these things were already planned. It’s not like some unforeseeable event came up to smash my plans, I just wasn’t wise enough to predict the current situation.
Or maybe I’m just worrying too much. It always happens to me when I find out I’m close to some deadline and I have to organize my time in a different way than usual. Maybe in a few days I will see things from a different point of view.
Let’s hope so.

Agenda Setting

Friday, November 4th, 2005

The Agenda-Setting is a theory in Communication Science, which basically tells that the order the mass-media use to present stories is perceived by the audience as an index of their relative importance. This means: put a story on the first page of a newspaper and the next day everyone will be talking about it; put it on the 10th page and it will be barely noticed.
Knowing this, I can’t help wondering why a serious matter like the riots occurring these days in Paris are almost neglected by the italian media…