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Journal of a High-Tech Cat is where I put long rambles:

For short comments and contact with the world: http://twitter.com/fairuse

No longer writing assembly code and burning EPROM for stuff regular folks never buy. That life has been replaced with consumer rights issues; copy protection, copyright, DVD backup and helping folks understand the DMCA.

Have read:
Title 17 Circular 92 Chapter 1 (including Chapter 1 Endnotes)
Title 17 Circular 92 Chapter 12 (popular name; Section 1201(a)
DMCA read but resistance is futile is the best summary of that thing.

I don't iPhone I Gphone.
Mac user, no Microsoft machine running currently - The coffee maker stand is win98 on a 20MB drive. The PDP-11/34 is unplugged but the excellent power conditioner (30amp max draw) is where iMac G4 and stuff gets juice.

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  • Feb 8th, 2018 @ 8:26pm

    I get it/

    Wordpress has a policy and it works for user -> post an article ->macro process does the work -> live web page[user].

    It's all vending machine.

    Two days later....
    Oh, look live web page[user] has flag and compliance has an email.

    [ bunch of words from Z and a demand to remove defamatory post]

    live web page[legal] -> see the judge for court order

    Shame DMCA was bought by Hollywood.

  • Feb 8th, 2018 @ 7:46pm

    Reckon So/

    The first forum I was on would be called "sketchy" now but it demanded members to be civil and it worked. Built a couple of "destinations" on now extinct platforms. At no time was a unknown user posting. You know forums, run like bitchy little girls[1].

    Now all this Social Media Platforms stuff. _tube and _FBk are digital sides of buildings with easy to pick screen doors in front of the good stuff. Comments are the village green (Twitter for sure). Anyone can up/down what I am typing, even flag for human inspection.

    When the platform API allows evil shit into database that's when the platform's has a duty to kill it. There is one little problem -- Media Companies -- user's content is evil to them The amount work keeping them happy means I rarely post on _tube. It gets tiresome because any video that has a few seconds of Fair Use video for reasons gets slapped. Time is all users of these platforms have for themselves, we sold everything else

    If I'm being an ass on Twitter cussing something, people who I converse with can say time out you are kicking walls down. Note: in Twitter politics or "my turn to call out (xyz person)" is pissing on timeline much of the time. College cafeteria in commuter block is Twitter.

    I don't use Facebook except to check-in on nieces and racists friends from youth (I usually say "Been to Saigon lately?" and exit.

    We got what we wished for and it's shiny. Peek under a peeling bit of chrome and the critter there is eating you in real time.

    [1] See "Burn Notice" series on TV

  • Feb 8th, 2018 @ 6:51pm

    Moderation : Forum era had information locked. Media era has central information unlocled.

    The policies in the article are needed for the people that swim in the sewage so general population does not have to.

    Currently if a user, me or you, trips over a photo/video that is obviously physical child abuse or sexual assault on _tube or _search it can be flagged as objectionable (_tube has it on the page). The community may not want to click that button -- click equals users identity is sent also. Most people on any platform are not going to shield their "being a good citizen" act by sanitizing the box. Police are not going to give a dam, all the gear the user has can be taken and picked apart as part of the investigation. (If said photo is in cache somewhere you/me are in handcuffs.)

    I used an example from the users POV because police have no reason to treat flagger as victim, they treat everyone as perpetrator until proven innocent. I can't quote actual cases because I am just a cat using human to type for me. OK, bad humor is bad humor.

    All the backend work described is needed so users of a platform don't have to make the no win choice to flag or not-flag the most horrendous thing ever seen.

    The people that have to look at all the insanity must see Doctor.Shrink per a schedule without having option to pass -- sign here at hiring, failure is dismissal.

