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Children ‘swap music via phones’

Posted on December 10th, 2006 at 22:46 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


Children are increasingly swapping music via mobile phones, often without realising they can be breaking the law.

A survey of almost 1,500 eight to 13-year-olds found almost a third shared music via their mobiles.

Children are using the built-in Bluetooth wireless feature of many phones to swap music – but without the consent of copyright holders.

Robin Hart of Intuitive Media, which conducted the survey, said the problem was a worry for the music industry.

When is the fucking music industry going to fucking realize that times have fucking changed? What the fuck is it going to take to fucking drag them into the 21th century? Sharing music this way should be a social phenomenon that the industry uses to figure out what’s popular, not what’s illegal. Morons.

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  1. Oh, but they do want people to share music. Just look at the Zune! People are going to be sharing music all over the place once Microsoft takes over the MP3 player market.

    They might even let you keep the shared song for even longer in 2009 when Bush starts his 3rd term in office!

    :poof: Reality returns back to normal, the amazing ship Heart Of Gold managed to get to the probability factor of 18,006,427,676:1, which just so happens to be the number of a rather large corporation located in Seattle, WA. 😉

    Actually, I get the feeling that the RIAA and MPAA is trying it’s best to dissolve themselves into non-existence. With iTunes and other online outlets for music distribution, it’s getting easier and easier for artists to stay away from the labels to promote their music.

    It’s going to be harder for the movie industry to do the same since movies cost so much money to make. Most of that cost is the actors, but still. HD cameras are not cheap. However, there are a handful of people out there that are trying.

The Risks Digest Volume 24: Issue 49

Posted on December 10th, 2006 at 22:16 by John Sinteur in category: News


The high fraction of huge IT projects which get canceled, often after the entire budget has been spent, is an outrageous failing of the entire IT industry. In fact a significant cause is our time honored approach to requirements analysis. We expect to get the entire set of requirements fixed before the multi year contract is signed. This is absurd. One does not head from St. Louis to New Orleans on the Mississippi River by pointing the boat in the right direction and tying the rudder. Instead we make constant course corrections to stay in the navigable parts of the river. See instead how Tom Gilb approaches such problems in his book, “Competitive Engineering”. What we should be addressing is delivering value to (all) the stakeholders. We need to determine the purposes the system is intended to serve and establish some ten or twelve critical and measurable goals. Then we engineer a general approach and find and evaluate a modest set of improvements to address those goals. Finally we pick the lowest cost, highest value phases to implement and test next. Rinse and repeat. Each such phase should be constrained to consume at most a few percent of the project resources before it is delivered to end users (or their proxies) for testing and evaluation. The conventional requirements analysis delivers a shopping list of more than a hundred specific functions for the system. Each function is something that someone thought was a good idea and others signed off without very much analysis and without measurable quality objectives. This results in systems where a large fraction of the required functions, typically thirty to fifty percent, never even get used. What a waste. With the requirements all fixed in advance, there is no opportunity to accommodate the inevitable changes in the world or even to learn from the early efforts in building the system. Experienced project managers learn to control the requests for changes to the specifications by establishing committees to impede their acceptance. Such requirements changes are seen as annoyances instead of being welcomed as course corrections which will yield a more useful and valuable final system. Gilb calls his approach evolutionary delivery, but I prefer to call it extreme incrementalism. In addition to completely eliminating these horrendous massive failures, the method even eliminates the incredible debt burden imposed by denying the users any access to the benefits of the intended system until the completion of the entire years long project. What foolishness. Of course, contractors with experience will claim that their project cannot be done in such tiny pieces. They are wrong, but then they see no need to change their ways since they get paid even for systems which are canceled before they are finished or worse, get completed and then abandoned. The better incremental methods are proven by repeated successes which you can discover at gilb.com and malotaux.nl or by contacting the companies which have adopted their approach in the last thirty some years. Despite these successes, the evolutionary method is still considered radical and risky by almost everyone who has not studied under the masters who developed it and actually applied it to their own projects. Without such radical changes to the way things are done in IT, we can guarantee that RISKS will never run out of such disaster stories.

