Tuesday , February 25 2020

Culture and Society

Their Targets Are EXACTLY Their Customers

A new survey indicates online file sharers are more likely to buy music than others: The survey was based on 36,000 Internet users and released by Web tracker Nielsen//NetRatings, a unit of NetRatings Inc (NTRT). It showed that nearly 31 million active Internet users aged 18 or older — representing …

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Samples of Samples of Samples …

Mash-ups sample from samplers: “Rock the Party” is an incredibly generic title, but the song is anything but conventional. Its vocals are lifted from “Let’s Get This Party Started,” Pink’s catchy and forgettable hit du jour. Behind them, though, is the rattling beat of “Rock the Casbah,” released two decades …

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Is Government Behind Visa Porn Crackdown?

Forbes says maybe: Is Visa sinisterly putting the squeeze on the Internet porn business at the behest of the U.S. government? That’s just one conspiracy theory going around the industry following new rules Visa U.S.A. imposed late last year requiring adult content Web sites to pay a $750 fee and …

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Potty Training

This does not strike me as a great idea: you’re sitting on a porta-potty at a summer concert, the same one visited by dozens of your fellow revelers before you. I do not linger when forced to use a porta-potty, if for no other reason than I am breathing out …

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Pete Townshend Cleared of Child Porno Charges, But Will Still Be Registered Sex Offender

I guess he, um, won: That registration was part of a formal police caution Townshend received for accessing a Web site containing images of child abuse. Townshend was arrested in January on suspicion of making and possessing indecent images of children. The arrest was part of Operation Ore, an FBI-led …

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A Day in the Life

If you’re like I am, you often feel that life is passing by in a blur, rushing from the past to the future, rarely stopping for the present. One of the great things about blogging is that it slows, or at least documents, this rush. Here is a project taking …

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Meet the Jordans

CNN interview with one of the four college students sued by the RIAA for contributory copyright infringement: BILL HEMMER, CNN ANCHOR: A story we talked about yesterday want to pick up again today. The recording industry opening up a new front in its fight against file sharing over the Internet. …

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Sonic Foundry Now Sony

Via, Glenn Reynolds, Sonic Foundry, maker of our beloved Acid music creation and Vegas video editing software, has been swallowed up by Sony: Sony Pictures Digital and Sonic Foundry®, Inc. announced today Sony Pictures Digital has struck an agreement to purchase all of Sonic Foundry’s desktop software products and related …

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New Software Searches Audio Files

Fast-Talk Communications has created software to locate subject matter in an actual audio file by phonetically spelling and entering any term. Technology Review reports: Say, for example, that you want to locate the word “Sudetenland” in an audio account of events leading up to World War II. According to Mark …

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