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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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  • 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?

  • Jan 7th, 2016 @ 6:47am

    Oh, HDCP and Cinavia you drive audio visual salesmen to dap dance

    Nope, I can't go UHD and Blue-ray and new audio amplifier and maybe a new computer just to watch my LED based Samsung TV gather dust in a corner.

    Streaming? Sorry I can't stop laughing at that pile of DRM based headache.

    However, I love Amazon Prime and xfinity online via 27" iMac. Note: 300Mbit/s cable modem, theoretical.

  • Aug 13th, 2015 @ 12:40am

    Re: It seems she has form for this sort of thing

    I read the "My Life" opinion after reading the "Quality Inn & Police Officers" complaint filing.

    First, I thought this person needs a doctor. Playing, "I'm not a lawyer but I play one in real life." is foolhardy.

    Second, knowing absolutely nothing about the person except for what I read I'll say there is something unbalanced in thinking every one of the hotel's staff is out to get her.

    Third, she forgets "document bag" at each hotel. Thinks little things like missing bathroom tissue is taken by staff. Wants her way with hotel's staff and a guest at 0400 in the morning.

    Plus, nobody in their right mind writes a screenplay idea as facts supporting the claim. I kinda feel bad for the judge, however, since I'm figuratively barfing in Mz Ferrell's shoes after reading her word soup it doesn't matter what I think.

  • Apr 8th, 2015 @ 3:05pm

    How convenient for DEA

    From the USA Today article
    The bad guys are not stupid, they keep up on tech:

    By then, agents said USTO was suffering from diminishing returns. More criminals — especially the sophisticated cartel operatives the agency targeted — were communicating on Internet messaging systems that are harder for law enforcement to track.

    Management hates looking bad:
    Still, the shutdown took a toll, officials said. "It has had a major impact on investigations," one former DEA official said.
    The DEA asked the Justice Department to restart the surveillance program in December 2013. It withdrew that request when agents came up with a new solution. Every day, the agency assembles a list of the telephone numbers its agents suspect may be tied to drug trafficking. Each day, it sends electronic subpoenas — sometimes listing more than a thousand numbers — to telephone companies seeking logs of international telephone calls linked to those numbers, two official familiar with the program said.

    The data collection that results is more targeted but slower and more expensive. Agents said it takes a day or more to pull together communication profiles that used to take minutes.

    Not sure what changed. Oh, the minor change is the DEA gets to focus on its job, not play 007.

  • Apr 8th, 2015 @ 9:44am

    Disturbing that "IP" protection accelerated.

    Good Read, thanks.
    I took the east road reading the comments -- read just the blue ones. I find confusion over the term "Intellectual Property" is just what the economic policy makers wanted, in part. Government policy in trade agreements is all about protection of some industry.

    Policy is a form of advertising. Imply ideas are property and soon, as I read here, folks will already have a bias towards the policy; IP = physical objects.

    I may be a bit off course but the only IP I have is my brain. Sorta.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 @ 11:19pm

    Re: This Should Be Included In the Discussion

    The ancient problem of the ruler having to play a game of blackmail by his spy, the a sword over said ruler's head, or getting the enemy. Washington DC is a cesspool of backstabbing. Only power matters and that is the ruler's sword over his spy's head.

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