2 Inches Of Fury

Something Worth Reading.

MPAA Can Suck My Big 2 Inch Dick

http://blogs.techrep … om/tech-news/?p=1968
“MPAA says they made a mistake in college piracy estimates”
Typical. Blow out the stats to make it seem like college internet connections are to blame. Blame anyone. See, it is easier that way. You can draw stats for anything. You can make up stats on the spot without really having any substancial evidence. News articles do it all the time like they are facts. I am not saying be skeptical but just don’t believe everything you read which is what most people do at face value. We could be much more melodramatic about the whole thing. Make piracy seem more like the international epidemic.
http://blogs.techrep … om/tech-news/?p=1651
“Majority of Internet bandwidth consumed by P2P services”
Duh. If you took away all p2p traffic and porn, there would be very little else left on the internet that is of worth doing. Except maybe visiting this site.
I had this theoretical plan where you have a server farm which contained Petabytes of data. If someone wants to access certain data, they log in to the server farm look for the files as the server farm would have all the data layed out in a logical manner. If the server farm was missing, you could request it and it would be there the next day. The data wouldn’t be downloaded but rather work kind of like the way Citrix works [ref]. Everything would be streamed at the highest quality possible. It creates a virtual desktop or virtual application from this server farm that you can access and watch whatever you like instead of having to download it. This way, you are also able to control what people have access to. Kinda like AOL except not shit. The only problem with this is for it to work effectively, internet connections in Australia have to be better than what they are now.
http://blogs.techrep … om/tech-news/?p=1589
“P2P video piracy rampant in South Korea”
This blog is a prime example of how a title can be so deceiving. Yes, the piracy is out of control in South Korea (’cause let’s face it - what else is there to do? go outside? Not in this lifetime.) But at the same time, I think they are on the right path. Pay a subscription fee to a website or the ISP to go like the clappers and download copious amounts of TV shows and movies. And then that fee pays forward to the companies that make the movies and TV shows. Great idea! It is still not as good as the idea of everyone ripping shows and going for it (for several reasons) but if you have sites or a subsciption, it would be the equivalent to mp3.com or iTunes - a place where downloading copywrited material is legal and above board.

1 comment(2927 views)




RetroShare

I thought I would share with those this application I found awhile ago:
http://retroshare.sourceforge.net/
It is pretty much a private P2P network which is somewhat cool. There would be no way that a fed or the RIAA could find your network because on you and your friends would know about it and have access to it.
What you could do is if one of your friends or several of your friends or all of your friends…well, ok let’s assume you have friends who have good internet connections. This would work brilliantly because you can share your files over the net inside a private network. Let’s say you know a whole bunch of guys who live in the US with their 15mbit download and 3mbit upload or something crazy along those lines. You could have anyone in the world be on your network and let’s say 3 of them have the exact same file, they could increase the download speed for you as they all upload. It works in the same way an invite-only website that uses Bittorrent does now except it would work better as BT spends a lot of bandwidth trying to connect to as many people as possible to get the best possible speed through a tracker (which can be a slow process) whereas this would connect to anyone in your network who has the file and download it direct since you are hosting the network instead of having to go through a tracker which is what BT would do.

But I had a thought - what happens if you have your own private network and you know someone else who has a bunch of friends with a private network and you wanted to add your network with their network?

Well, Retroshare doesn’t do that. But wouldn’t that a filth option to have? You could have network rings and share files without any compromise (unless you have dodgy friends).

1 comment(2132 views)




InstallPad

http://installpad.com/
This program is amazing.
I will admit though, there is a little setting up but once it has been setup (and you just keep a copy of your config backed up somewhere), this program is a fuckin gem and if you have say, 5-10 applications that regularly gets updates, this will certainly make it a lot simplier.

Imagine this: Creating an XP image or Windows 7 or whatever the hell the kids are into these days and having the install set up so you can have it not only unattended (meaning it is pre-configured so you do not have to enter in time zone and the Windows key, etc) but after the install just have a bunch of tick boxes with the option to install most commonly used applications and then having this progam on top to download the latest version for you. Hypothetically speaking, if the image had MSN Version 7, InstallPad would jump in and update that to the nasty MSN version live or 9 or whatever MSN uses these days.

It would take a lot of effort but man, that would be sexy. It would be worth it on a new OS which you know will be around for years to come.

There is such a thing. It is called Windows XP Black Edition but it is mising InstallPad - a cruicial component missing.

