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1/31/2007


FBI turns to broad new wiretap method

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 9:25 am

From ZDNet: FBI turns to broad new wiretap method

From the article: “EFF’s [Kevin] Bankston…said that the FBI is ‘collecting and apparently storing indefinitely the communications of thousands–if not hundreds of thousands–of innocent Americans in violation of the Wiretap Act and the 4th Amendment to the Constitution.’”

Holy cow. So lemme see if I have this straight…we shread the Constitution so we can save the Constitution? How am I going to explain this to my daughter, who is now studying the Bill of Rights?

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1/30/2007


Rats! XM Radio Scurries to Address Rodent Infestation

Filed under: News, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 6:41 pm

From the Washington Post: Rats! XM Radio Scurries to Address Rodent Infestation

From the article: “If you hear some scratching noises on XM radio, it’s probably not static — but it might be rats. The satellite radio’s District headquarters is so infested with the furry little critters that the company has gone to the rat-eradication equivalent of DefCon 1.”

D*mn…even with friends at the studio, I was scooped by the Washington Post!

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1/29/2007


‘Buzz Donut’ offers sweet caffeine fix

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 3:25 pm

From CNN: ‘Buzz Donut’ offers sweet caffeine fix

Holy cow, talk about the marriage of my favorite things…

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1/28/2007


DRM, Vista and your rights

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 11:31 am

From polishlinux.org: DRM, Vista and your rights

To understand why I am so against DRM, please read this article. One of my favorite points: “Ethical aspect is even more dangerous. In the world of DRM, it turns that we cannot do whatever we want with the legally purchased products (like software, music, videos or text documents). What we can and what we cannot do is decided the provider, not by ourselves. For example, a DRM-protected product can be disabled at any time by the producer if he believes that we violate the terms of the agreement. This means that your collection of ‘protected’ music can be rendered useless (e.g. by decreasing the quality or even deleting the content) in a matter of seconds, without your approval. It that some horrible vision of a sick and evil overlord? Nope. This is an upcoming, terrifying era of DRM.”

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1/27/2007


Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center on The Bob Edwards Show

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 11:12 am

On The Bob Edwards Show Friday, a new regular segment was announced, one that sounds like it is going to be absolutely fascinating. Introducing the segment, Edwards said, in part, “In a special section of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., the American Folklife Center is the guardian of this heartbeat, the collected sounds tapping out the rhythm of life in America…Each month, the Folklife Center will open its archive to us; you’ll hear things few ears ever have.”

The opening segment is more an explanation of the American Folklife Center and how it came to be, although there are some selections from the three-million selections in the archives; you can hear this program repeated every fifth hour all day today and tomorrow on the on-line service (which is free with your XM Satellite Radio subscription; if you’re not a subscriber, consider signing up for a free trial), and on the satellite service at 7:00 am EST Monday morning (4:00 am PST). The last Friday of every month, Peggy Bulger will return with more recordings - the sounds of America. Next month, sounds from the Black American experience.

If you subscribe to XM, you really want to hear this.

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Vint Cerf: one quarter of all computers part of a botnet

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 9:07 am

From Ars Technica: Vint Cerf: one quarter of all computers part of a botnet

Read this article, and be very afraid. Then wonder if your computer is part of someone’s botnet…

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1/26/2007


Christmas is over for the year…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 6:33 pm

As I’ve mentioned in this space before, I hate the ending of the Christmas season, and have a tendency of holding on to it as long (or longer) than possible. This year, with my feeling a bit under-the-weather for a while, we were particularly late in getting the tree down. But down it finally came, in the middle of this past week, and it now sits lonely and naked on the front lawn waiting to be taken away to become mulch.

(*sigh*) So the Christmas cards are packed away (ok, except for one from some friends at XM with that unnamed line-drawing character wearing a Santa hat - I’m leaving that one out for a while because it makes me chuckle every time I look at it, and if you don’t know what marketing character I mean, see the commercial below), the gifts placed into use instead of glowing new under the now-missing tree, and in the evenings when I turn out the lights there’s no pleasant twinkle of color to lift my spirit and touch my soul. And I know it has to go away, since that’s what makes it so terribly special when it comes back around again. But that knowledge doesn’t take away the emptiness when, once again, I have to say goodbye for a while to egg nog and colored lights.

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1/25/2007


Appeals court rejects challenge to “opt-out” copyright

Filed under: News — Charlie Summers @ 1:52 pm

From Ars Technica: Appeals court rejects challenge to “opt-out” copyright

From the article: “On Monday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the case of Kahle v. Gonzales, which sought to challenge the U.S.’s change from an ‘opt-in’ copyright system to an ‘opt-out’ system between 1976 and 1992. The ruling was a setback for those seeking to free works that are no longer commercially valuable from the grips of copyright law.”

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1/24/2007


Court denies XM request to dismiss music label suit

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 7:00 pm

From Reuters: Court denies XM request to dismiss music label suit

Sorry, running behind with being a little under-the-weather and just found this.

My question is, ignoring XM, when are the courts going to start protecting the rights of the consumer from the constant assault by the RIAA goons? Some court needs to stand up to these companies and tell them they do not own our culture…or we’re going to lose it completely.

