12.09.08

Links 09/12/2008: Why GNU/Linux Beats Mac OS X; The MAFIAA Attacks Ill People

Posted in News Roundup at 2:34 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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  • RIAA targets transplant patient Ciara Sauro

    Nineteen-year-old Ciara Sauro has pancreatitis and because she needs an islet cell transplant, she’s hospitalized every week, a situation resulting in a huge accumulation of medical bills.

    Now, “Because she didn’t defend herself against a copyright lawsuit, a federal judge in Pittsburgh ruled she’s a music pirate, and that could cost the Sauros almost $8,000 in fines,” says Pittsburg news channel WTAE.com.

    “I already have severe depression,” the story has her saying. “I mean, it’s so hard to sit there and think that I have to get in trouble for something that I didn’t do. It’s not fair.”

  • Will EU repeat US copyright error?

    As I type this, members of the European Parliament are preparing to repeat one of the worst mistakes in copyright history — enacting a European version of America’s reviled Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998.

    The EU version will tack 45 years onto the duration of copyright for existing and future sound recordings, making for a grand total of 95 years’ worth of monopoly control for companies that produce recordings.

    Five years after the US passage of the Copyright Term Extension Act, the US Supreme Court heard Eldred v Ashcroft, a case that challenged the constitutionality of extending the copyright of works that have already been created.

Leftovers

  • Argentina-based OpeniMac Now Selling Mac Clones
  • Can we get some better telecom shills please?

    I will let you decide which applies to the author of a “research study” of Google’s bandwidth use being pushed by the anti–net neutrality site NetCompetition.org. Using some rather dubious proxy measures—which would be worth further scrutiny as well, if the fundamental premise weren’t so manifestly bogus as to render such quibbling moot—telecom shill Scott Cleland estimates that Google and its subsidiaries “used” 16.5% of consumer broadband traffic in 2008, but only paid 0.8% of consumer broadband costs. This, the author brazenly claims, amounts to an implicit subsidy of some $6.9 billion to Google, and proves that Google “uses” 21 times as much bandwidth as it pays for.

    This is stupid on so many levels I’m almost too stunned to know where to begin. Why would you ever imagine that the per-byte cost of getting upstream traffic out on a few enormous pipes would be the same as the per-byte cost on the downstream side, where the same traffic is dispersed to a bazillion consumers, each with their own broadband connection? (Nestle pays a lot less per pound than you do for sugar; I await a “research study.”) What would possess anyone to posit that there’s some inherently “fair” division of the cost of connecting end users to popular (mostly free) services anyway? Google adds value to the product ISPs sell, presumably helping them to attract customers; should Eric Schmidt be demanding compensation for the “implicit subsidy”?

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3 Comments

  1. xISO-ZWT said,

    December 9, 2008 at 4:12 pm

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    RIAA targets transplant patient Ciara Sauro

    RIAA is copying from members of congress & senators in US. Greed at corporate & political institutions do not know ethics, compassion, much less empathy.

  2. SubSonica said,

    December 10, 2008 at 7:51 am

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    http://linuxlock.blogspot.com/2008/12/linux-stop-holding-our-kids-back.html

    “This is a world where Windows runs on virtually every computer and putting on a carnival show for an operating system is not helping these children at all. I am sure if you contacted Microsoft, they would be more than happy to supply you with copies of an older verison of Windows and that way, your computers would actually be of service to those receiving them…”

    Microsoft FUD has permeated the uninformed citizen’s mindset deeper than I feared. To the of making people believe software cannot be for free. This is very serious. And is affecting the way our kids are educated.

  3. Roy Schestowitz said,

    December 10, 2008 at 8:01 am

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    There are greater problems for education.

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