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2/15/2009


More Stories about the Sirius XM Disaster

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 6:21 pm

From the Motley Fool: Speculation: More about Sirius XM (SIRI)

Even the Fool, which hasn’t been right about anything dealing with XM, agrees with the previously-blogged Slate.com article.


From Rapid TVNews: Sirius-XM: Is Mel out of the DooDoo?

From the article: “These two giant media players [Echostar’s Charlie Ergen and Liberty Media’s John Malone], both based in Denver, Colorado, have reputations for playing the hardest of hard-ball. It is generally accepted that whoever ‘wins’ Sirius-XM will make significant alterations to the pay-radio outfit. Which is why Chapter 11 Bankruptcy might still end up being an attractive option for Karmazin’s team.”


From Advertising Age: Sirius XM Is Forced to Face the Music

From the article: “Mel Karmazin’s dream of creating an alternate radio business with Sirius XM Satellite Radio is turning into a nightmare, as slowing subscriber growth turns expensive talent into scary debt and the specter of bankruptcy looms large.”


From Follow the Media’s Tickle File: Satellites crashing

From the short: “Mel is trying to pull one more rabbit out of his sleeve. It will – in statistical likelihood – be his last. He needs to convince Liberty Media’s John Malone to buy a piece of Sirius XM’s junk debt, due February 17, to prevent bankruptcy. Mel is the world’s greatest salesman. John Malone didn’t just fall off the pumpkin truck.”

Ok, that one made me laugh. And if you’re curious about the upcoming debt payments, according to Rapid TVNews they are:

  • $175m due to Charlie Ergen this Tuesday
  • $350m due in May to a clutch of bankers
  • $227.5m due in December
  • $172.5m, now rolled over until June 2101

So it ain’t just the next two days that should be interesting…

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Sirius XM should dump satellites for the Web

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 12:46 pm

From Slate.com: Sirius XM should dump satellites for the Web.

This article by Farhad Manjoo has some great ideas for salvaging Sirius XM…so of course, Mel will completely ignore it as he destroys the company.

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Website Viruses

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 10:24 am

It’s been reported that a website popular with some OTR collectors (not all, by any stretch) is compromised, and spreading “trojan viruses” to visitors. While I wasn’t able to confirm, it isn’t terribly difficult for websites to infect visitors with various “bad things,” assuming the visitor leaves everything on their computer at the insecure defaults.

But you don’t need high-priced anti-virus applications to protect you from most of this gunk. A little “safe computing” goes a long way to protecting your computer, and by extension your personal information, from the organized bad guys out there. There are millions of people who don’t take precautions, so let them be the ones to become infected. For these instructions, we’re going to assume Windows, since it is the most popular and least-secure of the current operating systems:

  • Use an anti-virus program. There are a bunch of ‘em available on the Net at no charge for personal use, so there’s no reason not to use one. But run only one resident; more is not better in this case. (You may install more than one, and even use more than one to scan your computer, but only one should be run resident.)
     
  • Use Firefox. Simply switch your browser from the insecure Internet Explorer to Firefox, and your protection increases. Firefox is just an application, unlike IE which is tied deeply to the bowels of the operating system. That separation alone will add a layer of protection, ignoring the add-ons you can apply later.
     
  • Turn off java and javascript. This is the simplest thing you can do to prevent the nasties from landing on your machine. If you use Firefox (see above), you can use the NoScript plug-in to see to it the only time you run javascript is when you absolutely must.
     

These few simple changes-from-default will eliminate most (never all, unfortunately, but most) of the risk in “drive-by” infections.

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