Saturday, August 09, 2003


Abolish the Digital Millenium Copyright Act Petition  

Abolish the Digital Millenium Copyright Act Petition
: "View Current Signatures - Sign the Petition
To: US Congress and the Judiciary
We, the undersigned, are citizens who believe that the anti-circumvention provisions in Chapter 12 of the U.S. Copyright Act, enacted in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ('DMCA') must be repealed or struck down as unconstitutional. "

I believe that signing this petition is a prime example of exercising your rights, as a citizen. The DMCA, and the Gestapo mentality that spawned and supports it, is the same kind of thinking that supported Senator McCarthy in the 50's. The thought that a person can be persecuted for the ATTEMPT to violate a copyright is something that makes my skin crawl. Each and every ISP involved is now so scared of the bloodthirsty pack of lawyers ripping them to shreds that they're falling all over themselves to help stamp out "piracy" or anything that looks like it. And now they want to put hardware copyright protection into every single device that MIGHT be able to be used in violating copyrights of any kind: software, movies, or music. Presumably, printed books and magazines will be next. Then we'll all be fitted with glasses that keep us from looking at things we're 'not supposed to' see. In case no-one has noticed, yet, this kind of thing is already in place, helped out by manufacturers easger to seem helpful to The Big Wallets out there. Don't believe me? Did you ever try to make a copy of a DVD to video tape? Such a thing is perfectly leagal (as long as you own the DVD in question), yet hardware in the DVD player and VCR will keep you from doing it, because it MIGHT be a rented copy and not your own.

So please take this opportunity to fight back before it's too late. If each one of us fails to fight, then let me hear no whining after it's too late!

Friday, August 08, 2003


The Stupids Win (Again...)  

Well. The idea of creating a real-time public opinion 'stock market' went down in flames in under 24 hours. The Bushies [ :) ] have managed to squash this timely tool. Now, when the next terroist attack takes place, we can ALL be surprised together. Oh, well, it opens the door for a private go at this thing. Anybody out there listening?

Thursday, August 07, 2003


download page at myWebAttack  

download page at myWebAttack: "SeqDownload 1.0
download image sequences

SeqDownload is a tool to automatically download the same (image) file over and over. It is useful for images that are changing frequently, for example weather radars, statistical displays etc. The program can save the each file with a customizable name in the same folder and optionally create a Java animation from the saved images, allowing you to view the changes that have taken place over time in form of an animation. SeqDownload can integrate into the IE righ-click menu, allowing you to easily add new download jobs with a single click. Download jobs can start/stop at user defined times, and it can skip a download if the original file has not changed. Also supports commandline options."

Now here's a prime piece of software for those who live anywhere near Tornado Alley! Or Hurricane Alley, or ....

Yahoo! News - Linux Battle Royal  

Yahoo! News - Linux Battle Royal: "SCO defended its overall actions on Linux in a statement yesterday. 'SCO has not been trying to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt to end-users. We have been educating end-users on the risks of running an operating system that is an unauthorized derivative of Unix. Linux includes source code that is a verbatim copy of Unix and carries with it no warranty or indemnification,' the company said, according to CNET's News.com and other outlets"

One thing keeps me wondering- if SCO is so darned sure that they're on the moral high road and they own the rights to the Linux kernel because 'their' Unix code forms the basis of the OS, then WHY haven't they sued Linus Torvalds for stealing their code???

Tuesday, August 05, 2003


PCWorld.com - Digital Cameras Go Disposable  

PCWorld.com - Digital Cameras Go Disposable: "Digital Cameras Go Disposable

Ritz Camera offers an affordable digital alternative.
Grace Aquino, PCWorld.com
Friday, August 01, 2003"

After capturing 25 pictures on the Dakota Digital, users return the camera to a Ritz or Wolf lab that has the equipment to process the images. The camera uses a proprietary image format (Pure Digital Imaging Platform) that works only with Pure Digital's machines. It cannot be connected to a PC to transfer photos.

Prediction: In less than 6 months someone will discover how to convert these proprietary images to jpeg or something, publish instructions and software to the web, and these little gems will sell like hotcakes.

What companies fail to understand about today's world is that such tactics simply don't work any more. People (especially young kids who have grown in a digital world) can reverse engineer such efforts in short order and the Internet makes sure that such discoveries will reach the rest of humanity inside 24 hours.

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