Busting Berry’s Music

Reading this article about the way the RIAA are conducting their witchunt these days just makes the hair on my neck bristle. This is so wrong on so many levels, it’s sickening, especially since the RIAA are getting away with their Nazi-like tactics.

“Alan and Andy Berry, owners of Berry’s Music stores, saw their nine-month legal nightmare end June 22 in a plea bargain. What was initially 13 felony counts of copyright infringement, leveled by the Recording Industry Association of America, was finally reduced to a single misdemeanor (and a hefty fine). But the real punishment was meted out months ago: Alan Berry lost his livelihood, lost the business he loved and nurtured for 13 years, may yet lose his house. And the crime for which he’s paid this price? Selling DJ mix-CDs.”

Yahoo Messenger 6.0 Hijack

I installed the new Yahoo Messenger 6.0 instant messaging client, and even though I chose custom installation, and removed the optional components to prevent Yahoo from taking over my computer, it still hijacked my computer. How, you ask? I’m glad you asked; here are a list of things Yahoo Messenger 6.0 has done to my computer without my permission:

  • Put “Email with Yahoo!” in the context menu (right click an icon to see it)
  • Put links to Yahoo and Yahoo Mail in my Internet Explorer Favorites
  • Put Launch.com in my Start Menu
  • Put links in the My Photos, My Music, and My Videos folders in both my user account and shared files
  • Installed external files, Yahoo Address Autocomplete, Yahoo Messenger Toolbar, and Yahoo Mail, all which I had to remove via Add/Remove Programs

Now if I were to contact a Yahoo representative and ask him why their program hijacks my computer without my consent, he would likely respond, “Yahoo Messenger 6.0 is a revolutionary product, and it is free. To keep it free, we have to bombard you with marketting. I’m sure you understand.”

No siree, I don’t understand, and I won’t understand. The reason? Trillian – offers a free IM client that does better than Yahoo Messenger, AIM, MSN Messenger, and ICQ all combined. No ads, no bloat, and supports everything all the other IM clients does, without hijacking my computer. Yahoo does this to outmanuever AOL and Microsoft. Don’t get caught up in their corporate tug of war and allow your computer to get hijacked.

The only reason why I installed Yahoo Messenger 6.0 was to use it’s webcam function, but since Trillian’s works just as well, I’ll just uninstall Yahoo Messenger 6.0, and I suggest you do the same and grab Trillian instead. You don’t have to thank me.

Sites Use Copy/Paste Wrongly

A disturbing trend I’ve been seeing for a long while now is just getting out of hand. It has to do with a news site copying and pasting the exact words of the article into their post, and not using the semantically correct blockquote tag to make it look like another source cited it. In other words, they copy/paste the exact text to make it look like they said it on their own news site, instead of the source they’re citing.

For examples of this, visit Warp2Search or Neowin.net. Here’s one from Neowin:

“Man’s personal data still on “new” hard drive
Posted by Daniel Fleshbourne on 17 Jul 2004 – 21:12 | 11 comments Forums

YOU’RE PROBABLY wondering why we haven’t called up the chap whose personal data was on a drive we bought from PC World a few weeks back at full price. The answer is this is a can of beans and we’ve only got halfway round the top of said can. It is a jigsaw puzzle, so bear with us because we’ve one of those funny bits which just has blue sky and, er, jigs.

The story so far. We bought, yes bought, a drive from PC World in Tottenham Court Road, found all sorts of data on it, rang the DSG group, then contacted Western Digital, the latter confirming the drive was sold to London distributor CMS. WD is a commendable company – see the tracking slip below.”

Those two paragraphs above are the exact words of an article on The Inquirer. However the author on Neowin present it in such a way that the Inquirer didn’t write it, but Neowin did. Not only are we not getting any thoughts on the matter from Neowin, but it makes the site seem like a glorified RSS feed. While not all news sites do this, it seems to me that some sites are taking the lazy route, and just copy and pasting everything into a news update and leaving it at that.

Am I the only one that is annoyed by this trend?

Don’t Lick The Hand That Bites You

What do you get when you toss a democrat, a dog, and a tin-foil hat into a blender? You get a left-wing fruitcake who humps the leg of Michael Moore and creates this website. Apparently someone thinks Google is out to knock down Michael Moore’s new “documentary”. You see kids, when they say drugs are bad for you, now you know why.