Piracy–It Alters Reality and Math

24. March 2012 02:58 by gogman in Technology, Liberty  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

 

How much is your phone worth?

SOPA: It’s Not Dead, It’s Just *MOSTLY* Dead.

24. January 2012 06:23 by gogman in America, Technology, Liberty, Freedom of Speech  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)
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There's a big difference between mostly dead and all dead. Mostly dead is slightly alive.

Miracle MaxThe Princess Bride (1987)

So we have lots of people and publications declaring SOPA and PIPA dead.

I have news for you: Cancel the parades, parties, and dancing. SOPA and PIPA are NOT dead. I repeat, SOPA AND PIPA ARE NOT DEAD.

What has happened to SOAP and PIPA, is that they are simply in a procedural hold in both houses of Congress. In plain English, the bills have been moved from the stack of crap coming up for votes to a filing cabinet drawer. At any time these bills can be pulled out of the filling cabinet and put back in the stack of crap. As a matter of fact, I suspect these bills will be pulled out at a later date when nobody is looking because SOPA and PIPA are not about stopping piracy, they are about control.

You hear supporters of SOPA and PIPA, such as the detestable hagfish that is Bill Maher – and oh yes, he supports SOPA - claiming it will have no effect on domestic Internet sites as it only targets foreign sites. This is not true. It is a bold faced lie. As a matter of fact, both bills have a disproportionate effect on domestic sites versus foreign ones.

Here’s a great video in plain English from the well known and well respected Khan Academy explaining exactly how SOPA and PIPA work and will destroy the Internet as we know it.

Khan Academy explaining exactly how SOPA and PIPA work and will destroy the Internet as we know it.

You see the picture and quote by Miracle Max from the Princess Bride up there? Under SOPA and PIPA this site could be taken offline WITHOUT my being able to defend myself or know who my accuser is, EVEN THOUGH I am using those items within US Copyright Law Fair Use Standards 17 U.S.C. § 107 (listed below).

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 17 U.S.C. § 106 and 17 U.S.C. § 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

So let’s look at my use versus fair use:

  1. Well, this blog is non commercial and this post is definitely intended to be educational. We pass there.
  2. It is a movie that was released world wide and is well known. We pass there.
  3. It is a cropped image of a single character and a single line of text spoken by that character. All in all, a tiny fraction of the original work. We pass there.
  4. I would argue that it increases the value of the original work by keeping it in the public eye. It certainly does not detract value from the original work. Again, we pass.

So I am legal in under the current copyright laws, yet under SOPA and PIPA, I could – mind you, could – be taken offline by a single complaint. I stress the word could because this is a small site and would most like slip under peoples radar, but you never know. But for large sites like, um, oh I don’t know, YouTube for example, they are going to be gone very quickly after SOAP or PIPA passes.

Hey, It’s 2012!

13. January 2012 02:46 by gogman in America, Technology, Society  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

OMGWTFBBQ! I wake up with a bad hangover and here we are TWO WEEKS into 2012. I DID NOT GET THE MEMO!

In the theme of not getting the memo, it seems Hulu , SOPA, and PIPA are still alive. AMAZING. Not only is Hulu not dead, it seems to be growing. As for SOPA and PIPA, WTF why are we even talking about these bills, they should have been dead LONG AGO!!!

The wife and I were early subscribers to Hulu Plus, however we put our account on hold last summer before we sailed from Hawaii to Santa Barbara because we were going to be gone for a month sailing across the Pacific. Once we got back however, we KEPT IT CANCELD.

Why?

WE DO NOT WANT TO PAY TO HAVE ADS PUSHED AT US AND WAIT WEEKS FOR NEW EPISODES TO BE POSTED. Especially the lame “what ad do you want to see now” crap style ads from the late 90’s. Stuff like this is why people like <cough>bittorrent</cough>. Content is ad free and they can get in *hours* versus days or weeks. Why pay money for shit service when you can stick it to man and get better product AND service…

Hulu, et al, your only hope is to open the floodgate. The consumers have WON. It is all over. Just give up, fuck SOPA and PIPA. Just let us pay for the shit we want, when we want it. And stop the bloody interstitial ads. Have you not learned anything from history?

Stop SOPA

16. November 2011 14:40 by gogman in Technology, Society, America  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

SOPA, or the Stop Online Piracy Act, is another one of those bills that sounds like it's going to do something mildly positive but, in reality, has serious potential to negatively change the internet as we know it.

That is why you saw the censorship notice when you came to this blog – many websites could soon be shuttered due to this bill.

 

More on this horrible bill at the America Censorship Day website, here at Life Hacker, and lots more here at the Electronic Frontier Foundation Deep Links blog.

THIS BILL MUST BE STOPED!

