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Blogging Basic Training

A couple days ago I launched a new blog for my friend Jeremy. I’ve known Jeremy for around 6 years and he’s always been interested in computing and technology and was about to set up a blog of his own before he left for Army Basic training on the 20th. We both decided it would be a cool idea to ... Read More »

“The pirates will remain untouchable underground”

BusinessWeek, as mainstream and pro-business a publication as you are likely to find, says the RIAA’s continued reign of legal terror is stupid and counterproductive: The music file-swapping masses got a fresh jolt of fear on Jan. 21 when the Recording Industry Association of America filed 532 lawsuits against alleged copyright infringers for downloading or sharing pirated tunes on the ... Read More »

Free Music: The Choice of a New Generation

We mentioned the other day that Pepsi is airing an ad on the Superbowl telecast that features teens sued by the RIAA for file sharing in order to promote their two-month offer of up to 100 million free – and legal – downloads from Apple’s iTunes. The RIAA said it was ahppy with the ad, but I think anything that ... Read More »

Ripples in the Nanoblogosphere

My recent rantings have rippled up and down the nanosphere and have had a far larger influence on the public debate over nanotech's future than I had ever expected. Scary. I'll take it from the top, but stay with it until the end, since there's a narrative flow with a bizarre ending. Read More »

New Explorer hole could be devastating

A security hole in Microsoft Corp.’s Internet Explorer could prove devastating. Following the exposure of a vulnerability in Windows XP earlier this week, “http-equiv” of Malware has revealed that Explorer 6 users (and possibly users of earlier versions) could be fooled into downloading what look like safe files but are in fact whatever the author wishes them to be — ... Read More »

Wanted: Enforcer

The MPAA is looking for someone with the technical skills of Shawn Fanning and the investigative wherewithal of the assembled Law and Orders and CSIs, but they aren’t willing to pay very much for it – $60-75K in LA? You can commute from Moreno Valley: Internet Enforcement Manager Position Type: Full-Time Employee Company Name: Motion Picture Assoc. of America Location: ... Read More »

New distribution method

Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno have announced a new way to let artists sell their music online rather than only through record labels. [Gabriel and Eno] call the plan the “Magnificent Union of Digitally Downloading Artists” – or MUDDA…. “Unless artists quickly grasp the possibilities that are available to them, then the rules will get written, and they’ll get written ... Read More »

Howard Dean Will Track Your Ass Down

I feel a little bit bad about kicking a caterwauling buffalo when he’s down, but I was never going to vote for Howard Dean in the first place. His remaining fans and supporters are the ones who really need to hear this very important reporting by CNET’s Declan McCullagh: After Howard Dean’s unexpected defeat last week in Iowa, public attention ... Read More »

Seger to Chat Online and Onradio

With that force-of-nature rock ‘n’ roll bellow, Bob Seger sounds like no one else. Though I am less inclined toward his later ballad hits, his basic canon is indelible and crucial – I’m very glad he is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. The classics are “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” “Get Out of Denver” “Hollywood ... Read More »