Words from Nerds #72: Let ‘Er Rip

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We start off the show with a comment from listener Carolyn G about Episode 60 in which she describes a terrible data loss problem on her pc that was saved by Mozy and a program that lets you keep track of all logins and passwords called Steganos Locknote.

Nerd News:

  • Check Windows Update. Microsoft released an out-of-band patch on Monday to fix Windows shortcut hole
  • YouTube videos, now up to 50% longer!
  • End of an era: our local Blockbuster closes its doors. Do kids today care? Where do you get your movie content?
  • Twitter: Now over 20 Billion served. It’s not slowing down. 15 Billion mark passed two months ago. 10 Billion passed 5 months ago. Service is 4 years old.
  • Testing for HTML5 at, of course, www.html5test.com
Feature Story: DMCA Rulings make ripping DVDs legal. Sort of.
DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) adopts 6 new rules that are exempt from prosecution.
  1. Defeating a lawfully obtained DVD’s encryption for the sole purpose of short, fair use in an educational setting or for criticism
  2. Computer programs that allow you to run lawfully obtained software on your phone that you otherwise would not be able to run aka Jailbreaking to use Google Voice on your iPhone
  3. Computer programs that allow you to use your phone on a different network aka Jailbreaking to use your iPhone on T-Mobile
  4. Circumventing video game encryption (DRM) for the purposes of legitimate security testing or investigation
  5. Cracking computer programs protected by dongles when the dongles become obsolete or are no longer being manufactured
  6. Having an ebook be read aloud (ie – for the blind) even if that book has controls built into it to prevent that sort of thing.

Nerd History:

  • August 2, 1870 – first subway opens, in London
  • August 5, 1914 – In Cleveland, Ohio, the first electric traffic light is installed.
  • August 6, 1991 – Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.