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Senators introduce legislation to impose jail time for sharing as
little as one file, while the House may consider a bill lowering the
bar for taking people to court. Entertainment lobbyists appear to be
winning their war against peer-to-peer networks.
While this is in the US, and the British version of the RIAA the British Phonographic Industry are beginning to think of chasing file sharers, be aware that there is not very long left of the 'Golden Years' of music sharing. Get them now, while you can, and make sure you block your ports so they can't find you anyway.
Radio message from Hamas Damascus to Hamas everywhere else: "The lone suicide martyr method has scored great achievements, but now, as we stand at the threshold of a decisive stage, we must resort to a tactic that brings us the desired results. Ideally, we would round up 70,000 to 80,000 martyrs and have them blow themselves up simultaneously in the enemy's urban centers and so finally vanquish him. But that is not realistic. One tenth or even one hundredth part of that number should suffice to inflict a shock on a strategic scale. I therefore tell you not to hurry to exact revenge. We have to be sure our assault is concerted and perfectly orchestrated. Don't waste resources and manpower on small operations. No one is pushing you. Take all the time you need and then pick a date and hour that are most advantageous to our project."
Will it be true?
Blur have hit back at the British Phonographic Industry's (BPI) warnings to online song swappers that they may face court action if they continue to download music.
So, they'll pop up warnings on my machine first. Then sue my arse off? And try and get me jailed. Sounds like war.
"A passive verb and adverb flagger for Mozilla-derived browsers"
Bookmarklet to better my writing. Could it improve yours?
"An updated version of the Manila User's Guide PDF has been posted on the UserLand website. The updated version includes the most recent changes in Manila."
This maybe good bed time reading if you want to become a Manila swot ";->"
"The killer is that the application can be anything. I've watched a Picsel equipped iPaq displaying four windows. One had a Word document in it; another had a game of Doom playing in it, another showed live video, and the last had a .PDF Acrobat file in it. And incredibly, it was possible not just to view these files, but to cut and paste one to the other. You could cut the video, and paste it into the Acrobat."
just looking into this... Sounds ever so good. You don't even need
broadband (rather 3G) apparently. And it's supposed to be shipping for
Windows as well as Symbian. See more details about ePage.
Microsoft Speech Server 2004, released Wednesday, will sell for $18,000
per CPU; a version limited to a smaller number of callers will sell for
$8,000. That's a hefty discount over competing products, Microsoft says.
Ouch. Interesting that MS are getting into this market, but still very expensive. Mobile phones, now, are more able to look up internet sites where multiple choices are easier to 'mind map' perhaps more would be done there than trying to talk to a computer.
"Lawsuits are not imminent in the UK, industry officials insist. But they are threatened."
Detailed overview telling the true state of dirty illegal and suffocatingly legal P2P. Frankly, with 6 million file sharers in the UK, the game is lost. Their carrot and stick game is years away from competing with free, use anywhere downloads.
With BitTorrent, I've downloaded over 4 gigs of music in 5 days. If I had the space I'd try and get an 8 gig DVD of The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, but I just don't have that kind of disk space.
Be careful out there though, make sure your firewalls are up and your open ports protected. Read my first day with BT.
Wired: Why RSS Is Everywhere.
More Lawsuits Filed in Effort to Thwart File Sharing. The music industry announced a new round of lawsuits against 532 people accused of illegal file sharing, including people at 21 universities.
Google Threatened with 'Clicker' Extortion.
The FBI arrested man for attempting to extort $100,000 from Google,
threatening to release to the Internet a program that would click on
paid links, costing Google millions.
From quick reading, all it does is collect your video and pictures from your phone, via a cable. Then, puts it into a webpage that's local on your machine. Sure, the webpage looks nice, but apart from the ease in moving vids, pix and text and organising it, so the web page can make it work... Is that all it does?
Here's some geezer who worked on LifeBlog at Nokia. And the BBC describe it.
"A radio tool merges two of this season's hottest tech fads -- RSS news syndication
and BitTorrent file sharing -- to create a cheap publishing system for
what its author calls "big media objects." The hybrid system is meant
to eliminate both the publisher's need for fat bandwidth, and the
consumer's need to wait through a grueling download."
I've started to use this, and this morning I've a load of new songs to play in my mp3 player, but just as easily I could have had (assuming they were available ;-) a ripped DVD of Lord of the Flies. Or, I could have sent videos of my kids to their grandparents, without them having to click and wait, perhaps days to download. This way, they just subscribe to a feed, and (depending on how they've set up their preferences) they could be watching them the next morning.
I use Host Europe, AKA Web Fusion. One of the biggest, I believe, and
certainly not the cheapest. Paid £100 for 12 months with 600Mb and 3Gb
transfer a month. Thursday last week My site went off air. I didn't
notice till someone told me, too busy working hard. Saturday I found
out and called to complain, only to be told by tech support that it was
something to do with accounts, and thus, I'd have to await Monday when
some one would next be there to answer the phone.
Today, I was apologised to, the explanation didn't make sense to me, and bumped up to 1500Mb and 10Gb/mo. So I guess, I'm pretty happy.
Photos of my kids fill up disk space PDQ I'm already up to 500Mb here, as it is, and I'm about to transfer 500Mb of images from my Manila server to lighten the load on that machine.