By Constantine von HoffmanSometimes the jokes just write themselves: Microsoft is getting into the computer security business. The new Windows OneCare Live will allegedly protect your Windows OS from spyware, viruses, etc., for a mere $50 a year. Yeah, because when it comes to brands nothing says computer security like Microsoft. Isn\u2019t that like trusting FEMA to manage the response to emergencies? How much do I have to pay to get something to protect me from MS\u2019s own security flaws? And speaking of Federal agencies and jokes that write themselves... Quoth the NYT:\nGeorge C. Deutsch, the young presidential appointee at NASA who told public affairs workers to limit reporters\u2019 access to a top climate scientist and told a Web designer to add the word "theory" at every mention of the Big Bang, resigned yesterday, agency officials said.\u00a0 Mr. Deutsch\u2019s resignation came on the same day that officials at Texas A&M University confirmed that he did not graduate from there, as his resume on file at the agency asserted.Mr. Deutsch alleged he had a degree in journalism and\u00a0once again the facts proved him wrong.\nIn case you found The Sims too abstractIntel has unveiled The Intel\u00ae IT Manager Game. The game\n\u201ctests your entire skill set - people management, resource allocation, strategic analysis and planning. It also tests your courage under fire - can you stand up to the scrutiny of top management along with that of your peers in the industry? Will the decisions you make result in breathtaking profits or devastating losses? Will you enjoy the sweet taste of victory or the bitter agony of defeat? Are you destined for management glory or will you be the kid sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the bell to ring?\u201dAs someone who is probably a lot more game obsessive than the next person (see my stockpile here), I\u2019m having trouble seeing this one ever getting ported to GameStation.\u00a0 Suddenly a day playing Candy Land sounds a lot more appealing. Maybe if they put out a Grand Theft Auto type mod \u2026 nope, no one wants to watch nude nerds.This reminds me of something I noticed at a lot of truck stops: In the video game area there are always a lot of driving games. So let\u2019s see, I\u2019ve just finished my 12 hour driving shift, am waiting for the Red Bull to wear out and to kill time I play \u2026 a driving game? Maybe they\u2019d like to try their hands at being IT managers, instead.\nAn urban myth sort of comes to life.If you are a devoted reader of Snopes.com \u2013 and who isn\u2019t \u2013 then you are familiar with the myth about the Postal Service (or some other arm of government) planning to charge a five cent tax on every email. Well, darned if AOL & Yahoo! didn\u2019t look at this idea and see it as a workable one. The companies are set to unveil the equivalent of a private lane on the information super highway. (Bet you haven\u2019t heard it called that in a while. It\u2019s amazing how much dust I am willing to move in order to strain for a bad metaphor.) Companies that pay .25 cents and \u201cpromise to contact only people who have agreed to receive their messages\u201d (yeah, I believe that) will get the ability to bypass various SPAM filters. The rest of us \u2013 and companies that don\u2019t feel like being shaken down \u2013 will still travel in the electronic equivalent of steerage. \nThere has been some actual dispute over whether\u00a0or how the comments button on this page still works, but apparently it does. I invite you\u00a0to try for yourself.\u00a0Also, for those of you seeking even more allegedly humorous fare allow me to direct you to my other blog, Collateral Damage, which makes fun of marketing.