11.28.2005

Too much free time


I hate TV. Not counting movies, a show or two that I download from time to time, or watching CNN in a restaurant, I have probably watched about 15 minutes of TV in my home in the last year.

I just hate TV, I can't sit still to watch it and no matter how much I like the show, when a commercial comes on I walk off to find something else to do because I loathe commercials even more than stupid TV shows.

But I have to admit this started to sound cool when I read that this guy gets stations from Jordan, Iraq, Iran, Jerusalem, etc..


Remember Randy 'Duke' Cunningham?


Maybe you've never heard of him but he's something of a legend. Cunningham flew Navy F-4 Phantoms during the Vietnam war and he eventually became the Navy's first "Ace" pilot when he recorded his fifth kill, and only the second ace of the war.

Legend has it that his opponent that day was Vietnam's top fighter pilot, Colonel Tomb, but, well, that's just legened, there never was a Colonel Tomb (or Toon). Other legends say it was a top Russian pilot and even other legends say whoever it was was so secret the NSA still has a lid on it.

In reality, it was probably just some Joe Schmoe, but you know how those fighter jocks like to talk. Hell, I watched a dramatic recreation of his ace flight on the Discovery Channel just a month ago.

Although a more sober analysis would indicate that he was a hotshot who took way too many chances, Cunningham went on to be the most famous pilot of the war and was later squadron commander for the A-4 aggressors at Red Flag and eventually turned his attention to politics where he represented California for the past 14 years in the US congress.

Um, until today, when he pled guilty to taking at least $2.4 million in bribes, conspiracy to commit bribery, mail fraud, wire fraud, and tax evasion.

11.27.2005

Trophies


Crooks and Liars has the 'Trophy' video that is going around.

If you haven't heard, check out the second link. It's alleged that the video shows employees of a British security contractor randomly shooting up Iraqi civilians driving on route Irish.

I don't get it


Hollywood, BitTorrent reach agreement

In a deal aimed at reducing illegal Internet traffic in pirated films, Hollywood reached an agreement Tuesday with the creator of the popular file-sharing software BitTorrent.

The agreement requires 30-year-old software designer Bram Cohen to prevent his Web site, bittorrent.com, from locating pirated versions of popular movies, effectively frustrating people who search for illegal copies of films.
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The agreement with Cohen would not prevent determined Internet users from finding movies or other materials using tools or Web sites other than Cohen's, but it removes one of the most convenient methods people have used.
Ok, this is good because it shows that bittorrent users aren't all bad, but who the hell uses bittorrent.com to find torrents? I have a couple of hundred gigabytes of files I have snatched through bittorrent (they're 90% legal) and I've never been to that site.

People aren't going to be "effectively frustrated" and it won't take any special determination to still find torrents, there are thousands of trackers out there, probably all better than bittorrent.com.

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