Saturday , August 15 2020

Science and Technology

The Final Solution

The RIAA gets serious: Citing lackluster results in its aggressive Subpoena-the-Family campaign, The Recording Industry Assocation of America, or RIAA, announced today it was escalating the war against music file sharing even higher by opening its massive detention facility in the high desert of Movaje, CA. The facility, designed to …

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AP Tracks Down RIAA’s Targets

Contradicting the RIAA’s claims that they can only track down individual file sharers via their Internet Providers (see Verizon case), the AP was able to track down a number of the targets of federal subpoenas the RIAA has been churning out: Parents, roommates — even grandparents — are being targeted …

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Hiding and Seeking

File sharing services are making efforts to hide user identities in the wake of the RIAA sue-the-world campaign: the makers of file-sharing software are fortifying their programs to try to mask users’ identities. Some of the upgrades reroute Internet connections through so-called proxy servers that scrub away cybertracks. Others incorporate …

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Chicks Vote and Rock and Stuff!

The Dixie Chicks have made a clever political move, buying, I mean supporting their own section of the Rock the Vote site and starting a registration and education campaign called “Chicks Rock, Chicks Vote!” (of course the Chicks don’t exactly “rock,” but “Chicks Pop, Chicks Vote!” doesn’t have the same …

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Brad Hill Reviews BuyMusic.com

Online music poobah par excellence Brad Hill, author of The Digial Songstream, reviews the new BuyMusic.com service: REVIEW: BuyMusic.com Online music store operated by Buy.com SUMMARY: The first of many iTunes Store clones for Windows, BuyMusic is rough, clumsy, and disregards all competition except iTunes. Compares unfavorably to pre-iTunes services …

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Schools With Sacks

Are Boston College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology the only schools around with a modicum of nads? These other schools seem to be falling all over themselves to kiss RIAA sphincter. BC and MIT, on the other hand, tell the RIAA to piss off: The schools said the subpoenas, …

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BuyMusic.com Sets Sail on Music Download Waters

BuyMusic.com, which opens with a seductive female voice purring “get loaded,” offers PC owners digital pay music service: Although online retailer BuyMusic.com will offer more than 300,000 songs from the five major recording labels, users of the service will not necessarily have the freedom afforded customers of Apple’s iTunes service. …

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Consuming Culture

We recently mentioned software that finds, chops and recombines parts of spoken word into odd pastiches. Now a Northeast Ohio contrarian has assembled a collection of TV and radio ads “remixed” to subvert their original message: The commercial’s banjo melody is instantly familiar, but the words are different. “Armour hot …

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Amazon Creating Reference Database

Our buds at Amazon are creating a searchable database of thousands of nonfiction books: Executives at Amazon.com are negotiating with several of the largest book publishers about an ambitious and expensive plan to assemble a searchable online archive with the texts of tens of thousands of books of nonfiction, according …

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