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:: Friday, April 04, 2003 ::

RIAA sues four college students for establishing file swapping networks and trading songs

For the first time, the RIAA has sued individual college students for file swapping songs and setting up indexed networks to locate MP3 files.

Findlaw has made the court filings (called a "Complaint") available:

complaint vs. Jesse Jordan [RPI student]

complaint vs. Joseph Nievelt [Michigan Tech student]

complaint vs. Daniel Peng [Princeton student]

complaint vs. Aaron Sherman [RPI student]



Direct and contributory infringement are claimed in all four cases.



:: Jason 11:33:00 AM [+] ::
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:: Thursday, April 03, 2003 ::

Judging Books By Their Covers

Readerville.com has a neat forum where people judge books by their covers -- literally. I've often been drawn to books that have stunning covers regardless of their content, so this kind of analysis intrigues me.


:: Jason 2:29:00 PM [+] ::
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Big Fun with the Nigerian Scam Email Artists

Brad Christensen has posted his hilarious round and round email game with a Nigerian scam artist. Too funny.
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:: Tuesday, April 01, 2003 ::

Pro-war violence against anti-war protestors

There have been growing reports of pro-war hatred and violence against anti-war protestors. This ranges from calling them "terrorists" to accusing them of treason to now attacking them physically and violently. Here's a report from Tom Tomorrow's site:

A truck driver from South Fairmount was arrested Monday after he drove toward a group of anti-war protesters with his tractor-trailer rig in the West End.
"It (the semi cab) stopped about 10 feet from the nearest protester," Larry Schartman, one of the about 40 people who were participating in a "Peace in Iraq" rally, said Monday night. "Thank God nobody got hurt."


Police charged James Watters, 49, with aggravated menacing, inducing panic and reckless operation in the incident that occurred about 6 p.m. on the Ezzard Charles Drive bridge over Interstate 75.

According to the police report, an officer observed Watters drive his truck onto the sidewalk of the pedestrian walkway toward a large group of protestors causing them "to run in fear of being hit."

"It was an antiwar demonstration. We were holding up signs so the people on the interstate could see them," said Mary Ann Reese, 46, of East Walnut Hills. "There were 30 or 40 of us standing there holding our signs and I turned around and he was on the sidewalk coming towards us leaning on his horn.

"The general prevailing sentiment was that some of us were going to get hit. One person was in a wheelchair, so he really had to scatter. It was frightening. It (the semi) did stop before he hit anyone."

I understand that there are always loonies in every movement and every town in America, but these kind of actions are shameful.


:: Jason 1:37:00 PM [+] ::
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Battlefield officers Criticize Rumsfeld's War Plan

It appears that the rumors are true: Rumfeld has angered frontline vetran officers by failing to grasp the political and military realities of the War with Iraq.


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Seemless City

Seemless City is an interesting attempt to splice together 30 miles of sequential photos of San Francisco streets.


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:: Monday, March 31, 2003 ::

Chinese Police Use Telemarketing Spam Techniques To Fight Vandalism

Chinese police departments are using new computerized phone dialers to harass vandals who put advertising stickers on public structures. Police take down the number on the sticker and enter it into the computer. The computer then repeatedly dials the number at 20 second intervals and plays a prerecorded message telling the vandal that "You have broken the law by posting illegal ads. You must immediately stop this activity and go to the Hangzhou Urban Administrative Bureau for punishment."

ZDNet Story


:: Jason 9:18:00 AM [+] ::
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