First post from college

Hey all,

I am posting from my fabulously multicolored dorm room (scarves as layered wall hangings are wonderful for clinically white walls) on my newly acceptable computer (their computing Policy is comparatively simple and nice, possibly more on that later). My roommates are fabulous. Though I am slightly sensually overwhelmed (the Orientation Counselors (OCs) were helpful, kind, understanding and above all LOUD) I am happy. And very tired. Hopefully I will be able to try out the karate nearby this week and am currently practicing my music. More tomorrow!


Inspirational song:

My life flows on in endless song;
Above earth’s lamentation
I hear the sweet though far off hymn
That hails a new creation:
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It finds an echo in my soul—
How can I keep from singing?

Robert Lowry

Spam as terrorism

Hey all,

Here’s a quick something I posted during Talk of the Nation:

The moderators mentioned this in passing, but “Denial of Service” Spam campaigns are already used as political attacks. When Estonia took down a statue of a Russian soldier (precious to Russian Estonians but disliked by native Estonians)

Russian sponsored spammers shut down Estonia’s governmental websites as retribution for the Statue’s removal. Turns out NATO has cyber-terrorism units. Spam, not just for ID anymore.

This was posted here:

by me, cuz the subject was being mentioned on Talk of the Nation. Yay for publicity!

Inspirational quote:

Character is what you have left when you’ve lost everything you can lose.
Evan Esar

EFF’s Effector (3 1/2 lessons)

I spent the entire day cleaning. Meaning I started cleaning at 10:30 this morning, and stopped (I will not say “finished”) about 10 minutes ago. *sigh* So instead of talking about the majority of my dusty day, I am going to write something cool about one of my favorite so-chock-full-of-legal-language-and-ultra-geeky-fabulousness-I-can’t-get-through-an-entire-issue newsletter.

3 things I learned in this week’s Effector:

1)  “Copyright law’s “first sale” doctrine makes it clear that the owner of a CD is entitled to resell it without the permission of the copyright holder. ” I always wondered about that. I know garage sales are technically illegal (have *you* ever paid sales tax on those beautiful new boots or rocking chair you bought at that garage sale? The US Government wants *you* to give them your monies) but I always felt sqwitchy about buying CDs at garage sales. Now I can focus my garage sale questions on whether the previous owner has maintained digital copies of the CDs when I am thinking of spending my hard earned monies.


“Last Wednesday, the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)) filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), asking the Commission to take a number of major corporations to task for their misleading and intimidating copyright warnings. Targets include: the NFL, Major League Baseball, DreamWorks, Morgan Creek (producers of “The Good Shepherd”), and the book publishers, Harcourt and Penguin. ”

Yay! Maybe someday I won’t have to yell and/or avert my eyes from the screen during movie parties. See, Fair Use is *by definition* an unauthorized use of copyrighted material. If you’re wondering when a Use is Fair, see these guidelines:

The four factors judges consider [when determining if something is fair use] are:

1. the purpose and character of your use
2. the nature of the copyrighted work
3. the amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and
4. the effect of the use upon the potential market.

3) “puckish” is a word. It makes sense; I’d just never heard it before. Oh, and the real Fake Steve Jobs  (FSJ to his fans) is Daniel Lyons. An article where he is quoted gave me this cool new info about the word “puckish”. I love writers, they talk funny.

PS: as an update to my post on () I have another 3rd party security company to add: Huntleigh does security for US Air. There’s another Huntleigh here which I first mistook for the airport security group. They’re a brokerage in Saint Louis. I mention this because ICTS (the globla corporation of which Huntleigh is a  subsidiary) mentions on their webpage Huntleigh-subsidiary is located in St Louis as well. What’s with that?
“It’s not as simple as that. It’s not a black and white issue. There are so many shades of gray. . . .”
“There’s no greys, only white that’s got grubby. I’m surprised you don’t know that. And sin, young man, is when you treat people as things. Including yourself. That’s what sin is.”
“It’s a lot more complicated than that—”
“No. It ain’t. When people say things are a lot more complicated than that, they means they’re getting worried that they won’t like the truth. People as things, that’s where it starts.”
Granny Weatherwax and the everso anxious preacher in Carpe Jugulum. See what the fair use thing said about “Amount and substantiality of the portion taken” and “effect of the use upon the potential market”? Well, if reading this quote fulfills you need for Terry Pratchett, I am very sorry.

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