thatseattleguy writes "It started with a blog post complaining about the poor user interface design of American Airlines website (including a suggested redesign). The poster didn't expect a response, but received a nice and detailed email from a UI guy there, explaining why it was often tricky to good design at large companies, due to all of the different interests — but says that good stuff is coming, even if it may take some time.
So, how did AA respond when they learned of this? It fired the guy.
thatseattleguy writes "Back in 2006, the campaign of incumbent Senator Joseph Lieberman implied that supporters of rival Ned Lamont had hacked and disrupted his Web site. Now comes perhaps the final word, the result of freedom of information requests filed by The Stamford Advocate: the campaign crashed its own site, due to a badly misconfigured server and excessive email traffic.
"The server that hosted the joe2006.com Web site failed because it was overutilized and misconfigured. There was no evidence of (an) attack," an email memo obtained from the F.B.I by the Standford Advocate said. "The site crashed because Lieberman officials continually exceeded a configured limit of 100 e-mails per hour the night before the primary, and [...] the system administrator misinterpreted the root cause. The system administrator finally declared the server was being attacked and the Lieberman campaign accused the Ned Lamont campaign."
The fight had gone to court last year, and pitting the relatively recent idea of rights of publicity over the far older idea of copyright protection. Those court losses might have been devastating to the Monroe LLC, which over the past two decades has earned millions of dollars a year by marketing the late actress's name and likeness on an endless list of key chains, T-shirts, and other merchandise. (Forbes magazine ranks Marilyn at or near the top of its yearly list of top-earning dead celebrities.) Today came a press release from its law firm announcing that, in light of the new law, which went into effect of January 1, it had secured an order in the Los Angeles Federal District Court "granting reconsideration of the previous summary judgments."" top
thatseattleguy writes "Lauren Weinstein, the well-known commentator on technology, security, politics, and privacy, note in a recent blog entry that Microsoft's heavily-hyped HealthVault initiative — at least the search engine component — has significant quality control issues. "Completely valid queries to the HealthVault search engine — mentioning bodily parts or bodily functions — returned extremely high percentages (sometimes almost 100%) of porn keyword "sucker" pages. [...] HealthVault uses SSL crypto for searches in both directions. So finally there's a way to search for porn on the Net with better privacy! All Microsoft needs to do now is simply rebrand their service as "PornVault" — now that's a winner."
thatseattleguy writes "Apple Matters has a opinion piece on four well-known Apple commentaters: "If you are a long-time Apple user then you have probably heard of the four pundits below. They have written reams of bad advice, poor comparisons, unclear analysis, insane predictions, and general crap. But if you are relatively new to the world of Apple then you might mistakenly assume that these guys actually know what they're talking about. Rest assured, they don't. This is a simple guide to the four biggest idiots out there writing about all things Apple. They all have different styles, but in the end you can't really trust any of them."