May 23, 2001

Rethinking Music Security
Music & MP3
5/23/2001; 10:15:07 PM 'Last Friday, a consortium of more than 100 content and technology companies called the Secure Digital Music Initiative (SDMI) failed to reach a consensus on a screening application that would enable media players to distinguish between secure and unsecure files.

'The lack of agreement means that for yet another year, portable and PC media players will continue to play both secure and unsecure music files and MP3 files.'

May 23, 2001

Net TV firm set to guard Canadian border
5/23/2001; 10:12:14 PM 'JumpTV, which has yet to turn on the most controversial part of its service, says it will avoid the lawsuits by limiting its viewership to Canadians, with technology that purports to pinpoint Web surfers by country, region and even ZIP code.

'If implemented, it would be the first time a high-profile Web entertainment service has set up a technological walled garden attempting to eliminate the international reach of the Web.'

May 21, 2001

High Court to Hear Net Porn Case
Free Speech
5/21/2001; 2:13:31 PM 'The Supreme Court said Monday it will revisit the free-speech debate over congressional efforts to limit children's access to online pornography.

'The court agreed to review lower court decisions blocking enforcement of a 1998 law making it a crime to knowingly place objectionable material where a child could find it on the World Wide Web.'

May 20, 2001

First Anniversary
Personal Notes
5/20/2001; 11:48:53 AM No [more] posts today... it's my first wedding anniversary! Party time!

May 18, 2001

Eurocops want seven-year retention of all phone, Net traffic
Misc.5/18/2001; 3:20:13 PM 'The official EU body that represents the member governments will recommend the long-term retention of personal data at a meeting with the European Commission later this month, according to documents leaked to London-based civil liberties journal Statewatch. 'The Council of the European Union, which represents the 15 member governments, will discuss implementing a policy originally designed with the FBI six years ago. It calls for the retention of "every phone call, every mobile phone call, every fax, every e-mail, every website's contents, all internet usage, from anywhere, by everyone, to be recorded, archived and be accessible for at least seven years," notes the journal.'I'm not certain this is even technologically feasible. Oh sure, the data can be collected, but I'm not convinced we could store it for seven years and have it usable and relatively easily retrievable. I would not be surprised that that would be the most complicated database undertaking in the world. Probably only scientists could match that amount of data (astronomers in particular), and they tend to have obvious ways of organizing the data (such as by position in the sky and time). Even trying to identify the point of origin of all these phone calls, faxes, e-mails and whatnot as quickly as they occur will be difficult, let alone getting them to a storage facility.Even though our storage technology is improving, data use on the internet is also increasing rapidly. I don't think this is going to work half as well as the lawmakers think it will. Clearly the lawmakers (yet again!) have failed to consult anybody who actually knows about technology. Even storing the contents of "every site on the Internet" at any given point in time is beyond the capabilities of anybody I know, such as Google, let alone for seven years (as I presume that means some sort of snapshot system). Idiots.

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