Monthly Archives: May 2007

Man Arrested For Using Free Wi-Fi in the Car

What?

I’ve done this a couple of times before and I’m sure other people have before–I mean come on…

Going to be prosecuted and was arrested for using a coffee place’s free Wi-Fi from the car without buying anything?

Seriously this is crazy–that’s why it’s called free–well, I guess ‘free’ doesn’t mean free anymore.

How many times have people gone to a place with free Wi-Fi and not bought anything? What difference does it make if it was from the car?

See this is the problem with technology and people who don’t understand it. These would be the same people who say downloading stuff off the internet is ‘stealing’ yeah lol.

Bruno Out and About

Oh what joy–Sacha Baron Cohen is back in character as Bruno shooting for the movie.

As I Watch Stuff! writes though, “….there’s no excuse not to know all of the Ali G characters by now – don’t you people get HBO?”

and even if you don’t get HBO there’s the DVDs and YouTube, seriously have these people been hiding under a rock?

Well, here’s to Cohen and his endeavour–heh wordpress’ spell check is saying I misspelled endeavour lol πŸ˜›

Ocean’s 13 Featurette

A little late on this Ocean’s 13 Featurette running at about 4 minutes, alas I cannot watch it due to my Mac not booting up and having stayed that way since the 1st of May and been running off a live CD.

Rest assured though that I’ll watch it plenty of times.

It’s not fair that it’s already done and being shown at Cannes and I’m not there πŸ˜›

“Croatia Too Dangerous”-Nas

Nas isn’t doing a show in Zagreb, Croatia because he says it’s too dangerous.

Nonsense.

I was in Zagreb and in Split, Croatia in ’06 and I can’t imagine why he’d be think that.

Then again I’m not Nas.

However, I think of maybe one or two reasons why he may claim it’s too dangerous–for him at least, to perform there–but we won’t get into that here lol πŸ˜›

Falwell

Jerry Falwell died today at the age of 73 and a lot of people have their stance and opinions about him and his work.

No one has more of an opinion than Larry Flynt.

Yet Larry Flynt was respectful when he addressed the death of Falwell.

To the point of saying that they became friends of a sort.

TMZ decided to the mock Falwell death with following:

Okay it’s not that much a mock to get all upset about but what does that say about TMZ?

Does it say anything?

I mean Larry Flynt whom you’d expect would be mocking or saying things, I’m not saying that he doesn’t or hasn’t but clearly the man has shown some sort of decency and respect when it came to addressing the death of Falwell.

Yet here we have TMZ mocking the death, albeit in a soft manner, but mocking nonetheless.

Sure it’s nothing much but I mean I think it says something as to what “zone” the TMZ Staff was in when they posted this.

eh, something to think about next time you read TMZ, if you read it at all.

Attorney General Gonzales: “…Tougher Penalties On Content Pirates.”

This is great…

Attorney General Gonzales wants to make this: “the Intellectual Property Protection Act of 2007″ a law and have tougher penalties on content pirates

I don’t like to keep banging the same drum over and over again but it seems that this seems like it’s a ‘favor’ for the MPAA and the RIAA.

In a press release from the Department of Justice, it says the bill was presented before “before members of the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy
.”

What? Why now?

This bill is first and foremost crazy.

It wants to “criminalize attempted copyright crimes”–what does attempted mean here?

“…who attempt to commit a crime but do not complete it are as morally culpable as those who succeed in doing so.”

What? “morally”? So copyright is now a moral issue?

“Current intellectual property forfeiture laws lack uniformity, both in the items subject to civil forfeiture and the procedures for criminal forfeiture.”

You know what that means?Β  That means that intellectual property laws are vague so let’s make them more vague so more people will go to jail.

Oh it also states that they can take anything that is involved with this venture of “piracy”–of copyright crimes.

“While current 17 U.S.C. 5 506(b) allows for civil forfeiture only of property ‘used in the manufacture of such infringing copies or phonorecords,’ subsection 4(b) of the Administration’s legislative proposal also would authorize forfeiture of ‘property. . . intended to be used’ in the commission of the offense, such as blank media or polycarbonate intended for use in producing counterfeit CDs and DVDs.”

