Maybe they should pass a bill soon?

February 8, 2009 · Posted in Politics · Comments Off on Maybe they should pass a bill soon? 

A clip from the Thursday 2/5 daily show concerning the currently debated stimulus bill:

Here is friday’s related news:

Here’s a graph from the speaker of the House that compare the current job losses to the last couple of recessions:

SNL does the VP debate

October 7, 2008 · Posted in I (heart) Tivo, Politics · Comments Off on SNL does the VP debate 

Finally got around to watching SNL’s very funny take on the VP debate:

McCain camp takes a pot shot at Dungeon & Dragons Players

August 19, 2008 · Posted in Politics · Comments Off on McCain camp takes a pot shot at Dungeon & Dragons Players 

Huh?!? Well that was my first reaction, too. Apparently McCain dislikes the New York Times, especially some of the articles that have been recently written about him. His campaign has decided to start comparing the Times’ editors to Dungeon & Dragon players who apparently all live in their mom’s basement. Shouldn’t they be talking about issues of substance, not having a pissing contest about a story told by McCain at an event that bears a strkingly similar resemblance to a story from an autobiography of a Soviet POW?

Several Roundups:
Las Vegas Sun

MPAA wants to control your TV, and stereo, and DVR

August 1, 2008 · Posted in At the Movies ..., I (heart) Tivo, Politics, Tech - Hardware · 1 Comment 

MPAA’s SOC or Selectable Output Control permanent waiver request is complicated and probbably best described with pretty pictures like this video:

Here are some nice write-ups:
Public Knowledge

Need a Holiday? Petition for one…

March 10, 2008 · Posted in Politics · Comments Off on Need a Holiday? Petition for one… 

The guys & gals at Guinness would like your help in making St. Patrick’s Day a U.S. Federal Holiday. They need 1 million petition signers by midnight on March 16th. I think it’s not a bad idea to support any measure that may help give us more free time:

Time flies

May 25, 2007 · Posted in Misc, Politics, Tech - Software · Comments Off on Time flies 

Well I’ve been out of the country, busy, and sick so ye olde blog here has not been getting much attention.

Here are a couple of shiny things I have come across though.

A fair(y) use tale – A fair-use copyright primer made mostly out of disney clips:

As Yoda would say – “Begun the Microsoft-Linux Fud wars have” :
You can find the latest here on Infoworld. For the long drawn out discussion concerning the current MS vs Open Source issues and their mutually assured destruction if one would litigate after the other please check out groklaw or perhaps slashdot.

APC interview with the CEO of Mozilla on the future of Firefox.

Teaching kids in grammar school how to program using scratch, a language developed by MIT for kids.

And what my wife and I have to look forward to when we take the little one to the happiest place on earth. (very funny)


A little Radio, A little NFL

March 22, 2007 · Posted in Music, Politics · Comments Off on A little Radio, A little NFL 

Seems like the new law that effectively makes internet radio stations pay more than their terrestrial counterparts for music has also had an ill effect on National Public Radio. NPR has now “released the hounds”:
NPR fights back, seeks rehearing on Internet radio royalty increases

The NFL seems to have gone a little DCMA happy, and seem to have violated the DCMA themselves:
NFL fumbles DMCA takedown battle, could face sanctions

Musharraf on Daily Show

September 27, 2006 · Posted in Politics, Writing & Reading · Comments Off on Musharraf on Daily Show 

Here is Pakistani President Musharraf in a interview on the Daily Show. Pay special attention to Jon Stewart’s first and last questions.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

The memoir Musharraf was plugging :

From the reviews I have read, the contents of the book seem a little sensational and a little more fiction that fact at points, but it should be interesting to see if there is resulting fallout in the US or Pakistan especially if any the sensational portions turn out to be true.

Update 2/12/07 : Updating Video using comedycentral embedded links

Etc : July 6 – 13

July 13, 2006 · Posted in Misc, Politics, Tech - Software · Comments Off on Etc : July 6 – 13 

It’s been a little hectic at work. But here are some snippets from around the “net”.

