Sunday, April 12, 2015

At the Relish

It's the open stage at the Rehish on Danforth:

I'm listening to a variety a bands playing free.

As a brilliant producer of the Clash said recently, the sum total of all music ever produced can be held in a flash drive that can you can put in your pocket.

So these great players are playing for nothing - on theTTC subway line.

Wish Queen Street had a subway line


Saturday, April 4, 2015

XKCD 1337: Parts 1 to 5 Republished - Copyright Must Die!

The digital era by definition, marks the end of copyright - because digital work can be copied exactly; and from the copy of the original, a copy of the original can be made from the second copy (and so on) which is exactly the same as the original.

The thing is, we need to find a new way of paying content producers for the work they do.  One way of accomplishing this could be as simple as a $5 charge on your monthly internet bill which then goes to a producers' fund - which pays out to producers based on views and other tacking data.

Complicating a relatively simple solution  is the fact of content ownership.  In a capitalist economic structure owners can be the individuals or teams, who created the work - or they can be massive global corporations who's business empires (and the profits those businesses make) are dependent on ownership of other people's work.

As capitalism becomes more and more dysfunctional in these later stages before it passes into obsolescence - the drive to squeeze more profit out of every little thing becomes more and more imperative. Thus - instead of finding a way to get it done - we as a society prevaricate - and that becomes a giant global knot of internet dysfunction - which will get worse and worse the longer the tension remains.

The technology isn't going away - so I guess capitalism will have to.

No?  :)

Here's the cartoon - enjoy.

XKCD is a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.

XKCD 1337 is a five-part historical action-adventure graphic novella by Randall Munroe.

Read it at Randall Munroe's website in five parts:
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:
Part 5:

This work by Randall Munroe is Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.5 License. This means you're free to copy and share these comics (but not to sell them). More details.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chris Castle's MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY blog hits new Low

More amazing anti-internet-best-practices reactionary opinion from the Texas lawyer entity known as Chris Castle.

The latest from internet reactionary Chris Castle, the Texas Lawyer who portents protecting content producers:

“ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube…”

March 3, 2015 Chris Castle 
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu laid it down today in his speech to a joint meeting of Congress:
“ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube…”
This will come as no surprise to MTP readers as we have been hammering this issue for a long, long time.  And of course YouTube has gotten away with it so far, just like Google has with so many of its bad acts. But now it appears that mainstream media has noticed the obvious.  CNN Money reports:
Jennifer Aniston lauds the benefits of Aveeno, Bud Light shows off beer at a concert, and Secret sells its freshly scented deodorant.
Pretty standard commercials, but what’s different is the content that comes after. In this case, they’re all followed by ISIS and jihadi videos.
Terrorism analyst Mubin Shaikh said one video is part of an ongoing propaganda series that ISIS produces and another is a jihadi-themed video.
Video sites like YouTube sell ad time to companies, and the ads get automatically inserted before the videos play. Advertisers don’t directly control where their ads are placed although they can specify the demographics they’d like to target.
“From a contract perspective, these corporations that are paying lots of money to get YouTube clicks may not be that pleased when they find out that their video is placed right before an ISIS recruitment video,” legal analyst Danny Cevallos said.
Though some videos may not violate YouTube’s policy against inciting violence, they might not be appropriate for advertising.
It’s almost impossible to know how many companies’ ads have run before videos like this, but at least two companies were unhappy with the content pairing.
“We were unaware that one of our ads ran in conjunction with this video,” a vice president of consumer connections at Anheuser-Busch (AHBIF) told CNNMoney after reviewing one of the videos that played one of its ads. “We have strict guidelines with our media partners that govern when and how our ads appear. We are working with YouTube and our media buying agency, Mediacom, to understand and rectify the matter.”
“Our ads should not have appeared and we’re working with YouTube to understand how it happened and to avoid it happening again,” said Paul Fox, director of corporate communications at Procter & Gamble (PG).
Really.  “Avoid it happening again”?  Exactly how does P&G intend to do that?  Not letting the advertiser control where their ad shows up is YouTube’s business model.  It’s not a design defect, it’s a feature.
This is what you call a duped advertiser–you know–someone like this:
But aren’t duped advertisers exactly the kind of person that is protected by most states’ unfair business practices and consumer protection laws.  Oh right–Google is suing a state attorney general to stop exactly this kind of investigation.  Why?
Because they’re on the Internet.  They’re special.
(Images reduced in order to fit this blog.)

And my Comment below the post (which is never approved for publishing):

You have no moral centre.

The line 'kill all the lawyers' ... as long as you were making the list, you'd be up with that wouldn't you?

Read the post at MTP with all the links and context - “ISIS is armed with butcher knives, captured weapons and YouTube…” - March 3, 2015 - by Chris Castle |