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It’s a Small Wurld, After All

To the Editor:

I’ve been gritting my teeth, but now I’ve had enough of watching the local media heap tons of press on the most recent tech “golden boys”: WURLD Media of Saratoga [“Learning to Share,” Listen Here, Jan. 20]. WURLD Media writes and distributes a category of software known as adware, or spyware. Adware is software installed surrepticiously on your computer to track your Web movements, and target pop-up ads at your browser. Spyware is a category of software that not only tracks your movements on the web, but can capture keystrokes as well. These two categories of software are a growing concern because they install and operate silently in the background, often inviting other partner softwares to install, until the computer is nearly unusable. WURLD Media’s software is detected and cleaned by every major adware/spyware removal software. They have partnered with other predatory software companies to invade users’ computers, hijack browsers, and I know because I spend many hours of my workdays removing the software they install without consent, just to make people’s computers usable again. They were on the cutting edge of this wave when it began a few years ago, and they have recently been accused of developing new technology to redirect Internet sales commissions to their partners (called “Parasiteware”). Before praising WURLD Media any further, I would be forewarned that they now simply have an even larger base of victim PCs to infect with their latest software. In my opinion, WURLD Media is part of what’s wrong with the Internet.

Gary Moon

PC-Help

Lake George

To the Editor:

Share and share alike I always say. The article “Learning to Share” by Kirsten Ferguson couldn’t have been said better if I had said it myself. Hey, I’ll give you what I have if you give me what you got. It reminds me of an old but reliable way of getting what you want without growing it yourself. Although the concern of virus-toting sabotages did cross my mind, that worry was silenced by the time I got to the bottom of the article. However, the potential to obtain old and new music, videos, movies and games via digital download gives me a feeling of power that I’m sure will be shared by many downloaders. I mean where else in the world can a person see footage of World War II and at the same time download whatever music fits their fancy while playing a game.

I can understand the concern of the recording industry being hesitant at first to agree to distribute music this way, after all, they spent millions of dollars producing and marketing their artists and they only want their money back. But now that they’ve finally seen the light, however, maybe they’ll get some of their money back, especially with this peer-to-peer network. This is what I call being connected.

The possibilities of grabbing the goods with a touch of a button not only makes us smarter, but it opens up a whole new world of experience for a very low price. No more wasting time searching through old dusty library files and reel-to-reel documentaries. It only goes to show that if the information superhighway is used correctly, the possibilities are endless. Just click and drop.

Rhondine Shine

Albany

Context? What Context?

To the Editor:

Suddenly, drug dealing equates to an MBA in this town complete with one’s own small business? [“Sharks to Blood,” What a Week, Jan. 27]. In response to District Attorney David Soares’ comments about putting artistic drug dealers behind “storefronts,” I say reimburse all the legitimate MBA students. Although his comments may have been meant to inspire unfortunate members of society whose talents have been misdirected, Soares seems to be missing the point. I agree we must empower Albany’s youth and direct talent through appropriate channels, but the DA, purposefully or accidentally, must not imply a desire to reward drug dealers for blatantly disregarding the law.

Drug dealers choose to circumvent the law, and do not develop valuable business acumen in doing so. Sure, taking advantage of the drug trade might be seizing an opportunity in the purest form of capitalism, but it takes more than the “ability” to know what you can charge a crack addict to run a legitimate business. To that end, it’s “too bad” we don’t make better use of the ability of a sex offender to spot a susceptible consumer. We should make better use of the ability of bank robbers to find a willing market. Our prosecutors consistently serve the community by the harsh and appropriate prosecution of criminals. The public should not have to be distracted by undeveloped comments flippantly made by the DA who, I’m sure, will be able to put his ideas into better form in the future. Soares should take advantage of programs like NYS Youth Corps or REHAB for at-risk youth to put his skills to work.

Victoria Reinmann

Albany

The Terminator

To the Editor:

Getting off AOL was fairly easy for me. [“AOL Forever,” Jan. 27] When the phone rep asked me why I wanted to terminate, I simply told him, “AOL is a major contributor to the Republican Party. I don’t like my money going to unworthy causes.” Believe it or not, there followed a brief moment of silence! I was off message, and his script lay in ashes. The counteroffensive he eventually mustered was met with my demand for his name, immediate termination of my service, and a final bill within 15 days.

And lo, all of this was accomplished, even as I have told it to you.

Joe Quandt

Troy

On Acid, It Sounds Like a Moog

To the Editor:

As a “prog nerd,” I wanted to bring to your attention that in a recent issue [Night & Day, Jan. 27], you stated that the Moog synthesizer was used on King Crimson’s “In the Court of the Crimson King.” The Moog was not used on this track. The keyboard used was a Mellotron. The Moog can be heard on other famous tracks such as ELP’s “Lucky Man” and “Tom Sawyer” by Rush. I also wanted to thank you for running the info about the Moog film. I attended the film last night and it was great.

Carl Schultz

Voorheesville

No More Happy Endings

To the Editor:

“Letting it All Go” [Mind, Body & Spirit, Jan. 27]—you got that part right! You devote a whole “special section” on high-end massage to blur the difference between the reportage and the advertisements, and for a fact, there is hardly any difference to blur.

You scream to high heaven when the ads blur into the op-ed columns (as they do) in the dailies. You are no different and you are no better.

For obvious business reasons, you don’t even try to question the extravagant claims of these businesses to make their customers (as Ben Franklin would say) healthy and wealthy and wise. In fact, their customers will, if nothing else, go away rather less wealthy, because if you’d mentioned their rates, a lot of readers would be shocked.

Here we have a practice which undoubtedly has a core of real value time-tested—but which is almost buried under new-age capitalism. A “massage parlor” is more honest, or rather less dishonest, and, like any guy, I enjoy a good hand job. Anyway, better a hand job than a snow job.

Bob Black

Albany

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