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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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  • Mar 20th, 2014 @ 9:03pm


    Good 'ol Customs. I can't blame the agency for enforcing the law. I will blame Capital Hill for making law and or allowing regulations that are so broad anything could be trapped like these DMM's.

    I bet this DMM of mine would be in a mega shredder now. I bought it in the 90's? - http://twitpic.com/dysunv

  • Mar 14th, 2014 @ 3:18am

    Doing his job.

    I was going to say the Senator is doing his job. The geographical indication (GI) is serious here in USofA. What foods, drink would I make a fuss over? Virginia Ham. I grew up in hog country and Danish Ham is a flat tasting bore next to Smithfield Ham AKA Virginia Ham.

    This kind out argument, who can call "What" by it's historical name, can turn into a nasty fight. I"m feeling a little better now that a food fight will slow down TAFTA/TTIP.

  • Mar 13th, 2014 @ 8:49pm

    Re: Re:

    It looks like, but is not like, slowing down bulk data grab? I get the part about the register but something is missing in good 'ol dutch's layout.

    I'll wait for the popup coloring book version.

  • Mar 13th, 2014 @ 8:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: Techdirt site becoming unusable

    Understood. Hope it is resolved easily. NoScript is good stuff for zapping, IMHO, silly things sharethis. Disclaimer: I am anti-mouseover widget guy; hate that stuff.

  • Mar 13th, 2014 @ 3:33pm

    Dutch probably emailed the district.

    Checking e-mail to see if one of his wordy updates is there. Ruppersberger is a straight up guy but was when he was county exec. Humm.

  • Mar 13th, 2014 @ 3:29pm

    Re: Techdirt site becoming unusable

    Dear Aggravated,
    Are you using Firefox with a load of tuner extensions that may be getting in each others way? Maybe you are using Chrome with some god awful plugin waiting on a status that will never happen? i do not know therefore the folks who can fix things need that kind of info from you.

    I have never had that problem using Safari and Chrome. Turn off "stuff" till the browser is factory clean and see what happens.

    Trying to help :-)

  • Mar 11th, 2014 @ 4:36am

    Re: Oh dear...

    New Rule to keep handy.

    You should read any paragraph that starts with the first 4 words in bold and italics – those have been written by the author in painstaking detail.

    I scrolled to the beginning of this story to see if it started with that code. Well, one never knows when scan reading if a visual clue was overlooked.

  • Mar 7th, 2014 @ 2:50am

    Sports, even the Olympics, is all about "The Show"

    First a link to too much information on NBC Olympics:

    What did NBC get for $4.38 billion? Exclusive rights to; 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020.
    NBC is here to stay so plan ahead.

    My turn. I want to give the NBC failed folks another point of view.

    I am just weary of the sniveling and I only know one way to say it. If you don't want to play within the rules that are statutory too bad.
    Thanks I needed to get that out so I can present the obvious situation.

    1. Sports is all about money and The Show in USofA
    1.1 Count the number of cable channels that are 100% sports of some kind
    1.2 How many Prime Time days of the week have NFL ?
    1.3 Every sporting event is scripted with several talking heads. And if that is not enough other talking heads talk about what the other talking heads said.

    So, 1 2 3 is the way sports yackety-yak is done and the Olympics is the big show for this kind of programming. Prime Time scripted Olympic Bull Shit. Disclaimer: I woke up at 0300 to watch live Curling but didn't watch any of the Prime Time Olympics shows.

    NBC built a marketing campaign that a bunch of folks (in this thread) dislike. Olympics should be available for everyone I read. Only the snobs who pay for the higher priced cable package get access I read. I don't hear NBC saying the cost of getting the video from Russia to USofA is free.

    This is Sports and TANSTAAFL rules. I pay and I expect a lot. During the Olympics I watched live and ondemand via android mobile, Kindle HDX and good 'ol Safari browser on the iMac. Excellent stream quality, no app crashes and no buffering freezes.

    Lastly a word about CBC, a Crown Corporation vs NBC, a commercial venture; each serves the market it is in, period. If anyone was wondering about the technical aspects of getting the video to CBC and NBC try google "iStreamPlanet Windows Azure" or http://www.streamingmedia.com

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_ain%27t_no_such_thing_as_a_free_lunch -- "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch"

  • Dec 20th, 2013 @ 8:28pm

    Never give in to reason

    Didn't Record Labels face a problem of users wanting access? Didn't publishing hear about that? I guess not.

  • Dec 3rd, 2013 @ 8:17pm


    You got it. Exiting a vehicle with gun drawn, safety off, discharge error. Location of hole tells the story. A screwup like that is what training is supposed to prevent; happens anyway.

    The best sentence is, "(..) OCDA is referring review of this incident back to DHS for any internal investigation that they deem necessary and/or appropriate." -- In other words the ICE agent is getting a black mark in his record for not following procedure.

  • Dec 3rd, 2013 @ 12:44pm

    Re: The acid test

    Indeed. NBC exclusive winter Olympic games & Comcast for one. I have no axe to grind but you never know.

  • Dec 3rd, 2013 @ 12:39pm

    It is stranger than fiction

    The Washington DC reality show. Gads, there are people who will say anything to get paid. As for my speed; never fast enough (11Mbs up, 18Mbs down).

  • Nov 26th, 2013 @ 9:27am

    Leg breakers

    Incredible example showing those cops are not that far removed from the so called "mob". Cops harass everyone, basically hiding behind their badge. Take away the badge and a "leg breaker" is there. This has the blessing of top management. Bad, real bad.

