Monday , November 22 2021

Culture and Society

Phone Pharts

Those nutty kids: America’s youth are using mobile phones for everything from sending e-mails to playing games, and thousands are even turning to the Web to transform their phones into high-tech “whoopie cushions.” “After offering various sound effects, it became clear our audience was very young and that a lot …

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New Site Design: Reloaded

Phillip Winn has working maniacally – he even has a real job (freak) – to incorporate suggestions for improving the site, and we have ended up with a hybrid of the old and new designs, with some very cool new features. He had to deal with the Exporer 5.5 issues …

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DMCA-FTA Complications

New Free Trade Agreement with Singapore would lock in most ass-sucking aspects of DMCA, writes law student: On May 6, President Bush and Prime Minister Goh of Singapore signed the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (the “FTA”). ….It is the first international trade agreement to demand that the signatories implement anti-circumvention …

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Spanish Hybrid

A music service that launched yesterday offers “universal” selection of P2P with claims to legitimacy: A new all-you-can-eat music download service that claims to take advantage of a loophole in Spanish copyright law will launch on Tuesday [no mention of it on the Grokster sitye yet] and piggyback on a …

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Beware the Ides of P2P

In testimony before the House Government Reform Committee May 15, Center For Democracy and Technology Associate Director Alan Davidson raised concerns about the privacy and security of popular peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks: P2P programs such as Kazaa, Grokster, and Morpheus are among the most downloaded computer software today. P2P …

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“Star Wars Kid” Booty Up Over $3K

The Internet, and now the NY Times, dig on the sometimes deft, but more often lurching light saber action of a 15-year-old chunky kid from Quebec, known as Ghyslain: In the video, Ghyslain brandishes a golf ball retriever in a series of maneuvers that are both painfully awkward and unmistakably …

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P2P and Porn

New study says more searches for porn than for music on P2P networks: While much has been reported about the billions of free music and Hollywood movie files on the file-sharing services, there’s been far less attention paid to the abundance of pornography available for download. According to a study …

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“Napster” Returning from the Pet Sematary

We mentioned a couple of days ago that Roxio might buy Pressplay – it’s happening: Software maker Roxio Inc., the new owner of Napster, has acquired the music service pressplay — laying the groundwork for a competitive Windows-based offering against Apple Computer Inc.’s online music store. Roxio, best known for …

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Verizon Has Friends

School librarians side with Verizon in their court case against the RIAA: Academic-library groups have joined 33 other organizations in filing a legal brief in support of Verizon Communications. The company is trying to conceal from the recording industry the names of music fans who have used Verizon telephone lines …

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Mad Xbox Hacking

My son has an Xbox – he likes it already, but with this information he may end up REALLY liking it: Microsoft’s strategy of selling the Xbox, its video game console, at a loss has wrought an unforeseen consequence. Some users increasingly view the Xbox as a cheap appliance easily …

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