Robert X. Cringley does his end of the year act when he recognises… all that is twisted and unholy in the world of high tech. Welcome to the third annual GUI Awards, for Greed, Underhandedness, and Imbecility.
I think my favourite winner is the “I’m With Stupid” Award:
… is a tie between Sony BMG Entertainment and First4Internet, which made the CD copy protection technology that turned consumer’s PCs into hackers’ playthings. Even more stupid: Sony BMG issued a “fix” that made things worse. As part of their award, executives from both firms will be locked in a soundproof vault and forced to listen to Celine Dion until their ears bleed.
Other good ones are the “Drop Those PowerPoints and Nobody Gets Hurt” Award goes to Cisco Systems (Profile, Products, Articles).
At last summer’s Black Hat conference, Cisco did everything it could to prevent security consultant Mike Lynn from spilling the beans about holes in its IOS (Internetwork Operating System) software, save for a) putting a ball gag in his mouth, or b) fixing the damned flaws.
and The “We’d Show You, But Then We’d Have to Kill You” Award, which goes to SCO
...which finally submitted evidence in its nearly three-year-old copyright infringement case against IBM (Profile, Products, Articles), but asked the judge to seal the files so only he could see them. I understand the evidence is so terrifying it has been known to drive grown men insane (although not insane enough to hold on to their SCO stock).
Good show although I hope next year won’t have that many contenders. Right, as if.