Archive for November, 2004

Is ‘Transitional Fair Use’ The Wave Of The Future?


All Your TV has a great piece running now called Is ‘Transitional Fair Use’ The Wave Of The Future?. In it, they touch on HBO’s recent moves to curtail the consumer rights on recordings, where recorded episodes can’t be saved forever, and will have a mandated delete date. I’m guessing HBO thinks a large drive TiVo with a whole season of Six Feet Under would cut into DVD sales of that season, but I tend to view shows on DVD for the extras so I think they’re overdoing it if that’s the case.

Boy, it seems that between this and the TiVO ads, the entertainment industry is finally taking noticed of the PVR world. Pretty scary how long HBO was looking for save recordings to be available to consumers.

The executive was pushing for an expiration date that coincided with the premiere of the next episode. The consensus of the cable executived was that it needed to be between 2-4 weeks.

Even 2-4 weeks isn’t very reasonable. I’ve got programs on my TiVO that are several months old, that I haven’t gotten around to watching.


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The Evens On Pancake Mountain

Pretty funny stuff.

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Heavenly Creature

From Die Puny Human:

So, 16 year old Rachelle Waterman had a difficult life of shopping, working a $10/hr computer job, eating vodka soaked fruit, volleyball, honor roll and choir practice. No, really, her mom (who spent a lot of time doing vounteer work with children and was allegedly beloved in the community of Craig, AL) wanted to send her to fat camp. So, naturally, Rachelle enlisted the help of two 24 year old ex-boyfriends and had her murdered. Oh, yes, you budding MeFi detectives, it’s all too real. And what was the final entry of our young ringleader whose Live Journal is aptly titled My Crappy Life? before the police seized her computer?

Just to let everyone know, my mother was murdered

I won’t have computer acess (sic) until the weekend or so because the police took my computer to go through the hard drive. I thank everyone for their thoughts and e-mails, I hope to talk to you when I get my computer back.

At least she wrote some bad poetry before they took the computer away.

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Latest Happenings

Since Fedora Extras ( packages for Fedora Core 3 have been delayed until the server infrastructure is finished, I’ve held off updating my system. In the meantime, I’ve been spending some time the last few days moving the wiki over to the Fedora Extras server. I’m just about finished with the original content, but a lot of the information needs to be updated to reflect the new infrastructure. Depending, how things go this week, I’ll probably try to spend a couple of hours this week on that.

Saw National Treasure on Thanksgiving. Visually, it was pretty neat, but the story was fairly hum-drum. Seemed like Bruckheimer had a blender, and put in a copy of Raiders of the Last Ark, an American History text book, a couple of giant snowcats, a healthy dose of sarcasm, and just for giggles, Nicholas Cage, Sean Bean and Jon Voight. I went into the movie with very low expectations, so it wasn’t half-bad.

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The Routineers

Picked up the Routineers cd this weekend. Haven’t seen Todd since I lived in Omaha, but figured I pick this up to see what he’s been up to. Sorta reminds me of X, but that’s probably because of the male/female singing on the record.

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Tom Delay

Wonkette has a pretty funny write up about Tom Delay’s current troubles.

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Senate’s New Bill May Criminalize The Fast Forward Button

After reading PVRblog’s story on TiVO’s plan to have ads during fast-forwading. I come across this short blurb about a new copyright bill that has a bit about skipping commercials in with a ton of other new anti-P2P laws:

However, under the proposed language, viewers would not be allowed to use software or devices to skip commericals or promotional announcements “that would otherwise be performed or displayed before, during or after the performance of the motion picture,” like the previews on a DVD

Just goes to enforce my idea that a custom built PVR is the way to go in the future.

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