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Life on The Net in 2004

timothy posted more than 12 years ago | from the dehydrated-reconstituted-warmed-over dept.

The Internet 554

NewtonsLaw writes "In recent years the Net has changed very quickly from a great place for geeks and nerds into a highly commercialized marketplace in which everyone is making a grab for your wallet. If it's not wave after wave of spam in your mailbox, it's excessively intrusive ad banners and popups, or demands by websites that you pay a subscription for access. The DMCA and other pending legislation could soon mean that companies such as Microsoft and the recording labels will cement their total ownership of your online rights -- leaving you with nothing but a hefty bill to pay whenever you want to use their software or services. Today's Aardvark Daily carries an interesting editorial that speculates on just what life could be like in the very near future. Sobering -- but perhaps not too far from reality?"

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Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306701)

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Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306965)

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Butchering the Human Carcass for Human Consumption (-1)

Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306716)

This is a step-by-step guide on how to break down the human body from the full figure into serviceable choice cuts of meat. As in any field, there are a number of methods to the practice, and you may wish to view this as a set of suggestions rather than concrete rules. You will notice that the carving of the larger or "commercial" cuts down into smaller specific or "retail" cuts will be only mentioned in passing, and not concentrated upon. Also, the use of human fat and viscera is generally avoided, and left only to the most experimental chef. These choices, along with recipes and serving suggestions, are nearly infinite in variety, and we leave them to you. We've found these guidelines to be simple and functional, but recognize that there is always room for improvement and we welcome your suggestions.
Before getting to the main task, it must be mentioned that the complete rendering of the human carcass requires a fairly large amount of time, effort, and space. If the consumer does not wish to go through the ordeal of processing and storing the bulk of the entire animal, an easy alternative is as follows. Simply saw through one or both legs at the points directly below the groin and a few inches above the knee. Once skinned, these portions may then be cut into round steaks of the carver's preferred thickness, cut into fillets, deboned for a roast, etc. Meat for several meals is thus readily obtained without the need for gutting and the complexities of preparing the entire form.

The human being (also referred to throughout culinary history as "long pig" and "hairless goat" in the case of younger specimens) is not generally thought of as a staple food source. Observing the anatomy and skeleton, one can see that the animal is neither built nor bred for its meat, and as such will not provide nearly as much flesh as a pig or cow (for example, an average 1000 pound steer breaks down to provide 432 pounds of saleable beef). The large central pelvis and broad shoulder blades also interfere with achieving perfect cuts. There are advantages to this however, especially due to the fact that the typical specimen will weigh between 100-200 pounds, easily manipulated by one person with sufficient leverage.

Here the caution in choosing your meal must be mentioned. It is VERY IMPORTANT to remember that animals raised for slaughter are kept in tightly controlled environments with their health and diet carefully maintained. Humans are not. Thus not only is the meat of each person of varying quality, but people are also subject to an enormous range of diseases, infections, chemical imbalances, and poisonous bad habits, all typically increasing with age. Also as an animal ages, the meat loses its tenderness, becoming tough and stringy. No farm animal is ever allowed to age for thirty years. Six to thirteen months old is a more common slaughtering point. You will obviously want a youthful but mature physically fit human in apparently good health. A certain amount of fat is desirable as "marbling" to add a juicy, flavorful quality to the meat. We personally prefer firm caucasian females in their early twenties. These are "ripe". But tastes vary, and it is a very large herd.

The butcher will need a fairly roomy space in which to work (an interior location is suggested), and a large table for a butcher's block. A central overhead support will need to be chosen or installed ahead of time to hang the carcass from. Large tubs or barrels for blood and waste trimmings should be convenient, and a water source close by. Most of the work can be done with a few simple tools: sharp, clean short and long bladed knives, a cleaver or hatchet, and a hacksaw.

Body Preparation: Acquiring your subject is up to you. For best results and health, freshness is imperative. A living human in captivity is optimal, but not always available. When possible make sure the animal has no food for 48 hours, but plenty of water. This fasting helps flush the system, purging stored toxins and bodily wastes, as well as making bleeding and cleaning easier. Under ideal conditions, the specimen will then be stunned into insensitivity. Sharp unexpected blows to the head are best, tranquilizers not being recommended as they may taint the flavor of the meat. If this is not possible without exciting the animal and causing a struggle (which will pump a greater volume of blood and secretions such as adrenaline throughout the body), a single bullet through the middle of the forehead or back of the skull will suffice.

Hanging: Once the animal is unconscious or dead, it is ready to be hoisted. Get the feet up first, then the hands, with the head down. This is called the "Gein configuration". Simple loops of rope may be tied around the hands and feet and then attached to a crossbar or overhead beam. Or, by making a cut behind the Achilles tendon, a meathook may be inserted into each ankle for hanging support. The legs should be spread so that the feet are outside the shoulders, with the arms roughly parallel to the legs. This provides access to the pelvis, and keeps the arms out of the way in a ready position for removal. It's easiest to work if the feet are slightly above the level of the butcher's head.

Bleeding: Place a large open vessel beneath the animal's head. With a long-bladed knife, start at one corner of the jaw and make a deep "ear-to-ear" cut through the neck and larynx to the opposite side. This will sever the internal and external carotid arteries, the major blood vessels carrying blood from the heart to the head, face, and brain. If the animal is not yet dead, this will kill it quickly, and allow for the blood to drain in any case. After the initial rush of blood, the stream should be controllable and can be directed into a receptacle. Drainage can be assisted by massaging the extremities down in the direction of the trunk, and by compressing and releasing, "pumping", the stomach. A mature specimen will contain almost six liters of blood. There is no use for this fluid, unless some source is waiting to use it immediately for ritual purposes. It acts as an emetic in most people if drunk, and it must be mentioned here that because of the eternal possibility of AIDS it is recommended that for safety's sake all blood should be considered to be contaminated and disposed of in some fashion. It is not known whether an HlV-infected human's flesh is dangerous even if cooked, but this is another item to consider when choosing a specimen, someone in the low-risk strata.

Beheading: When the bleeding slows, preparation for decapitation can be started. Continue the cut to the throat around the entire neck, from the jawline to the back of the skull. Once muscle and ligament have been sliced away, the head can be cleanly removed by gripping it on either side and twisting it off, separation occurring where the spinal cord meets the skull. This is indicative of the method to be used for dividing other bones or joints, in that the meat should generally be cut through first with a knife, and the exposed bone then separated with a saw or cleaver. The merits of keeping the skull as a trophy are debatable for two principal reasons. First, a human skull may call suspicious attention to the new owner. Secondly, thorough cleaning is difficult due to the large brain mass, which is hard to remove without opening the skull. The brain is not good to eat. Removing the tongue and eyes, skinning the head, and placing it outside in a wire cage may be effective. The cage allows small scavengers such as ants and maggots to cleanse the flesh from the bones, while preventing it being carried off by larger scavengers, such as dogs and children. After a sufficient period of time, you may retrieve the skull and boil it in a dilute bleach solution to sterilize it and wash away any remaining tissue.

