Archive for 30th January 2004

Tune recycler?

TuneRecycler uses unwanted Pepsi/iTunes Store winning codes and spends them on indie bands available through the iTunes Music Store.

“When you buy major label music on iTunes,” Wilson explained, “the musician usually gets nothing, because they’re in perpetual debt to their label until they sell more than 500,000 CDs. And at best they only get 8-14 cents on a $1.00 song. We want to get some of Pepsi’s money going to actual musicians, not just record label CEOs and RIAA lawyers.”

Link [Boing Boing Blog]

I keep seeing this posted around and around. Exactly how are they going to do this? It sounds like they’re just saying “Hey, if you don’t want that free song and aren’t going to use it, give it to me, and I’ll use it, then the artist will at least get some money from somebody using the code.” Which is… brilliant if you were the person who came up with that scheme. But otherwise, do you really think Pepsi is going to talk to you if you collect 0.05%, 0.5%, heck 5% (5 million winning caps? 5 million people saying “no thanks, free digital music ain’t for me”??) of the winning caps and say “Distribute this song-cash equivalent to the artists!”… it’s flawed logic. A nice idea, but hey, how about this idea… Don’t fucking sign up as an artist under one of said evil record labels. It’s not like they were born into slavery and need emancipating. Signing on the dotted line is just like signing any legally binding contract. You sign away rights in exchange for services. The best thing you can do with a winning pepsi cap is use it so that the independent labels get a share of that free publicity, and as the doors gradually open to completely independent artists being able to get into iTunes, said evil record labels will have no place on this planet anymore. Just don’t waste your winning cap on a fucking britney spears single for pete’s sake. There’s a lot of independent label stuff up there now. Do some homework and apply the power you’re given towards being part of the revolution. Record labels only have power if you keep giving them your money.

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] Eight security experts held a Red Team exercise on
] January 19, using a GEMS server and six AccuVote-TS
] terminals, replicating an election scenario with no prior
] knowledge of source code. As suggested by the earlier,
] Hopkins report, the team quickly guessed the hardcoded
] passwords to administrator and voter smart cards. At a
] cost of less than $750, they were able to reset voter
] cards to allow multiple votes with the same card and
] suggested similar abuses with forged supervisor and voter
] cards. All 32,000 statewide terminal locks are identical,
] and the team picked them in less than 10 seconds,
] allowing physical access to the PCMCIA bay, which
] contains cards for the modem and the ballot definitions
] and results. These cards could be tampered with,
] destroyed, or stolen for their valuable data. Attaching a
] keyboard to the terminals allowed resetting of all
] counters in the PCMCIA bay without an administrator card
] needed.
]
] The server was missing over 15 Microsoft security
] updates, and the team was able to use the flaws used by
] the “Blaster” worm. By using insecure USB ports or more
] secure CD drives, the team was able to modify results and
] databases


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It’s completely horrifying that anyone would think using Micro$oft for a voting system was ever a good idea. It’s NOT. It’s a BAD IDEA which deserves NO funding or consideration, period. Are you listening, Mike Honda??

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