1 comment(2022 views)




Give People 2 Inches, They’ll Take a Foot

The subject would be rather witty if this was about some unfortunate person who has their foot amputated. But this is far worse.

http://torrentfreak. … any-in-america-2007/
Why limit it to 2007? I think it is fair to say that the RIAA are the most hated company, ever. In all the companies in all the world that pointlessly consumes natural resources, RIAA has got to be up there somewhere. Using unneccessary force and man power to find people on the internet who are sharing music like it is some sort of crime.
The crime really lies with the shit music that is rammed down my throat like a child who is not eating his vegetables. It is all over the internet, ads on TV, billboards, radio (is the fuckin worst for this), etc. Everywhere we turn, companies spend rediculous amounts of money on a band with a “catchy” song in hopes that the masses will eat it up like pigs at a trough. It’s like 1984. They succeed mostly but when one of those masses is eating something similar to what is in the trough with about the same amount of nutrition, for free. And it is not just one that is doing it. It is a minority. But that minority will eventually turn into a majority. What shits me off is the record labels play this off like it is everyone who is downloading freely. All the boppy, mindless tunes that those 13 year old girls love and buy in masses have now come to realise that if I do not have the money for my favourite artist’s album - whether that be N*sync’s Christmas album or “Inspiration” by William Hung which can be obtained for a fraction of the price with no one really policing the situation. One day in the future, Microsoft will have total control and inbuilt spyware watching what we do. But Microsoft can’t get making an OS right yet so until that day, we’re somewhat free. Of course unless all of this is done at an ISP. But you know they will just find another protocol or another hole in Torrents which can be exploited.
Ok, not everyone can be computer savvy but the kids these days are being raised on computers as Microsoft is ramming their operating system with endless amounts of 3rd party applications which can rip music for free and then then you have another endless supply of 3rd party apps to download and share the music you have. So why pay for $30 for an album when you can download only your favourite songs from each album for nothing? Seems rather appealing. I see the iStore sells their shitty-encoded mp3s for 99c each. Which is fine if you like 10 songs in the whole wide world. I can buy second hand CDs from various websites for a couple of bucks and even that makes the iStore seem like a giant rip. You never have any physical place to store your music like a CD when you download from the iStore. If I ever did, I would feel ripped off. Sure you can burn it off. But where is your artwork? It’s not the same.

http://www.dmxzone.com/go?5344
“KaZaa users hunted down by RIAA like the dogs they are!”
Kazaa is old school. It was a simple program in the wake of the flood that was p2p programs. It was easy, connected to multiple servers and if you wanted something, it generally had it (along with virus’). It covered a lot more than just mp3 which was the popular thing to share at the time. I wouldn’t call Kazaa users dogs but more like people who still use Winzip and Netscape Navigator.
They even posted a list of the users they were chasing:
http://g4tv.com/tech … AA-Hit-List_pg2.html
OH NO! They found me - abcdefghijklm@Kazaa. Pffft, what do they think they are going to achieve? I wouldn’t be caught dead using a program like that.

1 comment(2246 views)




New Theme

I got a new theme for my site.
Tell me what you think.

4 comments(14 views)




Jason Mraz Can Suck My Dick. But Then Again, He Might Like That.

There are plenty of oxygen thief’s in the world.
But there is one that deserves special mention - Jason Mraz.

He only sings about how great he is or sex mostly in his music. If I wanted to hear the most inane subjects to sing about, I’ll go and find another “artist” who does it a million times better like (sadly) Robbie Williams. But really, comparing the two is like comparing which shit smells worse. At the end of the day, it is still shit.
His music comes free with a penis. If you’re lucky enough, it might even be his own.
jmraz2.jpg

I’ve heard stories about people who rock up to his gigs and see him. Yeah, confused the hell out of me. I figure if this clown can get in with the trendy crowd (and let’s face it, if you were to follow anything trendy…well, I’m not sure whether to insult your intelligence or your individualism because at some point, they must go hand in hand). But what is even more strange is they go to hear Jason’s (or J-M Dizzle as he is known to some) hits. This confused me even more. Hold the fuck up. Jason Mraz has hits? You mean to tell me more than a handful of people listen to this tripe and think it is good? Sweet Jesus.
jmraz.jpg

Anyway, they go to hear the hits. This next part is one of the most fucked things ever heard in music but if you’re anything like me, it is going to blow your fucking mind. When Jason Mraz jams on his songs (or hits, I am not sure by this point), the crowd don’t want to hear it. Not the hits, they wanna hear the hits but they don’t want to hear the extended jam section. The kids look at their watch as if, “Ugh, c’mon J-Dizzle…hurry the fuck up and play the next song.”

