Preparing for Fedora FreeMedia program for February

Thanks to Thomas Chung I have been outfitted with a bunch of pressed x86 Fedora 8 DVDs to be distributed as part of Fedora FreeMedia February.

Thanks Thomas, I’m sure the people that receive these in the end will be quite pleased 🙂

-Scott

Ugh, nothin’ like sorting through 7 years of cables

So we’re slowly getting shared colocation cabinets off independent UPSs and onto the big MGE and doing so is requiring a lot of sorting and cleaning of the cabinets, we’re removing all power cords and replacing them with custom length cables to reduce clutter along with custom length ethernet cables and such. I was in the facility from 12:30am -> 4am doing nothing but that with the whole cabinet powered down, talk about a lot of fun… sheesh.

-Scott

Weeee Comcast could get what they deserve… but probably not

“A study conducted last year by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and independently verified by the Associated Press revealed that Comcast interferes with BitTorrent and Gnutella sessions by sending TCP “reset” packets to users. Despite the growing body of unambiguous evidence, Comcast still denies allegations that it specifically targets BitTorrent. Comcast vice president David Cohen told us that the company’s traffic control mechanisms conform to the FCC’s definition of “reasonable network management” practices (which are allowed by the FCC), but critics don’t agree that Comcast’s management is anything “reasonable.” The FCC today indicated that “reasonable” practices should be transparent.””Numerous advocacy groups have filed FCC complaints over the issue, and they contend that Comcast’s behavior is a flagrant violation of the network neutrality principles outlined in the FCC’s Internet Policy Statement. A class-action lawsuit against Comcast over traffic blocking is also in the works. Aggravated consumers and digital rights activists aren’t the only ones calling foul. Comcast’s competitors, who have traditionally expressed criticism of network neutrality, have also called for an FCC investigation of Comcast’s BitTorrent blocking.” –Ars Technica

God I hope the FCC sticks it to them, although I doubt they will judging from personal experience..

-S

Netflix don’t fail me now

It’s amazing how many online companies just don’t get the hint.. Granted, the linux user base is far smaller than the Windows user base.  However; Could you imagine how many *more* users someone like Netflix would gain if they supported online viewing of movies for Linux users? that’s like a instant influx of a million or more users that would pay money to use the service.. It seems kinda asinine that they won’t do it… or anyone for that matter..  oh right… Hulu does. 😉

-Scott

STF II Now Shipping to a tracker near you

Steal This Film part II is now available for download.
“These are strange times indeed. While they continue to command so much attention in the mainstream media, the ‘battles’ between old and new modes of distribution, between the pirate and the institution of copyright, seem to many of us already lost and won. We know who the victors are. Why then say any more?” –Stealthisfilm.com

The movie is quite good, it features interviews with some of the people that are caught directly in the spotlight of the media sharing / copyright battle (Ex. Peter from The Pirate Bay & Erik from Mininova).  It’s definitely worth a watch, it even has a lovely little quote from the one and only Dan Glickman (Head of the MPAA) in which he states “We know we’ll never be able to stop piracy”.  Interesting……

-S