    I watched Human Trafficking Panel on C-SPAN last week and was shocked at the PR nature of it. Much said about victims need medical help in a timely fashion. Police need to realize the girls are not "just another illegal junky whore". The panel means well but it didn't even address international level. It was like a pick this simple part of a problem and defer the hard stuff. I could have misunderstood what the panel was doing. See C-SPAN video archive,

    My point is when there are, as you said, people on _tube or _search monitoring the platform for the worst media that can be dreamed up need support. This function should be a black box to the staff not doing the page flipping -- should not even be aware that humans are the filter. So, HR can generate the legal stuff. Tech part is in an isolated area with no admittance by other employees. I have been in such a structure (nuclear power plant control simulator floor of (..) company.)

    All the questions about getting the odd stare and whispering by other staff in the open areas is eliminated if "Special Ops" is invisible. Fried emotions, sick-n-tired-of-seeing-this depression, home problem are Doctor.Shrink's problem.

    I tried to make it 12hr filtering legal porn urls at OpenDNS. Didn't make it even though I switched back and forth between miss-tagged kittens & G-rated video and really hard legal porn.

    I pinned this so I check back. Oh, I worked in DC at a couple of letter-soup places -- retired now. Until policy making folks can say the words "child porn" without tossing a tactical nuke at companies I will not bet against ridiculous laws being passed.

  • Feb 5th, 2018 @ 3:51pm

    It's not just DRM its About what device accepts devices not-Apple, not-Amazon

    The ice is under water. What happens when the ScreenCast HDMI thing is plugged into TV and all looks good.

    a. The kindle Fire HD 8.8 starts checking off: OS version, TV everything, probably makes sure Kindle matches Amazon Account. Then poof mirror to TV is on.

    b. You start Xfinity Stream app. Bang not on Home network [evil laugh]. Fu'k, kill mirror, restart said app. Watch movie on Kindle.

    bb. Netflix hasn't done any stupid minimum software is x then quit.

    c. Don't get me started on iPad. It will not accept anything except AirFray. If I wait long enough Kindle will only talk to FireStick 'cause overnight update.

    Amazon Prime Video will not play on Chrome browser if any Flash support is allowed. My iMac 27" 10.6.8 is one step away from Start Volume with 10.8 (no way 10.13 enters my machine)

    "1000 ways the desert can kill you...." -Happy Hour In The Gene Pool.

  • Feb 5th, 2018 @ 3:21pm

    Re: Kaleidescape

    In case nobody was watching -- DVD CCA and Kaleidescape settled 2014. https://www.kaleidescape.com/press-release/kaleidescape-dvd-cca-announce-settlement-agreement-end-de cade-old-lawsuit/

    Now Kaleidescape Blu-ray, 4K servers have all distribution licenses.

    Got a very big boat, the kind that sails from America to Australia? Big K has all the media inside and delivers.

    They got lucky and smart. Or we fell for the fallacy that physical media will fade into history.

  • Oct 4th, 2017 @ 10:18am

    FCC Suits Have a Staff to Prevent Foot-In-Mouth

    I bet happy hour was a hoot. I was hopping the pdf had AM written in.

    Sometimes suits should sit back and ponder the spider outside the 13th floor window.

  • Oct 4th, 2017 @ 9:52am

    Brittain Failed Self Imposed Delusional Test

    A panel of one, Craig Brittain, declared he is delusional.

    The offending sentence, "I have never abused the legal system, nor have I ever committed an unjust crime."

    Lunch time!

  • Oct 4th, 2017 @ 9:24am

    Re: The Good Fight

    Ahhh. The other shoe. I watched The Good Wife early on but drifted away. As for the trek thing (ttt) there is zero (0) chat, buzz, fanboy pissin contests, and CBS is advertising in Twitter.


    The bright side of CBS AllAccess is Sunday night is NFL "Time Dilation" proof at that site!

  • Sep 30th, 2017 @ 1:11pm

    Just who is CBS, NBC, FOX, Disney trying fool?

