July 24th, 2002


Could Hollywood hack your PC?

"Sponsored by Reps. Howard Berman, D-Calif., and Howard Coble, R-N.C., the measure would permit copyright holders to perform nearly unchecked electronic hacking if they have a "reasonable basis" to believe that piracy is taking place. Berman and Coble plan to introduce the 10-page bill this week.

The legislation would immunize groups such as the Motion Picture Association of America and the Recording Industry Association of America from all state and federal laws if they disable, block or otherwise impair a "publicly accessible peer-to-peer network."


According to the draft, the attorney general must be given complete details about the "specific technologies the copyright holder intends to use to impair" the normal operation of the peer-to-peer network. Those details would remain secret and would not be divulged to the public."

Read the full article here at News.com. The link seen mentioned at Metafilter.

Don't think for a moment that this kind of bill can't and won't be passed. The huge multimedia corporations have had their hands up the legislators' asses directing their votes in a puppet-like fashion for a long time now. I don't see how this will be any different. Still, write or email your Congressman and let him/her know what you think.
  • Current Mood

new CDs

I had taken a 4 mile walk (round trip) to WalMart yesterday morning, not really to buy anything but rather to just have a destination to walk to. Hardly any people were there so I just wandered around all over the store several times schlepping around... I'm quite surprised security didn't follow me actually. :o) Almost picked up some herbs, purple sage and a variegated oregano, to plant outside. I did pick up three CDs though. Note to self: never go to WalMart with cash in your pocket; it's asking for trouble. The CDs I picked up were:

  • Rod Stewart's "The Very Best of"
  • The Temptation's "The Best of, The Millennium Collection"
  • Kenny Roger's "Greatest Country Hits"

Yeah, Kenny Rogers. My dad used to play a lot of him, Waylon Jennings, Oak Ridge Boys and such when I was younger and Rogers kind of stuck in my head. Of course, my dad also liked ABBA too so it all balanced out in the end I think. ;o)
  • Current Music
    Voice of the Beehive - "New day"