Saturday, December 11, 2010

I'am the passenger, And I ride and I ride...

I am the passenger 
And I ride and I ride
I ride through the city's backsides
I see the stars come out of the sky
Yeah, they're bright in a hollow sky
You know it looks so good tonight 
I am the passenger 
I stay under glass
I look through my window so bright 
I see the stars come out tonight 
I see the bright and hollow sky
Over the city's a rip in the sky
And everything looks good tonight
Singin' la la la la lalalala...
Get into the car 
We'll be the passenger 
We'll ride through the city tonight
We'll See the city's ripped backsides
We'll see the bright and hollow sky 
We'll see the stars that shine so bright 
The sky was made for us tonight 
Oh the passenger 
How how he rides 
Oh the passenger
He rides and he rides
He looks through his window 
What does he see? 
He sees the stars and hollow sky
He see the stars come out tonight 
He sees the city's ripped backsides 
He sees the winding ocean drive
And everything was made for you and me 
All of it was made for you and me 
'cause it just belongs to you and me
So let's take a ride and see what's mine
Singing... la la la la lalalala... 
Oh, the passenger
He rides and he rides 
He sees things from under glass
He looks through his window's eye
He sees the things he knows are his
He sees the bright and hollow sky
He sees the city asleep at night
He sees the stars are out tonight
And all of it is yours and mine
And all of it is yours and mine 
So let's ride and ride and ride and ride...
Singing... la la la la lalalala... 

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mimi Perrin

Mimi Perrin est décédé à paris il y a quelques jours à l'age de 84 ans. Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas les Double Six:

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About epilepsy

A fascinating article about how a very specific diet can help children who suffer from epilepsy.

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Le gouvernement met en garde les lycéens ;-)

[...]

Ce week-end, le conseiller social de l'Elysée, Raymond Soubie, a jugé "totalement irresponsable que des adultes en situation de responsabilité dans certaines organisations invitent les lycéens à aller dans la rue".

Luc Chatel a dénoncé des "tentatives de récupérations ou d'irresponsabilité de personnes qui veulent mettre les lycéens en danger".

"Manifester sur la voie publique c'est dangereux", a-t-il rappelé, alors que deux jeunes filles ont été blessées au visage en marge d'une action lycéenne en Haute-Savoie.

Quant au chef des députés UMP Jean-François Copé, il pense que "les lycéens n'ont rien à faire dans la rue". 
[...]

Il n'y a pas à dire, ce n'est pas la mauvaise foi qui étouffera ce gouvernement.

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

80,000 processors, 6 cores each, a supercomputer NOT based on x86!

Fujitsu has announced a new supercomputer which will be Sparc VIIIfx based (6 cores), and supposed to achieve 10 Petaflops (by 2012). The code name is "K" for "kei" which means "10E16" in Japanese. See http://news.google.com/news/search?q=10+Quadrillion+fujitsu&hl=en

Fujitsu has a long history as a designer and manufacturer of high performance computers, like the VPP-700, VPP-5000, etc.

Pictured: the good old VPP700 of 1992. Source: http://www.ipsj.or.jp/museum/computer/super/0012.html

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Demain, tu fais quoi ? Manif.

Au menu :


14h30 République/Bastille/Nation  Cgt, Cfdt, Cftc, Fsu, Unsa, Solidaires, Cgc

Communiqué commun
Intersyndicale du 24 septembre / CFDT, CFE/CGC, CFTC, CGT, FSU, UNSA
vendredi, 24 septembre 2010

Les organisations syndicales considèrent que la journée nationale d’action du 23 septembre 2010 est un franc succès. Les salariés du public et du privé, en participant massivement à cette 2ème journée de grèves et de manifestations du mois de septembre, ont réaffirmé leur détermination à ne pas accepter une réforme injuste et inefficace.

