Posts Tagged ‘Tech Politics’
  • In Brazil, violent video games are bad. Violent books, movies, advertisements all ok.
    by Mike
    Posted December 5th, 2009 at 6:17 pm
    I'll admit, there are some pretty sick, twisted, and downright disturbing games out there. But that's just the thing -- they're games. Games are meant to take you into a realm of fantasy. A place outside of laws, science, and yes, even morals. Unfortunately as of late, video games such as Grand Theft Auto and Modern Warfare 2 have been getting a bad rep for their unlawful plots and seemingly sinister undertones. Several countries are now moving to enact laws that would ban violent video gam...
  • Restaurant forced to unplug live music nights because of licensing woes.
    by Mike
    Posted November 18th, 2009 at 9:14 am
    Many people wouldn't make it through life if it weren't for music. It feeds the soul. Why am I rambling about music again? Because I like music and the laws that govern music, licensing, copyrights, etc. are so backwards in this country it's disgusting. Maybe, just maybe my voice along with many others will show the world how truly corrupt these types of organizations are. Case in point: Bo Diddley’s restaurant in St. Cloud, Florida. The big stink simply deals with your usual greedy ...
  • French politician pushing for “3-Strikes law” caught pirating…..(again)
    by Mike
    Posted October 8th, 2009 at 8:25 am
    You may remember a man by the name Nicolas Sarkozy. He is the French President whom has been extremely vocal in his support for a "3-Strikes" law in France. The first time he was first seen pushing the law, he was found to have violated the very laws he lobbied for by using a song created by MGMT at a political rally. The only problem was of course MGMT didn't grant him permission to associate their works with his agenda. The end result -- a €30,000 payment to MGMT courtesy of Mr. Copyrigh...
  • And the courts rule one in favor of the little guy…[Autodesk vs. Some Guy]
    by Mike
    Posted October 2nd, 2009 at 9:45 am
    The way in which any human being can manipulate, copy, and redistribute digital files has made our entire society from music, to books, to games stand up and take notice. Some have embraced technology and started new innovative services or produced new products while others have tried to hamper it. Perhaps the most widely mis-used aspect of technology is companies trying to push the idea that in this digital age, no one really owns their purchased goods anymore. Instead, we merely license o...
  • Apple looking to lock down future products even more? Seeking new patents to lock down devices.
    by Mike
    Posted October 2nd, 2009 at 8:39 am
    Apple has long been known for their closed ecosystem that their products live within. While it has some major pluses such as tight integration among products being a top feature, 3rd party support and "outside" services are greatly restricted. Along these lines, the App Store follows this iron grip approach that Apple has become known for. Even still, the App Store is the undisputed champ when it comes to mobile application market. Though, the closed ecosystem is starting to show it's true c...
  • Well that didn’t go as planned: Palm gets spanked by USB Implementers Forum over “borrowing” of Apple USB Vendor ID
    by Mike
    Posted September 23rd, 2009 at 5:23 am
    Remember the small saga that has been going back forth between Apple, Palm, the Pre, and iTunes? The whole Pre/iTunes syncing issue has been bantered back and forth by the two companies with each successive software update enabling/disabling one of the Pre's most highly talked about launch features. Apple of course doesn't like Palm hiding behind a mask, or in this case falsely identifying their device with Apple's own USB vendor ID. Palm on the other hand has abysmal music syncing software a...
  • Senators, AT&T come down on proposed Net Neutrality bill
    by Mike
    Posted September 22nd, 2009 at 5:40 am
    Net Neutrality as any geeks battle cry in this age of ever increasing digital walls, unfair business practices, and innovation stifling bills abound. So it comes with no surprise that many a geek were ecstatic when FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed new net neutrality rules that stated the internet and the pipes that flow to and fro should be unbiased. That is, internet providers both wired and wireless can't discriminate between what can and can't move between said pipes. As expected...
  • Apple gets caught in big fat lie…Phil Schiller DID reject Google Voice. Double standards in play. Ball’s in your court FCC.
    by Mike
    Posted September 18th, 2009 at 11:28 am
    While the ongoing drama surrounding the Google Voice/Apple App Store fiasco has been relatively quiet these last couple weeks, that doesn't mean stuff has died down. Oh no...not in the slightest. Remember how Apple claimed a couple weeks ago that they hadn't approved the Google Voice app but hadn't exactly rejected it either and that they were merely studying it? Well, a fair amount of you aren't stupid or three years old and could clearly see Apple was up to something or hiding the truth. ...
  • AT&T hits new low: starts defining what is broadband. Gaming not so much.
    by Mike
    Posted September 14th, 2009 at 8:49 pm
    As if we needed another reason to despise AT&T;, it seems besides being a god awful cellular provider, just as awful DSL provider, and overall pain in all of our rear ends just isn't enough. The FCC if you didn't know in recent weeks has reached out to find the "true meaning" of broadband for the current government mandated number falls somewhere around 220Kbps -- which is undeniably laughable. It seems AT&T; has written the FCC to exclude gaming from being considered in the "speed limit" needed...
  • Japanese Gov’t and music labels teaming up to “disable music functions of those who listen to unauthorized music”.
    by Mike
    Posted September 8th, 2009 at 12:29 pm
    Count me thoroughly impressed and disgusted by the actions that music labels and bass akwards governments will go to in the hope of preventing piracy innovation. If you thought certain "3-strikes" plans that kicked suspected, not convicted file sharers off the internet were bad enough, a new friendship forming in Japan may signal an even more daring assault on consumers' rights. According to a report revealed by Elmundo, the Japanese government and one or several music companies are in the b...
  • Legalized Mob MPAA at it agian — Wants to ban certain TV shows from being Tivo’d
    by Mike
    Posted September 3rd, 2009 at 2:54 pm
    Theres nothing like a little anti-consumer, DRM loving propaganda to get you in the mood to slap a kitten and make new friends in the slammer. The latest bout of stupidity and utter ignorance comes to us from none other than the MPAA. For some time now they've been trying to break everyone's DVR so that we can't record what we watch. They claim such devices hurt sales, artists, and promote piracy -- all of which are baseless claims based on fear and the never ending sense of entitlement, tr...
  • Which 15 U.S. states rank supreme in broadband speeds?
    by Mike
    Posted August 26th, 2009 at 7:29 am
    Internet junkies and most gadget freaks have a border line addiction when it comes to being connected. Naturally, in the age we live in with quickness and efficiency being constantly rammed into our heads, we want whatever it is we're searching for on the digital frontier to arrive on our computers fast...instantly even. While we all know that the U.S. is sorely lacking when it comes to broadband speeds compared on a global level, with our friends across the big blue pond enjoying the upper ...
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