Thursday, June 29, 2006

Scumbags

The RIAA is at it again--this one was worth noting before my next "RIAA Terror in Brief."
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20051230-5871.html

Wow.

RIAA Terror in Brief: 2

In these posts, I intend to sum up the general battle between the RIAA and humanity from news reports I receive through Google News. This is primarily my personal archive, but also gives anyone interested a general, although completely biased, synopsis of the present state of the battlefield.

Not much has come up lately except for two important developments.

RIAA Prepares for Surgical Strikes:
The RIAA claims to be changing its law suit strategy. Instead of carpet bombing the United States with very broad lawsuits, they are planning to sue a large number of people in specific geographic areas in attempt to put faces--and more meaning--on the people sued.
http://www.slyck.com/news.php?story=1237
It's a very ignorant move and will backfire completely. When people within a specific community are angered, they will only be roused to battle en masse. They are now suing groups of people who can more easily communicate. There will be more "43 Does" law suits, more angry people writing their representatives, and an enhanced cashflow into the EFF.

Spain Implements Blank Media Tax:
The Spanish... parliament or congress or whatever has voted in a "copyright tax" on blank CDs and tapes that get paid into their RIAA equivalent.
http://www.dvd-recordable.org/Article2787.phtml
Perhaps something similar here would shut the RIAA up; the possibility has been widely discussed.

It appears my hopes that they give up the lawsuits have been slashed. However, hopefully, these new form of suits will result in a bigger uproar against the RIAA and end their terror for good.

Check before you buy. Do not buy from any label listed here: http://www.riaa.com/about/members/default.asp

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Numerology Can't Beat The Bases

A lot of new age creeps pay a lot of attention to numbers and their positioning, as if they have a mystical significance. For example, a mathematician pays attention to numbers like 256 and 3.14159265... because they have some significance when compared to and utilized with other numbers.

A numerologist, on the contrary, looks for numbers that are pretty, such as 777, 666, 494949494, or 3003003. In the end though, these numbers are insignificant for one singular reason--base changes.

We currently use a base 10 system, which means you could up to nine, and for the next number, you add "1" to the next place, and the fundamental place is reset, there by making 9+1=10. However, there are other base systems, such as the well-known binary system used in computers. In binary, 1+1=10. After counting to 1, if one more is added, "1" is added to the next place, and the fundamental place is reset.

Therefore, if you wanted to count to decimal (normal) 10 in binary, you would go:
1
10
11
100
101
110
111
1000
1001
1010
1011

HOWEVER, this is not read as "one, ten, eleven, one-hundred" because those spoken numbers imply the use of decimal, and this is binary. If you read them that way, you are a fool.

Back to point, let's take the "special" numbers I mentioned above and change the base a bit.

777
In hexidecimal (base 16): 309
In octal (base 8): 1 411
In binary (base 2): 11 0000 1001

666 (oooh, scary)
In hexidecimal (base 16): 29A
In octal (base 8): 1 232
In binary (base 2): 10 1001 1010

494949494
In hexidecimal (base 16): 1D80 5476
In octal (base 8): 3 540 052 166
In binary (base 2): 1 1101 1000 0000 0101 0100 0111 0110

So, see, all of these little patterns lose their significance, completely, when their bases are changed. Numerology is crap. Math rules.

Finding the Ultimate Question? Easy... maybe.

In "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy," a civilization constructed a gigantic computer to discover "the ultimate answer." It took hundreds of years to complete its calculations, so long that the ancient machine was surrounded by a more modern world when it was done. A huge ceremony was held to find the ultimate answer, and it turned out to be:
42

The people were completely and utterly confused, having no idea what the answer meant. As a result, they turned their civilization into a giant machine to eventually find the ultimate question.

However, to their ignorance, the answer lies in basic Calculus.

Derivation is the process of "reducing" an equation from one form to another, producing an equation that allows one to form a tangent line to any function at a given point. Integration is the opposite of this, taking the equation and undoing the derivation. Integration may also be applied to any function to find the area under that function.

When I took Calculus I, I was taught to think of integration and derivation in the following terms:
When deriving, you are given the question, what is the answer?
When integrating, you are give the answer, what is the question?

Bam! Case solved!

If the answer is a(x)=43, and the above is true, then:

integral(a(x))=q(x)
integral(43)=43x + C
q(x)=43x + C
Q.E.D.

This leaves another question--what is C? Ergo, the ultimate question has left us with another question and cannot be the ultimate question. Because the integral of the ultimate answer should provide us with the ultimate question--and it has failed to do so--one can presume that 42 is not the ultimate answer, and the machine which derived the forestated answer is flawed.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Nerd Holidays

Why do people celebrate dumb days, like the first day of the year, the last day of the year, the day Jesus died, Halloween (which nobody really understands), the day a bunch of English settlers held Indians hostage and forced them to suffer the world's first "family dinner?"

