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SciFi Pulse now streams shows in broadband

SciFi Pulse is now streaming full length episodes and movies. More and more channels are now seeing the opportunities of the Internet. The great thing about this? They’re releasing full length episodes of even BattleStar Galactica and it’s done in Flash. Yes, this means that it’ll reach the maximum number of viewers.
Good job, Sci Fi.
UPDATE (1:31PM): Updated with correct links. (Thanks Lyle!)
Gateworld < SciFiPulse

TorrentSpy sues MPAA for hacking

TorrentSpy is countersuing the MPAA for hiring a hacker three months after a suit was brought against Valence Media (parent company of TorrentSpy) for making it easier for people to pirate on the Internet.
Problem with the MPAA suit? Regardless of how the technology is used, you can’t sue for “making it easier”. This is the same deal as suing Smith and Wesson if the guns were used in a murder. The act behind the piracy does not equate to the use of the technology for other means.
In any case, TorrentSpy’s countersuit is based on the fact that the man hired by the MPAA went through non-public means to gather the information and thus the basis of the MPAA suit is based on illegal means to gather the data.

Rothken said that the MPAA also paid the hacker to “gather nonpublic information” about other Torrentspy-related sites. Rothken declined to specify which sites.

The worst part of this is? MPAA has a legitimate right to protect the works of the studios. But in working the illegal spectrum, they have all-but killed any legitimacy of their acts. The touchy subject becomes a public relations nightmare for the MPAA.
Slashdot < ZDNet

avast! Home Edition

avast! is a product of the Czech company, ALWIL Software who’s been in the antivirus business since 1988. avast! Home Edition is a free antivirus scanner that pretty much does everything from scan your system to setting up shields just as Symantec does. The nice thing?
Free. Free for non-commercial and home use. Support for both Windows and Linux.

Okopippi succeeds Blue Security

Okopippi looks like they’re succeeding Blue Security in the fight against spam. Whether or not fighting fire with fire is still a ethical dilemma from many consumers, especially after the take-down of Blue Security and the costs associated with the downtime of Blue Security’s network along with the downtime of Six Apart.
We’ll see if Okopippi has the same effect that Blue Security did before their demise.

ISO Recorder

Another ISO Recorder that acts as a GUI on top of a commandline utility. Nice thing about ISO Recorder is that it supports Windows XP and Windows Server 2003, and was initially released before any of the major software vendors had ISO burning implemented for Windows XP.
Also, it now includes usage by non-admin users, and has Microsoft Vista support along with DVD burning capabilities.
LifeHacker < ISORecorder

School disciplines threatens expulsion for blog posts

We’re pretty sure that it’s protected by First Amendment rights to post whatever you wish on your blog as long as there are no threats involved. But apparently some people aren’t as well versed in First Amendment rights it seems since a Plainsfield School District is now threatening a 17 year old because of what he posted on his xanga site after school hours.

On a second post on May 2, without mentioning the school the student wrote: “I feel threatened by you, I cant even have a public Web page with out you bullying me and telling me what has to be removed. Where is this freedom of speech that this government is sworn to uphold? … Did you ever stop to think this will start a community backlash? The kids at Columbine did what the did because they were bullied. … In my opinion you are the real threat here. None of us ever put in our xanga’s that they were going to kill or bring harm to any one. We voiced our opinions. You are the real threat here. you are depriving us of our right to learn. now stick that in your pipe and smoke it.”

If there is anything that would worry the school district, we would imagine it would be the mention of Columbine. Regardless though, there is nothing there that defines threats to school or people and thus cannot result in disciplinary action. It’s strange how school districts have a lot of administrators that really don’t understand the stuff they teach. Oh well.
Via ChicagoSunTimes

Vonage IPO tanks on first day of trading

Business perspective, it’s great and I love to support it. From an investor’s perspective… ehhh… don’t even bother.
In actuality, I did consider the IPO at the beginning of the customer acknowledgement and was planning on purchasing some shares. But when eBay’s Skype announced free calls for the rest of 2006, I figured it was time to bail. Boy was it the right decision.
Opening at $17 a share, there was nowhere for the stock to go but down. It stabilized around the $14.50s but this is probably due to the money issues that Vonage has been experiencing due to the marketing campaigns. What’s interesting is that the technology and the consumer support has been great with this company, but it struggles due to dwindling customer growth and E-911 issues due to the Baby Bells refusing to cooperate. The former is the reason for the money drain via marketing, and the latter is just stubborness by the Bells.
All in all, I’ll continue to be a supporter of Vonage, but until they stabilize their finances and get back into the black, they face some stiff competition with “free” on the side of Skype. Never underestimate new developments to swing an investor.
Via ABCNews

PS3 to ban pre-selled games

As an avid gamer and have owned all of the Sony consoles (PS, PS2, PSP), this will drastically reduce my love for Sony. Sony has come out and said that they will not allow vendors to sell pre-owned games, and that the licensing system basically says that Sony owns all rights to the game(s) regardless of the consumer owning the media. Whether or not this will remain will be determined at the PS3 launch, but as of now it seems to be a true statement.
If this is the case, this is one gamer that will be moving along to another console system. I fear that this might reduce any gaming since Square Enix exclusively produces most of their RPGs for Sony. What a drag. We hope that Sony wakes up and smells reality soon, since this will definitely put a stopper on Sony’s dominance of the gaming market.
Via GameRadar

Technorati connects AP to bloggers

Technorati now connects the Associated Press to bloggers where all 440 members of AP will have a module at their disposal to show the “Top Five Most Blogged About” AP articles. This means that blogs will soon be heard along with mainstream media. Now if only we can get them to link-back, then we’d be golden…
Via Technorati

Windows Vista audio overlayed with Mac OS X

Sometimes it’s difficult not to find that Microsoft seems to steal features from Apple. Here is a humorous video of a Microsoft Windows Vista presentation audio overlayed with features from MacOS X. Note that MacOS X has had these features more than a year before Vista hit beta.
Via GoogleVideo