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Told Ya So: RIAA Wins (The Law Really is on Their Side)

October 5, 2007

If this was a big “test case,” then those of you anti-DRM and pro-P2P nuts have again flunked. Copyright law still prevails and pirates who get caught will pay. It’s not the RIAA’s fault, it’s your own fault.

You lost Napster. You lost Grokster. You lost this case. What part of “copyright infringement” do you still not comprehend?

Grow up and stop being stupid.

Labels Win Suit Against Song Sharer – New York Times:

In a crucial legal victory for record labels and other copyright owners, a federal jury yesterday found a Minnesota woman liable for copyright infringement for sharing music online and imposed a penalty of $222,000 in damages.

Black Hat Pwnies

August 4, 2007

The first ever Pwnies are in, and the OpenBSD team collected one for most spectacular “mishandling” of a critical security vulnerability. See the link for other Pwnies.

I Think I’m Moving My Blog

May 23, 2007

I don’t know what’s going on with blogsavy now, but I’ve tried to make several new posts — including twice this morning — and they haven’t posted. I’m looking into moving to a host site that isn’t down more often than it’s up, that doesn’t lose half my content overnight, that doesn’t lock me out from posting, etc.

24 Has Jumped the Shark

May 15, 2007

Aside from sports, I don’t watch very much television. There are only two network shows I regularly watch, 24 and Survivor. I normally wouldn’t write here about either, but after watching last night’s episode of 24 I’m ready for 24 to be over.

I’ve been disappointed at every twist and turn in the current season. It started out with Jack being pawned off to a terrorist as an extortion payment, he manages to escape and get in touch with CTU just as a nuclear bomb goes off. Good enough. Then he learns Audrey is dead, then learns she’s not really dead. Meanwhile, his brother dies at the hand of their father and Jack starts to rekindle a relationship with his now-widowed sister-in-law and ex-flame. Then there’s the dopey nephew and the grandfather’s decision to use him to lure Jack and then the grandfather’s decision to take him to China as part of his legacy. Jack likes his nephew, too. All of a sudden we get to see the introspective, contemplative side of Jack Bauer. Why? Geez. And don’t get me started out President Wayne Palmer, his goofy sister, or his in-and-out-and-in-again coma and addiction to adrenaline injections. Who wrote all this crap? Enough with all the lovey-dovey relationships already.

My prediction: Palmer is okay and resumes his job as President for the third time in one day just in time to prevent the Russians from bombing US troops in the Middle East, Jack kills his father, his daughter still won’t have anything to do with him, Audrey snaps out of her mental illness, she and Jack decide to visit Disneyworld or run away to a Jack Russell terrier farm, and her father wants to kill Jack for not leaving her alone. That sets up next season where Jack and Audrey are on the run from Secretary Heller and some malevolent CPAs he knows from his country club. That sounds a lot more interesting than this season has been.

Thumbdrives: Biggest Security Concern

May 8, 2007

Yet another security company has released results of an IT survey which finds that USB devices now concern companies more than malware. This one is even broader than the one I mentioned a couple weeks ago.

If there isn’t a defined acceptable use policy or controls to prevent the download and transfer of sensitive data, managers do not know if and how such data is leaving the building.
–Bill Piwonka, VP of product management for Centennial Software