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  1. I always wanted to do something like this, it’s just the customer says: I want a billing system by Jule, delivered, migrated, up and running. You got 6 months, and no, I can’t let you disturb my employees after the first month, and no, I want all the functionality delivered at once.

    Now, the company could say: then get lost, it’s not the correct way to do it, but I doubt the company would ever get any orders and money.

    *Sigh* Even eXtreme and Agile programming looks good on paper.
    That pesky reality though messes up everything.

    So in the real world, we have to fight day by day, using shovels and inferior, lousy and proven to be bad practices.

    But it is nice to read books which shows us the ideal world…

McKinney Introduces Bill to Impeach Bush

Posted on December 10th, 2006 at 17:55 by John Sinteur in category: News


In what was likely her final legislative act in Congress, outgoing Georgia Rep. Cynthia McKinney introduced a bill Friday to impeach President Bush.

The legislation has no chance of passing and serves as a symbolic parting shot not only at Bush but also at Democratic leaders. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has made clear that she will not entertain proposals to sanction Bush and has warned the liberal wing of her party against making political hay of impeachment.

McKinney, a Democrat who drew national headlines in March when she struck a Capitol police officer, has long insisted that Bush was never legitimately elected. In introducing her legislation in the final hours of the current Congress, she said Bush had violated his oath of office to defend the Constitution and the nation’s laws.

In the bill, she accused Bush of misleading Congress on the war in Iraq and violating privacy laws with his domestic spying program.

It would be a more meaningful act of farewell if she just had the limo driver drive by the white house on the way to the airport and stuck her bare ass out the window while she was passing by.

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Posted on December 10th, 2006 at 16:53 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself


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  1. Are these freak’en people for real?! Jeeze!

    I’m holding out for when they actually put ads on the slide itself. Advertising something a kid would want.

    Soon, people are going to have ads on their foreheads! Probably on their eye-lids too, both outside and inside!

A bit premature

Posted on December 10th, 2006 at 16:47 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, News


Every year, the premature baby unit at Edith Cavell hospital sends cards to the other departments as well as to some ex-patients. This year, they sent this card in Mid-October. When you open it you see the message:
It’s a little premature, but Happy Christmas.

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RIAA Petitions Judges to Lower Artist Royalties

Posted on December 10th, 2006 at 16:13 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


On December 1 The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the RIAA is currently petitioning the panel of federal government Copyright Royalty Judges to lower the rates paid to publishers and songwriters for use of lyrics and melodies in applications like cell phone ring tones and other digital recordings. The last time the American government set the rate was in 1981, but since that time, the RIAA argues in its petition, a lot has changed.

“While record companies and music publishers were able to agree on royalty rates during that 25-year period, the assumptions on which those decisions were based have changed beyond recognition,” the RIAA brief reads.

There’s no doubt about that, but it’s obnoxious to see the RIAA finally acknowledge that fact only when it serves to aid their cause rather than that of consumers who rejected CD-based distribution years before the music industry got onboard the digital distribution train. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the RIAA maintains that in the modern period when piracy began devastating the record industry (Highly debatable. Sales went down, but a direct relationship to piracy is not proven. -ed.) profits to publishers from sales of ringtones and other “innovative services” grew dramatically. Record industry executives believe this to be cause to advocate reducing the royalties paid to the artists who wrote the original music.

As quoted by The Hollywood Reporter,”Mechanical royalties currently are out of whack with historical and international rates,” RIAA executive VP and General Counsel Steven Marks said. “We hope the judges will restore the proper balance by reducing the rate and moving to a more flexible percentage rate structure so that record companies can continue to create the sound recordings that drive revenues for music publishers.”

The language of this statement reveals a great deal about who the RIAA is looking out for, and it’s not artists. Couched in terms of apparent necessity, the RIAA’s is insisting that the real musicians be paid less so that the record companies can continue to “drive revenues.”

