Gabriel Garcia Marquez takes on pirates

From BBC NEWS

“The publication of the new novel from Colombia’s foremost writer has been brought forward after pirated copies went on sale across the country.”

It seems amazing to me, surrounded by media, industry and government uproar about copyright theft and piracy of music through the creation, duplication and distribution of MP3 files (something that is virtually impossible to track or halt, a process that takes all of a minute to complete), that in a country like Colombia, people are pirating books. How much effort does it require to not only source a proof-copy or an edited manuscript, typeset it and print a few thousand copies? Mind-boggling.
Old-school crime!

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez takes on pirates

From BBC NEWS

“The publication of the new novel from Colombia’s foremost writer has been brought forward after pirated copies went on sale across the country.”

It seems amazing to me, surrounded by media, industry and government uproar about copyright theft and piracy of music through the creation, duplication and distribution of MP3 files (something that is virtually impossible to track or halt, a process that takes all of a minute to complete), that in a country like Colombia, people are pirating books. How much effort does it require to not only source a proof-copy or an edited manuscript, typeset it and print a few thousand copies? Mind-boggling.

Old-school crime!

More on human RFID implants

From The Register

Solution looking for a Problem:
What is the problem that this technology solves? We don’t think there is one, unless doctors’ offices are being flooded with people who can’t recall their own medical histories. Yes, some people do suffer from dementia, but these are most often found already in nursing facilities and hospitals, or at least supervised by a nurse or family member.”

More on human RFID implants

From The Register

Solution looking for a Problem:

What is the problem that this technology solves? We don’t think there is one, unless doctors’ offices are being flooded with people who can’t recall their own medical histories. Yes, some people do suffer from dementia, but these are most often found already in nursing facilities and hospitals, or at least supervised by a nurse or family member.”

FDA Says Docs Can Chip Patients

From Wired News

“The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved an implantable computer chip that can pass a patient’s medical details to doctors, speeding care.”
Nearly 200 people working in Mexico’s attorney general’s office have been implanted with these radio frequency microchips the size of a grain of rice to access secure areas containing sensitive documents.”

HOLY FUCK – people actually let themselves submit to this?
The end of the world is clearly nigh.

How to kill a website with one email

From the Register

A Dutch advocacy group, Bits of Freedom, signed up with 10 ISPs and used the websites to host text by an author who died in 1887. They then sent a ‘complaint’ demanding via a Hotmail account that ‘copyright infringing’ content be pulled by the 10 ISPs.
Seven of the ten providers (ISPs Tiscali, Wanadoo, Demon Internet and Planet Internet; hosting firms Yourhosting, iFast and Active24) pulled the content without either scrutinising the ‘offending’ website or demonstrating a basic understanding of copyright law.

Bits of Freedom said its test show a worrying willingness to comply with complaints without question. “It only takes a Hotmail account to bring a website down and freedom of speech stands no chance against Texan-style private ISP justice,” it concludes.

And with everything we say online being scrutinised via Echelon, everyone’s just a bit too jumpy. Doesn’t anyone have a healthy disrespect for authority anymore??

FDA Says Docs Can Chip Patients

From Wired News

“The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved an implantable computer chip that can pass a patient’s medical details to doctors, speeding care.”

Nearly 200 people working in Mexico’s attorney general’s office have been implanted with these radio frequency microchips the size of a grain of rice to access secure areas containing sensitive documents.”

HOLY FUCK – people actually let themselves submit to this?

The end of the world is clearly nigh.