Thursday , May 19 2022

Culture and Society

Your President Doesn’t Do Tech

Since the president relies on aids to do everything but wipe his butt, (one assumes, no pun intended), it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that he doesn’t have much hands-on experience with tech gadgets: No pager or PDA hangs off his belt and there’s no cell phone in his suit …

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The Worm Has Turned

Sobig.F shrivels and fizzles: The fast-spreading Sobig.F e-mail virus slowed on Sunday and failed for a second time to launch a remote data attack using thousands of infected personal computers, computer security experts said. Sobig.F, which first emerged on Aug. 18, was programmed by an unknown creator to unleash a …

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New Meaning to “Total Recall”

Total recall from a singing head: I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of tech-savvy people smugly showing off that new hunk of entertainment hardware, the iPod personal stereo. Well, I might not have the scratch to get one, but frankly, I don’t want the white-corded wonder. I have my very …

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RIAA Vows to Sue Only “Substantial” File Sharers

With the critical and political tide (other than Democratic entertainment industry teat-hounds) turning against them – as evidenced by the Sen. Coleman statements and others from key Republicans, editorials from coast to coast, and across-the-board condemnation in the tech, education, and youth communities – the RIAA is busy backpedaling furiously …

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Stones Finally Go Digital

The Rolling Stones, holdouts against the great digital music revolution, have joined us in the new millennium. Besides the obvious significance of Stones songs finally being legitimately available in digital file format, this should also inspire other holdouts, most notably the Beatles, to get with the program. Starting today, subscribers …

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Insight on the Digital Music Wars

Keen eyes will have noted I have taken a break from the RIAA-digital music wars for the last couple of weeks because while on vacation I realized just how absofuckinglutely sick of the whole ugly dispiriting mess I had become, and when I got back to work I had no …

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Blog Wars Pt. 137

Very interesting tale of blogging intrigue and infighting from CNET that I missed on vacation: The conflict centers on something called Really Simple Syndication (RSS), a technology widely used to syndicate blogs and other Web content. The dispute pits Harvard Law School fellow Dave Winer, the blogging pioneer who is …

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Advice for the Beleaguered File Sharer

Another roundup of the current legal status of file sharing, the RIAA’s Campaign Against Humanity, and advice on how to not get sued: if you have already been subpoenaed, erase copyright infringing files from your computer; if you haven’t, stop file sharing. Hmm, brilliant advice. When I explained the situation …

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A Nation of Hairless Butts?

Is there ANYONE outside of the copyright cartel who thinks the RIAA’s current sue-your-customer’s-pants-off-then-sue-their-butthairs approach to “marketing” is wise, imaginative, conducive to a healthy business atmosphere, or anything other than self-defeating and vengeful? I’m waiting… Newsweek’s Steven Levy doesn’t get the joke either: Cary Sherman, president of the RIAA, and …

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