Which must come as a great disppointment for the INA (Institute National Audiovisuel) which is the curator and gatekeeper of audio visual content and which tries to make a LOT of money by offering such content for sale.
Some decades ago I was called to a customer site, a bank, to diagnose a computer problem. On my arrival early in the morning I noted a certain panic in the air. On querying my hosts I was told that there had been an "issue" the previous night and that they were trying, unsuccessfully, to recover data from backup tapes. The process was failing and panic ensued.
Though this was not the problem I had been called on to investigate, I asked some probing questions, made a short phone call, and provided the answer, much to the customer's relief.
What I found was that for months if not years the customer had been performing backups of indexed sequential files, that is data files with associated index files, without once verifying that the backed-up data could be recovered. On the first occasion of a problem requiring such a recovery they discovered that they just did not work.
The answer? Simply recreate the index files from the data. For efficiency reasons (this was a LONG time ago) the index files referenced the data files by physical disk adresses. When the backup tapes were restored the data was of course no longer at the original place on the disk and the index files were useless. A simple procedure to recreate the index files solved the problem.
Clearly whoever had designed that system had never tested a recovery, nor read the documentation which clearly stated the issue and its simple solution.
So here is a case of making backups, but then finding them flawed when needed.
Can anyone explain why there are phrases on the list for which each individual word is also listed.
The report also does not mention what happens when a censored word is found in a message. Is it removed, replaced, or is the messge simply not delivered (and in that case does the Telcom get to charge for it?).
Sarkozy is falling behind at an alarming rate. Here in France I am unable to find a single wax cylinder recording and have had to resort to piracy to acquire them. Surely French culture died long ago because of this.
Regardless of the merits of the case, making ISP's block the web site has no effect, proven by my gaining access to the site after calling up a Google search for "free proxy", the second on the list gave me access. Yes I live in France and yes the site is inaccessible via direct browsing.
So, since I CAN still access the site, should I contact my ISP to let them know that they are breaking the law?
Way back when Lotus was sing Paper Back software (or was it Borland?) for copyright over the 123 spreadsheet, I came up with a measuring stick : determine the effort required by the plaintiff to change their work into the supposed infringing work. If that effort is minimal then the work is copied else it is not.
In the wake of the crash in the housing market, the furnitures makers are seeing
a significant fall in revenues. In a new initiative to recoup their losses, the
the FMAA, the Furniture Manufacturers Associaion of America has announced a new
technology they call FRM or Furniture Rights Management.
According to the association, instead of buying new furniture, consumers are simply
moving their old furniture from house to house, even from room to room, causing
massive losses, billions of dollars according to estimates, to the fruniture industry.
The association goes on to underline the vital importance of furniture manufacturing
to the economy and security of the nation.
Using advanced GPS and internet technology, FRM allows the furniture manufacturer
to lock a piece of furniture to a specific location. In the event that the furniture
is moved more than a specified distance, drawers and cupboards are locked.
Says the FMAA :
'Further developments of this technology will allow us to lock other types of
furniture such as beds and chairs'
While the technology is expensive, the FMAA is lobbying for congress to mandate FRM
in all new furniture and says that with such a measure the industry would recoup its
development costs "within a decade".
And in further breaking news, a coalition of music publishers, movie and TV producers, and book publishers have begun a campaign to ban the reading of books, the listening to music, and the viewing of movies and television programs. They cite that by consuming their products the public is essentially copying the works into their brains from where they can be reproduced illegally at a later date.
Initially targeting consumers with photographic memories, the campaign is already in talks with congressional staff to draft legislation which will "finally put the control of all creative works firmly where it belongs, with the publishers"
The coalition, in conjunction with brain scientists, is also exploring the means of erasing from the brains of the original creators the memories of their creations on the grounds that allowing such memories would definitively prevent any attempt to use parts of an existing work in the creation of another. A campaign spokesperson explains that "Creation of original work is a pure and noble act and we cannot allow it to be polluted by the memories of what the creator has done or experienced previously"
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