The Illegal VCR

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So it appears that the US has just passed the INDUCE act (‘‘Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004’’). To sum up, this act aims to make anything that can be used to "intentionally induce" copyright infrigement illegal. It's an attempt to kill P2P networks such as kazaa and such from sharing music.

Now, this is a wickedly wonderfull act. Because how do you determine if "a reasonable person would find intent to induce infringement" because of a particular product? You determine it if company X has more money to spend on lawers than company Y. This means that all VCR's, MP3 players, CD Burners, etc. are illegal. This is merely the tip of the iceberg, here's an example from slashdot...

Three rings for the elven kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for mortal men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

Now, according to this bill, Dell, Viewsonic, NVidia, SFU, Movabletype and Mozilla all "induced" me to infringe on this copyrighted work. Hrmm... I'd say, at least this is only the US, but it might not be for long..

Our good old Ministry of Canadian Heritage made recommendations stating that we should
"make it illegal to sell software that cracks through the copy-protection coding." and
"make internet service providers (ISPs) subject to liability for copyrighted information."

Although this is just slightly further reaching than the US's DMCA it's just one step closer to making any product that can and might be used for copyright infringement illegal.

The EFF has a great piece on a mock lawsuit describing just how far reaching this bill is. Suing apple for making the ipod, cnet for reviewing the ipod, and Toshiba for supplying hard drives for iPods.

Sore Back

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So a few of us headed out for Tall Scott's cabin this weekend. The weather was fabulous, although that also meant we spent most of our time in the shade :-). We did a little swimming, wake boarding, tubing, drinking, and just lounging. Not being a student anymore kicks ass, I think it's right in the middle of midterms right now... ahhh.

Anyway, I went wake boarding saturday after we got there. I think it was my best performance thus far (maybe my 5th time?), I was even doing little jumps on the wake, it was sweet. However, it appears that I'm now paying for it. Sunday I was pretty sore. But hot damn! Every time I rolled over last night I woke up cause my back hurt so much. Right now I can barely even walk! Heck, just sitting in this quite comfortable chair is painful. Am I really this old!?!? I think it's time to start doing deadlifts at the gym again...

50 first dates et. al.

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Not much going on here today so I thought I'd post about a few movies I've watched lately.

Amelie:
I thought this movie was definately one of the better ones I've seen in a long time. It was a pretty cool story and I thought it was very funny, in a dark sort of way. Basically it's a story about this girl who's neglected by her parents so she's got an overactive imagination and decides to go around and make the world a better place for the people around her using very ellaborate schemes.

I would say it was most similar to Run Lola Run, although not all that similar I guess, but the same kind of style. If you liked Run Lola Run, you'd definately like this one too. I couldn't even say what my favorite part of the movie was since the whole thing was so good. Although I suppose the gnome travelling around the world was pretty good.

Along Came Poly:
About as text book romantic comedy as they come. Pretty typical and predictable but still has some good laughs.

50 First Dates:
This movie was hillarious. I couldn't stop laughing through most of it. I would definately recommend it to anyone looking for a good comedy. Heck I was even crying through a lot of it, it's just that funny!

btw, Ariane and I won a 19inch tv (through one of those home lotteries), which makes it a little easier to watch movies on than the old 12incher.

cellphone users - rating

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The following is a list of cellphone user's in various places and how I rate them. The rating scale is either "dumbass", "impartial", "awesome".

cellphone while driving - dumbass
cellphone while in car (but abruptly stopped car in the middle of the rightmost lane of traffic so that they weren't driving when talking, but yet even more likely to cause an accident) - dumbass
cellphone while on the john - awesome
cellphone while grocery shopping - dumbass
cellphone with headset while grocery shopping - awesome (cause they look like psycho's talking to themselves)
cellphone with headset pretty much anywhere but driving - awesome
cellphone with headset while driving - impartial
cellphone in movie store - impartial
cellphone in movie theatre - dumbass
cellphone while walking - impartial
cellphone at work - impartial
cellphone at home - impartial
cellphone at restaurant (with group) - impartial
cellphone at restaurant (with one or two companions for longer than 30 seconds) - dumbass

what's the wierdest place you've seen or heard someone talking on their cellphone?

Lame firebells

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So I'm just trying to kill some time while I wait for them to turn off the firebell so that I can go back to work. I thought I'd grab my laptop just incase there was a real fire and because when the fire bell's are going I think theives like to work.

Anyway, it's been a pretty standard week. Last friday My parents, bro, Ariane, and I went to cirque de soleil. It was pretty good. I really had no idea what to expect of it.

I got my parents to bring down their power washer so we could clean the deck. And damn, you never would've known we had a green deck! It was pretty much black before I started. I'll have to post my before-after picture a little later when I grab it from my digital camera.

Oh yeah, we watched super size me on saturday night too. It was a really good film. Really funny and really surprising. Brought up some good points, but the demographic in the theatre was all early 20 to early 30 year olds, mostly fit. But I think it should really be shown to other demographics as well. I'm sure some cool social studies teachers will show the movie in their classes, I know I watched a couple movies that could be categorized similarly, when I was in highschool.

Anyway, if you haven't seen it yet, I'd strongly recommend it.

Alright, looks like I can go back to work now.

ARRGG! I almost just lost half of this post that was unsaved. I went to save it and BOOM, please logon. Fricken SFU wireless and their silly timeouts. It can propagate GET variables, but not POST variables. They're lucky my back button worked, otherwise they would have hell to pay.