June 2000 Archives
Winer has an ideal on how to subvert the music moguls, get music cheaper, and still pay artists all legally.
Because Listening to Music Should not be a CRIME
is a Web-based manager for Web bookmarks. Bookmarks are stored in an XML file. Operations on the data are done with Perl scripts.
'use perl; get laid'
Salon.com mwt | Sex as an extreme sport I wanted emotional exploration -- only monogamy stood in my way.
"It's not that I don't believe in monogamy," I explained. "It's that I don't think that monogamy is the only possible expression of human needs and desires."
It doesn't take superhuman powers of observation to notice that many of us cannot take a vow of monogamy and keep it forever; and when we do, it is often out of fear of the consequences, not out of commitment to our partner. Far from signaling true connection, monogamy can become a substitute for emotional attachment. I wasn't sure what was possible, but I knew that I didn't want to be in a long-term relationship cemented by fear. Single or married, I still had the same goal: to untangle the confusing web of sex, loss and intimacy.
What I didn't hear, from either my friends or my lovers, was that monogamy was desirable because it provided a channel to greater closeness, because it was a way of exploring the unknown. Instead, I listened to a familiar litany, full of shoulds and oughts and moral opprobrium, all of which I understood, even respected, but couldn't support.
Talking with friends about this over the weekend, wish they were on-line time to print for them.
[via mouth organ]
"But Lankester's panel warned that action was urgently needed to reach this goal and to stop the rapidly growing 'digital divide' between rich and poor countries."
Internet access is NEEDED by all in this world, not just rich americans like myself. If you are an american/westerner it is hard to not be rich compared to the rest of the world.
" Contest rules call for competitors to attack servers protected by security systems established by the institute. Once having succeeded in cracking the security system, the winner will have to establish his own security system, which will be assaulted by other competitors. "
Break in and fix it, now that is hacking.
People Eating Tasty Animals, peta.org, lost their domain name, mirrored, to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, peta.com. My understanding is even though parodies are allowed peta.org was profiting and through the profit diluting the peta.com trademark. If this is really the case then Saturday Night Live, including all their copiers, might have trouble with some of their skits. If they don't then peta.org should get the domain name back.
FreeGIS: Free GIS Software and Free Geo-Data. Time to dust off my Geography books and start play'n. I was a Geography major, and GIS guru in a former life.
WebICQ, maybe now I can ICQ from my training class, during the boring parts.
ShouldExist.org: innovation through communication -- idea exchange forum
Tale of a Clueless IT Manager
Formula for decision making in an IT department: hire experts in their field, when said experts give a less costly option ignore their advice and spend more money on the option not recommented by the expert. Brilliant.
"According to Aharonian, the problem with the PTO is that it lacks both the resources and the incentive to closely examine software patent proposals. This, combined with the lack of a central database of software inventions, means that the PTO often doesn't find the historical data ("prior art") that would prove a patent application to be unoriginal."
- Ux is UNIX, revisited with XML.
- There is Java instead of C.
- There is XSL instead of sh/awk/perl.
- There is XML instead of '\n' and comma-separated ascii files.
Whaddaya mean, you can't find programmers?
Offer potential employees something more and better than money, treat them like people.
"Today I want to talk about piracy and music. What is piracy? Piracy is the act of stealing an artist's work without any intention of paying for it. I'm not talking about Napster-type software.
I'm talking about major label recording contracts.
There were a billion music downloads last year, but music sales are up. Where's the evidence that downloads hurt business? Downloads are creating more demand.
I have a 14-year-old niece. She used to want to be a rock star. Before that she wanted to be an actress. As of six months ago, what do you think she wants to be when she grows up? What's the glamorous, emancipating career of choice? Of course, she wants to be a Web designer. It's such a glamorous business!
A great writer named Neal Stephenson said that America does four things better than any other country in the world: rock music, movies, software and high-speed pizza delivery. All of these are sacred American art forms. Let's return to our purity and our idealism while we have this shot. "
Metallica needs ot hire Cortney as advisor and spokesperson if they ever want to win the fans. Way to go Courtney!
The big problem is the distribution channels are all getting destroyed aand rebuilt on the internet, with respect to content. Fact nothing will stop it, not laws, nor press releases and not encryption. Remember there is always someone in the world smarter than you and willing to share. I don't have a solution to how to artists get payed but from the sound of it they are not getting paid now.
Got certified as an Apprentice over at Advogato today. Mutch rejoicing. Time to find some code to release.
