PCs under attack

Hollywood hacking bill hits House:

“Copyright owners would be able to legally hack into peer-to-peer networks, according to a bill introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

…(T)he measure would dramatically rewrite federal law to permit nearly unchecked electronic disruptions if a copyright holder has a “reasonable basis” to believe that piracy is occurring.

The bill, sponsored by Reps. Howard Berman, D-Calif., and Howard Coble, R-N.C., would immunize groups such as the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) from all state and federal laws if they disable, block or otherwise impair a “publicly accessible peer-to-peer file-trading network.” CNET


Cloning machines go on sale on the web

DiY cloning is with us at last, and you can buy it on the web. Well, sort of. If you look here, you will find that for the bargain price of $9,199 ex shipping you can buy an RMX2010 Clonaid direct fusion, umm, thingummy.

It is, apparently, a device used for embryonic cell fusion, and we get the impression that it is more efficient than the chamber method, which we confess we hadn’t heard of either. But if you have a ready supply of ovums and cellular scrapings from the individual of your choice, we deduce that this is all you need to produce your very own duplicate person. Well, apart from a womb, that is. We reckon you probably need one of those too.

Clonaid, you may be aware, is an interesting operation. It was founded by one Raël, also founder of the Raëlian Movement, and although the man himself no longer runs Clonaid he still figures prominently on the front page of the site. This tells us that “life on Earth was created scientifically through DNA and genetic engineering by a human extraterrestrial race whose name, Elohim, is found in the Hebrew Bible and was mistranslated by the word ‘God’. The Raelian Movement also claims that Jesus was resurrected through an advanced cloning technique performed by the Elohim.” The Register


Somebody shoot this guy and put him out of his misery…

Ron Borges writes for NBC Sports and covers boxing and the NFL for the Boston Globe.The Spike Report pointed me to this piece — Great feat, but not a great athlete — about Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France victory. The reader poll on the page disagrees with him 96% to 4%, and I agree with Spike that this has got to be a deliberate provocation. Even taking into account the fact that he might actually have to like boxing to cover it for a major media outlet, could he possibly really be so dense as to believe that cycling is just “pumping your legs up and down while your feet are strapped to bicycle pedals”, variations on which theme he repeats over and over like a mantra in this piece? And, if “for my money, being the greatest athlete in the world involves strength, speed, agility, hand-eye coordination, mental toughness and the ability to make your body do things that defy description”, which of those are not true of a world-class cyclist? Maybe Borges’ wife was unfaithful to a real man like him with some sissy cyclist or something…


"Now comes the hard part."

New Rules on Accountants, but Also Questions: “The legislative agreement approved today by a vote of 423 to 3 in the House of Representatives and 99 to 0 in the Senate sets up a new and potentially far-reaching regulatory apparatus for the accounting profession. But it leaves crucial details to the discretion of the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is about to undergo a potentially stormy transition.”NY Times