By macleans.ca - Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 0 Comments
Sonia Sotomayor hits Sesame Street, Robert Mugabe is the new Cecil Rhodes, plus a king-in-not-waiting
The full-bore FAQ
The royal family still feeds Prince Charles now that he’s 64—just not seven eggs at breakfast, as per popular myth. That and other long-held beliefs about the Prince of Wales were laid to rest this week in an FAQ released by Clarence House on the occasion of Charles’s birthday, as part of the royals’ ongoing effort to put a more normal face on their sometimes remote heir. He doesn’t duck taxes, advocate use of dangerous alternative therapies or loathe modern architecture, according to officials. And he doesn’t spend any—repeat, any—time thinking about being king. All of which is too bad: those were things that made him interesting.
Now, put that wand away
No sooner is Barack Obama re-elected than his first Supreme Court appointee is out spreading his radical anti-princess agenda. Sonia Sotomayor appeared on Sesame Street to confront a pink muppet named Abby who was dressed as a Disney-style princess, telling her that pretending to be a princess “is definitely not a career,” and encouraging girls to be “a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor, an engineer and even a scientist” instead. But her profession hasn’t been very helpful to Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who plays Elmo on the iconic kids’ show. He took a leave of absence after being accused of sexual misconduct, an accusation that was then recanted in a statement by the accuser’s law firm. Maybe he’d be happier if more people became princesses, not lawyers. Continue…
By Jesse Brown - Friday, August 5, 2011 at 12:56 PM - 11 Comments
Hey, did you hear the news? The biggest hacker thing ever happened to like, everybody. It was probably China that did it, but maybe not. Everyone’s totally freaking out, because they don’t know if it happened to them or not or what really happened or why it matters.
Or such is my understanding.
To be a bit more precise: McAfee Inc., an Internet security firm with a vested interest in keeping the world in a perpetual wet panic over digital vulnerability, has garnered hundreds of headlines by revealing that some unknown actor has perpetrated some unknown campaign of digital intrusion and thievery for some unknown purpose.
The volume level of McAfee’s announcement is matched only by its vagueness. Continue…
By Kate Lunau - Monday, December 1, 2008 at 9:00 AM - 4 Comments
Will people still pay when Microsoft’s product is free?
Finally, some good news for frustrated Windows users. After years of being forced to buy pricey anti-virus software to keep their PCs running (and being mocked for it by Mac users), relief is in sight: Microsoft has announced that it will begin offering its own anti-virus software, for free.
Code-named “Morro,” Microsoft’s new product promises to guard against malware (short for malicious software) including viruses, spyware, rootkits and trojans. Reportedly named for Brazil’s Morro de São Paulo beach, the software was originally designed for consumers in emerging markets who couldn’t afford to pay for anti-virus software. But Morro will be made available to Windows users all over the world in the second half of next year, when Microsoft will simultaneously kill off Windows Live OneCare, a security subscription service launched just over a year ago that costs about $50 per year.
The move is being welcomed by PC users tired of shelling out for third-party protection. Besides the frustration of the extra cost, “third-party software really drags down the speed of your computer,” says Ian Gormely, a Toronto blogger who says he’s used all the major anti-virus programs on his PC.
But while it’s a boon to consumers, Morro could be devastating to companies that have built empires selling software to protect PCs from viruses. McAfee and Symantec (creator of Norton AntiVirus), leaders in the field, both saw their stock slide by more than seven per cent when Morro was announced, continuing a long swoon that has seen the stock of both companies drop by more than 30 per cent over the past three months.
Microsoft claims that Morro isn’t a direct rival to products from McAfee or Symantec because it’s a basic service focusing on malware, and because it doesn’t offer extras such as encryption, data loss prevention and parental controls. Amit Kaminer, a Toronto-based analyst for SeaBoard Group, says that as long as the two companies can successfully identify features in addition to malware protection that customers are willing to pay for, both should be able to survive.