La journée d’hier a été marquée par l’engagement de nouveaux salariés du privé, notamment des PME mais aussi par la présence de plus de jeunes et de femmes. Cette vaste mobilisation s’accompagne d’un large soutien de la population qui refuse le report de l’âge légal de départ à la retraite de 60 à 62 ans ainsi que celui de 65 à 67 ans pour toucher une retraite à taux plein. Quoi qu’en dise le Gouvernement, la démobilisation suite au vote à l’Assemblée nationale, n’a pas eu lieu.

C’est bien l’exigence d’un véritable débat et l’examen d’autres alternatives au projet de loi qui s’expriment plus fortement.

Les organisations syndicales mettent en garde le Gouvernement sur les conséquences que provoquerait l’ignorance de la colère qui s’exprime profondément.

Les organisations syndicales réaffirment leur totale détermination. Elles confirment les termes de leur lettre ouverte unitaire au Président de la République et aux parlementaires, notamment : « le vote de ce projet dans sa logique actuelle n’est pas d’actualité ».

Elles invitent leurs organisations à poursuivre ensemble, à tous les niveaux, la mobilisation unitaire par des initiatives dans les territoires et les entreprises en interpellant les sénateurs et en utilisant (pétitions, tracts…) très largement cette lettre ouverte.

Sachant que le texte de loi sera à l’examen du Sénat à partir du 5 octobre et que la procédure parlementaire pourrait se poursuivre jusqu’au 20 octobre, elles décident :

• D’une grande journée de rassemblements et de manifestations dans le pays le samedi 2 octobre pour conforter la mobilisation et permettre l’engagement de nouveaux salariés dans l’action.

• De faire du mardi 12 octobre une nouvelle journée massive de grèves et de manifestations pendant le débat au Sénat. Cette journée trouvera toute sa place pour amplifier la mobilisation dans le cas où les parlementaires ne prendraient pas en compte ce qui s’est exprimé dans l’action et si le Gouvernement restait intransigeant. Le Gouvernement porterait l’entière responsabilité des suites que les salariés et leurs organisations entendront donner au 12 octobre.

Plusieurs organisations participeront à la journée de manifestation européenne du 29 septembre pour s’opposer aux plans de rigueur en Europe. Elle donnera l’occasion à des milliers de salariés français de porter leurs revendications, notamment sur la retraite, à Bruxelles et partout en France.

Les organisations syndicales se reverront le 4 octobre et analyseront la situation.

Le 24 septembre 2010

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Le Monde et moi et moi et moi

Personne ne lit plus Le Monde : je suis cité page 23 (édition du 29/09), et pas un seul sms ou mail, juste... rien.

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Great Michael Dell quote (Apple now world's second-largest company (for just one day))

The full article is available at this address : http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/24/apple_number_two/

Apple now world's second-largest company

Only $47bn short of oily #1

Apple is now the world's second-largest company, in terms of market value.

In after-hours trading on the US's tech-heavy NASDAQ market, Apple's share value hovered around $293 per share. At that level, Cupertino's market value comes in at over $267bn, surpassing the former number two, PetroChina, which is valued at a paltry $265.5bn.

[...]

Almost exactly 13 years ago, when asked what he would do to fix the then-ailing Apple Computer, Michael Dell famously told a crowd of IT execs: "What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders."

Dell's market capitalization is currently $24.6bn.




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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Virginia Governor Denies Clemency to Woman with Low IQ

Teresa Lewis, (IQ=72), execution scheduled today, Sept. 23 2010..

For more information about this case and death penalty in general here are a few resources :

Death Penalty Information Center

 World Coalition Against Death Penalty

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sketchpad, A Man-Machine Graphical Communication System

Quoted from the video descrption on youtube :

This video is a TV show made about the software Ivan Sutherland
developed in his 1963 thesis at MIT's Lincoln Labs, "Sketchpad, A
Man-Machine Graphical Communication System", described as one of the
most influential computer programs ever written. This work was seminal
in Human-Computer Interaction, Graphics and Graphical User Interfaces
(GUIs), Computer Aided Design (CAD), and contraint/object-oriented
programming. While watching this video, remember that the TX-2
computer (built circa 1958) on which the software ran was built from
discrete transistors (not integrated circuits -it was room-sized) and
contained just 64K of 36-bit words (~272k bytes).