Skinning: After removing the head, wash the rest of the body down. Because there is no major market for human hides, particular care in removing the skin in a single piece is not necessary, and makes the task much easier. The skin is in fact a large organ, and by flaying the carcass you not only expose the muscular configuration, but also get rid of the hair and the tiny distasteful glands which produce sweat and oil. A short-bladed knife should be used to avoid slicing into muscle and viscera. The skin is composed of two layers, an outer thinner one with a thicker tissue layer below it. When skinning, first score the surface, cutting lightly to be sure of depth and direction. The diagram of the skinning pattern is an example of strip-style skinning, dividing the surface into portions easy to handle. Reflect the skin by lifting up and peeling back with one hand, while bringing the knife in as flat to the skin as possible to cut away connective tissue. The external genitals present only a small obstacle. In the male the penis and scrotum can be pulled away from the body and severed, in the female the outer lips skinned as the rest of the body. It is important to leave the anus untouched at this point, and a circle of skin should be left around it. You need not bother skinning the hands and feet, these portions not being worth the effort unless you plan to pickle them or use them in soup. The skin can be disposed of, or made into fried rinds. Boil the strips and peel away the outer layer, then cut into smaller pieces and deep-fat fry in boiling oil until puffy and crisp. Dust with garlic salt, paprika and cayenne pepper.

Gutting: The next major step is complete evisceration of the carcass. To begin, make a cut from the solar plexus, the point between the breastbone and stomach, almost to the anus. Be very careful not to cut into the intestines, as this will contaminate the surrounding area with bacteria and possibly feces (if this does happen, cleanse thoroughly). A good way to avoid this is to use the knife inside the abdominal wall, blade facing toward you, and making cautious progress.

Make a cut around the anus, or "bung", and tie it off with twine. This also prevents contamination, keeping the body from voiding any material left in the bowel. With a saw, cut through the pubic bone, or "aitch". The lower body is now completely open, and you can begin to pull the organ masses (large and small intestines, kidneys, liver, stomach) out and cut them away from the back wall of the body.

For the upper torso, first cut through the diaphragm around the inner surface of the carcass. This is the muscular membrane which divides the upper, or thoracic, and the lower abdominal cavities. Remove the breastbone, cutting down to the point on each side where it connects to the ribs, and then sawing through and detaching it from the collar bone. Some prefer to cut straight through the middle, depending on the ideas you have for cuts in the final stages. The heart and lungs may be detached and the throat cut into to remove the larynx and trachea. Once all of the inner organs have been removed, trim away any blood vessels or remaining pieces of connective tissue from the interior of the carcass, and wash out thoroughly.

Remove the Arms: Actual butchering of the carcass is now ready to begin. Cut into the armpit straight to the shoulder, and remove the arm bone, the humerus, from the collar bone and shoulder blade. Chop the hand off an inch or so above the wrist. Most of the meat here is between elbow and shoulder, as the muscle groups are larger here and due to the fact that there are two bones in the forearm. Another way of cutting this portion is to cut away the deltoid muscle from the upper arm near the shoulder (but leaving it attached to the trunk) before removing the limb. This decreases the percentage of useable meat on the arm, but allows a larger shoulder strip when excising the shoulder blade. Purely a matter of personal preference. Cut into and break apart the joint of the elbow, and the two halves of each arm are now ready for carving servings from. Human flesh should always be properly cooked before eating.

Halving the Carcass: The main body is now ready to be split. Some like to saw straight through the spine from buttocks to neck. This leaves the muscle fiber encasing the vertebrae on the end of the ribs. The meat here however is tightly wrapped about the bone, and we find it more suitable (if used at all) when boiled for soup. Thus, our preferred method is to completely remove the entire backbone by cutting and then sawing down either side from the tailbone on through.

Quartering the Carcass: The halves may now be taken down, unless your preparation table or butcher block is very short. This is inadequate, and you will have to quarter while hanging, slicing through the side at a point of your choosing between rib cage and pelvis. Now is also the time to begin thinking about how you would like to serve the flesh, as this will determine the style of cuts you are about to make. These will also be greatly affected by the muscular configuration (physical fitness) of your specimen. First, chop the feet off at a point about three inches up from the ankle. The bones are very thick where the leg connects to the foot. You will want to divide the side of meat into two further principal portions: the ribs and shoulder, and the half-pelvis and leg. In between is the "flank" or belly, which may be used for fillets or steaks, if thick enough, or even bacon strips if you wish to cut this thinly. Thin and wide strips of flesh may also be rolled, and cooked to serve as a roast. Trim away along the edge of the ribs, and then decide whether you will cut steaks from the flank into the thighs and rump, and carve accordingly.

Cutting the Top Quarter: Although not actually 25% of the meat you will get, this is designated as one-fourth of the carcass as divided into major portions. You may trim away the neck, or leave it to be connected with the shoulder, or "chuck". The first major step with this mass is to remove the shoulder blade and the collar bone. The best and easiest way we have found is to just cut along the outline of the shoulder blade, removing the meat on top and then dislocating the large bone. To excise the collar bone make an incision along its length and then cut and pry it away. Depending upon the development of the breast, you may decide it qualifies as a "brisket" and remove it before cutting the ribs. In the female the breast is composed largely of glands and fatty tissue, and despite its appetizing appearance is rather inedible. The ribs are the choice cut of the quarter. An perennial favorite for barbecuing, you may divide into sections of several ribs each and cook them as is, divide the strip in half for shorter ribs, or even carve rib steaks if the muscle mass is sufficient.

Cutting the Lower Quarter: This is where most of the meat is, humans being upright animals. The muscle mass is largest in the legs and rump. The bulk is so comparatively large here that you can do just about anything with it. The main pieces are the buttock or rump and the upper leg, the thigh. Our typical division is to cut the leg off at the bottom of the buttock, then chop away the bony mass of the knee, at places two to three inches away in either direction. Before doing this, however, you may want to remove the whole calf muscle from the back of the lower leg, as this is the best cut in its area. The upper leg is now ready for anything, most especially some beautiful, thick round steaks. The rump will have to be carved from the pelvis in a rather triangular piece. The legs attach at the hip at a forward point on the body, so there will be little interference as you carve along the curve of the pelvis. Remaining meat will be on the thighs in front of the pelvis.

And that's basically it. An average freezer provides plenty of storage space, or you may even wish to build a simple old-fashioned smokehouse (just like an outhouse, with a stone firepit instead of a shitter). Offal and other waste trimmings can be disposed of in a number of ways, burial, animal feed, and puree and flush being just a few. Bones will dry and become brittle after being baked an oven, and can be pulverized.

exsquize me? (1, Redundant)

Kwikymart (90332) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306721)

is it me, or does this story seem like it was piped from /dev/katz?

unfortunate (1)

jackercr (558746) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306722)

that the internet started off as such a place of freedom and expression, and decentralization.. and now this is all being pulled away by the mere fact of the dollar.

Re:unfortunate (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306880)

The dollar is the lifeblood of our Great Nation. As Rush Limbaugh would say "Love it or leave it" I suggest not merely out of the anger nor the hatred I feel for communists such as yourself that you take his advice as it would be beneficial not only to you but to those of us who love this Great Nation and all that it stands for. Very near the top of the list of what this Great Capitalist Nation stands for, only a fool would be surprised to find the dollar.

Re:unfortunate (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306944)

Rush Limbaugh fans could be forgiven in the past, before the republicans had proven that they were just like the democrats. But now that they have done so, Rush Limbaugh is just a liar. His champions are corrupt and he is a liar. You are a fool for continuing to believe. Open your eyes, fool.