    I have Cable TV. I have Netflix. I have Amazon Prime. What I don't have is consistent access to something as simple as ondemand across all devices. Cable ondemand may have next day post of a show; maybe the mobile app is authorized to play it, however, desktop is 50-50 chance of playing it in that OS, browser, version of adobe device DRM.

    It's all about control. Any prime time series is subject to distribution rights. EXAMPLE: Person of Interest on CBS was restricted by Warner Bros. from internet streaming, ondemand listing -- basically just broadcast it and hope people come back.

    The mess of who gets to do what with a TV show is a committee of bean counters who want as much money as the market will spend.

    Question: Is CBS trying to undercut distribution cost? If NBC hates a Netflix deal -- later dudes. Fox just doesn't want to lose money.

    What will happen is cable will dump a box of $ on some networks just to keep splintering the market. <<-- my opinion.

  • Sep 1st, 2017 @ 7:42am

    Big Always Wants More - Borg or Replicator

    Is Comcast Borg or Replicator?

    Study material :

    According to their spokesman, in the form of an assimilated Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the Borg only want to "raise the quality of life" of the species they "assimilate."


    The Replicators were created at an unspecified time in the past on a Human world where an android called Reese was created. (..) As the population of the world grew more fearful of Reese and the Replicators, she began to teach the machines to protect her and themselves. In order to accomplish this, they began the process of self replication. (..) After Reese lost control of the Replicators, they destroyed her world and everyone living on it.

  • Jun 2nd, 2017 @ 11:48pm

    Listening to the 'cast twice and I'm maybe half right

    Half right? Sure. History is full of colorful people that built petrochemical business. All were slapped with controls by governments trying to limit industry post WW1. Then the market crash made petrochemical a swear word. So the oil industry forked to plastics and agro chemicals. Consumers are happy -- pre WWII.

    WWII put pharma on center stage. The well known manufactures of medical compounds grew to big for regulators to sit and do nothing. Must-Be-Effective money pit created by FDA was the spark that lit up patent debate.

    I still stand on "policy" is the problem -- Trade agreements and giving generic manufacturing rights to Africa without fees is a start. The only sure bet in making medicine is the research will go on no matter what -- The big names own everything thanks to FDA.

    Still a better system than Elixir method.

  • May 1st, 2017 @ 7:06pm

    Before I listen to cast I have to say -- extending lifespan?

    Word 1 Diabetes, 2 Immune system genetics, 3 the list of inconvenient problems that are easy; all bacteria want too kill humans, 4 crazy viruses that have an eye out for hosts, and there is no hepatitis C vaccine.

    I'm just listing the medical industries, I mean health care insurance top money payouts. I'm saying 1 & 2 don't cure,just manage. I have ben told that HEP-C treatment is so high that the 3rd world may as well not know it exists. My spouse deals with the cost of Self-Insured business and the cost of continued research is kinda built onto the system; Cost shifting-- (buyers of insurance get charged big $ but hospitals pay to fix anyone) to the patent Rx to market; ROI is a fiction when a 10 year span of research is factored in.

    The reason for me saying what i know now? I won't be distracted later. Somebody will say I'm just a tool of Big-Rx. Well, bummer. Nobody gets off this rock alive.

    Note:Late 1990's etanercept [trademark name here] was $3000 a month forever. Today $ per month is lower, lab work is same [doctor stuff] Public doesn't see the overall savings in reduced damage to body, quality of life, and so on unless it is happening to them. It's not the patent that is broken, policy in Washington DC is. {see flu vaccine manufacturing support).

    Rx trade in North America is shameful; Canada won't poison buyers, buying from website in southeast asia might. Manufacturing under license = oversight.

    /some opinions may vary

    Remember that viruses are the only thing never to suffer extinction. Useful little critters-- loading mp3.

  • Apr 1st, 2017 @ 2:04pm

    Copyright made me buy it

    Yeah. In my confusion over making a statement or letting a statement be made for me I tossed a handful of stickers in my cart. $, it's always about $. /nopun
    wife got a cool home cooking kills restaurants out of my insanity.