Good Stuff!

14. October 2011 00:15 by gogman in Technology, Microsoft  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

lg-quantum-att-keyboard-smSpent the day in Costa Mesa today at a Windows Phone 7 Code Camp event put on by Microsoft. I had a great time! Some great presentations and some really nice people. I even won a new LG Quantum in a random draw!

I am not giving up my Samsung Focus so this will make a nice present for my sister-in-law. She has an aging Blackberry something or other and has eyed our phones but says she can’t do with out a mechanical keyboard. Lucky for her, there is the Quantum! Now she can know the joys of Mango (I’m updating her phone right now) on a modern smartphone and toss that old Blackberry in a box.

Best part – my wife is a WP7 manic and will show her all the coolness that lives in Mango.

Hey Audible!

10. October 2011 02:39 by gogman in Technology  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

Love you guys, but WTF! No WP7 version?!?!

You guys are so close to losing us as a customer.

Please fix this. Christmas is coming up.

Windows 8

19. September 2011 02:29 by gogman in Development, Microsoft, Technology  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (2)

Microsoft had their Build conference here in Southern California last week. For the first time in 10 or so years I am genuinely excited with what they presented.

I grabbed the developer preview and installed it on my primary development machine on a new hard drive. It ran surprisingly well out of the box. I only need to update two drivers to have it functionally equivalent to my Windows 7 install:

  • I needed to update the video driver to the latest nVidia beta to get the HDMI output to work. The VGA port worked just fine with the default Windows 8 nVidia driver, but I don’t do analog.
  • I needed to install the Windows 7 64-bit driver for the O2Micro SD reader, it was not recognized by Windows 8 during the setup. The same thing happens with Windows 7.

Other than that, it’s been a pretty uneventful preview aside from the WONDERFUL new features, enhancements, and the LOVELY Metro interface. I even have Minecraft, Team Fortress 2, and Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with all the Mango developer tools running on it like butter. I may actually use it day to day.

Having had a Windows Phone 7 phone since day one, I have longed to see the Metro interface on a tablet and PC. Looks like I got my wish! As for developing apps for Windows 8, it’s cake. A few tiny changes in a little bit of code and methodologies as well as some new name-spaces. Not really much at all considering the re-imagining of Windows. All I can say is that I can’t wait to see what comes next!

Here’s the Keynote speech from Build Day 1. It’s amazing how excited and how much enthusiasm everyone is showing. I think Microsoft may have gotten its’ Mojo back!

 

Steven Sinofsky is the man.

About Damned Time

19. April 2011 12:52 by gogman in Technology, Microsoft  //  Tags:   //   Comments (1)

WP7 February UpdateSo I have been patiently and not so patiently waiting for the Windows Phone 7 update. Looks like it dropped today. I love how it says February update and it’s now mid April.

Dear Microsoft, please stop letting AT&T screw with the release of updates. Dear AT&T, please get the hell out of the way regarding updates.

That is all…

Now on to the benchmarking and testing.

Is Google Censoring Bad News About Obamacare?

16. February 2011 22:16 by gogman in Obama, Technology  //  Tags: , ,   //   Comments (0)

So I was working on code today with the radio on in the background. During the news break the reporter reported that the IRS requested a few HUNDRED MILLION to hire a ton of new agents to enforce the Obamacare mandate. I thought I had heard the reporter wrong, so I went and Googled “IRS health care”.

I got a bazillion results on the normal search – with several IRS websites as the top results - but when I went and searched news, I got this:

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I thought this was really strange. So I decide to try Bing, and what do you know, I got a TON of articles.

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Being an engineer, I needed to verify the results I was experiencing. I immediately talked to a couple of friends and had them try the same searches and what do you know, they got the EXACT same results.

Something is up.

This does not just happen.

I am sure Google will say “the algorithm broke down temporarily” but I am not buying it. As a guy who has 30+ years of programming, database administration, and network administration skills under my belt, I find this highly unusual.

When one considers how much cross pollination between the Obama administration and Google, and how the administration uses Google to promote its agenda, things really start to smell funny.

I call shenanigans.

28 Days Later - Windows Phone 7 and the Samsung Focus

30. November 2010 00:56 by gogman in Technology, Development  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

ATT_i917-Cetus_front1_400x400November 8th was a good day for lovers of smartphones, social networking, and the Internet. AT&T and Microsoft released three new Windows Phone 7 phones in North America. The HTC Surround, LG Quantum and Samsung Focus.

I picked up a Samsung Focus and have now been using it for 28 days both as a consumer and developer. I decided to take some time and post some of my thoughts on Windows Phone 7 OS, the hardware, and the reaction from the technology press.

This is a long post that I hope you find is not a complete waste of your time.

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