[ To learn more about the TX-2 check out the Resource Page on Early
HCI Research by the Lincoln Lab TX-2 Group :
http://www.billbuxton.com/Lincoln.html ]


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

6502 simulated at transistor level - right in your browser (JavaScript)

Stolen from a mail from Eric Smith on the ClassicCmp mailing list,
here is the link to the 6502 hardware emulator. It's not fast, a few
dozen of Hertz, but you can see what's happening at the die level by
watching the color changes.

The Visual 6502 : http://www.visual6502.org/JSSim/index.html

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Die-hard bug bytes Linux kernel for second time

"[...] I showed this to my friend Robert Swiecki who had written an exploit for the original bug in 2007, and he immediately said something along the lines of "well this is interesting". We pulled up his old exploit from 2007, and with a few minor modifications to the privilege escalation code, we had a root shell. [...]

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Monday, August 23, 2010

El Reg: Linux kernel purged of five-year-old root access bug

Just a one line post, a link, and a reply to all the guy who claim that their OS is more secure than the others.

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Friday, August 13, 2010

Every position of Rubik's Cube™ can be solved in twenty moves or less.

From http://www.cube20.org/. With the help of Google cluster, scientists showed that any Rubik's Cube position can be solved in no more than 20 moves.


 

DateLower boundUpper boundGapNotes and Links
July, 1981 18 52 34 Morwen Thistlethwaite proves 52 moves suffice.
April, 1992 18 42 24 Hans Kloosterman improves this to 42 moves.
May, 1992 18 39 21 Michael Reid shows 39 moves is always sufficient.
May, 1992 18 37 19 Dik Winter lowers this to 37 moves just one day later!
January, 1995 18 29 11 Michael Reid cuts the upper bound to 29 moves by analyzing Kociemba's two-phase algorithm.
January, 1995 20 29 9 Michael Reid proves that the ''superflip'' position (corners correct, edges placed but flipped) requires 20 moves.
December, 2005 20 28 8 Silviu Radu shows that 28 moves is always enough.
April, 2006 20 27 7 Silviu Radu improves his bound to 27 moves.
May, 2007 20 26 6 Dan Kunkle and Gene Cooperman prove 26 moves suffice.
March, 2008 20 25 5 Tomas Rokicki cuts the upper bound to 25 moves.
April, 2008 20 23 3 Tomas Rokicki and John Welborn reduce it to only 23 moves.
August, 2008 20 22 2 Tomas Rokicki and John Welborn continue down to 22 moves.
July, 2010 20 20 0 Morley Davidson, John Dethridge, Herbert Kociemba, and Tomas Rokicki prove that God's Number for the Cube is exactly 20.

 

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Monday, July 26, 2010

Rob Hubbard - The Last V8 - Computer Music.

The Original:

the piano version

Enjoy !

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Time Travel... for me it's more Maths Travel

From http://arxiv.org/abs/1007.2615 :


The quantum mechanics of time travel through post-selected teleportation

This paper discusses the quantum mechanics of closed timelike curves (CTC) and of other potential methods for time travel. We analyze a specific proposal for such quantum time travel, the quantum description of CTCs based on post-selected teleportation (P-CTCs). We compare the theory of P-CTCs to previously proposed quantum theories of time travel: the theory is physically inequivalent to Deutsch's theory of CTCs, but it is consistent with path-integral approaches (which are the best suited for analyzing quantum field theory in curved spacetime). We derive the dynamical equations that a chronology-respecting system interacting with a CTC will experience. We discuss the possibility of time travel in the absence of general relativistic closed timelike curves, and investigate the implications of P-CTCs for enhancing the power of computation.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Advanced software that schedules trains more efficiently...

