gloom writes: "Phlix.TV is a new internet service that lets you put in a video url in whatever format (as long as it supports streaming), and it spits out a flash video version of it on the fly. Downloads, encodes, and serves it back to you — all at once. No waiting. (Some codecs that don't support streaming will timeout, but besides those few, it should be quick). It supports both FTP and HTTP servers, so as long as the video is online somewhere, this site will convert it to streaming Flash video on the fly.
The idea is: For all the non-flash videos on the internets that you're too lazy to download and watch, or download and then search for a codec for several hours to watch it.. you can alternatively use Phlix to do all that for you. All you need is a web browser with flash installed. In a attempt to simplify what it for the masses: It's a media player. Let's call it that. Right now, the quality suffers massively due to the low bitrate and the flv codec. I'm working on a on-the-fly h.264 encoder, but that'll be a little bit of a wait.
I have tried it on a lot of different video files I found around the net, and it works amazingly well."
gloom writes: "The CTO of Opera Software, Håkon Wium Lie, demonstrated the "one laptop per child" (also known as OLPC) at the computer-party The Gathering, taking place this week in Norway. Read more here (pictures included).
"The laptop itself uses an 366 MHz AMD x86 processor and it 128 MB RAM (though, some models have 256) and a 512 flash memory. It does not have any hard drives — actually, there are very few moving parts on it at all, but more about that later. Red hat is making the Linux-based operating system for it, but in theory you should be able to install any distro that you want on it. It is also equipped with wifi and USB ports so that children can use electronic school books. It is also able to surf the web and do e-mails. The laptop is also equipped with a web-cam, and after Håkon demonstrated it to us, it turned out to be of decent quality as well.""
In their own words: "You haven't beaten us, so why not join us? Think of a new business model that doesn't involve overpriced pieces of plastic and skanky cinemas hawking cheap carbohydrates while relying on $6/hr projectionists who can't keep a film in focus — not to mention insulting your audiences by (to pick a few examples) surveilling us with nightvision glasses, searching bags, 30 minutes of commercials and bombarding us with ridiculous anti-piracy propaganda. Take a look at yourselves. Is it really any wonder we're winning?"
gloom writes: In a follow-up to one of the more exciting David VS Goliath-stories so far this year, american super-producer Timbaland now speaks out on a radio-show ("Elliot In The Morning") and to MTV regarding the allegations that he stole a song from finnish demoscene musician Janne Suni. It would be sort of funny if it wasn't so serious — I quote:
""It makes me laugh. The part I don't understand, the dude is trying to act like I went to his house and took it from his computer. I don't know him from a can of paint. I'm 15 years deep. That's how you attack a king? You attack moi? Come on, man. You got to come correct. You the laughing stock. People are like, 'You can't be serious.'"
Is this new version of the Chewbacca-defence going to hold up? Is it okay to steal music and pass it off as your own as long as you are already famous?
gloom writes: "In 2000 the finnish demoscene musician Janne Suni (also known as Tempest) won the Oldskool Music Competition at the Assembly demoparty with his four channel Amiga.MOD entitled "Acid Jazzed Evening". A Commodore 64 musician called 'grg' remade the song on the C64 (using the infamous SID soundchip) which is what was stolen. The producers name is Timbaland, one of the hottest names in american music these days, and the track in question is called 'Do it' and is featured on the Nelly Furtado-album 'Loose'.
Getting nowhere with Geffen, the demoscene has now risen to he aid of Tempest, first by creating a stirr at SomethingAwful (files downloadable from the forum), and later at the news-site Digg.com as well as on YouTube, with a video demonstrating the blatant rippoff.
Being an online-posting musician myself — what rights do I have if this should ever happen to me, and what can be done to raise awareness about such things?"