2005-12-03 0853 Opinion: == Stop the world yadda yadda yadda == It's official; the world is going crazy. First company to . . .

Stop the world yadda yadda yadda

It’s official; the world is going crazy. First company to offer one-way trips into space for under £10, I’m booking a seat.

Here’s proof:

1 Intelligence about events that led to the Vietnam War were lies – have we learned absolutely nothing in the last 40 years?!?! Obviously not.

2 The DMCA in the US is very bad. This is the act that allows entertainment and digital media companies to completely ignore peoples’ rights to Free Speech and Fair Use. But wait – the EUCD (the EU equivalent of the DMCA) is worse, and the French version is going to be the worst of all (so far). This summary from boingboing:

  • A prohibition on all software that permits transmission of copyrighted material that does not integrate both a watermark and DRM
  • A prohibition on marketing or advertising such software
  • These prohibitions include legal sanctions<
  • DRM mandates for digital radio transmission
  • A universal wiretapping system for private communication
  • Creation of a universal filering system for all ISPs

We all know that the French are half-crazy xenophobes, but really…. This means that every piece of software has to contain monitoring systems by law. Yes, even solitaire will contain spyware. You are no longer safe. Does that mean that anti-spyware software will also contain spyware and so will implode? Also, the French Department of Culture wants to make Open Source software illegal, presumably because it’s not written in French. I suggest a quick rename to Le Nux should keep them happy. Linus won’t mind. He’s cool.

3 Banks. Banks are the hellspawn of Satan and need to be sent back to the deepest pit of the Abyss from which they crawled. There. I’ve said it. I feel better now.

4 Take That have reformed. Enough said.

5 Madonna’s latest album is rubbish. She’s clearly been abducted by aliens and replaced by a clone with poor singing abilities. Clear proof that the world is crazy. Any decent alien invasion would replace the US president with a blithering idiot who’s only interested in destabilizing the US ecomony while at the same time fostering worldwide hatred for the country.

Oh. Crap.

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