"Geeks"? :) (4, Informative)

Crispin Cowan (20238) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306723)

Anyone who cannot figure out how to prevent pop-ups, banners, spam, and e-mail virii from disrupting their life hardly deserves the moniker of "geek".

Hint: disable javascript, edit your /etc/hosts file to map various interesting domain names to 127.0.0.1, and don't use an idiotic mail client that eagerly executes scripted content.

Crispin
----
Crispin Cowan, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist, WireX Communications, Inc. [wirex.com]
Immunix: [immunix.org] Security Hardened Linux Distribution
Available for purchase [wirex.com]

Re:"Geeks"? :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306785)

In 2004

  • hacking your web browser to not execute Javascript (it certainly don't be a menu option) in violation of the browser's EULA
  • even having an /etc/hosts file (or using any other means to resolve names, other than the ICANN-mandated dns root)
  • using an unlicensed mail client (since those don't send your mail's encryption key to the government's escrow server)
are all illegal. Only criminals do those things.

Congratulations. Dumb idea. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306845)

"disable javascript"

Great. Now most web sites won't work.

...and before you say "then don't go to those sites"...most sites worth visiting daily use javascript.

Try again. But this time try giving good advice.

Use konqueror (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306893)

And set the configuration to ask you before popping up windows.

Re:Congratulations. Dumb idea. (1)

Huogo (544272) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306976)

If you use IE and windows (Yhea yhea, windows sucks, yadda yadda, IE sucks, all MS sucks) then there is a great peice of software called POW from http://www.analogx.com. Usually people frequently visit a few sites, which have the same popups. With POW you open the software, double click the offending it browser window(s), and every time a window opens with that name POW will close it. It works wonders.

Good times? (1)

seinman (463076) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306724)

If it's not wave after wave of spam in your mailbox, it's excessively intrusive ad banners and popups, or demands by websites that you pay a subscription for access. The DMCA and other pending legislation could soon mean that companies such as Microsoft and the recording labels will cement their total ownership of your online rights


sniff* *sniff* Smells like good times to me.

It's called 'capitalism' (2, Flamebait)

cscx (541332) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306725)

You may not like it, but I think some people are in for a reality check. This world is not like, say, RMS's ideal utopia -- share and share alike. The world thrives on commerce and, well, if you've got business practices that will get you the extra mile (whether you agree with them or not), that will be the company that will ultimately succeed. Can anyone say Microsoft?

Re:It's called 'capitalism' (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306779)

Somebody moderate this fucker into oblivion. Microsoft is going to die and the Kernel hackers will see to it!

Re:It's called 'capitalism' (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306803)

A free market is about being able to empower BOTH the seller AND the buyer so that they can negotiate a price point based on the invisible hand of supply and demand. When a supplier has exclusive control over a market, that is NEITHER capitalism or a free market. Microsoft's business practices have NOTHING to do with capitalism.

Free software happens to empower the buyer and enables more than one seller, hence, it is a very pro-capitalism and pro-market proposition. While it may be true that a single entity may not be able to extort monopolist prices to the determinent of the buyer, it also generally true that a more competitive market with multiple suppliers is generally better both for the quality of goods supplied and the total size of the market. This is real capitalism. This is free software!

Re:It's called 'capitalism' (1)

danny256 (560954) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306921)

I don't want to hear you talking about the price of software. No one pays for software except businesses. Everyone I know, whether they are a tech person or gets all of their software for free somehow, this trend is going to continue in the future as people become better with technology.
Also you said Microsoft's business practices were not capitalistic, and I'll admit that tying the popular OS to IE and other things is wrong, but most of these products are free anyway. Microsoft got rich by making the best OS, and by best I don't mean the most stable, I mean the easiest to use and most compatable. If giving the people what they want is wrong, the MS is guilty.

Re:It's called 'capitalism' (5, Insightful)

Ricky M. Waite (544756) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306804)

I love how capitalists and authoritarians alike fall back on the notion that inequality and suffering are "facts of life" and so capitalism and authority is just - and yet they fail to go by that same reasoning when it comes to murder, theft, and overall crime. You can't have it both ways. Either the world revolves around pain and brutality or it doesn't. Whether or not that brutality puts money into your goddamn fucking greedy ass pockets is completely irrelevant.

Why don't you put aside your greed for one moment and think about the possibility, just the possibility, that the world doesn't have to be so fucked up.

with technology to have endless resources, (2)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306867)

why do we need to sell an endless supply?

Its like selling air, water, etc

We'll never run out, instead of sharing we sell it

Its called greed, not capitalism, greed.
Capitalism works when you have a limited supply of something and need a way to decide who gets what, when everyone can have everything, whats the point of capitalism? Greed & Selfishness

Re:with technology to have endless resources, (1)

Moonwick (6444) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306929)

You're exactly correct. Capitalism is entirely about greed and selfishness. Now, tell me, what is wrong with that?

I'm also rather unclear as to what you're talking about when you mention 'endless supply'.

The same thing thats wrong with stealing,lying etc (2)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306948)

Greed is evil, Selfishness is evil, If i want you to die, I can kill you because you consume my oxygen and drink my water.

Hell if i want all your stuff why dont i just take it, i mean who cares about you, I mean I'm selfish, only I matter right?

Re:The same thing thats wrong with stealing,lying (1)

Moonwick (6444) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306973)

Selfishness is not evil unless it involves intrusion upon the rights of others. I think the part that you take offense to is that the classic definition shows no regard for the happiness and interests of others; explain to me why I should be interested in your happiness?

As a happy capitalist who is engaged in the writing of software (which you seem to think there's a 'limitless supply' of) you seem pretty determined against my interests and happiness.

Re:with technology to have endless resources, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306952)

He's talking about bits. There is an endless supply of them.

Re:with technology to have endless resources, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306946)

Here here brother! I'm drinking a bottle of Evian water that I bought because the public water supply is intentionally poluted by the government with chlorine. If you think that gasoline is expensive, consider that this goes for $1.75 per liter. It is the bottled water industry that lobbied for the chlorine to be introduced into the water supply for obvious reasons. And they sell air to my grama who has emphyzimia. Without air she no longer collects her social security. You sum up capitalism beautifully in only one word - greed.

Re:It's called 'capitalism' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306810)

Enjoy paying $264/day (yes, some of that was per year fees) or whatever it is just so you can do the things you do today for much less.

Re:It's called 'capitalism' (2)

Some Dumbass... (192298) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306828)

You may not like it, but I think some people are in for a reality check. This world is not like, say, RMS's ideal utopia -- share and share alike. The world thrives on commerce and, well, if you've got business practices that will get you the extra mile (whether you agree with them or not), that will be the company that will ultimately succeed. Can anyone say Microsoft?

You think that's bad, just wait until Standard Oil gets it's grubby little hands on your car!

Oh, wait...

Re:It's called 'capitalism' (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306836)

This 'reality' is created by people like you who are too cowardly to stand up for something different and by powerful people who know it.

You think you're being clever by being the voice of 'realism?' You're not.

I'm sure people were walking around 300 years ago saying things like, "The world is not like some free utopia...where everyone's created equal.

The world thrives on slavery and if you have more slaves, whether you like it or not, you will get ahead."

Maybe people still aren't completely free but if it weren't for people who had the guts to stand up to oppressors and cowards like you, we wouldn't even have what little freedom we have.

Grow some balls already you wretched, unoriginal tool.

