Archive for April 2004

Boing Boing is wrong on itunes

The new iTunes has stricter DRM than the last version, limiting the number of times you can burn your playlists to seven (it used to be ten), and detecting and blocking similar playlists. Jason Schultz has some good ranty analysis about what this means:

So after one year and 70 million songs, $0.99 now buys you less rather than more — seven hard burns instead of ten soft ones. What will Apple “allow” us to do with the music we “buy” next year? three burns? one? zero?

And what about the songs you’ve already bought? Don’t we get to keep the rights we had before the change?

Well, Apple has conveniently reserved its rights to make changes — unilaterially — to its DRM and your ability to make fair use via its Terms of Service and Terms of Sale pretty much anytime it pleases, without even having to give you notice.

Link [Boing Boing Blog]

Blah blah blah about the CD thing. Who gives a rats ass about the CDs?? You GAINED 2 computers to share your music with!! Since I got my iPod almost a year ago, the CD issue is COMPLETELY MOOT. I did burn a couple of CDs for a friend who does not use computers all day long like I do. But, I gave up on CDs about 3 years ago, and I know I’m not alone.

SERIOUSLY… you sound like you’re saying that Apple is preventing you from making wax drum replications. It’s insanely easy to circumvent the DRM if you’re sufficiently motivated. If you’re still too lazy to hack, and too eager to bitch about iTunes, Go walk across the street to Napster or music match or BuyMusic or MP3.com or Sony or Walmart music, Spend your fucking money there, and see if your rights are nearly as good with their services.

I’m so tired of hearing this crap from smart people! Music sharing through computers is obviously the future, and apple is working towards giving you MORE freedoms there. Maybe it won’t be your iPod, maybe it’ll be your phone that you can authorize, who knows, but you’re gonna want more computers to authorize, and care less about your archaic plastic media format.

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Don’t lick the lugnuts!

interesting movie on America’s leadership in incarceration!

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Uri Geller … Psychic?

The ABC-TV program 20/20 will air a contest between five couples on the show this Friday — the winners get to adopt a real-live, pooping, crying baby. So, let me get this straight. You can’t say “fuck,” but you can broadcast a raffle for a human being? Snip from SJ Merc story:


“What’s that? You say the program and host Barbara Walters have gone too far this time? What do you know about television? ABC knows a winner when it sees it and this is Nielsen gold, my friend. A reality show with a human life on the line — all disguised as news programming.

Let the other shows have half-naked people betraying each other on a deserted island. Give them the half-naked people eating buckets of bug eyes. And the half-naked people putting up with Donald Trump. And the half-naked people trying to get other half-naked people to marry them.”

Link to SJ Merc story, Link to NY Post story (Thanks to several BB readers who pointed to this, including Iain Cooper)

UPDATE: Stop press! The real scandal here? Celebrity spoon-bending psychic Uri Geller is outraged at news of the 20/20 baby giveaway episode. He’s planning legal action, and claims he owns a worldwide patent on any reality TV show that involves winning a baby. “I will speak to my patent attorney,” says Geller, “I own the idea.” Whatever, dear BoingBoing readers, but let me set the record straight: I own the patent on any reality-TV show involving live mudwrestling smackdowns between Uri Geller and Barbara Walters, and I will personally bend the spoon of anyone who forgets it. Link to Reuters story.

UPDATE 2: BoingBoing reader Kevin T. Keith says: “As a matter of fact, Uri Geller does hold a patent for a reality TV show that involves competing to adopt a baby. You can view the patent by going to the Patent and Trademark Office’s Applications search page here and entering the phrase “in/geller-uri” (without quotation marks) in the large search window. The world gets weirder and weirder.”

UPDATE 3: BoingBoing reader Marc Ascolese, who is a patent attorney, says — more or less — not so fast, mister spoonbender:

The link included above takes you to the search site for published U.S. patent applications (not issued patents). This does not mean that a U.S. Patent has been granted. Under certain circumstances, the USPTO requires applications to be published. In fact, if you go here, and enter the application number for Geller’s patent application (09/757609) you can see some current status information. Basically, the application has not been examined yet. Because this application has been classified in U.S. Class 705, we can expect that it will be examined pretty rigorously. It may be a long time before Geller has an issued U.S. Patent he can enforce. Class 705 is where most “business method” type applications end up. For more about that, look here. Who said being a patent attorney was dull!

[Boing Boing Blog]

Wait wait wait.. shouldn’t he have seen this coming?

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iTunes On Campus

Apple announced iTunes On Campus, an institutional licensing program that provides the rights and materials to let schools give iTunes away to their students. check it out:

iTunes On Campus

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fine art as clothing in Second Life

Wearing my favorite painting as clothing. Awesome. As jono put it: If only we could look so cool in the real world.

Even better, deeje got a free account, so he got to see a little bit of the world tonight.

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MySQL is awesome

] Many companies are quickly coming to realize this, as you
] can see from the impressive customer list on MySQL’s
] website. I’m sure that most readers have used the Yahoo!
] (Nasdaq: YHOO) Finance site on many occasions (like
] perhaps this one), but would probably be surprised to
] learn that even Yahoo!’s massive source of data is fed
] from MySQL databases.

Things I did not know.