CVS--Concurrent Versions System - Table of Contents, on my must read list.
A Perl 5.6 for Win32 with Apache. Seems to have the added features over what ActiveState is distuributing with ActivePerl for Win32. Those Canadians sure seem to like their Perl on Windows.
UPDATE: DynamicPerl has some nice "one ups" on ActivePerl, a web browser based package installation for one. There is not a nice InstallShield type installer, you unzip to the desired directory and run a .bat file. The PerlConsole doesn't work for me, not sure why, and the package instalation didn't work til I kicked off Apache myself and hacked the url path. All in all a very nice one up so far.
"In all cases, the blocking companies agreed to block the pages we submitted in their "hate speech" categories. We then contacted the blocking companies to ask if they would block the organizations whose Web pages were the sources of our anti-gay quotes.
So far, all of the censorware companies in our experiment have been back-pedaling since then, saying that they will not block the pages which were the original sources for the anti-gay quotes. Naturally, Peacefire does not advocate censoring these pages, but only because we are against censorship in general. If blocking software claims to block sites which "denigrate people based on sexual orientation" -- as almost all censorware companies claim to do, in their published definitions of "hate speech" -- then the sites that we listed clearly meet those criteria."
Way to go kids. [via mouth organ]
This post, the liner notes for Johnny Cash's "Murder" album goes pretty far toward describing what Johnny's songs about the poor, white criminal really do. As Tarantino suggests, the real distinction between Cash's thugs and the gangsta rappers of the last decade is that Cash portrays these men as subjects to be pitied, helped, and redeemed. Just read further and you'll see the lyrics for "Man in Black," which really put the sentiment here into words.
Air Conditioning is out at work. All the windows don't open. Management is all locked into meetings so we can't bother them about letting us work from home. This sucks!!!
"I can't believe it, I feel like I'm talking to a four-year-old. Stop treating us like we're stupid. A lot of us get it. You got caught. Nailed.
...That's where the conversation begins."
USA: Letters of Thomas Jefferson - 1743 - 1826: No Patents on Ideas
"Following these steps should create a doorway to the files on your Windows FAT partition, or whatever other partitions may be on your hard drive."
Why not have something like this setup when LILO is configured during the Linux install?
CLI (Command Line Interface) in a web browser, ooohhhh yyyeeahhhh...
"Most of them really do. David Bowie for example or Lou Reed or The Roling Stones ... only a few are getting better like a good wine. Think of Johnny Cash."
True, true... Johnny Cash is D'Man...
A Duel Over Microsoft (Dueling Fools, the Bull and the Bear argue over Microsoft
Ethical issues: What's in our society's background that relates to this case?
"According to hardware developers who want to keep their jobs and businesses, and who therefore choose to keep their names the heck out of this column, Microsoft uses hardware certification as a part of their marketing strategy. Redmond deliberately sets unreasonable standards for new hardware that has the result of requiring customers to purchase new Windows operating system versions where they might otherwise not have had to."
Nice theory. It also sticks some with those damm WinModems.
"... to explain what (I think) the Web wants to happen here. It isn'twhat the court wants, and it isn't what Microsoft wants.
...The court has said that it does not trust Microsoft, neither does the Web."
Intresting Dave. My solution, split it up with an Operating System Company, Offic Company, GPL InternetExplorer and require the public publication of all APIs the moment a Microsoft coder looks at them. Third parties could then particapate, Microsoft would lose any lockin they currently have and would not be able to reaquire lockin. Oh, and the OEMs like Gateway , Dell and Compaq would all have to pay the same price as BestBuy and CompUSA retail stores for Microsoft software.
Thinking Outside the Outbox
The problem for consumers choice. First there is Microsoft's Windows "Projecting the corporate persona". Second there is Apple's Mac OS for the "artist and creative types". Finally there is Linux, for the geeks. Where is the Operating System for normals? It doesn't exist and will never exist til someone else can get into the playing field.
"If Jackson's findings of law are tossed out, Gates will win something bigger than an affirmation of his company's monopoly and business tactics. He'll have overturned the antitrust laws themselves, leaving the New Economy with only one rule: There are no rules.
...What happened on Wednesday was historic. A federal judge ordered harsh sanctions against the most successful company in recent history. He reaffirmed a shining principle of American life -- that no one should be above the law."
"Can you make a Unix administrator into a character people will find compelling?