Your sig... (0, Offtopic)

mangu (126918) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306912)

I agree with you. I'm all for removing konqueror from the Linux kernel. Let's keep browsers where they belong: at the window manager level.

Re:Your sig... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306974)

Correct me if I am wrong, but Internet Explorer doesn't tie itself into the kernel, it ties itself into Explorer, the Windows "Window Manager/Desktop Enviornment" if you will, just like Konq. So his sig is completly valid.

and we will allow this to happen.... (4, Interesting)

mat catastrophe (105256) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306727)

...through our inability to organize effectively and deal with it.

We are organized, check out this site (1, Redundant)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306886)

OPEN TECHNOLOGY MOVEMENT! [thelinuxshow.com]

Nonsense! (1)

RobertTaylor (444958) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306735)

"It's 6:30am some day in 2004."

Me waking before 8am? Bah, I think not!

Re:Nonsense! (4, Funny)

Wildcat J (552122) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306786)

There's an eight o'clock in the morning now, too?

White Devil Dinky-Dao Mothafucka Bobbacoo Sauce (-1)

Mao Zedong (467890) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306738)

Marinade/Baste/Dip/Bloody Leroy Mix
Ingredients:

1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 cup black coffee
3/4 cup beer (Killian's Red preferred)
3/4 cup fruit juice (citrus: orange/pineapple/mango type)
2 tblsp. whiskey
1 tblsp. lemon juice
1 tblsp. worcestershire sauce
1 tblsp. vinegar (red wine garlic preferred)
3 cloves garlic. minced
3 jalepeno peppers, minced
1/4 large onion, minced 1/8 red, 1/8 white preferred)
2 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke
2 tblsp. brown sugar
1 tblsp. molasses
1 1/2 tblsp. crushed red pepper
1 cube beef bouillon
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 1/2 tsp. paprika
1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
3 dashes basil
3 dashes oregano
3 dashes savory
ashes of one fine thin joint

Free Porn? (2, Funny)

yeoua (86835) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306739)

Wait a sec now... he was porno hacked? So that means he gets free porn then? Well yea he is paying the bandwidth, but jeez... its free porn.

We don't even have porn in 2002. Guess we got a lot to look forward to :)

Re:Free Porn? (1)

Internet Stranger (230580) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306774)

All this mention of free pr0n almost made me dip into my stash of favorite links.

Maybe in 2004 we can have the direct brain to internet link so pr0n would have just appeared on my screen.

Would hate to think what direct to brain pop-ups would be like though.

Re:Free Porn? (1)

marcop (205587) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306823)

He didn't mention if there were "little stars" over the important stuff though.

ahhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306742)

ahhhhhhhh!

fuck!!!!! i used to sleep soundly at night.

now i toss and turn and have nightmares about michael eisner, microsoft, fritz hollings.....

Slashdot has sent my paranoia skyrocketing.

(i wouldn't have it any other way ;-)

And when this happens... (1)

RumGunner (457733) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306749)

The true revolutionaries will be the people who read books, hang out at the local library coffeehouses, and use EM pulses on anything with a TCP/IP stack.

When then internet becomes more trouble than it's worth, I'll abandon it, and if you're smart you will too.

Re:And when this happens... (1)

prisoner (133137) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306839)

"When the internet becomes more trouble than it's worth..."

Well put. Seems like vast parts of it are already headed that way. Not so much because of *individual* subscriptions but because *everyone* will have their hand out. It'll be like driving down a suburban road and having to pay a toll as you drive past each house.

Not me. (2)

rnd() (118781) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306750)

I'm not making a grub for your wallet... I just want to help you learn to levitate...

subscriptions (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306752)

[...] demands by websites that you pay a subscription for access.

Paying a subscription? Who would think of such a thing?!?

BYOP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306758)

The Future is waiting, and its looking bleak...

Bring your own Prozac :)

If things get that bad... (1)

KC7GR (473279) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306762)

...then it is likely the only type of environment that would motivate me to leave the U.S. and renounce my citizenship in same.

I can only pray that it never does get that bad.

Re:If things get that bad... (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306844)

I've got a serious question for you - and any of the other number of "I'll leave the US" posters I keep seeing lately. The question is this--

Where will you go?

This article was written by an Australian. The EU is going in for the same kind of stuff. Outside of those choices-- where are you planning on moving where you will have more freedom and be able to maintain the same standard of living?

I'm really curious because nowhere comes to mind.

Singapore? High standard of living but if you think your freedoms are being limited now-- well you wont like it there.

Middle East?-- unlikely you'll be able to have the same standard of living or freedom.

South America? -- Same problems. Not too mention the inherent danger of the political instability.

I'm not crazy about everything going on in the industrialized world (and especially the U.S. as that's where I live) but I am hard pressed to see how leaving provides a suitable solution.

.

Re:If things get that bad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306911)

We aint going noplace and we aint got to neither. Read the 2'nd in the bill of rights. The South will rise again!

So? (4, Insightful)

TheAwfulTruth (325623) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306766)

"leaving you with nothing but a hefty bill to pay whenever you want to use their software or services"

So what? Don't use their services! Those services were not there in the past and everyone survived.

Stories like this are so self defeating. What is the solution? If in fact it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to run a service (as it does now and always has) Then of course it needs to be paid for! By Who? Net fairies? No, by the users!

Just go back to e-mail and usenet. Give up the web completely. It was envisioned as a commercial vehicle from the get go. Then you can pay $19.95 a month for your dialup account and be happy as a clam never paying for another thing on the net.

Either participate or not. But this endless teeth gnashing about not getting everything in the universe for free is getting really REALLY old!

Re:So? (2)

rhavyn (12490) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306830)

What web are you on that was envisioned as a commercial vehicle? It was created to ease sharing of information between scientists. It existed for quite a long time as nothing but a text based system. It's people spreading misinformation like that which convinces that we should let the damn corporations get away with turning the web into a big pay per view system.

And this has nothing to do with everything being free. This has to do with comments about big companies suing small sites off the net because they don't like their content. This has to do with companies' new digital rights management software deciding whether or not I can use something that I paid for (and if it screws up, I just might go to jail because of it).

If these are things that you would like to see happen, then make your own damn network so that you can be in charge ... but you sure has hell have no right to say that we should stop complaining when someone starts fucking up the network that we created.

Re:So? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306843)

Give up the web completely. It was envisioned as a commercial vehicle from the get go.

You must be young. Do the terms CERN, W3C, or TBL mean anything to you?

There is more worthwhile content available on the Web than ever before, and it's growing daily. It's just a matter of seeking it out. Try Google.

Wrong, you're not to be taken seriously (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306874)

It was envisioned as a commercial vehicle from the get go"

No, it wasn't.

When you spout nonsense like this, its hard to take anything you say seriously.

This gets modded'd as "insightful"? My ass.

Re:So? (1)

Razor Sex (561796) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306908)

In addition to being self defeating, these types of stories are unrealistic.

If you were forced to pay $264 in 5 minutes for using your computer, every computer related industry would die off. That would have put the upgrade cycle to a halt, and scare away almost all potential users. My neighbors, who are not poor by any standard, refuse to pay more than $20/month for their internet service. And they are likely in the majority. Nobody would pay such an obscene amount.

