Fortune Magazine’s “Scariest Tech of 2006” features the “ghastliest gizmos, scariest software and most terrifying technologies of the year.”
Scariest Tech of 2006:
• Sony lithium-ion batteries: Sony’s reputation for quality went up in flames…
• Amazon.com Unbox: Slower than a trip to Blockbuster, more expensive than buying the physical DVD, absurdly restrictive…
• Vonage VoIP: Periodically goes from great to frightening in less time that it takes Lon Chaney Jr. to become a werewolf…
• Hewlett Packard ethics: I’m not sure I’ll ever trust an HP PC not to have spy software, trap doors or other spooky features…
• Microsoft Vista: If ever an operating system needed the software equivalent of garlic and wolfbane to keep away evil spirits, Microsoft Windows would be it. It’s a magnet for hackers, and hardly a week goes by without Microsoft issuing a software security patch, or a patch for the security patch, or a patch to patch the patch. The result is a Frankensoftware monster… Hackers have already demonstrated that Vista’s supposedly impregnable defenses can be broken, which is hardly reassuring for a product whose main raison d’etre is security. And now Vista users will have to depend entirely on Microsoft to keep their computers protected from evil. Wait… what’s that sinister laugh I hear, coming from Redmond?
• Recording madness: The scary thing is, the R.I.A.A. seems to have no concept of fair use…
• Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD: Once again, the standards nightmare returns to haunt consumers…
• Paperless voting machines: Without a paper trail or a reliable way to audit the results, and compounded by the refusal by manufacturers to allow independent software security experts to assess the reliability of the machines, doubts about the fairness of local and national elections will persist.
• Origami Ultra-mobile PCs: These are truly scary little Windows PCs, not small enough to fit in a pocket, not big enough to do useful work, doomed to wander in computing limbo forever…
• Nintendo Wii: Just for the name alone. MacDailyNews Note: Sony and Microsoft are the ones who should be scared. Wii!
• X-Men, The Official Game: Is it possible for a video game to bore you to death?
• “Stay Alive,” from Buena Vista Pictures: The most awful movie so far this year…
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “tom riddle” for the heads up.]
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