Monday , March 1 2021

Culture and Society

Hacks Up, Hackers Down

mi2g, the digital security researchers report hacks are up, but the number ofhackers is down: the number of hacker groups active worldwide post September 11th has dropped sharply and is currently at a three year low. Draconian measures enforced in the US, UK and other countries fighting the war on …

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Sprint First Telecom to Switch Switching

Sprint first to replace switching technology that is 100 years old: Sprint Corp. has begun converting its circuit-switched telephone network to packet-switched technology like that used on the Internet. By beginning the conversion, which Sprint disclosed this week, it becomes the first big telecom carrier to revamp the systems used …

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Cleveland Blog Panel Discussion

If you are in the Cleveland area tonight, check this out – I’ll be speaking (as I so often do): Techies, Scribes, & Citizens Join AIP and the Society of Professional Journalists as they bring you a community panel discussion on how the new do-it-yourself Web publishing tools are spurring …

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WE’RE BACK UP!

Very sorry about the outage for most of yesterday – the whole hosting company was down with some kind of fire situation, evacuation, cleanup, etc, many sites were down including Instapundit, so it was probably the slowest day in the blogosphere in about three years. Welcome back and please let …

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Sense in Colorado

We mentioned yesterday that some states are working on copyright laws even more restrictive the the DMCA. Fortunately, Colorado’s was vetoed by the governor: “Governor Owens, in vetoing the Colorado super-DMCA bill, recognized that these bills are bad for innovation, bad for competition, and bad for consumers,” said Fred von …

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Labels Decide Maybe They Don’t Know What They’re Doing

At least regarding digital distribution of music. Admitting a problem is the first step toward solving it, or just blowing it off: That’s the lesson industry insiders are drawing from the surprise decision by Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group (UMG) to sell their service, Pressplay, to Roxio. “The …

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Playboy Getting Real

T&A from Playboy via RealNetwork’s OpenPass paid video service. The girls will also be popping up via video clips and photos on cell phones in Europe and Asia on Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchinson Whampoa’s cellular phone service: Playboy Enterprises last week began offering a $25-a-month “Playboy TV Club” subscription as …

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“I’ll take 100 PlayStation 2’s, please”

Computer scientists construct supercompuer from game consoles: The resulting system, with components purchased at retail prices, cost a little more than $50,000. The center’s researchers believe the system may be capable of a half trillion operations a second, well within the definition of supercomputer, although it may not rank among …

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Microsoft Working to Counter iTunes

Microsoft, quietly seething at the success of Apple’s iTunes Music Store, is working to enable subscription services to transfer music to portable music players: Microsoft is betting that new security enhancements planned for later this year could make renting music, rather than owning it, more attractive to consumers. ….These services …

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Gentleman Jack Valenti: Spinning Like a Screaming MoFo

Jack Valenti, the 81-year-old president and chief executive of the Motion Picture Association of America since 1966, in on a mission: to deny you have any fair use rights at all. He’s been pretty successful so far: Valenti is considered one of Washington’s top lobbyists to Capitol Hill on behalf …

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