Also, the bit about the 2003 legislation killing OSS, aka Disney 2002, is not any more realistic than the fees. Hardware makers will riot at this, and supporters of OSS would, too (Do you think IBM would be happy about putting a billion into OSS and then having it killed?).

Re:So? (4, Informative)

Relic of the Future (118669) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306937)

While agree with most of what you said, I just can't let this go:

"[The web] was envisioned as a commercial vehicle from the get go."

This is blatently wrong, and it saddens me that anyone thinks this is true. The original vision [w3.org] for the WWW, as written by Tim Berners-Lee in 1992 when he came up with the concept, says that:

W3 was originally developed to allow information sharing within internationally dispersed teams, and the dissemination of information by support groups.

That said, I have little to no problem with people trying to make a buck off of it (within reason... spam is not within reason). There are still lots of great resources out there that still adhere to Mr. Berners-Lee's original vision... like /. (although B-L was thinking more of academic colaboration than geeks pontificating).

Yes, the web has become more commercialized, but that doesn't mean it started that way, and it doesn't mean it can _only_ be that way.

The day of BBSes will rise again.. (1)

antis0c (133550) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306767)

I can only hope. Big Corporations, Governments and Organizations forget that a lot of the Internet wouldn't be here if the people didn't participate in it. If it gets as bad as people think it would, they'll stop getting on, or people will start making alternatives. Unless the government restricts modems and highspeed lines, they don't have to be used for the Internet, you can use them to connect elsewhere.. Like BBSes. Ah, I can already see that half naked chick warrior login banner drawn entirely using 8-bit ASCII codes and ANSI color.. ..memories.. sweet memories..

2004 War Against Technologists (4, Funny)

idonotexist (450877) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306776)

[An advertisement airs on broadcast television during 2004....]

Narrator: Deep in the shadows and during late night hours, terrorists construct computers so they may prevent Americans the opportunity to enjoy music, film, and software.

(Display a family enjoying a movie and children listening to music)

Narrator: These terrorists are responsible for up to 30% of unemployment in our nation due to reductions in revenue for American businesses.

(Display an unemployment line and a line of Russians waiting to receive bread during the Soviet-era)

Narrator: Moreover, parts (primarily manufactured in the non-American and ugly capitalistic and piggish democractic nation of Russia) are purchased via the computer blackmarket and finance drug sales to children at schools.

(Display computers alongside dead children)

Narrator: Why would a person wish to build a computer?

(Display an individual covered by a black and dark shadow)

Narrator: Only an anti-societal and evil intention lurks in these terrorists to undermine our common courage: "one nation under god, indivisible, and united we stand."

(Display the flag of the United States of America)

Narrator: These terrorists must be reported to the Civilian Protection Team immediately! Now is the time to defend our nation! Do your part... today!

(Display a telephone and Citizen Protection Member (CPM) dressed in uniform and receiving a request from a female citizen in the foreground with the flag in the background)

Narrator 2: This message brought to you by the Council for an Evil Free America.

(Display Evil Buster Logo (TM) )

How to fight back (1, Redundant)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306861)

OPEN TECHNOLOGY MOVEMENT [thelinuxshow.com]

Please support it

The only way to fight back, is to get serious and forget these damn petitions.

Re:2004 War Against Technologists (2, Funny)

cmckay (25124) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306960)

This message brought to you by the Council for an Evil Free America.

You meant Evil-Free America, right? Or, *raises eyebrow dramatically*, did you?

Bah (2)

Jailbrekr (73837) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306777)

This pie in the sky analogy is only if everyone gives up the battle. The battle is far from over, and the RIAA, I suspect, will find a fate similar to RAMBUS. Sooner or later, the consumer will rebel en masse.

consumer power (1)

westcourt_monk (516239) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306778)

Like everything else the consumer will dictate how the net looks in the future.

I could see wireless freenets in all city's and perhaps even connecting rural areas. These freenets will evolve the net even further and in Canada, at least, 2.4 Ghz is free for public use.

File sharing will reach new speeds in local nets and I bet p2p apps will evolve to take advantage of the change.

Sure people will still have their cable modems and such, but I think if the freenet catches on (most likely around Universities at first) things will most likely remain the same. .Net be damned.

Re:consumer power (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306864)

Freenets WILL be made illegal and banned, just wait and see. All of these glorious freenets must connect to the net SOMEWHERE and when an ISP finds out it's services are being used by non-paying users (despite the fact at least ONE person is paying for it) they will surely pass their own laws to hunt down and kill wireless users.

Think I'm fucking joking? The fact is ANYTHING that is free is BAD because it's against capitalism (thats the way business sees it anyway)

Kiss the wireless freenet idea goodbye because its a fucking fantasy when the lawmakers get done with it.

If this happens ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306780)

If this happens there's still really nothing stopping hackers from writing their own software. Even if they can't do it legally or distrubute it, Joe Hacker can use his old Linux box to come up with something. Although with all that legislation there will undoubtedly be a black market and underground software dealings. The geeks will come up with something new and it will develop from there. Kinda like the Internet, but not. I can't think of what it'll be, but if this comes to pass I don't doubt something new will evolve.

Just Shut it off and walk away (4, Insightful)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306795)

There is this fear of government 'ruining' your life by passing laws about software and copy rights and such.

Some of it is warranted but not this kind of horrid future.

There is a very good alternative to it all. Just walk away from it. I know I don't have to have email in my personal life. I don't have to have the web either. I certainly don't need the music produced by the big record companies, or the movies and t.v. shows produced by the big entertainment conglomerates.

If enough people opt out of these things- and put their energy into developing alternatives, those alternatives will thrive.

The only government that can stop that is one that does away with the very basic liberties of movement and ownership. I know- a lot of people think that is already happening but I would say not.

I'm not saying don't be concerned or take action. I just think that this dark vision of the future is a bit much.

Not to mention it completely leaves out the advances that will be made in the circumvention of these laws.

Imagine before cable t.v. someone writing a story where the draconian cable company sends you a bill- or they'll turn your t.v. off!
Some people pay and don't think anything of it.
A lot of people just steal cable.

Me- I just go without and save a lot of time that would have been wasted watching what is for the most part drivel.

.

Re:Just Shut it off and walk away (1)

jvollmer (456588) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306927)

Hey, you aren't allowed to be the voice of reason on /. - come to think of it, no one is!

Re:Just Shut it off and walk away (2)

PlaysWithMatches (531546) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306967)

Me- I just go without and save a lot of time that would have been wasted watching what is for the most part drivel.

The problem is, the internet isn't supposed to *BE* drivel! The internet is (was?) a beautiful thing, and the commercialization is turning much of it into drivel. You can't say the same thing about TV, really. TV was not created in universities, fueled by academic thoughts and humor, and later "corrupted."

Let 'em charge per use (2)

EnVisiCrypt (178985) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306799)

... I will just switch to Linux, *BSD, or any other number of free operating systems, and I suspect others will too.

I'm a coder, but I don't like having to configure all my hardware and deal with endless conf files and what-not (read: software person, not hardware). BUT, if I start getting charged everytime I reboot, I will configure whatever the hell I have to. I will not tolerate my rights being trampled by charge happy corporations.

I currently use OS X, and I think it's great, but if Apple started charging a monthly fee for it's use, I would drop it like a hot potato. I think many people would do the same. Think if Ford charged you every time you started your car. A lot of people would take the bus...

