GeekSpeak for 2007-03-17

Pledging the Good Fight

It’s a full house as Geeks Sean Cleveland, Miles Elam, Josh Weiss, Dedi Hubbard, Drew Meyer, and Alex Sleeis cover the week’s events while pledging for KUSP.

Utah Governor Wants De-Ported Porn

The governor of Utah has signed a resolution (via Broadband Reports) urging Congress to pass a law that would [separate the internet|http://techdirt.com/articles/20070315/075847.shtml] into an “adult content channel” and a “family content channel.”

Mars Rovers Awaken From Hibernation

They take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’.
[Mars rovers have awaken|http://www.astronomy.com/asy/default.aspx?c=a&id=5277] from their winter sleep and are continuing their voyage.

Curtains Closed Please

Your ISP may be selling your web clicks.
Remember, it’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you. Some ISPs are tracking our web usage and selling it to other companies. Some US Congressmen are [calling for new laws to be enacted to protect the privacy|http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070315-your-isp-may-be-selling-your-web-clicks.html] of Internet users.

The Bug Silence is Deafening

Microsoft didn’t announce ANY security updates this month!? Sure enough, this month’s Black Tuesday (aka Patch Tuesday) was completely uneventful. Some security researchers are not convinced that Microsoft products were bug free this month. In fact, they are worried about next month being extra busy.

Watch Those Downloads

The [[RIAA|Recording Industry Association of America] targets college students|http://tinyurl.com/323r4h] again.
Students beware, “Cary Sherman is out to take you down.”

NPR Fires a Shot Over RIAA Bow

[[NPR|National Public Radio] has filed a lawsuit against the [RIAA|Recording Industry Association of America]|http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/technology_internetcritic/2007/03/npr_may_lead_fi.html] over Internet broadcasting royalties.

The RIAA has made a move to fleece Internet users for (horrors!) playing
music over the Internet. Internet radio “broadcasters” are subject to
a $0.0008 (2006) to $0.0019 (2010) royalty charge per song and PER
LISTENER. So if you’re a meager online radio station that suddenly
becomes popular, the RIAA will entitle itself to your savings account.
This right after the [single largest judgment (12 million) against the
largest radio conglomerates|http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117960536.html?categoryid=16&cs=1] for — wait for it — getting payoffs from
the RIAA, also known as “Payola.” The oligopoly of Viacom and
ClearChannel gets PAID to play RIAA-affiliated songs, but the
Internet, with its inherent decentralization and, more importantly,
lack of spectrum scarcity get charged?


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