Technology has made it easier for the distribution of media. It’s the RIAA who should be getting lesser ‘royalties’ for each copy sold, not the artists.

It would be great if a judge looked at this case, weighed the evidence, then said “ACTUALLY, RIAA, I’m assigning all royalties to the people who create the music, with the exception of a small stipend to pay you for lawyers’ fees, since that’s your sole function these days. Now shut the fuck up and get out of my courtroom before I have you all shot.”

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Rape victim to get daughter back soon

Posted on December 10th, 2006 at 12:09 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, News, What were they thinking?


The Cherokee County woman who killed the man who raped her most likely will be able to take her daughter home with her, probably by next week.

First the mother has to complete a psychological evaluation.

“They want to make sure I am of no harm to myself or anyone else,” the woman said Friday after a hearing in Juvenile Court in Cherokee County. She hopes to celebrate Christmas with family in Ohio.

“I’m happy I’m getting my daughter back,” she said.

The 7-year-old girl was placed in foster care after the Nov. 5 attack.

The youngster was in their rural Cherokee County home when her mother was raped. Authorities have said Gerald A. Lee, who was armed with a shotgun, broke into the house and raped the 38-year-old mother. A fierce battle between Lee and the woman began when he threatened to also rape her daughter. She stabbed Lee several times and was severely injured during the struggle.

They seriously think the mother is a risk to the girl? Wow.

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  1. In this case I have to agree with them to be cautious.

    Rape victims can suffer severe psychical damage, and can be a risk to other. Not intentionally, but by being unstable, and all. I stress, the not intentionally part.

    Imagine the mother having a sudden hysteric attack from a man approaching while she crosses the street with her daughter. Or just shutting down, and not taking care of her daughter for days. Hitting her daughter when she suddenly appears by her.

    Being raped is not like cutting your finger. Unfortunately most of the damage is not physical but psychical. And much more lasting and cruel.

  2. She is fine.

  3. a-motherslove.com the whole story

Top Air Force Lawyer Had Been Disbarred

Posted on December 10th, 2006 at 11:10 by John Sinteur in category: News


A top Air Force lawyer who served at the White House and in a senior position in Iraq turns out to have been practicing law for 23 years without a license.

Col. Michael D. Murphy was most recently commander of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency at Bolling Air Force Base in the District.

He was the general counsel for the White House Military Office from December 2001 to January 2003, and from August 2003 to January 2005. In between those tours, he was the legal adviser to the reconstruction effort in Iraq, an Air Force spokesman said.

Murphy later served in 2005 as commandant of the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala.

He was relieved of his command at Bolling on Nov. 30 after the Air Force learned that he had been disbarred for professional misconduct in Texas in 1984 but hadn’t informed his superiors, according to Air Force Times, an independent newspaper that first reported the action. It said that his status was discovered in the course of an unrelated review.

Heck of a job, Murphy!

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MPs urge ‘plan B’ if US drags feet on fighter technology

Posted on December 10th, 2006 at 9:52 by John Sinteur in category: Security, Software


Ministers were today urged to consider abandoning the multi-billion pound Joint Strike Fighter project unless the United States agrees within weeks to share sensitive technology.

The Government should develop a “plan B” for jets to operate from two new aircraft carriers if a deal is not struck by the end of the year, according to the influential Commons Defence Select Committee.

Progress on the £140 billion project – the most expensive single armaments programme in UK military history – has been dogged by wrangles over whether Britain would be given access to the technology powering the high-tech aircraft.

Ministers have previously threatened that the UK could pull out of plans to buy up to 150 of the military planes for the RAF and Navy unless America agreed to transfer secrets about its software that Britain argues are needed in order to operate and maintain them independently.

Or, in other words, Britain wants to make sure there’s no remote off-switch in the software, and they don’t have to go through the Genuine Aircraft Activation tests when they install them on their carrier. A corporate activation key isn’t good enough….

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