HeatSeek (link to the TechCrunch article)
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, there is now a secure browser (IE based) whose sole purpose it to enable you to handle porn easier. It also encrypts everything which makes it harder for junior to stumble upon (or deliberately find) the material on a shared computer. I guess it is what it is.

Windows Legacy
Microsoft ended support for Windows 98 this week, prompting several articles about how this will cause a steep rise of linux on these older boxes. Of course MS isn’t big on losing on any front, even legacy boxes, so they have announced Windows Fundamentals.

Congress & The Internet
Congress seems to be in a rush to do all kinds of things to the internet this week. Please check out the EFF Action Site.

Case in point, check out how Senator Ted Stevens (Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee) views the issue, with special “Daily Show” coverage :

Net Neutrality : God Save the Internet

June 14, 2006 · Posted in Music, Politics · Comments Off on Net Neutrality : God Save the Internet has officially introduced us to “The BroadBand” a group of 3 singer/songwriters who have composed a song which is titled “God Save the Internet”. So head on over listen and download the song, and then take a few minutes to look through the site and tell your congressman your views on this issue.

Recent Net Neutrality News :

EFF : The Corruptibles

June 13, 2006 · Posted in Politics · Comments Off on EFF : The Corruptibles 

The EFF has put together a nice little video that shows the potential effects of the RIAA & MPAA backed legislation worming its way through congress. Take a look :

Then write your congressman about it :
Audio Flag & Perform Legislation
TV Broadcast Flag
Analog Hole Legislation

Speak English if you want a cheesesteak

June 12, 2006 · Posted in Politics · Comments Off on Speak English if you want a cheesesteak 

Apparently at Geno’s in Philly, there is now a sign that reads “This is America – when ordering, speak English.” On the one hand I respect the owner’s right to put up such a sign in his own restaurant, on the other, I hope they respect my right not to buy from them while it is up.

Bummer, they do make great cheesesteaks, but I guess I’ll have to get my cheesesteak elsewhere on my trip to Philly.

Here is the Reuter’s article :
Philadelphia ‘English-only’ eatery to face probe

AT&T NSA Spying Evidence

May 22, 2006 · Posted in News - US, Politics · Comments Off on AT&T NSA Spying Evidence 

Wired has acquired and decided to publish the evidence that is currently under Seal in the EFF vs AT&T lawsuit.

To see why they did it, please go here :,70947-0.html

To see the evidence itself, please go here :,70944-0.html

Etc : May 5 – 12

May 13, 2006 · Posted in News - US, Politics · Comments Off on Etc : May 5 – 12 

It’s been about a week since I’ve updated my blog, so here are a bunch of things I’ve been thinking about this week, that didn’t quite make a blog entry of their own :

The RIAA/MPAA broadcast flags are once again making their rounds through congress. If you think that these flags will actually stop piracy and not just stifle innovation, you may want to read up on them or if you would like to take action, write you senators here.

The NSA is apparently going fishing, through your phone records, that is, with voluntary cooperation from some phone companies, You can read all about it here :
Washington Post
ABC News

There is also the story of a Ohio priest convicted of a 1980, Holy Saturday, murder of a Sister. Just generally sad all round. You can read about it here :


And finally, something a little less severe, I meant to put a link to the Stephen Colbert Roast of President Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents Dinner at Google Video but didn’t get around to it either, until now.

Feliz Weekend!

Help take a stand against the RIAA madness

April 26, 2006 · Posted in News - US, Politics · Comments Off on Help take a stand against the RIAA madness 

The EFF is putting together a petition to take to Congress that will hopefully help stem the RIAA lawsuit rampage. If you are interested in taking a look at the Petition and/or signing it, please go to :

If you are concerned about having your name shown on the internet, just check the “Do not display on website” box and your name will not be shown online but still available in the actual printed copy to be delivered to congress.

BTW, if you are interested, the latest person to be sued by RIAA was a dead Grandmother:

The Register Article 

Fight for your right to …

October 5, 2005 · Posted in Politics · Comments Off on Fight for your right to … 

The quick and easy way to write your congressional representatives.
1. Pick an issue.
2. Click.
3. FIll in your info and edit the letter as you see fit.
4. Click to submit the letter to your Senators/Representative.

And you can do it here :
EFF: Take Action

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