...Now the nerds are running everything, and I think that has made changes in science fiction.
Damm straight, we are running everything and are staring characters. I'm waiting for FOX network to come up with SiliconValley.com, Melrose Place/Beaverly Hills meets the uber geeky webshops of the valley. It will happen, the question is who will do it first.
"An IT manager at a large manufacturer says that's exactly what Microsoft officials told him. 'I spoke to some of my contacts there, and found out that the medialess format is primarily designed to be a firewall against competitors like Linux,' he wrote, explaining it will make it harder to have a back-out strategy in place if an experimental Linux deployment gets into trouble. 'Now I don't have any Windows CDs for the backout. What would you suggest I do if problems with Linux cause me to want to revert back to Windows? To discourage corporations and consumers from changing, they are no longer distributing CDs with every machine, in the hopes that fear of change without any practical possibility of return will discourage most users from even looking at other systems."Not to mention recovery when Windows has a hard disk crash, like that never happens.
Frontier: The Definitive Guide by Matt Neuburg, now avialable online.
"PimpLinux: Collects other people's money for something that ought to be free (illegal in some states and U.S. territories)."
A Citizen-centric Internet.
Why Candidate, Advocacy Group and Other Political Sites Fail, and What They Can DO about It
One family's values Bill Saltonstill, a private man, writes 'The Letter' that embraces his daughter and rejects the GOP
"In what he calls the most difficult letter he has ever written, Saltonstall stated: 'I have a lesbian daughter who, with her partner, has adopted three children into a loving family. The national leadership of the Republican Party takes the position that no gay people should adopt children, and, if they do, the child might be taken away from them to be placed elsewhere.
'I regard this as a direct attack on my family. My daughter wants to keep these children. They are my grandchildren, and I want to keep them. While I will continue to support local Republicans, as long as the Republican national leadership feels this way, I cannot support it."
[via Pursed Lips]
"The Bullshit Analyzer evaluates websites for buzzwords and other meaningless content. This is a complex process and might take some time."
I don't know how they come up with the measure but what the hell. fozbaca.org recieved, "WARNING! This site contains 180% bullshit. Bullshit score: 18p."
I'm a doctor, and i like pornography. It's part of a healthy sex life.
[via GeneHack, who has a Phd.]
I don't wear bad glasses or suspenders and i don't glow in the dark.
I don't like pocket protectors and no, i don't know Edwin, Marty or Linda in the I.T. Department at eBay, although I'm certain they're pulling down great sallaries...
I like caffeine. I prefer to code in C or Perl, not Visual Basic, and it's pronounced Li-nix, Line-ux or Leen-ook, whatever makes you happy.
I can proudly wear a t-shirt form another company and still look cool.
I believe in innovation, NOT obfuscation; peer review, NOT patent war, and that the penguin is a cute but fearsome animal!
Geeks are the SECOND best paid people in the world, the FIRST to be blamed for technical problems, and the ONLY reason why civilization doesn't crumble around your ears!
My name is Jason, AND I AM A GEEK!"
"The term Samizdat translated from the Russian sam or 'self' and izadatelstvo or 'publishing,' is a play on the official soviet Gosizdat, or 'State Publishing House.' Literature which would be considered samizdat are manuscripts which were privately and illegally produced and circulated in the Soviet Union after the death of Joseph Stalin in 1953. Before glasnost in the 1980s, this was the only way in which to publish anything not endorsed and censored by the government."
The Coming Storm: considers a world in which information is locked inside "trusted client" devices
"In the jargon of trusted-client, 'trusted' doesn't mean the owner can trust his hardware, it means the manufacturer trusts that it has the exclusive authority to program the device. Also, 'security' doesn't mean security for the user, it means security from the user."
Unix Wars in Star Wars style
"A long time ago, at an installation far, far away...
It is a time of intra-system war, as forces of the User Alliance struggle to break the iron grip of the evil Admin Empire. Now, striking from a hidden directory, they win their first victory.
During the battle, User spies manage to snarf source of the Empire's ultimate weapon; the dreaded `rm-star', a privileged root program with the power to destroy an entire file system at a keystroke.
Now, hotly pursued by the Empire's sinister audit trail, Princess LA36 races aboard her shellscript -- custodian of the stolen listings that can save her people and restore freedom and games to the network..."
"This page is an informal collection of 'unwritten rules and understandings' for people who'd like to volunteer."
New goal: only run Windows for DVDs and Game.
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