Everyone can hear me now… unless your in China

Well the big Skype news this week is that a group of Chinese engineers have managed to reverse engineer the protocol used by Skype’s VoIP client. This item has been extensively covered in the last few days so I won’t bother to flog that horse further. But I will mention a few things that haven’t been overly flogged.

I doesn’t take a great leap of logic to infer that the Chinese government was behind this effort. Skype is well known for it’s ability to traverse firewalls and the Chinese are well known for their ‘Great Firewall‘ so it was inevitable that they would try to crack the code. Skype allowed those behind the Great Firewall to contact the outside World and get access to all that pesky Truth that the government there is so desperately trying to protect them from. Now that they know how it works they can shore up the Great Firewall to block it.

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This would be interesting if I bothered to own an iPod

There about as many FM transmitter accessories for the iPod as there are smells in the T but this one has something different. This unit from Kensington transmits Artist name, track and album titles to your RDS equiped FM receiver.

For those non-geeks among us this means that your car stereo will now display artist, track and album names while they are being played back from your iPod. Sweet.

Now if only they made A2DP compliant car stereos so that I could playback from my beloved Audiovox SMT5600

Kensington RDS FM Transmitter/Car Charger for iPod

A copyright decision that I agree with — Amazing!

It should come as no surprise to any regular readers of my blog that I feel that copyright laws have been controverted into a blunt instrument used by the media companies to beat customers into submission.  However, in this case, the shining beacon of reason has burst forth.

In his opinion Judge Richard P. Matsch stated that the practice of commercially santizing movies was an ‘illegitmate business’ that caused ‘irreparable injury to the creative artistic expression in the copyrighted movies.”.

Most Hollywood blockbusters not withstanding, movies are an art form and should be viewed as realized by the creative people that created it.  Can you imagine Michelangelo’s David with the middle 1/3 removed?  I thought not.

CBC Arts: Axing sex, swearing from films violates copyright: court

Digital Media and whatever else flows through my head…