ArchiveMarch 3, 2006

switch off that radio


The Audio Broadcast Flag Licensing Act of 2006 (H.R. 4861) requires all digital radio makers to build their devices so that they only permit “customary uses” of broadcasts. That means that no one ever gets to invent any new radio tech ever again unless the RIAA approves of it.
Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing about a new bill introduced by Rep. Mike Ferguson. The bill won’t only completely and utterly cripple innovation & development of cool new music-playing devices, though. Ferguson also plans to rule out “unauthorized copying” – which is a hell of a lot broader than “illegal copying”. I guess I’ll never get behind those copyright-lobbyists’ twisted minds. Anyway, Cory goes on to quote some proposals by the RIAA from 2004, just to give you a rough idea just how insane those guys sometimes are:

  • Receivers may only record or permit recording of covered content: (a) in direct and immediate response to a consumer pressing a record button; (b) based on a date and time preprogrammed by the consumer.
  • Preprogrammed recordings shall be for a minimum period of 30 minutes in duration.
  • A replay buffer may be used to initiate a recording of a previously broadcast transmission provided that the buffer does not exceed 30 minutes in duration.
  • Each recording of covered content shall be stored and retrieved as a singe continuous session and may not be divided into recordings of individual songs on an automated or non-automated basis using ID information or audio characteristics…

Basically, this seems to be a perfect proposal on how to make radios suck, and suck badly. Good job, RIAA.

Thanks, Cory.

ps. here are the first three hits when googling for “RIAA”. Not to indicate anything…

[RIAA] [Boycott RIAA]

[How Not To Get Sued By The RIAA For File-Sharing]

automate that revolution


The advent of next generation military/police technologies for urban use has made engaging in active social insurgency an increasingly risky venture. Real-time video surveillance systems (1), networked databases, urban infiltration robots (2), and a flurry of “nonviolent” restraint and subjugation technologies threaten to have a chilling effect on traditional methods of cultural resistance, particularly the creation and dissemination of subversive texts.

Maybe the Institute for Applied Autonomy is worth a closer look: Graffity Writer – Our shit works. Since 1998.

i see u


With iSee, users can find routes that avoid these cameras (“paths of least surveillance”) allowing them to walk around their cities without fear of being “caught on tape” by unregulated security monitors.

Institute for Applied Autonomy’s iSee.

the internet of things


The Internet of Things has evolved into a nascent conceptual framework for understanding how physical objects, once networked and imbued with informatic capabilities, will occupy space and occupy themselves in a world in which things were once quite passive. This paper describes the Internet of Things as more than a world of RFID tags and networked sensors. Once “Things” are connected to the Internet, they can only but become enrolled as active, worldly participants by knitting together, facilitating and contributing to networks of social exchange and discourse, and rearranging the rules of occupancy and patterns of mobility within the physical world

Julian Bleeker: A Manifesto for Networked Objects — Cohabiting with Pigeons, Arphids and Aibos in the Internet of Things


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