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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

iPod Porn

Like I posted in a previous article, porn is out for your iPod. people are into porn. They may mask it, keep quiet on the subject, but the bottom line is sex sells. Now with companys like Lucas Entertainment Inc., web sites like SuicideGirls, and even Playboy getting in to the action, I'm beginning to worry.

Media coverage can be good, but it also can be negitive also. With porn sites promoting iPod versions of video to download and this type of stuff getting media attention this may end up bringing bad press for Apple.

Parents worried about their kids downloading these videos to their iPods could spell a public out cry against Apple, and for Apple to find a way not to allow this to happen.

Of coarse being a parent should be somebody elses job right? A parent should not monitor there own childs stuff right? A child should have complete privacy right?

Bull Shit! I'm the parent, I pay the rent, for the food, the clothes on your back,.. shit we brought you on this earth. I'll act like the FBI with a search warrent, kick your door down and search through all your shit. That includes your computer and your ipod.

Why you ask?? because it's my damn job as a parent. So I know I tried my best and don't end up with a kid who shoots up a school, does drugs and/or steals and ends up on Jerry Springer.

So you ask, what does this have to do with porn on the iPod?, just cutting some people off at the pass who are thinking about starting a Apple bashing over something that is out of there control, but is and should always be part of a parents control.


Team Speex 1.0 Public Beta 2 Realeased!



The 2nd public beta release of Team Speex version 1.0 has been posted, and you can download it here .

There have been some improvments to the second public beta of this VOIP chat application.





New features
• Voice Activation
• Client/Admin commands
⁃ Send Text Message
⁃ Register with Server
⁃ Create/Edit/Delete Channels
⁃ Kick/Ban players
⁃ Move players (drag n drop)
⁃ Grant/Revoke Server Admin permissions
• Mute a player
• All these are accesable using the context menu (ctrl-click player or channel), or use the main menu.
• Unicode Support
⁃ Also for Panther users.
• Full support for "Public Server" servers.

General Improvements
• Lowered the overall CPU usage
• Toolbar now has flexible space and has its own menu item
• Added more known error codes
• Changed default PTT button from Fn to ⌘

Bug fixes
• Mac users not hearing other Mac users
• Errors on "Public Server" type servers
• Not getting unsuported codec error after reconnect
• Fixed some assertion's
• Better TeamSpeak URL handling
• Password protected channels still asked for a password even when you can join without a password.
• Deadlock on timeout of resending packets.

Also according to Macologist's own Santaduck:
"future features to come will include bookmarking favorites, gain adjustments, an improved inspector panel, mute/away status setting, and scriptability. The audio jitter with two simultaneous speakers is one current bug in this beta."
Also if you have any bugs you can post them in the Team Speex fourms.

Other News
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published an open letter to Sony-BMG that calls for the company to immediately and publicly commit to the following additional measures:

•Recall all CDs that contain the XCP and SunnComm MediaMax technology. The recall must include removing all infected CDs from store shelves as well as halting all online sales of the affected merchandise. We understand from a recent New York Times article that well over 2 million infected CDs with the XCP technology are in the marketplace and have yet to be sold.

•Remove from all current and future marketing materials statements like that on http://cp.sonybmg.com/xcp/english/updates.html that say the cloaking software "is not malicious and does not compromise security."

•Widely publicize the potential security and other risks associated with the XCP and SunnComm MediaMax technology to allow the 2.1 million consumers who have already purchased the CDs to make informed decisions regarding their use of those CDs. The publicity campaign should include, at a minimum, issuing a public statement describing the risks and listing every Sony CD, DVD or other product that contains XCP or SunnComm MediaMax. The publicity campaign should be advertised in a manner reasonably calculated to reach all consumers who have purchased the products, in all markets where the CDs have been sold.

•Cooperate fully with any interested manufacturer of anti-virus, anti-spyware, or similar computer security tools to facilitate the identification and complete removal of XCP and SunnComm MediaMax from the computers of those infected. In particular, Sony should publicly waive any claims it may have for investigation or removal of these tools under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and any similar laws.

•Offer to refund the purchase price of infected CDs or, at the consumer’s election, provide a replacement CD that does not contain the XCP or SunnComm technology. For those consumers who choose to retain infected CDs, develop and make widely available a software update that will allow consumers to easily uninstall the technology without losing the ability to play the CD on their computers. In addition, consumers should not be required to reveal any personally identifying information to Sony in order to access the update, as Sony is currently requiring.

•Compensate consumers for any damage to their computers caused by the infected products, including the time, effort, and expenditure required to remedy the damage or verify that their computer systems or networks were or were not altered or damaged by XCP or SunnComm MediaMax products.

•Prior to releasing any future product containing DRM technology, thoroughly test the software to determine the existence of any security risks or other possible damages the technology might cause to any user's computer.

•Certify in a statement included in the packaging of every CD containing DRM technology that the product does not contain any concealed software such as the XCP rootkit, does not electronically communicate with Sony-BMG or any other party, does not initiate the download of any software update or other data without informed consent of the consumer immediately prior to each communication, can be uninstalled without any need to contact Sony or disclose personally identifying information to anyone, does not present any security risks to any consumer's computer, and will not damage or reduce the performance of the consumer's computer or data in any way.

The full letter can be found on the EFF website here

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