Re:Let 'em charge per use (2, Interesting)

hlh_nospam (178327) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306919)

>Think if Ford charged you every time you started your car. A lot of people would take the bus...

Actually, there are already a lot of people buying their automobiles by the mile. It's the most expensive way to go, but they are seduced by the low "down" and lease payments that are a bit smaller than they would pay if they purchased instead of leasing.

Microsoft is obviously considering this model for software.

Consider signing this petition (1)

LunarOne (91127) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306801)

Slashdotters may want to consider signing the Anti-DMCA Petition [petitiononline.com] . You may also want to check out the Petition Against Software Patents [petitiononline.com] . I yield superiority to gnu.org [gnu.org] for bringing these to my attention.

Note that anyone can peruse the signatures and comments (a good idea to help sign the petition with an intelligent comment), but it appears that only U.S. citizens can sign. Of course, it's also a good idea to read the petition fully rather than blindly signing.

FUCK PETITIONS, THEY DONT WORK! heres a solution (1, Redundant)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306920)

http://www.thelinuxshow.com/otc.htm Join the open technology movement, the plan is for you to raise money via rallys and fundraising or however you can get people to donate, and then you donate that money to Open Technology Movement [thelinuxshow.com] This will allow us to hire a lobbyist, and allow us to have even bigger fund raises, like marching in front of washington. The only way to stop this is by actions, forget petitions. raise some funds and donate a few thousand dollars, if we all do this at our college campus's we'll be able to generate a few hundred thousand bucks

What Ads? (1)

Eros (6631) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306802)

What is up with all the bitching about intrusive ads and whatnot? I thought everyone here was running Mozilla or some other highly evolved web broswer that can block most advertisements? I have been doing it since the features where put in place and never had a problem with bad advertising -- except when Slashdot runs a story that is really a thinnly veiled ad for some dumpass company's product nobody cares about.

SPAM? Is the Slashdot audience so retarded at this point that setting up a spam filter is considered too techi?

Call me a flammer if you want, but these are NOT, I repeat NOT DIFFICULT to setup.

/. Asleep at the Wheel - AGAIN (2, Insightful)

reynolds_john (242657) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306805)

For those of you asleep at the wheel since oh, say 1996, simply go read Bill Gate's book, The Road Ahead [amazon.com] to get a feeling for the future according to Gates. It is proceeding exactly as he predicted (and wanted), with ownership, intellectual rights, etc becoming the final frontier, and corporations controlling their future. This is nothing new in this story.

Compare it to McDonald's, which is really in the real estate business, NOT necessarily profiting from fast food. The same is coming true for Microsoft - Windows is simply a vehicle to intellectual property rights.

Re:/. Asleep at the Wheel - AGAIN (2)

slickwillie (34689) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306963)

I didn't read the book, but I do seem to recall seeing somewhere that Gate's ultimate goal was to get a piece of every electronic business transaction (not just the internet, but ATM, bank transfers, etc). The phrase used was something like "Gates want to turn all your dollar bills into Bill dollars".

so what...sort of (1)

prisoner (133137) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306817)

Websites that charge for content!! Gasp. Frankly, I've been wondering how long before sites like Washingtonpost.com, USAToday, etc started charging for subscriptions. Seems natural as putting all of your print content online for free would, as more and more people are online, likely cannibalize (sp) your paid subscriptions. I've been paying for the WSJ for a couple of years now. I've got no beef with that. This sort of business is a natural subscription business. The pay-per-byte DSL worries me a alot - I hope it never comes to that. The music part seems pre-ordained as the RIAA, et.al. seems prepared to spend whatever sum it requires to make it real. Yes, I realize this is somewhat schizo but well, that's me...:)

I see one of four things happening (4, Interesting)

G-funk (22712) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306818)

1) Exactly what this article states. Although I find this the least likely outcome.

2) The internet turns into tv + shopping. Lots of ads you can't get past

3) The internet gets so bad, that the geeks create decentralised, efficient, free-floating network partially on top of the existing network, partially outside of it, and it all begins again

4) It goes on exactly like it is now. the (x)AAs of the world keep trying to hold us down, the advertisers keep trying to make us look, MS keeps trying to make us pay (again), and we keep trying to stay one step ahead of them all. This is IMHO the most likely situation.

Re:I see one of four things happening (1)

Darkstorm (6880) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306916)

3) The internet gets so bad, that the geeks create decentralised, efficient, free-floating network partially on top of the existing network, partially outside of it, and it all begins again


well, with p2p going so big, I think that is the first step to a new generation of networks riding on the top of the current one. But I'd bet there would be quite a few happen close to the same time, and with one or two becoming dominant.

Should prove to be interesting.

If ignorance is bliss, the world is full of blissfull people.

Re:I see one of four things happening (1)

s1r_m1xalot (218277) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306943)

What you have described is a vision of cyberpunk writer William Gibson. In Idoru, Gibson predicts a free floating network, on top of but seperate from the traditional net.

In Gibson's version the net, called "Walled City", is a structure that is created via distributed processing. Walled City is a culture and center of learning all its own; a network of geeks, techs, and general malcontents escaping from the confines of a capitalist society gone wrong. One character, raised in a world of the corporate dominate web, asks, "What's Walled City's address?"

"It has no address."

Mmm.. Can you smell the irony? (1)

bmw (115903) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306819)

I just love it how they have little ads dispersed throughout the article. Granted, they are from Aardvark and aren't terribly intrusive, but funny just the same.

Oh, and am I the only one that wouldn't mind the following...

Suddenly your PC's screen clears and the image of a naked woman in a seductive pose appears. Oh no, more porno-hacks. Maybe you should have downloaded those latest security patches after all.

Wow! No work involved at all, 2004 here I come!

Maybe in the US... (1)

happyhippy (526970) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306824)

..where your laws and culture are increasedly determined by companies and corporations that scenario might happen, but that will never occur outside it.

Once a country catches on to the fact that it could rake in billions of revenue by allowing freedom on the net it will do it.

Take this SSSCA (cant remember exact sp) bill thats currently going through your government. That in no way in hell would even get a look at in europe, russia or asia for that matter.

If the US keeps restricting freedom on the net your companies and users are going to look externally for it services.

Re:Maybe in the US... (0)

Wingnut64 (446382) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306879)

Too bad the US likes to force it's laws on others...

Re:Maybe in the US... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306883)

"Take this SSSCA (cant remember exact sp) bill thats currently going through your government. That in no way in hell would even get a look at in europe, russia or asia for that matter."

This coming from the Socialist paradise that is Europe. Think again pal, when the US says "Jump" the Europeans say "How high??" You're just as fucked, if not more, then we are.

Whu+?? (-1)

Dada Troll (550459) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306834)

THI5 $hI+ H4S N0+ 8e3N wr1+t3n 8y +H3 pIGH3AD N@MED JOhN K@TZ???!!1

HuHyHVhuhyV!!.

Insane (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306842)

This is just absurd. If it EVER cost me $67 or whatever for the bandwidth to check my e-mail and download 213 messages of spam, I simply would not check your e-mail. There's nothing scary about a company charging an absurd price for a product or service. It's only scary when they can come into your house and kill you if you don't like the product. If you don't feel like paying $200 an hour to be on the web, then do not. They cannot force you to pay it. Windows is already overpriced, so I don't buy it. Simple as that.

Theres a way to change the future (2)

HanzoSan (251665) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306846)



http://www.thelinuxshow.com/otc.htm

The open technology movement.