Unless Jason Mraz is too retarded to jam a song out or just does not have the chops to do so (which I guess is very possible), when I went and saw a band and the jammed out a song (unless it poorly meandered), it generally made not only the song better but made the whole gig so great. It was something you paid money to see something you couldn’t get on CD. Something that was special and unique to that gig. The kids just wanna hear what they get on their iPod’s and fuck right off.

What is even more amazing, is this is not a new thing. During an interview (with a vampire), Radiohead used to have a select group of kids follow them around and waited until the band played, “Creep” and then fucked off somewhere else after the song was played. That’s all they wanted to hear and that just blows my mind. How could you be so closed off about music that you can like one or two songs from a band and not like anything else? I mean there are exceptions - especially when the band did only one song like that. But, c’mon - this is Radiohead. They are one of the biggest bands out of the UK, ever. They have easily written some of the best music in the last 15 years.

It makes me sad to see that the kids today not only care for anything further than the hits but there is so much musical history and heritage which is not known unless you’re older than 30. I don’t have all the answers or know it all but when Madonna does the most rancid cover of, “American Pie” thinking that she has got what it takes to pull it off (she didn’t but made a pretty penny in doing so anyway), at least I know it’s a cover.

What the kids don’t know, won’t hurt them.

2 comments(5638 views)




Sony Cops 2 Inches

http://www.news.com. … 3048-5014239,00.html

Man, I love stories like this.
There are several fails in amongst this.
Firstly, if you look at the CDs available that were pirated. Nothing is worth actual money EXCEPT Simon and Garfunkel. KD Lang in her less-lesbain years (or Celine Dion, either way - yuk), Spice Girls (Spice World was the best movie in the world), World Music (of some description) and what looks like a Princess Diana tribute (a whole CD of meh and couldn’t care less).

Secondly, I hate hypocracy. You can sue 226,000 people for the exact same shit you’re pulling.
That shits me on so many levels. It is like a bully in the playground having reign because he’s the biggest and the rest of us either learn to put up with his shit by hiding, deal with being beaten up OR just learn to get out of the fuckers road. It is not about music. It never is but at one stage many years ago, even the hottest acts were something to watch (rather than the hype surrounding the band). These days they are fly-by-nighters (at a rough guess - 90% of the pop industry are with few exceptions) who have no stage presence and try to make up this major downfall with energy. It comes naturally to some people. But most of the shit I see on TV that make over night hit sensations have the stage presence of a stool. Although, to be fair to the stool he is more self-conscience than most of those ego-driven singers with no actual music-writing talent. Just do covers. It’s cheaper that way (you only have to pay royalties and studio time) and at least you know everyone will like the song.

Thirdly, what kind of douchebag would ring support for pirated software? How does Sony not know their “licence agreement” with the company their “stole” their software from? Fuck Sony in their tight arseholes. Business is a two-way street, you filthy capitalists.
All I can say is I hope PointDev win. Sure it is only $300k, but a small win is still a win.

http://www.news.com. … 8029-5014116,00.html
“Sony BMG drops copy protection”
Isn’t this an interesting development? Firstly music companies are going on whether Steve Jobs believes dropping DRM will boost sales. You need not only a company big enough to have a “net income of $208 million on sales of $1.47 billion, in the fiscal third quarter” [ref]. But what you have to understand also is business. The idea being that you need to make the biggest possible profit to have your investors who own shares in the company turn out more money per share so they continue to be invested in the company. It is vastly more complicated than that but my problem with the whole scheme is the fact that they are making a mockery and taking the art out of music. What they are doing is riding waves of fashion. Whatever is popular now, keep doing that and the kids will continue to buy whatever is fashionable. There’s a science but not an interesting one. Nor a positive one. Music should be free forms of sounds coming together to make a whole. Not manufactured sounds and artists.
If we took away ALL the money in popular music for just one moment. This means no advertising, no cramming music on every type of media and no hype…do you think that people are still going to be interested in what is fashionable?
You can tell with a story like this that Sony had no intention of dropping its DRM but since every other company is doing and Steve Jobs said it would turn greater profits, they seems like they were forced into it. I believe there are 2 schools of thought with dropping the DRM:
1. People will buy more music because they have the freedom with what they can do with each mp3
2. People will buy less music BECAUSE it is more freely available and can get it from others who have also bought the iTunes mp3s and realise they are paying more for a DRM-free mp3.

