You have to take the good with bad I guess: the RIAA and NASA


This is probablynot news to anyone but the RIAA hates you. Arstechnica is reporting today that ‘Those MP3 and AAC files that you’ve ripped from your CD collection are still “unauthorized copies” in the eyes of the recording industry. In a brief filed late last week, the RIAA said that the MP3 files on a PC owned by a file-sharing defendant who had admitted to ripping them himself were “unauthorized copies.” ‘ HUH? you mean the disc that I bought that contained no User Agreement, and no copy protection was not really mine. So that means when I was in high school and had $500 worth the CDs stolen out of my car, that they should have replaced them for me. Well I’d like to speak to a manager please.

“When asked by the RIAA’s lead counsel whether it was wrong for consumers to make copies of CDs they have purchased, Jennifer Pariser replied in the negative. “When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song,” said Pariser. Making “a copy” of a song you own is just “a nice way of saying ‘steals just one copy’,” according to Pariser.” OMG your bastards.

The line I like best is “I suppose we can say he stole a song” IF your going to call us thieves, then do it, but don’t patronize us.

Now on to the Good:

The space shuttle Atlantis was attacked by a giant spider. Well, that’s what it looked like on NASA TV, as an “evil space spider” walked right over a live picture of the launch pad.

see it here

And now a special note to local6.com, Why do you make it so bloody hard to embed video. That is why I didn’t credit you for the video above, if you want a plug don’t be a knobjockey.

Remembering James Kim


I remember this time last year and the search for James Kim. I remember hearing all of his close friends and colleagues in their attempts to cover the story without bursting into tears. I remember sitting on the bus (in tears) at the obvious pain that everyone was going through. I remember watching James on TechTV and was glad to see him working at CNET after TechTV was disbanded. And to hear of his passing is a heavy on the hearts of all tech lovers.

Below you will find the video and the full text of the article that was put up on Crave.

“One year ago today, we learned of the death of our dear friend and colleague, James Kim. James was, both at work and at home, a kind, intelligent, exuberant presence. We miss him very much.

To keep James’ memory alive, we want to revisit the video tribute we created when we first heard the news. We hope you enjoy these video clips from CNET.com and Crave as much as we have.

In his honor, James’ family and friends have established the James Kim Technology Foundation (JKTF). The foundation provides San Francisco public schools, and the children who attend them, access to emerging technologies like the ones James covered every day for CNET.com and Crave. You can learn more about JKTF at the foundation’s Web site.”