Saturday, July 21, 2007

Classical Barbie Girl

It's good to see one my favorite songs made classical. They did an excellent job!

Thursday, July 19, 2007

EU: ISPs don't have to disclose subscriber names

The bad legal news continues for the recording industry.

After yesterday's ruling that the RIAA owes an Oklahoma woman nearly $70,000 in attorneys' fees, the European Union's top court today said that European ISPs are not required to disclose the names of subscribers whose IP addresses have allegedly been linked to illegal activity on file-sharing networks.

In the case at issue, a group of Spanish music producers filed a legal complaint about Spanish ISP Telefonica, which refused turn over IP addresses of apparent Kazaa users. Telefonica maintained that Spanish law required it to turn over these addresses only in criminal cases or matters of national security. The Spanish court overseeing the case asked for an opinion from the European Court of Justice, which essentially backed Telefonica, saying that this information did not need to be turned over in civil cases.

This opinion's not a legally binding ruling, but if the Spanish court accepts the opinion and rules accordingly, this could form the basis for similar decisions throughout the EU. This would mean that recording industry representatives would either have to convince criminal investigators--the police--to go after file-traders (unlikely), or would have to come up with some other technical method (possible) without violating the EU's stringent privacy laws (very difficult).

Meanwhile, in the U.S., the RIAA continues to spend a lot of money to get very little in return.

Friday, July 06, 2007

My Fortune

So late last week I went to a Chinese restaurant. As you may know, I always keep the latest fortune from my fortune cookie in my wallet. I've had one in my wallet since 2002.

Some of them have been insightful, others were less important.

This last one... Well, I'll let you read it.

"A new hat will brighten your day give you an updated look."

Yes, so I need to do two things. First, head to the mall and find myself a new chapeau. Second, I need to go eat Chinese so I can get a more worthwhile fortune!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Quote of the Day

"In America there's someone willing to pretend to be offended by everything and so we annoy people and that's part of the appeal," he said. "It's to entertain people and also to annoy a certain segment of the audience as well."

--Matt Groening, The Simpsons creator, speaking of the new Simpsons movie

I just like this quote, "In America there's someone willing to pretend to be offended by everything," Haven't you found this to be true? No matter what someone does, there is someone else offended by it. We need to all get over ourselves and see that there are many ways to see or do things.

I am 75% Utahn. How Utahn Are You?

Put an "x" in the parentheses if it applies and put your total where it says total!!! When you're done, multiply your total by 5. This is how Utahn you are.

(x ) You know what the U is
(x ) You know what the Holy War is
(x) You have eaten funeral potatoes
(x) You leave out the "T" when you pronounce the word "mountain"
(x) You know what sluffing is

Total: 5

(x) You know what fry sauce is
(x ) You know you can't buy liquor in the grocery store
(x)You were an aunt or uncle before you were out of high school.
( ) Your family considers a trip to McDonald's a night out
(x) As a kid you looked forward to going to Lagoon every summer.

Total so far: 9

( ) You can make jello salad without a recipe
( ) You never have missed school because of a snow day
( ) You wear shorts and T-shirts if the temperature barely rises above 32 degrees
(x) You own/ed a minivan
( ) You own/ed a pick-up truck

Total so far: 10

(x)You went to a junior high that started with 7th grade and ended with 9th grade.
(x) Camping is one of your favorite past times
(x) You love to be outdoors
( ) You have a Mormon as your next-door neighbor
(x) You are republican

Total so far: 14

( ) you lived/lived across the street or next to a farm or barn
( ) you have a huge family
(x) you make your own fun
( ) you wrestle with your brothers and sisters
( ) you have too many animals

Total so far: 15

Add them up, multiply by 5, and repost as "I am % Utahn Try it even if you don't live in Utah it's pretty funny