I can't answer that question, but I can tell you why nerds celebrate these awesome days:
March 14th, Pi Day--Since Pi starts out "3.14," and the 14th of March is "3/14," this, by default, makes March 14th Pi Day. Typically, celebrations take place at 1:59:26 PM since a larger sequence of Pi is read 3.14159265... As a result of the obvious and cliche pun surrounding the full name of the Greek letter "pi," people frequently eat "pie" on this day.

March 15th, The Ides of March--On this day, the world lost a hero, Gaius Julius Caesar. This day is a day for mourning.

May 8 (7 during leap years), 128 Day--Similar to 256 day.

September 13 (12 during leap years), 256 Day--256 day is the 2^6 day of the year. 256, for the uneducated properly in math and science, is an important number, especially in computer programming.

In the end, what causes you to celebrate a holiday is irrelevant because the product of holidays are always the same--people drink a lot and get presents, and that's all that matters. Nerd holidays are just cooler.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Some Logic

It is worthwhile to comment on the logic the RIAA has applied to justifying their "rights" and its similarity to that of the pro-life argument.

Pro-life argument: because you have prevented a child from being born, you have committed murder.

RIAA argument: becuase you have not made a music purchase that you may have otherwise, you have committed theft.

Just some syllogism.

RIAA Terror in Brief: 1

I'm going to start making these posts regularly. Essentially, each is a synopsis of what the RIAA is doing now, who is winning, who is losing, etc. It's a short brief to help filter through the chaos, and also sort of a personal record for myself of what's going on.

Giving Up?:
The RIAA claims that filesharing has been "contained." Does this mean they have given up? Are we free from RIAA oppression? We'll see... longst the lawsuits don't come back:
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/services/2006-06-12-riaa_x.htm?POE=TECISVA
My favorite quote:
"They've also embarked on a very successful education campaign. Kids now know about copyright, and the consequences."
Bullshit. They consequences are on them. I will never buy a CD from an RIAA member label ever again. I hope they choke on their own coins.

Pirate Bay Lives, A New Evil is Born:
Pirate Bay.org, a massive and well-known BitTorrent site, was recently shut down by Swedish officals and re-established in a matter of days. However, this event has given the RIAA a reason to offer the United States Government to get involved... probably the worst turn for this whole crisis.
http://www.afterdawn.com/news/archive/7665.cfm
Of course, thanks to the media attention, "Pirate Bay traffic surges." (This article is also a good history, I bookmarked it.):
http://www.slyck.com/news.php?story=1218

New Targets: You"Too"
The RIAA is now pursuing people who aren't even actually sharing music. Ever seen some people dance and lipsync to a song, meanwhile looking retarded? Yes, the RIAA is suing these people too. O rly? Ya rly:
http://tech.moneycontrol.com/news/riaa-sues-youtube-users/1526/india/

All in all, I say for the happy music pirate, life is looking a little better right now, presuming that the RIAA really has quit suing people with its claim of "containment." This YouTube fiasco is just going to make them more hated and more stupid.

...and Pirate Bay sinks and floats again. I guess it's a submarine.

Check before you buy. Do not buy from any label listed here: http://www.riaa.com/about/members/default.asp

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Reader Base

Looking at my clutrMap, it appears I have visitors from:
The United States (durh)
Canada
Ireland
The UK
Spain
Die Niederlander (maybe?)
Sweden
Norway
Greece
United Arab Emirates
South America
Iran
India
Taiwan
The Phillippines
Australia

Damn.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Let's

"Let's" is the contraction of "let us," where us is the accusative form of "we," and "let" is a verb meaning "to allow."

The use of let's in spoken language has caused it to deviate from its original meaning. "Let's" is most frequently used in the phrase "let's go." This phrase is typically used when addressing someone within a group, giving off an imperative aura.

I was reading Atlas Shrugged, and I noticed a peculiar use of "let's" that threw me off, "Don't let's talk about that, Jim..."

As it is used, "let's" is grammatically correct; it doesn't sound right after the "don't," though. The typical phrase, if using "let's," would be "Let's not..."

Interesting.

Friday, June 02, 2006

who cares/i won

I thought this was relatively humorous.

Chris: i heard they didnt announce pessimist at senior banquet
Dan: yea, they dropped the whole thing from the senior paper too
Dan: some of the runners-up were offended
Dan: bullshit, huh?
Chris: ...
Dan: you won, though
Chris: oh really
Chris: sweet
Dan: but, in pessimistic truth, it was never printed
Chris: that fucking rocks
Chris: who cares
Chris: i won
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