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Fight Against Maturity

A friend in need…



A mouse rides on the back of a frog in floodwaters in the northern Indian city Lucknow

July 3, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | Comments Off on A friend in need…

File sharing still thrives

File-swapping software seemed in peril a year ago when the U.S. Supreme Court gave the entertainment industry a legal bullet: Its ruling reopened the door for lawsuits over programs used to share music, movies and other copyright files.

The Supreme Court, reversing lower court rulings, said developers of such programs could indeed be held liable for unauthorized sharing by their users — if the technology companies were somehow encouraging customers to steal music and movies.

Andrew Lack, then chief executive at Sony BMG Music Entertainment, predicted at the time: “We will no longer have to compete with thieves in the night whose businesses are built on larceny.”

Yet a year later, peer-to-peer, or P2P, sharing continues to thrive, with firms behind favorite applications such as eDonkey, LimeWire, Morpheus and Kazaa, among others, still in business.


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The wonders of modern technology

Well, heigh de ho, boys and girls, I’m back on. I’m out of town and carefully chose a motel with wifi access but what miracle should occur but the wifi blew up right after I got here. Just came back up. There are three access points in this building, each feeding off a splitter and “totally independent” according to the office guy. All three went down at the same time, then two came back ,then went down then one came back, then went down, then—but you get the idea. Funny part is that the office computer is directly connected to the same cable and functioned just fine. I suspect that there was a loose or partial connection to and/or from the splitter but motel gnomes deny it. Who cares? The wifi is back up.

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