Go to that site and donate, your donation will be used to help create a lobbying group to congress,

If you dont have money to donate, if you are on a campus, host a rally, make posters, find ways to raise money and then donate.

my $.02 (1)

ryanflynn (409718) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306847)

i'm not too worried, sure there's a whole online world for idiots now, but the smart will survive.

but seriously, i think that people will only put up with so much crap... popup windows, subscription services, etc.
speaking of crappy ads... /.'s new ads don't bother me nearly as much as i thought they would.

anyone used freenet lately? is it usable yet? i haven't in over 6 months.

as for microsoft, i believe the history books will point to windows xp, with it's lack of compelling new features and unattractive licensing loan (i.e. lease) as the beginning of the end. but that's another rant...

Re:my $.02 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306884)

Well, actually, .NET is turning into Microsoft's biggest embarrassment, and XP is just a part of the .NET "strategy" (more like "fantasy", if you ask me). Microsoft can't even be trusted to keep their own data secure, why should I trust them with mine?

Y AHORA ES CUANDO ME COMIS LA POLLA (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306852)

Cabrones con más.

Defamation on news sites rather than copyright. (1)

orin (113079) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306863)

It was interesting that they suggested that news sites might be shut down due to copyright problems. Another possible problem for independent news sites would be defamation suits launched in countries other than the US. Slashdot has talked about this here [slashdot.org] and here [slashdot.org] .

Although these cases may end up showing that the jurisdiction of defamation comes down to where the site was published, the cost of defending nuisance suits could grow to the point where editors of such sites find other things to publish. Having to send a legal representative to some other country (or employing local counsel) every time you need some spurious legal argument thrown out of court is going to add up financially.

They can only take so much as you let them (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 12 years ago | (#3306868)

For example, when you embraced quicktime, you embraced the whole bill of goods that came with it, and clicked "I agree" before you downloaded. You didn't have to do that.

You embraced cookies, java, javascript, and a whole raft of other silliness, when you didn't have to.

If you havn't noticed yet, when they come at you, they usually come at an angle that you find somewhat pleasing. ANd by the time you're within arms reach,it's too late to change your mind.

I never chose cookies, javascript, or quicktime, but enough of you did so that it now effects my life and the lives of others who've watched the world of the internet get transformed into a thing that demands submission before entry.

Yes the internet is going to change much more than it has already. Will you submit to the changes as readily as you submitted to Apples thrusting it's codecs upon you?

You will. ANd you will give some justification to it just like people do for cookies and Quicktime. For the former "They have the potential to be used for good..", for the latter "Well, the Sorenson is a nice codec and quicktime is something totally different, it's just a capsule for all kinds of formats!"

Never mind that cookes have had the potential for good for the better half of a decade but always seem to end up with you grabbing your ankles, or that you never see the sorenson codec outside of the times webpages demand you head over to apple.com to go get Quicktime.

Regardless of the justifications, you sold a piece of your soul when accepting each of them into your lives. Little bit here little bit there, and hey, pretty soon things start to look different.

Not buying only exacerbates the problem (4, Insightful)

The Cat (19816) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306869)

...the net is becoming more commercialized, and the only way that people who want to influence the direction of the "commercial Internet" can do so is to support: [read BUY SOMETHING WITH GREEN DOLLARS], the companies that do the Right Thing(tm).

Even if it is just a donation, and you don't want the product, $10 can mean a great deal to a small company. If all of the startups and small web businesses become cautionary tales, then the future WILL be 10 mega-corporations.net, and minimum wage for everyone else, because it will be impossible to construct a competitive business model. Customers vote with their dollars.

If people don't want to buy from Big Company Inc., fine, just remember that Very Little Company Inc. can't lay off thousands of people to preserve their capital (if they had any to start with).

But the "I'll never buy anything" approach means that the big corporations win by default, because nobody supports their competition. Not everyone who plugs in a cash register is greedy.

It affects employment too. Big corporations are great for executives, but the guy with the mortgage and three kids is going to have at least one devastating ($10,000 in expenses or more) layoff in their career REGARDLESS of their qualifications, achievements or seniority. Wouldn't happen if he had a little cabinet making company (on-line or off) with a few dozen paying customers.

Just a thought.

Show the polititians (2)

Darkstorm (6880) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306877)

Its a shame there couldn't be a group to go into the two politians office and give them a demonstration of how obsurd thier push for this new law is. Imagine their supprise when they pick up a pen and paper to write something and be told
"Stop!!! You can't write on that paper!" when they ask why not,
"Because that paper has been copy protected so it can only be used by the copywrite holder."
Then they would say "But I bought the paper",
reply "but by agreeing to the license agreement, you gave the copywrite holder the permission to claim that paper and you, by law, can do nothing about it."

I bet that might get thier attention.

Of course I'm only dreaming...would never happen.

If ignorance is bliss, then the world is full of blissfull people

More lame BS (1)

Moonwick (6444) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306885)

I'd expect this article to have been posted by michael. Seriously, timothy, you need to stop hanging out with him.

What this article fails to understand is that people have far more say in these things than the author would like to believe. The only way the outrageous future this article portrays could happen is if consumers/voters simply allow it to.

Which, believe it or not, they won't.

internet 2 (1)

lowtekneq (469145) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306894)

What the internet was in the 70s (or what i hear it was) can now be found in the internet 2.

this article... (1)

ryanflynn (409718) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306902)

this artile sounds like a moron's nightmare.

a) nothing will kill open source
b) no industry has ever quickly and successfully changed formats... some computer labs and specialized 9i.e. crappy and not worth updating ;) *STILL* use punch cards in the days of DVD-Rs
c) i trust my spam filters
d) that 20MB email can be filtered
e) web service won't cost that much... everyone wants it.. it isn't that hard to get and peple want it... that means prices go down, not up
f) windows xp 2004 will be called some gay like Windows #$ (...oh wait, that looks like perl)
g) popup banners can be defated, get ad-aware and/or a recent version of mozilla and opera

Your monthly bill (1)

JoeCommodore (567479) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306905)

Lets see here, my monthly Internet bill for 2005

ISP.com 65.48
includes:
- Local carrier surcharge for two network ports and 3 emails with a limit of unique five CPU IDs
- Newsgroup Access Fee
- Search Engine Subscription to Yahoo.com
- "First Play" Digital Access Entertainment subscription
- Gamenet Networked entertainment Access
- Spam Blocker (tm) Service fee
- Application Services charge from m$.net (the 'family connected' plan)
- And various charges from those pay for access '.fee' sites (still fighting that one that last virus dumped you into.)
- Government infrastructure surcharge
- Sin tax on porn/gambling sites
- Local taxes for for community referral databank and library access
- Wife's Chat Service

Yep, just think of it as just another cable bill or phone bill and you get the idea...

A rewrite on the life of a pirate in 2004 (5, Funny)

josh crawley (537561) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306918)

I'd figure I would write an accound of how I would live then.

_____________________________________________

It's 6:30am some day in 2004.

The alarm goes and you rise from your bed to face the day's challenges.

After a quick shower and breakfast you wander over to your PC and check to see if any email has arrived overnight.

Hmm... 231 new emails but procmail say that 217 of those are likely to be spam. Even though they've cp'ed dropped into another folder you'll still have to wade through them to make sure that you don't miss an important message that might have been accidentally sidetracked by the less-than-perfect software. But, you still rm -rf them...

