May. 5th, 2008

jackofallgeeks: (Antidrug)
Now, it may be that I don't know all the different factors in play, but it
seems to me that Ars Technica neglected a possible explanation of why Chine
might be demanding hotels to filter the internet
during the Olympic
games. The long and short of it is that China has a huge censorship regime,
but as a host city for the Olympic games part of their agreement is to, you
know, not censor the internet. There's talk that they might shut off their
Great Firewall of China during the games, but not Senator Brownback is
saying that he's recieved word (from confidential sources) that China is
demanding American-owned hotel chains to filter the Internet during the
games.

Ars submits that either Brownback is confused, or his sources are confused,
because why would China say one thing to the IOC and them make completely
contradicting actions? Ars admits the possibility that this could
really be true, but seems to think the idea is absurd. I submit that it
makes a lot of sense: the Government officially lowers their censor shields,
but under the table they're having private entities censor for them.
They get to claim compliance and still limit access to information.

Of course, if THAT'S the case then China would have had to botch things if
filtering can be traced back to the government -- but apparently so far the
only source is Brownback's contacts, so maybe China hasn't botched it yet.
jackofallgeeks: (Antidrug)
So, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) is the current "big stick"
for copyright holders, and DMCA-takerdown notices are legal notices sent to
websites and service ptroviders 'requesting' that they take 'infringing'
content offline. The curious thing Here
is that Google took down an open source project, CoreAVC-for-Linux, because
of a DMCA-takedown and while CoreAVC is proprietary software for Windows,
CoreAVC-for-Linux just provides software patches which allow Linus OSes to
use CoreAVC without using any CoreAVC code. Now, it isn't said who
served the takedown notice so maybe someone who has a legitimate case is
involved, but I don't think the CoreAVC people have any place to call
infrongment if the app in question doesn't use their code. I'll keep
my ears perked for any developments here though given the nature of these
sorts of things, I don't expect to hear any).
jackofallgeeks: (Antidrug)
Quick post, little thought, because my mind can't generate the charge needed
to draw much coherent reasoning. Democrats seem to be tearing themselves
apart on the Obama/Clinton bit. Both scare me for different reasons. About
a 3rd of either candidate's supporters say they won't vote fior the rival if
said rival gets the nomination. That seems at least a bit absurd. Most of
these say they would not-vote (rather than vote for McCain). I'm not sure
what I think of that. Part of me thinks it'd be better if fewer people
voted, so long as those who did vote were well-educated about the candidates
and not just voting on party lines and/or emotion. Still, a lot of me
thinks not-voting is dumb. Not sure what one should do if neither candidate
earns one's support.
jackofallgeeks: (Shocked)
Mein Gott, we're having another office birthday. And Facebook
tells me no fewer than seven of my friends have birthdays this
week. I never thought much about Spring and the whole "season of
birth" thing, but wow.

Makes me curious to look into all the reasons why.
jackofallgeeks: (WTF)
This is a
mostly-unremarkable article discussing a recent study showing that kids in
the US are prescribed psychiatric drugs at a rate six times that of
kids in the UK. The study doesn't say that US kids are being over-medicated
or that UK kids are being under-medicated, but rather notes that there's
little long-term saftey data on most of these drugs and with rates in both
counties rising, odds are that kids are being over-medicated in both
countries.

I'm avowedly against most medications for most anything (though I'll concede
that body chemistry DOES have an effect on human health and wellbeing,
that's kind of my point), the most troubling line in the article was, "It
found the increase was mostly in medicines that haven't been officially
approved for kids."

Unrelated: a passing headline on that page notes that 25% of the nutrients
we absorb nourish our eyes. There's my useless fact for the day.
jackofallgeeks: (Setsuna)
Contrast Radiohead
saying they will not repeat the "name your own price" stunt with Nine Inch Nail
giving fans The Slip, NIN's latest
album is free to download and released under the Creative Commons liscence
(meaning you're legally encouraged to share it). It also comes with a note
from Trent Reznor: "thank you for your continued and loyal support over the
years - this one's on me."

This kind of attitude makes me want to give them money. Which is
amusing and I'm sure not altogether serendipitous: over the weekend I got an
email from NIN with touring dates. DC tickets are on sale either the 3rd or
the 8th, and I think I'm going to go see them. (I don't recal when theyr'e
going to be here, June or something.) Anyone else in the area a NIN fan?
jackofallgeeks: (Default)
Just pointing out that thousands of small, independant labels are banding
together to form a "fifth" Major Label, Merlin.
I think i'll have to check out what sorts of acts they've got out there.
jackofallgeeks: (Winning)
Jenny says: "7 posts? You must be bored as hell!"

You. Have. No. Idea. And if I could access LiveJournal I'd be replying
to your comments, too.

honestly, it's more a matter of a fairly interesting news day (I said
fairly interesting...) coupled with my big projects closing out over
the weekend.
jackofallgeeks: (Default)
So, here's a review of a new "social networking" site called BrightKite.
Unlike 'typical' homepage-style sites (most obviously MySpace) which keep
things virtual, BriteKite is geared towards spreading the word about actual
events in your area and lends itself towards actually meeting new
people
.

Now, of course, I have to stop here and talk a moment on the 'dangers' of
the internet. With the whole crack-down on pedophiles with accounts on
MySpace there's something of an underlying current of fear and
paranoia about the Internet. I remember not but a few years ago my mom
cautioning me about chatting online late at night, saying only weirdos are
up that late. They aren't weirdos, mom; they're British. There have been a
number of news articles lately that talk about how the Internet is *not* as
dangerous as people think it is (for example: most predators don't use
social networking sites to find prey, which is probably smarter: you can't
be traced as easily if there's not a digital record of your activities), and
even at that the danger is when you do something foolish like go to
meet someone.

I can see that becoming a concern for people using BrightKite -- it's
blurring the lines between meeting someone online and meeting them in
person, because it seems to lend itself specifically toward that. And while
a healthy level of caution and prudence is always advisable
online... The fact of the matter is, most people are decent folks.
People go out to clubs and bars and whatever all the time, and bad
stuff doesn't happen constantly. When it does it makes the news
because it's out of the ordinary. Most people use a measure of caution when
they go out, though, and I think that this should extend into networking
sites like BrightKite. But that's all you need -- caution, not paranoia.
jackofallgeeks: (Default)
Tanya
Anderson
, who's trying to get a class-action lawsuit against the
RIAA after being Wrongfully Accused herself, is something of a hero to me.
But wow, even I wouldn't have given her four shots to get the
filing right. I really hope this one goes through, because I think the
judge has been more than generous (and maybe even sympathetic) and I don't
expect a fifth filing to be allowed.

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