The Null Device

2001/7/24

Faced with public outcry, Adobe has folded, withdrawn from the prosecution of Dmitry Sklyarov and asked that he be released. Though, in reality, that means diddly squat because the case is a criminal case (you see, the DMCA makes breaking copy protection a criminal offence, much like drug dealing or rape), and it's the Department of Justice that is prosecuting the case, without Adobe's involvement. Anyway, the next time someone tries something like this, they too would be looking at some quality time in a small room with a 300-pound man named Bubba.

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Film Festival: I saw two films today: firstly, Bunny, about two immigrants from a war-torn eastern-European country who arrive in Los Angeles and end up working in a public-works project where they put on pink rabbit suits and listen to tales of woe from desperate people, who come along and pat their pink fur. It was an amusing concept, though the film could have probably made more use of it. Secondly, I saw Little Senegal, a French/Algerian film about a Senegalese man who goes to America to track down a distant cousin, whose ancestors were taken as slaves; in New York, he finds her working as a street vendor, and ends up applying for a job at her kiosk. It was an interesting and well-made film, which looked at the issues of cultural identity and heritage, and had some good photography as well.

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Hacking meets literature: An interesting interview with Dave Lebling, one of the co-authors of the classic Infocom text adventure games, and one of the first two people to be admitted to the Science Fiction Writers of America for writing interactive fiction.

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I just posted a review of one of my all-time favourite CDs to Records Ad Nauseam. (This EP has probably shaped my approach to remixing quite substantially.)

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