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Blogzilla: DRM-a-go-go
Topic: Technology 10:07 am EST, Feb  1, 2006

Their "open" DRM platform requires licencees to sign an agreement with Microsoft, and pay a licence fee that serves to keep the number of licencees small. A fellow attendee's verbatim note was: "We don't want this technology to be available to every hobbyist...."

Microsoft just declared war.

Blogzilla: DRM-a-go-go

Intel to cut Linux out of the content market
Topic: Technology 1:00 am EST, Jan 13, 2006

INTEL IS ABOUT TO CUT Linux out of the legitimate content market, and hand the keys to the future of digital media to Microsoft at your expense. Don't like it? Tough, you are screwed. The vehicle to do this is called East Fork, the upcoming and regrettable Intel digital media 'platform'. The funny part is that the scheme is already a failure, but it will hurt you as it thrashes before it dies. Be afraid, be very afraid.

Intel is now referring to this as VIIV. Pay attention to the computer hardware you buy because the more people buy these chips, the more a dangerous new DRM technology will take hold.

Intel to cut Linux out of the content market

The Declaration of Independence
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:11 pm EST, Dec 26, 2005

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

The Declaration of Independence is an amazing document. It outlines the circumstances and procedures for overthrowing a government and starting a war. I miss the good old days when countries still made formal declarations of war.

The Declaration of Independence

Topic: Miscellaneous 11:57 am EST, Dec 17, 2005

Skirt-chasing playboy Daniel Anceneaux spent weeks talking with a sensual woman on the Internet before arranging a romantic rendezvous at a remote beach -- and discovering that his on-line sweetie of six months was his own mother!



16 amazing 8-bity NES-ified hit songs...
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:16 am EST, Dec  7, 2005

Forums user kalocin started up a thread a little while ago asking people for songs that he would then cover using a synthesizer based on the classic nintendo entertainment system's psg audio system. So what we have for you now is 16 amazing NES-ified hit songs!

Here's what's on the disc:
01 REM - Losing My Religion
02 Europe - Final Countdown
03 Radiohead - Karma Police
04 Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
05 Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
06 Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
07 Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
08 Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
09 Slayer - Angel of Death
10 David Pomeranz - Nothing's Gonna Stop Me Now
11 Coldplay - Yellow
12 Rick James - Superfreak
13 Semisonic - Closing Time
14 (Silence)
15 Hidden NESmix Intro
16 Zero Wing (Opening Theme) (4x4 Remix)
17 Tetris (Music A) (Piano Practice)

There's also a sweet cover included.

Had to post this... read more to download ... hahaha :P

16 amazing 8-bity NES-ified hit songs...

Bamboo Furniture For A Sustainable Future
Topic: Business 8:47 am EST, Dec  5, 2005

EcoDesignz aspires to join the growing movement toward reducing the dependence on dwindling timber resources by producing and making available to the public high quality residential and commercial furnishings and accessories produced entirely from bamboo.
Due to recent technological advancements, it is now possible to convert raw bamboo culms into more conventional lumber and plywood such that it can be used to build virtually anything that traditionally has been made from wood. Our experience has shown that bamboo products are highly appreciated because not only does their unique grain and color add warmth and beauty not found in most hardwood products, but more importantly bamboos' incredibly fast growth cycle makes it an environmentally sound and sustainable alternative choice for almost anything made from wood, plastic or metal. And bamboos' inherent strength and hardness actually makes it a better option for many products such as tables, doors and flooring.

Bamboo Furniture For A Sustainable Future

Papers Please : Deborah Davis
Topic: Society 7:15 am EST, Nov 23, 2005

One morning in late September 2005, Deb was riding the public bus to work. She was minding her own business, reading a book and planning for work, when a security guard got on this public bus and demanded that every passenger show their ID. Deb, having done nothing wrong, declined. The guard called in federal cops, and she was arrested and charged with federal criminal misdemeanors after refusing to show ID on demand.

There is a new case up on Papers Please. This is probably the most cut and dry of the three.

Papers Please : Deborah Davis

Wired News: The Cover-Up Is the Crime
Topic: Technology 10:33 am EST, Nov  6, 2005

Sony BMG is facing a cacophony of criticism this week following the revelation that some of its CDs are packed with special copy-protection software that conceals itself with an advanced hacker cloaking technique. We think the company is getting off easy.

Wired News: The Cover-Up Is the Crime

Mark's Sysinternals Blog: Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far
Topic: Technology 12:30 pm EST, Nov  2, 2005

The entire experience was frustrating and irritating. Not only had Sony put software on my system that uses techniques commonly used by malware to mask its presence, the software is poorly written and provides no means for uninstall. Worse, most users that stumble across the cloaked files with a RKR scan will cripple their computer if they attempt the obvious step of deleting the cloaked files.

While I believe in the media industry’s right to use copy protection mechanisms to prevent illegal copying, I don’t think that we’ve found the right balance of fair use and copy protection, yet. This is a clear case of Sony taking DRM too far.

Sony has gone very far over the line here. I will happily join in the chorus of people screaming lawsuit. Letting this one go would establish the premise that it's acceptable for the media industry to violate your property in order to protect theirs. That approach can only lead to worse problems.

Mark's Sysinternals Blog: Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far

Fractal Food
Topic: Miscellaneous 1:55 pm EDT, Oct 18, 2005

Nearly exact self-similar fractal forms occur do in nature, but I'd never seen such a beautiful and perfect example until, some time after moving to Switzerland, I came across a chou Romanesco like the one above in a grocery store. This is so visually stunning an object that on first encounter it's hard to imagine you're looking at a garden vegetable rather than an alien artefact created with molecular nanotechnology.

Coolest vegetable ever.

Fractal Food

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