Oh, this thing is definitely a favor for the MPAA and the RIAA–this thing has all the things they would want to do but didn’t do rampantly for fear of getting caught.

This thing adds: “Forfeiture and Restitution Remedies to the DMCA Criminal Provisions Consistent with Those Remedies Available for Other Intellectual Property Crimes.”

When you bring up the DMCA you bring up the MPAA and the RIAA because it’s their child.

Listen to this guy–he writes: “Although a violation of the DMCA does not require an underlying infringement of a copyright as an element
of the offense.” What? This is the same guy that said that the Constitution doesn’t give us the right to habeas corpus.

I can’t even believe this. I was writing a little while ago how in Sweden a prosecutor implied that BitTorrent Users were ‘terrorists’. It seems that Attorney General Gonzales is going to take the US to a new level and take us in that direction–he’s hasn’t said it but he’s wording it in the way that would imply…well, look under the section entitled: “Authority for Voice Intercepts in Investigations of Criminal Trademark and Copyright Offenses”

Yes, you read right voice intercepts–wiretaps he writes: “Law enforcement officers should have access to the full range of lawful investigative tools when they investigate intellectual property crimes. Currently, a Federal court may issue an order authorizing the use of a voice intercept (otherwise known as a ‘wiretap’) in the investigations of a host of Federal crimes; copyright and trademark counterfeiting crimes are not among them. This is unacceptable.”

Hahahaha, this guy is talking about courts and wiretaps–what does he care about courts and warrants? Anyways he calls the fact that they can’t wiretap unacceptable. So now you can have your phone wiretapped because you’re a terrorist and/or because you attempt/commit copyright ‘infringement’. Seeing that the defintion of terrorism is whatever the Government wants it to be that means now everybody can be wiretapped now.

Heh, we haven’t even gotten to the bill yet–this is still the introduction letter.

But listen to how Gonzales introduced the bill, “These crimes, as we all know, also have a direct impact on our economy, costing victims millions of dollars and, if left unchecked, diminishing entrepreneurship.” (emphasis mine)

Tell me that doesn’t sound like something that the MPAA and the RIAA would say. He says “as we all know…a direct impact on our economy…victims millions of dollars…diminishing entrepreneurship.” Really–they always say these thing but never say how and when they do and give stats they are tainted because it’s not true.

Some comments from people:

Nope no corruption here… Not until you see Copyright violators getting more jail time than murderers and rapists… oh wait I think they already do (well the rapists at least).

Bah, when copyright is infringed, corporations lose money, and when corporations lose money, the terrorists win!
Why do you hate Freedom so much?

Heh, that sounds like the 6 Step Program.

More comments:

I wonder which definition General Gonzales is using when he states “hoping to ensure that any ‘ill-gotten gains’ are forfeited”. Is he using the traditional definition where you pay restitution based on proven damages, or is he using the “War on Drugs” definition where all of your personal property is forfeit to the government for sharing a single MP3 file?

Β Yes, make the punishment harder, so they have a harder punishment than rapists, pedophiles, and murders? -rolleyes-
Corruption at the Justice Department. The laws are to protect the citizens. The citizens do not want strong copyright punishments. That is what the big media corporations want.

So yeah I hope you’ve gotten an idea about how crazy this thing is–this is certainly not something that should be addressed as it has been unless there are alliances with the MPAA and the RIAA.

Brad Pitt’s Got An Itch–Needs To Go The Bathroom? pt2

Hmm, it seems that this whole knee thing–need to go to the bathroom–got an itch thing is Brad Pitt walking? Or simply something he does when he sees a paparazzo or the paparazzi taking his picture.

He always seems to be mouthing something or saying something…very strange.

I think however that it’s due to whoever is taking the pictures–the person may just have something for knees–that or Brad Pitt’s reflex when he sees flashes is this knee thing.