This may be one of those situations where a judge needs to get involved to correct the difference between the letter and the intent of the law. If the RIAA does go forward with this (and damages the podcasting community), I hope that the judge allows for damages and legal fees.
Monday, April 30, 2007
If so, expect this hole to be closed in the near future.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Q: Who's Billy? A: You.
Having lived a number of years, the "if we all work together" is one of those phrases that sets alarms off in the back of my head. The hidden meanings usually include: you're expected follow the speaker's "vision", the willing are expected to force the unwilling, and you're also expected to sacrifice something yourself. Keep in mind that the sister phrase to "if we all work together" is "if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem".
The speaker's effort is one that goes counter to market forces. What he's asking is to force a single version of DRM upon a market that doesn't want it. Ignoring the fact that there is in-fighting over whose DRM should be used (driven by $$), this attempt is doomed to failure as you can only annoy your customers so much before they find new ways of entertaining themselves.
The entertainment industry is in a spot where they should be beating up pirates and "playing nice" with their legitimate customers, rather than beating up everyone. That spot? How about: that piece of entertainment in your hand is considered a license to view/listen an intellectual work (i.e., it's virtual) only until you attempt to view/listen to it via an "alternate" format (e.g., CD vs. MP3). Then, it's considered a physical product in that you have to buy the entertainment again if you expect to access it via that different format. It's becomes confusing in that, should the plastic become scratched, the industry won't replace it (i.e., the virtual license is subject to physical damage).
Is it any surprise that both sets of the music industry's customers (those that make the music and those that buy it) are experimenting with alternate methods to connect with each other. The incentive for doing so is that the music makers can get paid more for their work and the listeners get more work for what they pay?
Markets are slippery things. You can only squeeze one so hard before it squirts sideways and takes on a different form. Personally, the only commercial music I've heard in years (other than the occasional live BNL concert) was either part of a television commercial (I don't watch much) or came out of my car radio on the way to work (when there weren't enough podcasts to get through the week).
With apologies for the rambling...
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
I think that what we're seeing is yet another case of the media parroting without verifying.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Anyone ever worked with it?
Saturday, April 14, 2007
- It's more or less locked to iTunes (bleh!)
- It runs hot, almost too hot to touch.
I'm not saying that I don't like it, just that it needs improvement (which some have already undertaken). While it is probably a good choice for first-time non-geeks, I'm going to stick with SageTV and my MediaMVP boxes.
Friday, April 13, 2007
After troubleshooting for a couple nights, I gave up and set the target= tag back to what Haloscan suggests. Danged if that didn't fix it. It's going back to "annoying popup" status (it doesn't open a new pane in Firefox anymore, like I'd originally had it). Such is the risk when you rely on other people's code updates I guess...
Anyways, back to your irregularly scheduled blathering...
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
In doing the tiny bit of research for this post, I noticed that there's another expansion module out for the card game. I loved playing the game on Saturday mornings (yeah, when I was single), though I never owned a copy. I think I may thank Steve by tracking down copies of the game+expansions and buying them.
Oh! Anyone want to start a pool on when SCO pulls the next weird thing? You don't have to name a specific event, the majority just has to agree that the event/incident is weird, strange, or amounts to conspiracy theory.
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
I'm now way over my self-imposed limit of 300 subscriptions. I'll be weeding out the list in the coming weeks. Enjoy!
Monday, April 2, 2007
Answers: it looks like the kid received a Nintendo and it looks like it was on all night.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
ShmooCon was "okay" this year. The content was a bit of a let down from the previous two years (then again, there's only so much "new" topics that your can talk about).
Having the nose count double yet again (for the third year) isn't all that attractive but it does allow for more of your friends/acquaintances to catch up. Shouts to: Mr. Watts (you're our hero), Squidly1, Renderman, Telmnstr, Remad, Syn Ack, Count, Hurdboy, Dave S. (who went with me), Josh Wright, Rob (Goon!), Johnny Long, current/former members of various Red Teams, and the SploitCast crew.
No shows this year: Syngress Publishing (boo!), Hamachi (you missed out on a coin!), Derez (where were you?), and the team of Doug & Howard.
Complaints: the ticket scheme sucked, the door prize session sucked (Rock-Paper-Scissors, while quicker, is lazy), the hotel discount sucked (it was screwed up from the start and disappeared too quickly), the hotel sucked (it was under construction), the subway was under construction, the WarDrive guys only brought Wi-Fi stuff (I brought cash for Bluetooth and Zigbee equipment), attendance was too large (too many people looking for what was experienced during the first two cons), Nate had too much to drink (again) and two of the three best talks didn't make it onto DVD (I believe there's a bounty out for the audio). All that and I was still able to have a good time.
Cheers to Josh Wright, Johnny Long, and Dan Kaminsky for the usual extremely good quality talks (though Dan K. was definitely off on a tangent). I think Josh and Mike Kershaw now hold the record for having the most Shmoo balls thrown at them during a talk (not for what you think though).
Points go to Renderman for applying Johnny Long's talk during the Con. Bonus comedy points for involving the Core Security crew.
If you're interested in actually reading about what went on at the Con, visit Bloglines.com and type shmoocon into the search function. Use both the "Search for Posts" and "Search for Citations" options (you'll get different sets of responses). Note: a login is not needed to do this. There's tons of info in there.
I'm looking forward to next year and hope that Bruce, Heidi, and crew learned enough this year to improve next year's Con. Note: next year's Con will probably occur somewhere else other than DC. Word is that there's only four weekends that aren't already booked for the Wardman Park Marriot (it being an election year and all). I hereby volunteer Virginia Beach. The January/March time frame is the off season and hotel space on the waterfront is dirt cheap. That and it's only a few miles from my house.