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Monday, November 21, 2005

Links for the week 

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Sony rootkit mini-special:

The BBC report that uninstalling Sony's XCP copy protection system could leave your computer vulnerable to malicious hackers.

Wired unwraps the real story of the Sony rootkit, and finds "extreme hubris", "incompetence" and "collusion between big media companies who try to control what we do on our computers and computer-security companies who are supposed to be protecting us".

Yikes. Luckily, Sony - aw, bless 'em - have been lovely enough to release a
of their products that will install dangerous, borderline-illegal, Windows-crashing, poorly-written, unwanted software on your PC. So if you're not one of the estimated half-million users already infected, you have been warned.


In other news:

This is more like it: the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project of the Donald C. Davidson Library, UCSB, has posted a library of more than 5,000 cylinder recordings, available for download or streaming. Jolly good show. Available until the next round of copyright extensions.

This is just a silly article about jamming on trombone with McFly, but I like it.

The Guardian's John Harris reports on New Orleans musicians hoping to bounce back

The Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies has announced the discovery of two fragments of Beethoven's skull

And the awesomely geeky Pace has statistically determined - once and for all - what the funkiest year ever was. There is even a spreadsheet of data... This would command respect on its own, but Pace goes one further on the riddim method blog and posts a Preamble for Ethics in Beat Research. This is serious ethnomusicological business, and I love it.

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