Thursday, March 29, 2007


It turns out that I found something interesting after all. This is an "official document" used by the RIAA in order to decide how bets to harass their customers--I mean, combat piracy. Then again, it's from BBSpot, which, as far as I know, is about as trustworthy as, well, somebody who makes stuff up.


I don't want to do my homework, so I'm posting instead.
But I don't know what to post. How about a link to this site on Vista "premium content" copy protection suckiness which every blog but me has posted. It's why I wrote the post below this one.

That's enough posts for today. I'll post again when I'm inflamed with passion. Or when I think of something else interesting to say. Whichever comes first.

A Declaration of the Rights of Users

I got mad at Windows Vista copy protection, and decided to write this up.

A Declaration of the Rights of Users

  1. Computers are tools. Computing hardware belongs to its owner. It does not belong to the creator of the hardware. It does not belong to those who have an interest in the manner in which the hardware operates, or in what the hardware is used for.
  2. No computer program is capable of making judgments about what is right and what is wrong, what is legal or illegal, what the intentions of humans are, or what constitutes fair use. No computer program should attempt to enforce any such judgments.
  3. Computer programs are the agents of the people who ordered their execution. They are not the agents of their programmers, or of any third party which may have an interest in their operation.
  4. The owner of a computer or electronic device has the right to determine how they will use that device. This includes, but is not limited to, the right to modify the device in question, and the right to control what computer code is executed by that device.
  5. Any program that, by design, acts against the intent of its user is a malicious program. Any program which interferes with a user's use of their own computer is a malicious program.
  6. These rights are the inalienable rights of computer owners and software users. They cannot be waived, signed away, or otherwise interfered with by any license agreement.

Google Docs

Google Docs is supposed to be able to post to blogger blogs. However, when I'm logged into Google Docs (using the same account that logs me into blogger), and I try to set it to post to my Blogger blog, it demands a blogger user name and password. I enter my Google Account user and password, and it says I'm not authorized to post to my blog.

It turns out I'm actually using " (beta version)," which is apparently Google's term for what Blogger calls "new Blogger". Somebody ought to change the UI, or, better yet, make it recognize that if I'm logged into my Google Account on Google, I should be able to post to the blogs in my Google Account on Blogger.


How's this for a logo?

Testing. Testing. 1 2 3

I'm testing out my new blog here on Blogger. I've discovered that choosing blog names is very hard. At first I wanted to call my blog Full Bright, but that was taken. So I tried x`, but that was taken. I went through a couple other variations on calculus jokes before deciding on dEarth/dx, which can't be adequately expresses in linear text. I'm going to have to make myself a nice logo to put at the top to replace the single-line title.