Do not play this game.
You will be dead in seconds.
Did it get popular
tactics? Probably not.
But do you want it to haunt
your dreams? No, you don't.
Stave off your existential despair
in some other way. I repeat, do not
play this game.
CBS has been in a dispute with Dish Networks, maker of the "Hopper", a device that allows users to skip commercials on their DVR, seeing it as a threat to their broadcast business model. After the "Hopper" was voted best in show at CES by the editors of CNET, CNET's parent CBS intervened and required a re-vote. [more inside]
The model of the new media model
(video), Leo Laporte talks to the Online News Association about new media and the origins of TechTV, ZDTv, and TWiT. (via
How "Real ID" Act will affect you
Starting three years from now, if you live or work in the United States, you'll need a federally approved ID card to travel on an airplane, open a bank account, collect Social Security payments, or take advantage of nearly any government service.
Three major record labels have inked deals
with Peer Impact
, a (still-in-beta) "legal p2p service"...this news on the heels of Shawn Fanning's "Snocap plan
which involves identifying music files being traded through file-swapping networks and then attaching a price tag to them..." [+]
, aka the new look mp3.com
beta launches in a week or two. Artists are asked to submit music from now, however. (Previously on metafilter: exhibts A
The file-sharing fight continues. Recording industry associations in Denmark, Germany, Italy and Canada have filed lawsuits or taken other legal action, aiming mainly at heavy users accused of offering a large number of songs online.
In other news
, A study of file-sharing's effects on music sales says online music trading appears to have had little part in the recent slide in CD sales.
Proposal to have companies rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police
"A far-reaching proposal from the FBI, made public Friday, would require all broadband Internet providers, including cable modem and DSL companies, to rewire their networks to support easy wiretapping by police. The FBI's request to the Federal Communications Commission aims to give police ready access to any form of Internet-based communications. If approved as drafted, the proposal could dramatically expand the scope of the agency's wiretap powers, raise costs for cable broadband companies and complicate Internet product development." Read more about the FBI's proposal at Cnet.com.
But where is the actual proposal?
delenda mp3.com est
"Vivendi Universal recently sold the MP3.com domain to CNet. However, they're not selling the approximately one million songs on the archive. (recorded by over 250,000 artists) Instead, they're simply destroying it as of December 3. MP3.com's founder and former CEO, Michael Robertson, is pleading with Vivendi to allow the Internet
Archive to preserve the songs." (via Slashdot
has acquired "certain assets" of Mp3.com
(read story here
Please be advised that on Tuesday, December 2, 2003 at 12:00 PM PST the MP3.com website will no longer be accessible in its current form.
Also, all content will be deleted from our servers and all previously submitted tapes, CD-ROMs and other media in our possession will be destroyed. We recommend that you make alternative content hosting arrangements as soon as practicable.
Akamai to Al-Jazeera: F*** off
. In a manner of speaking.
Another way around sneaky agreements
: A Californian is suing
(PDF) Microsoft and Symantec over shrink-wrapped agreements and EULAs that are only readable when you first install the software, making a return or refund absolutely impossible. Many courts have upheld shrinkwrap licenses
. Conversely, reverse engineering has been determined to constitute fair use
. If this case sets a precedent, could we see abridged legalese on the side of future boxes or a rethinking of software licensing trends
? Or will the cluttered tower of consumer rights, protection for software companies and code evolution and innovation topple over?
The latest fad.
You know you're really famous
when there is a virus named after you. Avril lavigne gets digital punk.
Apparently "Total Information Awareness" doesn't
extend to the TIA project's own website.
The Eminem Show reached #2
on the Gracenote charts
last week, even though the album was not officially released until Sunday. Gracenote doesn't give exact figures on traffic, but it said the No. 2 slot in its charts represented a total figure of listeners in the "mid-tens of thousands" over the course of the week.
Nader to Gates:
"It is significant that a small number of persons who run the company hold a substantial share of the stock in the company, a fact that is very unusual for such a large publicly traded corporation."
