Thursday, May 08, 2003
what's hot what's not
''The Truth About The Peer to Peer Privacy Prevention Act'' [H.R. 5211]1 is Rep. Berman's attempt to explain why the recording industry should be given electronic 'Letters of Marque', to invade your personal computer without a warrant, or any other form of due process. This dovetails nicely with the Homeland Security powers, but that is another rant. Letters of Marque have a long history of allowing governments to give individuals the ability to wage war and to collect bounties for such activities.
Letters of Marque and Reprisal.
The RIAA is alleging massive losses due to illegal distribution of copyrighted materials. The funny thing about these 'losses' is it is based on a hope and a prayer of what has happened before and extrapolated into the future. Since we made a 20% gain last year, we will make a 25% gain this year. This same logic was used by stock brokers and analysts to hype stock companies and is not based in reality.
In December 2000 George Ziemann produced a rebuttal 2 to the RIAA using their own figures.
The problem with this legislation is that beyond the special interest over public interest nature, is the RIAA itself. The RIAA is a private association funded by the record companies and as such is providing no public service. This alone should raise a red flag for every citizen as you could see your liberties eroded by more legislation by more private associations attempting to maintain a staus quo that is becoming increasingly difficult in a digital society.
Trust me, I will have a lot more to say on this issue, I am just up to my eyeballs in work.
Social Software Reducks Hype, Colonization and Dictatorship.
The meme that will not die.. The hype bit is that SS is the next big thing, That transformative idea that will lead to whirled peas, classless societies where all voices are heard and equal, and there will be a kitten on every webblog. Say it ain't so. Sone folks loathe kittens. The Colonization is already beginning with the competing OS implementations of these tools. MT and Greymatter, run on Unix/Linux boxes, Radio runs on windows.
The dictatorship is in the rules that bind the various tools to the OS, and the manipulation of the information provided. The other big danger is the well meaning fool syndrome appearing on various blogs, which are attempting to create a constitution and a set of political correctness rules to strangle expression although it is put in much kinder terms, it is still trying to frame the debate in terms that make deviation from groupthink a sin punishable by trackback and RSS feed denial. The gated community syndrome is alive and well and presents blinders to folks who are working so hard to enable freedom of expression.
That the Internet is a serious venue for social change is not in doubt. It has already changed the way in which we can communicate in profound and highly unlikely ways. The internet is removing all the locks from the doors and individuals with their own time and money are opening those doors.
According to a private source, Network Solutions are loosing domain registrations at the rate of 150,000 a month. Folks are tired of putting up with the bullshit and the cost.
Hiding Content [Posted] 12/11/02
One of the re-occurring themes that appear on design lists is 'hiding content', or making one's code invisible. Most of the solutions just don't work. The internet is not about hiding stuff. But in the interest of fairness I can offer a proven method of hiding content.
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Mitch Ratcliffe is definitely an other. The 21st century holds the promise of rich multimedia across the web. Mitch was blazing this trail in the 20th century. From code to finance.
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