The Null Device

2001/2/28

The Black Iron Prison closing in: Distribution, importation and manufacture of (or presumably linking to) "circumvention devices" (such as DeCSS) becomes a criminal offence in Australia this Sunday, as our DMCA-clone law comes into effect. Using DeCSS is still legal, as long as you do not obtain it from overseas (importing) or locally (trafficking with criminals) and wipe it from your laptop before going through Customs.

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Liverpool's Scouse accent, made famous by the Beatles, is disappearing. Some are blaming the cleaner air of no longer industrial Liverpool, and consequently the fact that Liverpudlians no longer speak through blocked respiratory passages, for the accent's demise. (via rebecca's pocket)

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A growing trend? Doing one better than the American who married his Harley-Davidson and the Australian who married his TV, an Englishman is to marry his local pub.

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Spam and counter-spam: Today I found in my SpamCop inbox two pieces of spam titled "Global Is A Fraud!!!", linking to a Geocities-hosted site which alleges that a particular company is a fraud and a spammer. The spams (sent through servers in Korea no less) appear to have been sent by the accused party, with a view to getting the site pulled for spamming. Unless, of course, that's what they want us to think.

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The court handed down the death penalty for Napster, and and now the execution date has been handed down. On March 2, the condemned file sharing service takes a one-way ride in Ol' Sparky. Steal while you can.

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