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1/21/2007


Cincinnati’s 21st Annual Old-Time Radio and Nostalgia Convention

Filed under: Old-Time Radio — Charlie Summers @ 12:20 pm

The flier for Cincinnati’s 21st Annual Old-Time Radio and Nostalgia Convention is now available; podcast subscribers should have received it already, others may easily download directly from here.

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1/19/2007


FCC says no to satellite radio merger

Filed under: Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 1:44 pm

From Ars Technica: FCC says no to satellite radio merger

Thank heavens. As noted in the article, “Most of the merger rumors have come directly or indirectly from Sirius CEO Mel Karmazin.” Mel really wants the merger so someone can help him pay for the overpayments to NASCAR and whats-his-name. Me, I’ll stick to XM, where I can listen to The Bob Edwards Show every weekday morning.

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1/14/2007


Fight the PERFORM act yet again…

Filed under: General, Radio Today — Charlie Summers @ 1:50 pm

I have sent the following letter to Pennsylvania Senators, and I urge you to do the same if you are interested in maintaining “fair use” rights to home recordings. See the EFF article for complete details on how California Senator Diane Feinstein seems to be in the pocket of the recording industry, actually working to take away your “fair use” rights. Like an evil bloodsucker, this bill just keeps rising from the dead, so we need to kill it again (Californians - let Sen. Feinstein know you’re watching what she’s doing, and that you vote!):


As a voting constituent with a great interest in technological innovation and the future of the Internet, I am writing to ask you to vigorously oppose S.256, the PERFORM Act, introduced in the Senate by Senator Feinstein. While I have the greatest respect for Sen. Feinstein, in this case she is serving the “special interests” of the media conglomeraates and performing a gross disservice to the American people and to Pennsylvania citizens.

As you may know, this bill is an attempt by the recording industry to cure short term contractual issues by placing blanket restrictions on technology, curtailing the right of Pennsylvania consumers to noncommercial recording in their own homes, and mandating their own restricted radio streaming standards. This bill will go far to destroy the current “fair use” provisions of the law, something the recording industry is desperate to see dissapear. The industry uses the excuse of “piracy,” but they are more interested in using the law to force the American public to pay for EVERY USE of any recording, turning any “purchase” of music and spoken-word recordings into an unacceptable short-term “lease.”

This particular bill would forbid future digital radio receivers that allowed “automated recording, or playback based on specific programs, time periods, or channels as selected by the user” in digital radio — even though such abilities are unrelated to online piracy and have been a source of innovation in other media, such as TiVo and other digital video recorders. The bill would also for the first time compel Internet radio stations — individuals and companies broadcasting streaming music online — to abandon the established MP3 standard in preference for a narrow selection of government-permitted, incompatible, proprietary formats. Our modern copyright law has always avoided playing kingmaker with technology. The PERFORM Act would break this important principle and create a very dangerous precedent.

Last year, the Consumer Electronics Retailers Coalition called PERFORM “strictly a bill to limit the options of honest people.” Musician Todd Rungren told the Senate Judiciary committee that it was “yet another futile attempt to turn back the clock” by the music industry.

I STRONGLY urge you to defend my right to home recording, and the freedom of technologists and musicians to innovate new, profitable technological tools - I should note I am a fifty-year-old who has been voting since the mid-1970’s, in the case you mistakenly believe only younger people are concerned about the industry’s attempts at infringing the American consumer’s “fair use” rights. Please vigorously oppose the PERFORM Act.

Sincerely,

Charles Summers, III

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1/13/2007


‘24′ firing on all cylinders

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 12:23 pm

From USA Today: ‘24′ firing on all cylinders

From the article: “It’s easy to see now why so many of the season’s serialized shows failed: They weren’t 24.”

Another article from USA Today on the making of the show: ‘24′ thrives on the pressure.

No, I won’t give you any spoilers (ok, ok, just one - there are no cougars in the first four hours of this season). But DO NOT MISS this Sunday and Monday’s four-hour season-opener. “The following takes place between 6:00 am and 10:00 am…”

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1/11/2007


New Serials: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 5:08 am

From The New York Times: New Serials: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

From the article: “Unlike ABC’s ‘Lost’ and a few other hits that have followed the serial format, many of the most recent successors to ‘24′ have met a grim fate, dying quickly before most viewers could get to know anything about them.”

And yes, folks, I know I’m behind in posting some OTR shows promised and such. I was behind before, and then got a little under the weather this week. I’ll catch up, honest.

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1/10/2007


‘Munsters’ star Yvonne De Carlo dies

Filed under: Television — Charlie Summers @ 11:07 pm

From the AP via Yahoo: ‘Munsters’ star Yvonne De Carlo dies

Yvonne De Carlo, the beautiful star who played Moses’ wife in “The Ten Commandments” but achieved her greatest popularity on TV’s “The Munsters,” has died. She was 84.

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1/1/2007


To the drug scam/poker scam spammer…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 11:01 pm

Dude, seriously, it’ll be a cold day in hades before I allow your bogus trackbacks into this website. Truth is, I’d rather close this down than allow you to rip off my readers.

So seriously, knock off the botnet trackbacks. It ain’t gonna get you anything here, I promise.

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