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November 25, 2003 9:46 AM

When C|Net bought, I didn't realize that they were only buying the domain from Vivendi and not the actual business as it exists today. C|Net says "the company plans to turn into a source of information for digital music" as opposed to another online music store, but that's nothing new and isn't the real story. The real story is that Vivendi is going to delete all of the content/material from their servers. Delete?
A few days ago VU sent out the announcement that the url had been sold and the new owner was not taking possession of the music and band pages. This means the music will die, disappear, and vanish forever. is a global treasure. First off, it is the largest music site in the world, nothing else is even close. And as I mentioned, it contains a diversity of music found nowhere else. If you want Britney Spears, there are lots of places to go. If you want Brittany Bauhaus, Brittany Lacy, Brittany Frompovich, or even Lymp Brittany, is the one place in the world you'll find them. On December 2nd, their sites there will no longer exist.
Delete? Doesn't that seem irresponsible?

I can only imagine that a million MP3's takes up some massive amount of space (ie, SAN fabrics), and likely requires some big iron to dish it all out. It's likely that the cost of that hardware is just that, a cost (as opposed to a profit center). But why not just let do its thing and archive it all? I can only assume copyright/intellectual-property issues are there, or just laziness and ignorance. Who knows? I don't.

November 13, 2003 3:31 AM

Crackpot!When you stop to consider how the various parts of a chunk of content are presented to you, it can become clear how other people want you to feel about something or someone. In this case, it's something other people have already pigeonholed as "media bias." The icon to the left is the icon used on the home page which is a feed from and is a picture of a certain crackpot who has been in the news recently. I'm avoiding using her name for some reason to avoid the Google hits that may be generated down the road. But that's beside the point. This person has recently shown herself to be a crackpot (imho) and the media, in it's own subtle way, is pointing that out thru their selection of this image. They could have picked an image of her smiling, but they chose a sneer.

November 5, 2003 1:44 AM

Total cost: $43.77

September 9, 2003 10:42 AM

The Recording Industry Association of America has sued, and settled with, a 12 year old girl over online music file swapping. The RIAA "was pleased with the settlement" that will cost the 12 year old girl $2000. I can't believe that the RIAA thinks that suing kids is good for the music business.

April 11, 2003 3:12 AM

I got a spam today with this subject...
Satisfy your wom@n you pindick
The ridiculousness of this works on so many levels, just the same way most of the humor in The Simpsons does. And for that, it gets my Best Spam Ever award.

April 8, 2003 1:34 AM

The new Autechre record, Draft 7.30, continues the series of nearly incomprehensible 'music' that started several years ago with LP5. It's nowhere near the cacophonous EP7, but doesn't come close to the melodic brilliance of 'Incunabala' which remains as one of my favorite IDM records of all time. This new record is alienating.

I think it's interesting though that Autechre attempted to be listenable again. Their skill and musical talent has been hidden and (imho!) wasted on attempts to make noise into music. Their willingness to experiment and not kowtow to commercialism makes them worthy of repeated attempts to find enjoyment in this new batch of tunes, but I imagine I will quickly go back to Esem, BoC and Ochre for my melodic fix.

[ The Milk Factory has a more favorable review here. ]

April 7, 2003 9:42 AM

In the past several weeks I've worked on one high profile project (the orange thing in the top right at AOL keyword: Safety), broken bad news to my wife, watched too much war coverage, played two thirds of the way thru Zelda and purchased a TiVo. Because of that I've missed these important items...

Mozilla is following a new path.
"It's clear to us that Mozilla needs a new roadmap, one that charts a path to an even better future. Below we will propose a new application architecture based on the Gecko Runtime Environment ( GRE ), which can be shared between separate application processes."
AOL may restate earnings again.
"Regulators reviewing AOL Time Warner's accounting said they may require the company to restate as much as $400 million in advertising revenue booked in relation to a deal involving the company's America Online division and Bertelsmann."
Plagiarism is still bad, even on a blog.
"Kelley's insightful window on the details of the war brought him increasing readership (118,000 page views on a recent day) and acclaim, including interviews in the The New York Times and on NBC's Nightly News, Newsweek online and National Public Radio.

The only problem: Much of his material was plagiarized -- lifted word-for-word from a paid news service put out by Austin, Texas, commercial intelligence company Stratfor."

April 7, 2003 4:50 AM

I just purchased my airline tickets and made my room reservation for the O'Reilly Emerging Tech conference, and need someone cool to hang out to make me look cool while attending said conference. I like long walks on the beach, Macintoshes and ways to boost blog visitorship. (heheheeh)

OK, seriously, I'll be arriving on Tuesday, I won't be attending the tutorials that day, and plan on making my Cupertino pilgrimage. Starting Wednesday, I'll be attending sessions and will attempt to blog everything I can, and photograph all the nerds with my Nikon 4300. I'd like a chance to meet up with any other webloggers who may be at the conference (which will likely be most of the attendees, so this shouldn't be hard).

I'm going to try to do everything I can to get the most out of the conference.

March 25, 2003 2:23 AM

Dolphins are helping out in the US led war against Iraq by searching for under water mines. Meanwhile, many people on shore don't have drinking water. That contrast is shocking.

March 23, 2003 4:32 AM

This cat knows it's ugly.
This image seems to be making the rounds recently, but I'm not exactly sure where it originally came from. At the very least, this cat seems to know it's been violated, and is unhappy about it.

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