  • Apr 1st, 2017 @ 1:46am

    Wow - World Of Warcraft with real eapons

    I noticed the Sheriff's Office was called Sheriff's Department. Big problem; department means part of the local government. That is how acting in a military way is allowed. Can't bring federal army in so make your own.

    Ref: https://www.nationallibertyalliance.org/files/juristdocs/Anderson_on_Sheriffs_Vol_1.pdf

    The Sheriff, in this case, is where. Election year? Boozing it up with the County Executive?

    We are a police state for sure is there is no Elected Sheriff to stand with us.

  • Nov 4th, 2016 @ 3:37pm

    People's Perception of Online Video vs Reality

    I think you guys should revisit this topic again. Here is my reason for saying you danced around but never gave an answer to, "What's Next".

    Players in online video as of today:

    1. Major cable system with content catalogue and VOD online.
    1.1 All networks creating original content and buying syndicated packages; Broadcast networks, cable networks, premium original content networks, and specialty networks.

    2. Amazon Instant Video w/ Prime (30 add-on subscriptions), Netflix, Hulu, and similar services.

    3. Youtube, Vimeo, Ustream, Flickr, etc.

    4. Video via Twitter, Facebook, and the group of video I call "post anything now and move on", Vine, Snapchat, Periscope, Bambuser, and others.

    The top of the food chain is 1 an the bottom is 4, only as a reference.

    Now, the question is what is going to happen? I pay Comcast for the works, Amazon Prime, and Netflix.

    Hulu will decline for reasons that I think is "Not getting it". All the rest, 3 & 4, I don't know what will happen. A clue is Amazon making deals with short film format content creators with high quality; pulling them away from free viewing.

    Just an opinion. I may be way off topic.

  • Nov 2nd, 2016 @ 9:15pm

    It's a mobile phone 1st and media device 2nd

    Apple made sure the iPhone is a controlled environment.There is no reason to remove the audio jack. The digital audio is not going to make dynamic compressed mp3 better. Whatever youtube outputs is random quality. Audiobooks? OOPS mp3 or whatever itunes plays (Note: I refuse to use iTunes for anything. I just hate it.)

    So, why is the mini-jack gone? 1. Manufacturing costs. 2. DRM. 3. Apple says so. Reckon my $300 Bose bluetooth headphones will work. My Motorola bluetooth will not (that model is not seen by iPads also.) The backup wired earwigs require an interface -- mini-jack to bluetooth which is not what Apple wants.

    It's plain market control and it's a telephone so Apple is the gatekeeper.

    I have 2 Kindles, 3 iPads, 2 HTC mobiles, and 1 Samsung mobile. Keeping headphones charged for all day listening is a chore.

    luck to the new boss.

  • Jan 7th, 2016 @ 7:24pm


    Good point. The enduser of hardware such as you describe have no idea what is in the box. I worked in process control, living in machine code heaven. Back in late 70's thru 90's debugging embedded OS (mostly ROM) was hell. I bet this "backdoor" was requested by hardware designers as a tool. Oops, forgot to tell the make to kill it for production.


  • Jan 7th, 2016 @ 4:39pm

    OMG, the snake oil wagon arrived

    There comes a time in any business model to add the Smoke and Mirrors chapter. Appendix A is the draft copy for snake oil marketing.

    I will not pretend to understand the video I watched. I do have enough experience with marketing folks to spot the care that went into the look of the stage he was talking from. !00% flimflam.

  • Jan 7th, 2016 @ 3:46pm

    I am shocked a moron is the face of T-Mobile

    I have been with T-Mobile so long I can't recall when I signed up. It has been the best telecom until now. Reckon folks who don't understand the infrastructure can't resist being a bully carpetbagger.

  • Jan 7th, 2016 @ 9:42am


    One of the HDFury gadgets would be handy for debugging. free shipping?

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