  • Nov 26th, 2013 @ 2:47am

    Re: Re: explain

    Elsewhere I gave in to the "for profit" nature of Goldieblox's video and called it infringing. My inspection didn't take into consideration the "2 Live Crew" case. With that information digested I can change my opinion.

    The marketing style of the company is just what it appears to be; use any and all devices to obtain a goal. In this case a coveted Ad Spot during the Super Bowl. All this gashing of teeth in the online community is scripted by Goldieblox for Goldieblox. It is no accident that the DJ requests a jury trial.

    Basically Goldieblox has already won even if it never gets a day in court. Goldieblox is guilty of perpetrating a social lie to sell toys no one needs, not guilty of infringing the song "Girls".

  • Nov 22nd, 2013 @ 2:18pm

    Change the playing field rules.

    The entire report is just smoothing the way into Capital Hill committees other than the usual copyright related committees.


    BEA Expands Coverage of Intellectual Property Products

    • Expenditures for research and development (R&D) and for entertainment, literary, and artistic originals provide long-lasting service to the businesses, nonprofit institutions, and government agencies that use them.

    • These expenditures have many characteristics of other fixed assets—ownership rights can be established and they are long-lasting and used repeatedly in production processes.

    • As part of its 14th comprehensive revision of the national income and product accounts that will be released beginning on July 31, BEA will record expenditures for R&D and for entertainment, literary, and artistic originals as fixed investment. These expenditures will be grouped with expenditures for software into a new investment category “intellectual property products.”

    Why is BEA making this change?

    • Currently R&D and entertainment, literary, and artistic originals are recorded as intermediate inputs used up during the production of other goods and services. As a result, the contribution of these important innovative activities to economic growth and productivity is difficult to measure.

    • By recognizing R&D and entertainment, literary, and artistic originals as investment, the contribution of these components to growth can be measured. In addition, BEA’s statistics will be more consistent with international guidelines and comparable with those in other countries.

    • BEA already recognizes capital investment in other intangible assets such as software and mineral exploration. Information from the National Science Foundation on R&D spending and information on movie, TV, literary, and music production and sales allowed BEA to develop estimates of investment and consumption of fixed capital (CFC)—a measure of depreciation—for these important intangible assets.

    How will this change affect BEA’s accounts?

    • The dollar level of GDP will increase to reflect recognition of spending on R&D and on entertainment, literary, and artistic originals by businesses and nonprofit institutions serving households. Federal and state and local government consumption expenditures and gross investment—which is also included in GDP—will increase by the amount of CFC on the newly recognized R&D investment. Spending on R&D will be reclassified from consumption expenditures to investment within the sector.

    • The dollar level of private and government CFC will increase to reflect the depreciation of the newly recognized assets in the capital stock.

    • Measures of corporate profits and proprietors’ income will reflect the net effect of removing these expenditures from operating expenses and adding the depreciation of these assets to operating expenses.

    For more information, go to www.bea.gov/gdp-revisions.

    Here is where I say new rules from congress follow.

  • Nov 22nd, 2013 @ 12:53pm

    Copyright Math Evolved

    First to go up in smoke is the jobs number. Rob Reid, using their numbers, got a negative value for people employed.

    Since $58 billion was such an unimpressive number a brand new made up multiplier was needed. At this Ted talk the base value was shown:
    Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod -- http://youtu.be/GZadCj8O1-0

    $58 billion gets a makeover:
    The University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, AZ [Digital Video Program] hosted w00tstock 4.0 pt 11 - Rob Reid: http://youtu.be/2H1Oc2rgpeY

    The $58 bn x multiplier = any amount greater than $1 trillion
    Now there is a number worth all the professional gloomy tones the 6:00 news anchors will project when they "feel the pain".

  • Aug 27th, 2013 @ 2:45pm

    3 Monkeys of Government: See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil

    Since the utopian dream of a state where the 3 monkeys live in harmony with the internets is impossible, I am happy to announce, it is also impossible in this comment block. People will say stupid things about anything. I am not immune to inciting a response via carefully crafted "below the belt" rant which has gone wrong. However, the best response to poster(s) being lynched with "ban forever" talk is shunning, in other words, ignore.

    Society is everything but polite these days and the internets have taken that to levels I didn't expect back when I used BBS via acoustic modem to post comments. What is interesting is the growth to forums via dialup allowed every person who could master the tech a voice on any subject; it also allowed me to IP ban idiots. Today I am here via 16Mb/s cable with software my non-tech mother can use. Has this had the effect of presenting human nature unfiltered? Pretty much.

    I was called an elitist in a forum post in the early 1990's by someone who felt forums did not need policing. Right, thread locked. This site, techdirt, is not a forum it is OP-ED with comments. Ban one wingnut and it subverts the message that all points of view need hearing.

    Lastly, if some comments are psychotic just click report and hope it gets hidden. If that fails do what I do -- Up the dose man.

  • May 17th, 2013 @ 9:34pm

    (untitled comment)

    Somebody needs more book sales.

  • Jan 29th, 2013 @ 5:05pm

    Gaming is federal and state: no outsiders

    Keep in mind gambling, all gambling is run by state and federal organizations that are RICO in every sense. Pay to play or get out of the way.


  • Dec 13th, 2012 @ 10:02pm

    Re: Re: Samsung's motives are always suspect

    Point taken. Browsing Samsung site I get the impression the target market for the the set is not "family 8:00p -11:00p cop shows, reality shows, etc.

    Targeted Buyer
    The person who can drop 3 to 6 grand on big screens for graphics. Everything displayed via compressed cable feed is just gravy.

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