The RIAA is planning an offensive against the new crop of file-sharing services, including a PR campaign ("Pay for music... because we want you to!") and a sinister-sounding "spoofing or interdiction" strategy against the existing services. In the real world, this is called industrial sabotage, and last time I checked it was illegal, but these are the same people who are breaking CDs on purpose to attempt to prevent them being copied, so I don't suppose they mind.
At last, the long wait is over! Forgive me for losing perspective somewhat, but we have ADSL and this is just fantastic! Fast Internet access is how the world should be. 576K downstream, baby... you know you want some. Incidentally, BT are not as inefficient as they seem: apparently BT charges 40 GBP per month for ADSL because Oftel says that's as cheap as they're allowed to offer it, and cheaper would be unfair competition. Of course, the reason everybody else is more expensive than BT is probably because BT is charging them somewhere, but whatever, it sounds nice. And NTL can't do ADSL over overhead cable. Bastards.
A sign that things are getting back to normal: I read the Onion today, and found their WTC issue....
A sign that things are getting back to normal: I read the Onion today, and found their WTC issue. Yes, they did manage to find humour in it, and not only that, it's actually tasteful. I particularly liked God clarifying his message, but the whole thing is damn good.
Interesting things I've found or been pointed to in week 2 of fast Internet access... this quite well done if somewhat sickeningly flag-waving anti-Osama Bin Laden joke, part of a veritable menagerie of such jokes, fast approaching All Your Base for sheer overkill. I also quite like the free games at the obviously-named Games.Com, which I found by randomly typing in the URL, a sure sign of speedy net access and an intense desire to avoid real work. This week has seen an enormous increase in the amount of software I use. Additions I recommend have been the firewall ZoneAlarm, which is extremely competent and totally free, which is refreshing. Of course, Morpheus has also seen a lot of action for my file-sharing needs, and I've been using GhostScript and other assorted apps for viewing my assignments online (in PostScript format). All useful programs, and nice to have.