Anti Piracy? – The record labels which complain the loudest about piracy of copyrighted material… Warner, Sony BMG, EMI, and Universal… are facing up to $6 billion in damages for music piracy. The same companies which complain about artists getting ripped off… are cheating artists out of their hard earned money? A group of artists in Canada have reportedly grown tired of labels using their songs without permission. Apparently labels tend to use a lot of songs for compilation CDs without first asking permission and last year a group of artists filed a class-action suit against the Canadian Recording Industry Association, Canada’s equivalent of the Recording Industry Association of America. The lawsuit is ongoing but the record labels have already admitted to owing at least $50 million for infringing the rights of artists and pirating around 300,000 tracks. It appears the pot was calling the kettle black…
PS3 Predator Killers – The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Cyber Crimes Center, also known as C3, is now using the computational power of the PlayStation 3 to crack the computer passwords of suspected child pornographers. “Bad guys are encrypting their stuff now, so we need a methodology of hacking on that to try to break passwords,” said special agent Claude E. Davenport. “The Playstation 3 – its processing component – is perfect for large-scale library attacks.” Prior to using PS3s, the team employed a Tableau/Dell server combination which cost more than $8000. Cracking a child predator’s password requires serious software… C3 uses Linux on the older model PS3 to run the cracking software. How about some MLB 10′ during lunch?
Gold Bling – Tired of the mundane? How about a gold plated PS3 with prices starting at $4,999. Computer Choppers is selling exclusive golden gadgets including a $5000 PS3 Slim, golden iPhones, and more. The PS3 casing is made of 24kt gold, includes a custom logo, and two controllers covered in 24kt gold. If this is not enough bling for you… try over at Stuart Hughes where you can find the world’s most expensive iPhone, as well as a $309,000 gold-plated PlayStation 3 Slim and a $464,000 gold-plated Wii. Geez…. some people have more money than good sense!
Psycho Loser – A 17-year-old boy from England, James Callaghan, lost three games of FIFA 2008 against his younger brother and then attacked and killed a 65-year-old woman with a knife and an axe. Callaghan went on a rampage after the video game beat-down and threatened teenage girls, cyclists and attacked a 20-year old man who managed to escape before he then forced his way into the home of Irene Roberton. Callaghan has been charged with manslaughter and now appears to have a history of violence after consuming alcohol and is being termed a schizophrenic. Trust me… video games were not the cause of this violence. Callaghan, you have been voted off the island.
More Facebook Fun – Someone took over the Facebook account of Grace Parry, changed the password and sent out messages saying Grace and her husband had been detained in London and needed money. A family friend in Missouri trying to help Grace wired about $4,000 to someone in England after receiving the fake messages on Facebook and speaking by phone with a man who had a British accent and presented himself as an immigration official. Folks… Facebook has turned into the proverbial dark alley and is no place to play around!
Roaming Outer Space – I discovered a very cool little app called Celestia… a free space simulation that lets you explore our universe in three dimensions. Celestia runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. You owe it to yourself to check it out here: Celestia
On a very sad note… we said goodbye this weekend to our beloved cat, Nena, who was Flo’s favorite. Nena was always by Flo’s side and loved to play in her momma’s long hair… you will be missed sweet girl. If there is such a thing as cat heaven – we know you are in it.