"This also raises questions about whether or not these persons, including yourself, are accumulating these staggering sums of cash to advance other agendas, rather than to advance the interest of shareholders."
Nader Nader Nader
to Dot-Com Is Dot-Gone, and the Dream With It
. The tourists' decampment for winter was quite a spectacle, but the locals dig in.
yet another "those dang dotcommers" article
i'm tired of all these "how the mighty have fallen" articles. When do we get to talk about something new??
What goes around comes around for Rambus
, I will predict that Steven
is not suprised about the fraud claims.
to be available on Macs first. Check out the 3rd video down. Bonus: A look at the new ID 3D engine for Doom. High drool factor.
Two of the biggest tech news sites seem to be coming up a little short in the creativity department. ZDNet
and CNet News
have both been redesigned recently, and their new similarities are astounding. Worse still, they both now feature huge
ads (which we're supposed to "explore") that completely overwhelm the page.
IBM, with the latest attempt to put the genie back in the bottle.
Their fatal flaw is betting on a post-napster world, though I bet their EMMS technology gets cracked before that ever happens.
MacOS X comes of age.
Microsoft has just announced that Microsoft Office will be released for the new Apple OS in the fall. "Analysts had warned that without a version of Office, or similar productivity suite, running natively under Mac OS X, Apple would face problems getting businesses to switch to the new operating system. "
Privacy makes strides online.
I'm actually pretty amazed by the ruling - while I think this is a great thing, could it be used for evil?
Maybe I spoke too soon.
A lot of semipro tech-zines
, sort of like blogs except with specific subject matters
to cover, are financed by ad networks. In the recent past a bunch of them have lost their funding
when their ad networks went out of business. Now one of the biggest networks which remains is changing their terms
to the detriment of the web sites. I gather that a lot of the ad networks were running at a loss, and of course new funding has dried up. [more inside]
"That wasn't me, that was the guy before me!"
This is like "A bear walked in the door and ate it" from a little kid... What scares me is that people are stupid enough to fax him pictures of their credit cards. Wait until they see their next bills!
marchFirst circles the bowl...
Too bad. I thought it would be cool to work for them but now analyst are predicting the demise of the company. I wonder if they will have a great deals on Macs when they go bankrupt?
Bankruptcy without style: living.com
posted their employee (and customer) data on their web site when they "made their documents public." It included salaries and addresses of employees. "Privacy advocates said it appeared to be the first bankruptcy filing posted on a retail Web site and a cautionary tale about the posting of private information that is contained in a public document."
The US Government should buy it and make it a national monument.
PARC up for sale? I didn't realize that Xerox was hurting so badly.
Either Go.com really, really sucks, or I am just unable to find where the "new" go.com design is residing. And why doesn't c|net ever put related links in their articles? Do they assume I will just stay within c|net all day long?
Intel botches one bigtime.
They recalled their 1.133 GHz P3 the very same day that AMD started volume shipment of the 1.10 GHz Athlon. (More inside)
When did Claudia Schiffer become an expert in computers?
And why would I care what she thinks should be installed on one? (Light and casual: jokes. That's the way, now.)
c|net buys ZD
I guess the bright side is, now Download.com's archives will be combined with ZDNet's, as well as shareware.com.
The end of a computer "empire"
interNIC lost my business!!!
To take the heat (and any possible lawsuits) off of them, they have now changed thier policy to revoke anyone's domain name at their discretion.
Phil Sbarbaro, NSI's legal counsel, offered a parallel to summarize prevailing law: "You don't own a domain name any more than you own your phone number."
I don't know about you guys, but I am definitely finding another registrar to transfer my domain names to...ASAP!
You know their server isn't particularly secure; well neither is their browser
ding-dong, html is dead.
the w3c finally approved the xhtml spec
. it'll be interesting to see the chaos that html4, xml w/ css, & xhtml create in the coming months.
c|net's making fuss
over the fact that Apple may be contemplating a more robust e-commerce play because it has recently registered domains such as shop-different.com
. Actually, I'm more interested in what the heck they might do with this one.