RIAA Racketeers Recruit Quisling ISPs

February 13, 2007

Leaked letter shows RIAA pressuring ISPs, planning discounts for early settlements

The RIAA is asking for additional cooperation from ISPs in getting customers targeted by the RIAA’s file-sharing sting to cooperate, according to a letter recently leaked to P2P attorney Ray Beckerman. In it, the RIAA lays out its vision for how it would like ISPs to cooperate with its efforts to identify and sue those accused of sharing music over P2P networks. This includes communicating a standing offer of a $1,000 settlement discount should the subscriber settle before a lawsuit is filed against him or her. The letter also discloses plans for a settlement web site that will launch later this year.

The Fatal Embrace

February 13, 2007

Command, Option, Control

Too much Microsoft on the brain can lead you to view Apple — or any other company — through Redmond-tinted glasses. Microsoft’s history is rife with instances of lock-in as an important technical goal and core business strategy, often to their legal detriment. Or in Microsoft’s own parlance: embrace, extend, extinguish.

LifeDrive Notes: That Damned Java

February 13, 2007

Some help with Java files

One of the things that makes Palm unstable is Java, for example if I open Opera Mini, Opera leaves behide some Java files (J9RMS and J9MS). Theses files may be settings or saved info of the used app that uses Java. If the app becomes unstable just delete these files that the name of the file starts with J9RMS and J9MS.

The Limitless And Perverse Human Mind

February 13, 2007

Depression as a survival tool? Some new treatments assume so.

“The idea that evolution is an important determinant of who we are as human beings is unquestionable,” says Laurence J. Kirmayer, director of the division of social and transcultural psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal. “The question is, what does our evolutionary history or our theories of evolution tell us specifically about the nature of human problems or about their potential solutions?”

Your homework:
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament
The Price of Greatness: Resolving the Creativity and Madness Controversy


February 13, 2007

Pirates of the Multiplex

Under U.S. pressure, Swedish authorities are going after the popular Pirate Bay Web site for illegal distribution of video files. But if Hollywood wants to stop online pirates—who cost the industry some $7 billion in 2005—it needs to join them, not beat them.

Excellent Vanity Fair article. Very long, very detailed. I learned a lot.

Now who can get me into UKNova?

Another Spineless Weasel Runs For President

February 13, 2007

Obama regrets saying soldiers’ lives ‘wasted’

DURHAM, N.H. — In his first stumble, White House hopeful Barack Obama on Monday took back words from the day before, when he said the lives of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq were “wasted.”

If it hasn’t been a waste, what the fuck is the new SENSSSSSSitive term to mask that fact?

Goddammit, Ralph, run!

And I’m Back (Like The Prior Post Didn’t Show That?!!?)

February 13, 2007

A bit of a sore throat, but the invasion is apparently being repelled.


February 13, 2007

BofA aims new credit card at illegal immigrants: report

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Bank of America Corp. has begun offering credit cards to customers without Social Security numbers, typically illegal immigrants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

I would boycott these motherfuckers into bankruptcy!

Where the fuck is the Patriot Act? Wasn’t that passed to make such financial transactions impossible?