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Things that I have known for over 3 years now. :)

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Kerry volunteered


so… what’s the controversy here?

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Nuance on terror

…the American people, I think, would like a yes or no answer: Do you believe the war in Iraq was a mistake? SEN. KERRY: I think the way the president went to war is a mistake Why can’t Kerry… [Republicans WatchBlog]

Once again, a republican wants a black and white world, with yes and no answers to over-simplistic questions. OK, I have some black and white questions for you:

  • should a president take a vacation when Americans are dying in war?
  • should a president plan both the entry and exit of a war before the war occurs?
  • should the US spend more than it takes in?
  • should two people who love each other be given special benefits?

Am I guilty of the same over-simplification? Perhaps…

[musings]

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Waiting

18 months… and waiting a few more hours.

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moblog new image location test

moblogtesting the new location for moblogging attachments.

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Fact Free bumper sticker


Buy a bumper sticker at zero markup.

I am not profiting from this at all. cafepress’ price overhead is $2.99, and that’s what they’re priced at for you to buy them at.

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George Bush personally affecting me adversely: Overtime

I just got off the phone with my HR representative, who confirmed that they just got the newly mandated overtime laws handed out last night, and that they have 120 days to comply… therefore until they announce it formally (within 3-5 days) I can still bill overtime and double time. As soon as they announce the change in policy, I can no longer bill overtime. Thanks George Bush! Thanks for making it harder every day to have a normal fucking life. Thanks for helping me put more money in my pock.. wait… now I have LESS money in my pocket!!

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godsend: no quicktime trailers

I got news of this from a brief NPR segment. Look closely at this site (about cloning). Pay particular attention to the “Testimonials” section. After you take it all in, sit back, take a breath and realize this is a new marketing technique to promote an upcoming movie. So the question remains, how well will this work. Will people who have family members think it’s funny when they contact this “company” for more info, only to find out “Thanks for your interest. the movie opens in 2005”? Think I’m being irrational? Go to Google and search for cloning…look at the very top sponsored link.

[ Wow. That’s remarkable. I quite probably would’ve called bullshit on the claims they make, but it certainly doesn’t trigger my “movie ad” recognition at all. I guess the question is, how effective is an advertisment that doesn’t reveal the product being advertised?

The Resident Evil 2 trailer pulls a similar thing to start with, playing like an ad for a rejuvenating cream, but it reveals itself towards the end. I think it’s really a good ad, but that’s because of the, “What? Rujivawhat? OHHHH… ” factor. I don’t see the revelation part here, which is what i think solidifies the interest.

EDIT: For those who wish to domolish the illusion, here’s the official site : http://www.godsendthemovie.com/

It appears the movie will be released shortly, like, 10 days. I’ve seen 0 ads.

There are trailers available there, of course. Interestingly, once you know who plays Dr. Wells, you can recognize him, even in the small pix on the fake institute site, though i’d be impressed if anyone could call it without knowing.
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More interesting to me is that they have no quicktime trailers. WMV and Real only. Maybe the reason you have heard nothing about this movie is because they aren’t promoting in the right place.

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[Obvious] Fark.com are right wing agenda pushers

[Obvious] Today’s Kerry flip-flop brought to you by Meet The Press and
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it makes me sad to stop going to fark. Fark was funny. Fark was amusing. The editors of fark should have realized sooner that political stories don’t attract all kinds of people, just the ones that are aligned with your views. Fark, as a business, alienates it’s visitors by applying insulting tags to stories it aggregates… It’s not news, it’s fark.. right, I get that. Well, fark off, enjoy your right wing promoting business. karmaloop, you are being dis-served by this venue. My blog, is a blog, with no advertising on it currently, so I enjoy the freedom to speak my mind about my political views without fear of a loss of revenue from losing advertisers. It’s different for me than fark.

unsubscribe -> fark.com

it’s just too obvious anymore, it’s not unbiased, and it’s a waste of energy to ignore that fact anymore

maybe see you after the election.

update: True, I do have advertising now. That’s a new development since I originally wrote this article. So, does it make Fark.com any less biased than me? No. Now we’re on the same playing field, I guess. It’s the “Hero” tag given to stories about all the things GWB does. How is that not biased?

update 2: Wow, someone must have found my article and alerted the total fark crowd, because I got 4 finely crafted intellectual comments so far. Well Done! You sure have solved all the problems with our country by calling me a “Moran” and a “Pussy” … Way to use the brain cells you were given. In fact, by coming here and “representing” you’ve only reconfirmed my suspicions about who the majority of Fark visitors are, so.. how do you like that? Probably not much, I’m guessing. Sigh.. oh well, thanks for taking the time to show off your firm grasp of the American Spirit. If you can’t debate with ’em, call ’em names. Or, how about “What you don’t agree with, shoot”, huh. Where’s my flag?

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best description ever of the bush administration

I heard this on KQED this morning as I was driving to work.. someone, and I apologize for not being able to attribute this to you directly, called the bush administration “Faith-based, and fact-free”… and I was stunned at completely correct that assessment appears to be to me.

ok, I just looked online, and I believe it was

Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University

Forum
with Michael Krasny (Hour One)
Forum assesses the recent developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Guests include Yossi Armani, Consul General of Israel, Pacific Northwest Region; and Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University.

kqed

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