The Null Device

2000/11/30

This week's Fontomas font is a good one, if you like tDR-esque techno fonts. It's from closefonts, who have a number of ravey-looking geometrics, some free, some you have to pay for.

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Turkish studmuffin Mahir Cagri is releasing a novelty single on EMI. The sound is classic UK club-pop (there will probably be club mixes of this on the playlists at the Ministry of Sound, as Janelle Brown suggests), with a vocoded chorus, slick production (probably by some established dance producer) and a video of Mahir cavorting in Trafalgar Square; though is, of course, nowhere near as amusing as She Can Stay My Home, the original Mahir parody song.

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The wacky world of mp3.com: Some artists (using the term loosely) would do anything to get their music downloaded (and get paid for it); and this includes "download trading" and "download clubs", ripping off commercial artists' names (as Em In Em, Backstreet 98 Boys Degrees, et al. may have done), and even promoting their tracks with porn gimmicks

"When Payback for Playback came around, it brought up a whole slew of people out of the woodwork; it seemed everyone in the world who had a sound card was recording stuff, and put it in MP3.com, and was in turn doing download exchanges for Payback for Playback,"

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More reasons to be smug if you run Linux: There is an ominous new Windows virus which spreads by email and mails itself to everyone in victims' address books; only this one has the effect of blocking access to anti-virus web sites.

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The street finds its own uses for things: Someone has written a Napster clone tailored to porn. Named Leechnet, it has search criteria for participants, location, and the type of, umm, action depicted.

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The final taboo: female female impersonator impersonators. (Via rebeccablood.net)

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It's rather appropriate that BMG candy-R&B unit LaFace's latest product should be named Pink, given that it's an old jazz musician slang word for "soulless white person".

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A look at the amici curiæ filing briefs in favour of Microsoft in its antitrust appeal. As well as the predictable Microsoft-funded astroturf lobby groups arguing that a MS breakup could spell doom for the technology industry, there are two somewhat psychoceramic-sounding Ayn Randist groups, the Center for the Moral Defense of Capitalism and The Association for Objective Law, who it seems could not agree on a joint brief.

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