http://www.news.com. … 7166-5014116,00.html
“Record labels cut anti-piracy funding”
WELL WELL WELL…wellity wellity wellity. This is starting to paint a rather vivid picture. Now, we’re making assumptions that all of these news articles are 100% correct and in most circumstances, you can just bet your left nut that these stories in some way have been tainted. BUT, on face value, which ways are the companies going? First they want to sue everybody who has 1 mp3 of theirs which they either ripped themselves or downloaded from others and now…they want to cut the funds to try and find these people who are downloading your product for free? Here’s an idea: MAKE BETTER MUSIC, YOU FUCKFACES. Once they found out that the RIAA (who work for Sony alongside Sony themselves) are the most hated company in America, they must have had a change or heart. OR found that the RIAA were simply not doing enough to battle the cause. Or maybe finding that doing as much anti-piracy as you can and want, you find will some 12 year old kid find a work around in under 5 minutes making that cool $20m just spent on trying to get those little pirating bastards to stop freely distributing the music they love into a giant waste of time.
Whether it sounds good or not is entirely subjective.
If you are making music for the general populous, if there is another solution to get your product for free, they will take a great advantage of it. Duh. Not everyone has the money Sony BMG has to spend on its own merchandise. Middle class are scraping out a living paying bills, rent (or the mortgage), car…the list goes on. And then on top of that you want us to fork hand over fist money so the people at the top can live a life the rest of us could never live? Am I the only one outraged by this whole situation?

Which brings me to this:
http://consumerist.c … d-you-are-a-criminal

Is this the most extremely fucked up thing you have ever heard? Ok, you bought the CD. And you might want to put it on your iPod, computer or whatever. Even if you have absolutely no plans with sharing your music with anyone, copying the music is “stealing”…from who? The artist? The artist doesn’t give a flying monkey shit what you do with your bought CD. He has his $1 cut from the album. What kind of 1984 bullshit is this if you can’t even put what you purchased for onto another media? If this is the case, we might as well go back to portible music CD players (remember those chunky as fuck things?) and carry around 10-20 CDs each containing 10 minutes of music I actually wanna hear from each artist. Because lets face it, the kiddies that buy the popular music only have an attention span of 10 minutes before they bored and want to find something else to do like mindless zombies. FUCK THAT and FUCK SONY.
If I murdered someone in cold blood (except for Sony BMG managerial staff since they are souless knobs anyway), I would go to jail for that. Fair enough.
If I raped anyone, I would go to jail for that. Fair enough.
But taking what I have bought with my own money and telling me that it can not be moved ANYWHERE, that is seriously fucked.

I hope that the music industry falls into anarchy. Or at least Sony goes bust. Which it never will with its profiteering and run by a group of misers. But if it ever did, I would be happy. I mean managerial staff wouldn’t care because as soon as they realise the company is going down the crapper quicker than diarrhea after a night on the chill and curry, they will give themselves a nice going away package large enough to have a middle class person live off for the rest of his days just to take the sting off before they find the next company who will pay them substancial amounts of money to do as much as their previous job or less.
The thing is, if they weren’t around it wouldn’t matter. They are not changing lives. They’re not taking that huge profit and pouring it back into the community. If they are, they’re certainly being secretive about it. They are pouring it into the next artist who will make them more money. They are pouring money into anti-piracy (even though they said they were cutting costs on how much they were spending, that figure is still grossly excessive.) Trying to fight the war on piracy is like fighting the war terrorism. There will be no defining moment where the CEO will say, “Well, that’s all of them. Got all the pirates. There will be no piracy anymore.” The cycle is more endless than that somewhat annoyingly catchy song Lambchop sings.

1 comment(2722 views)




Windows Shell Gets 12 Inches

Realistically, I wouldn’t care less about Window’s Shells since with Windows it is all much of a muchness and you are using Windows at heart no matter different you try and make it look. I personally have skinned mine to look like OSX without the restrictive application at the bottom. It sticks out like a sore thumb and it is not nicely hidden away (in a convenient manner) like Windows does. Before you get hoity toity, I’m not a MS fan but you gotta pay it where credit’s due.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiteStep
I wouldn’t think that while you’re changing the look that there would be any performance increase. To me, that would be the only thing going for it if it did increase performance. The look is quite boring. Even the grey-bar look aka Windows 98 default theme looks better than the box-look this LiteStep.

Add a comment(2559 views)