Karlheinz: Pwnd II

So, over the last few weeks, a huge number of spambots have successfully registered user accounts, and promptly sprayed their faux-pork diarrhea all over the comments.

A thank-you note to the Treasury Department

Some background: On Wednesday, Rep. Peter King asked the U.S. Treasury Department to put Wikileaks on its Blocked Persons List. That list is mainly used against "terrorists and narcotics traffickers," and would prohibit any U.S. company from doing business with them. Today, the Treasury Department quite sanely refused.

I decided to email them a thank-you note, since I'm sure the Treasury Department does not get enough of those. The text of my email is below. (I added a hyperlink to the story in The Hill, but other than that, it is unaltered.)

If you would like to send one of your own, you should write the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). They can be reached by email at ofac_feedback@do.treas.gov.

RIAA: Still turning cluelessness into a badge of honor

Nowadays, it seems like everything the RIAA says is designed only to piss me off.

A letter to Victoria Espinel

In an uncharacteristically nice turn, the "Copyright Czar" Victoria Espinel has asked for public opinions on IP enforcement.Now, it's obvious that she's really fishing for the RIAA and MPAA to provide her with justification. But even so, the fact is that the lines of communication have been opened.

So, on the tails of my recent post about why artists should embrace filesharing, I decided to write her an email. This is the text of that email.

You can read the request for suggestions here (PDF file). If you would like to send a letter yourself, email it to intellectualproperty[at]omb[dot]eop[dot] gov. Remember to be civil, and keep the salty language to yourself.

Lily Allen vs. the Free World

Lily Allen

There's a really funny "war" going on between TechDirt and Lily Allen.

Moving the blog from the old site

You may have noticed that there are a lot of blog posts appearing on here. You may also notice that they are all rather old.

Welcome all

Welcome to the new website, everyone.

Things I like: my apartment, my brother, my war.

Why, yes, it has been a long time, hasn't it?

...and this is how I live my life

June has not been a particularly good month in the land of Karlheinz.

The Unintended Consequences of Pop Music

As many of you know, I've recently recieved an iPod (courtesy of my brother Kris), and with it, I've discovered the art of SoulSeek. I generally download one of two types of MP3's: