Thursday, June 29, 2006
The China Connection
First, I don’t think we should make a preemptive strike against it unless we want a second Korean War. Our military is stretched out enough as it is.
I think the best hope right now is
Friday, June 23, 2006
Well, today was my lucky day. I got $100 from my old college for “Refund Account Balance.” I can’t remember what “account” I had with them that had any “balance” to be “refunded.” Well, now I know what a tax refund must feel like!
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Happy Birthday to Me
Saturday, June 17, 2006
This is America-Speak English!
So now, it’s a human rights violation to only speak English. Do you see why many of us want a national language now? When did I become obligated to learn every language known to man? I want to know that, if I, for example, put up a warning sign in English, my ass is covered even if a Farsi speaker comes along. I don’t want to get sued by somebody who wants to buy something from me on eBay, but doesn’t speak English, and I don’t speak his language.
But hey, maybe I can benefit from this. Yahoo’s a
Friday, June 16, 2006
There is legislation in Congress (The PERFORM Act and the Audio Broadcast Flag Licensing Act) that would force digital radio makers to cripple their offerings. Listeners would not be able to record specific songs, play the songs they have recorded in a particular order, or burn their recordings to CD. If you don’t want your digital radio crippled by the RIAA, write your Congressman to oppose this legislation.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
No to Broadcast Flags!
The Copyright Cartel is pressing for a law (S.2686) that would mandate a broadcast flag. This could, among other things, prevent devices like TiVo that allow you to skip commercials from reaching the market. If you don’t want the Copyright Cartel telling you what you can and cannot do with your TV and radio, write your Congressman to oppose this.
Wednesday, June 14, 2006
The Alleged Analog Hole
The copyright industry is up on arms about the alleged analog hole. Basically, DRMed digital content has to be converted into regular analog content before you can view or listen to it. The industry doesn’t like this. After all, this “hole” lets people copy CDs and movies to portable players instead of paying twice for the same thing! Can’t have that now, can we? So, Congress has introduced the Digital Transition Content Security Act, which mandates the use of an anticopying watermark that costs $10,000 to even look at! Secret technology should not be mandated by law. I personally think the “analog hole” isn’t a problem-Organized crime pirates will not be stopped by this, or by any DRM scheme, only legitimate users-but, even if everyone insists on a watermark, shouldn’t it be an open standard that everyone can study, to avoid a repeat of the Sony rootkit fiasco?
Saturday, June 10, 2006
I’ve been in
I feel really confident about law school now. I seemed to be able to participate well in class. It was a lot of work, though. I didn’t really have time to explore
Well, I’m exhausted tonight, and I have a friend’s graduation party tomorrow, so good night.