Damn, it looks as if you've also received 5 new virus/trojan attachments as well and one of them was 20MB in size -- that's another $4 on your DSL bill.

Suddenly a pop-up dialog box, through emulation by Wine, appears advising you that there are 2 new Windows Security updates that should be downloaded, totalling some 60MB in size (another $12 worth of traffic). You block the server in HOSTS, as so your Windows emulation doesn't tattle on you.

Within seconds, the PC's desktop comes alive with pop-up flashing, animated advertising banners -- you proceed to kill Mozilla you hacked to use with the newer, propeirty html'like protocol. You start up lynx.

Another dialog box pops up, this time warning you that the license for your copy of Windows XP2004 is due to expire in 10 days. You run the registry crack within linux so the emulation dll's will still work.

Fond memories of the days when there were alternatives to Microsoft's OS pass through your mind -- but that was before the government realised that software was like petrol -- a totally essential commodity in the lives of most businesses and individuals. Legislation was passed in 2003 that required all software developers and vendors to be licensed and a 45% tax added to all sales. However, in China, they realised that everything revolved around freely accessible software. China has changed in all thier practices, as to make thier ideal commuinist regime a very livable place for free people. Of course, much to Microsoft's glee, this killed the Open Source from being supported by companies in the US. You howver, bought a black marked copy of DRM linux. This software exploits bugs within the hardware. Of course, having the PCI64 (bought in Korea) anti-drm card has made this much easier

You type in "cnn.com" then enter the ID and password associated with your monthly subscription. Remember when there were hundreds of sites offering the latest news for free? Not any more. Sure, there still a few, but they're regularly hit with law suits by the big names who allege breach of copyright. Although such suits are inevitably dismissed -- the cost of defending them means that the independent news sites usually only last a few months at most. SO you hop onto freenet and use the strange lists of characters that somehow, somewhere lead you to slashdot.

Flicking the remote beside you kicks your digital music player into action and you marvel that 5% of its computing power is dedicated to the sophisticated digital rights management system it contains. You inwardly cheer, as your newly bought anti-drm card with DRM linux does work.

Following an unsuccessful attempt to copy-protect CDs, the recording industry forced everyone to a new mini-CD format that has yet to be cracked (although there are rumours that some Russians have succeeded). You just can't buy music on CDs anymore and the old CDR/RW media now costs $10 a disk, thanks to the $9 anti-piracy levy that was introduced in 2003. Since, the US put levies on anti-'capitalism' countries, you carry removable drives with your required software and movies on them.

Another warning appears -- "Your license for this recording has expired, unable to play." Damn -- another $49 if you want to listen to that music for another year. You then erase them, as you have all your music backed up on steel tape. You wonder, if as they claim, these new measures significantly reduce piracy, why music is now so much more expensive? "It's because of people libe me", you say under your breath.

You type up a quick email to a friend, inviting them to meet you for lunch. As to attract governmental idiots, so they use thier time on a nobody like yourself, you post as your signature the following words:

I will Bomb aeroplane shit damn nuke EMP fire death murder poison buy pirate warez mp3 ogg gpg

After all, every single bit that enters and leaves your PC is now scanned by the authorities -- under the premise that it is in the interests of (inter)national security and crime reduction. I'll make sure to be here at 4 am tomorrow, as they'll make YET another raid. They won't find a thing.

It's funny how they can supposedly detect even an unfriendly tone in an email but they can't (or won't) stop the endless tide of spam isn't it?

Suddenly your PC's screen clears and the image of a naked woman in a seductive pose appears. Oh no, more of those shlopenglaurs whatsits. You see wht pid it's running, and kill it with -9 .

For a moment a smile crosses your face -- you're thinking of the "good old days" when the Internet was a much simpler, saner, safer place. Instead, you live on the edge of piracy, illegitimacy. You are a hacker.

Then you return to reality with the realisation that it's just 7:05am and the sucker's accound you hacked already spent $264.

________________________________________________ __

As a last note, I used this article without permission (I see this differently than normal slashdot cut/paste jobs). So I give full permission to aardvark.co.nz to use my article (even if it makes money (heh, like thats going to happen, but still...)

CARRIER LOST....

Geek Minority (4, Insightful)

piecewise (169377) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306926)

Well, the great thing about the Internet is that everyone -- anyone -- can have their place, their nook, their niche.

But let's be honest here... if 50% of America has Internet access -- a good 140 some million people -- it's a safe bet that a minority of those 140,000,000 are "geeks" or "nerds." The net reflects what people online demand. If 90% of surfers were "nerds," I'm sure we'd see it slanted the other way.

I'm not much into programming anymore and I'm done with Linux. I'm a non-programming OS X user now but I come to Slashdot every day (more than once a day) because I love this community... but I also have demands for CNN.com, Macintouch.com, Apple.com, guitar websites, TheOnion.com, Yahoo Finance, Google, and so on... and none of those are "geek locations."

I think the net is just how I like it. In fact, it's close to how anyone likes it! The net's very adaptive because it's distributed. Like democracy, it shifts to what the majority want and allows space for the minority, too (though sometimes slowly).

Sensationalist FUD (2)

ari{Dal} (68669) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306939)


This is the most ridiculous article I've read in a while.

Yes a lot of sites are going to subscriptions for premium content, but there are, and always will be, THOUSANDS of sites out there that offer free content, or at least some free content with premiums for those who subscribe.

Yes popup ads are annoying. But who among us is so dumb as to not know how to disable these things?

And yes, MS has gotten a lot of people into a chokehold and continues to offer inferior products at outrageous prices. But damnit people, we have ALTERNATIVES.

As bleak as this future is, it's the future for those who are uneducated and unsophisticated enough to fall for the idiocy that these businesses push. Those of us with two brain cells to rub together will always be able to find alternative sources of news/information/software.

And in my final rant of the hour, the DMCA is a US law. Believe it or not, it doesn't apply to the entire world, and one would hope that the rest of the free world can grasp the fact that some of us do indeed have a seperate legal system.

Digital peer networks subvert attempts to control (2)

PureFiction (10256) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306951)

... the flow of digital information

The next generation peer networks are going to make all of this a moot point. Large, fully decentralized open source peer networks have no point of centralized vulnerability to law suits or attack. They have no corporate owner to go after. They are written by the people, for the people, and nothing will be able to stifle their use to share and distribute digital information.

The RIAA/MPAA and other content industries know this, and are pushing for the only possible way to thwart this inevitable digital bazaar by using extreme legislation (SSSCA and co) to restrict general purpose computing and networking devices.

They will fail. The coming years will bring ever more resilient, secure, efficient, and useable peer networking software to accomplish everything from file sharing to colloborative development, distributed processing & storage, etc.

This is one of the few situations where the individual has the capability to fight back and win against the vested interests of the powers that be to restrict freedoms and profit from it.

World IP Organisation ... (4, Informative)

LL (20038) | more than 12 years ago | (#3306966)

... actually promoted an essay writing competition to encourage how people approved of the the way IP laws helped them. (http://www.wipo.int/pressroom/en/alert/2001/ma03r ev.htm)

A bunch of legal scholars spearheaded a counter-essay competition to reflect less sanguine views (http://www.wipout.net/essays.html)

It will be interesting to compare the results.
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