A research project involving a dozen universities, French rail company SNCF, and £2.2million of EU funding has now produced advanced software that schedules trains more efficiently, including handling disruptions as they happen, with no reduction in safety, claims the Commission.


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Sunday, July 18, 2010

Le parlé djeunz, lu sur le net.

oki. jpenssé ke a tel aviv voulé dire "a ton avis" mais en deformé.Comme on fé, ns lé jeune, avec un tas de mot .jme disé mé pk tu di tt le tps çà?! 

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

"Quand je me promène en France je me sens propriétaire de la France" (affaire Woerth)

"mais ce processus que je viens de dire n'importe quel français peut l'avoir" pondère notre ami le trucmuch de Rouen.

Une bien belle vidéo à visionner donc (en 19 parties je crois) :

et un article sympathique :

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Didier Porte, viré de France Inter, maintenant sur @rrêt sur images (video)


Gazette d'@rrêt sur images, n° 132

Vous le savez déjà, puisque je vous l'ai annoncé (1) : Didier Porte, humoriste licencié de France Inter, vient de nous rejoindre. Vous le retrouverez chaque semaine, sur le site, et il a commencé dès cette semaine par une charge prometteuse contre Jean-Luc Hees et Philippe Val. Exceptionnellement, nous avons voulu que cette chronique soit en libre accès à tous, abonnés et non abonnés. Vous pouvez donc la regarder ici (2). 

Franchement, je ne m'attendais pas à un tel élan de votre part. Depuis que Didier Porte est parmi nous, plus de deux mille nouveaux abonnés nous ont déjà rejoints. A l'heure où je vous écris cette gazette, sa chronique, à peine en ligne depuis quarante-huit heures, a dé jà été vue trente mille fois. La preuve est faite : quand les médias traditionnels se cadenassent, les sites de presse comme le nôtre, indépendants de tout pouvoir, offrent désormais une alternative.

Mais ce n'est qu'un début. Dès la rentrée, et peut-être même avant, il faudra s'organiser pour  renforcer cette alternative, et accueillir toutes les voix censurées par le système. C'est maintenant, que nous avons besoin de vous.

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Aerosmith, Alive and Kicking

That was a hell of a gig, I loved it, go Aerosmith, go !

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Le lapsus d'Eric Woerth ou comment se tirer une balle dans le pied.

Quand j'ai écouté ça, franchement, j'ai cru à un montage. Mais non, même pas.

Pour les malentendants, il dit :
“J’ai lancé toutes les procédures pour renforcer la fraude fiscale”.

Éric Woerth etait ministre du budget entre 2007 et 2010, il est aujourd'hui ministre du Travail, de la Solidarité et de la Fonction publique. Il y est et il y reste, même avec une balle dans le pied.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Se prendre 7 - 0 en championnat : "une péripetie" selon Domenech (1979)

Réaction de Raymond DOMENECH, entraîneur de l'Olympique Lyonnais, après la lourde défaite (0-7) de son équipe contre l'Olympique de Marseille : "...ils ont dormi pendant le match...cette défaite écrasante n'est pas une catastrophe, cela reste un match, il y a la guerre du golfe, il y a des sans-abris et des gens qui meurent de fin, cette défaite n'est pas un événement mais une péripétie..."

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Saturday, June 26, 2010

Posterous import works well, but what about the feeds?

The new "import" feature of Posterous seems to work well, at least with Tumblr, as you can see http://import-scyb.posterous.com/ looks pretty much like http://recyclage-paris.tumblr.com/ ... no? It doesn't? It's because Tumblr is updated by an RSS feed, while Posterous just took a snapshot at a given time.

I think Posterous import feature works well, but they should soon or later allow users to specify external feeds to increase their blog content.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Google's Orkut.com not secure? Hacked?

I guess someone found a new way to inject some weird javascript code into their pages again.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Liquid Cooling and Reuse of Waste Heat in Super-Computers (Aquasar)

Aquasar is a joint project between the LTNT group at ETH and the IBM research lab in Zurich. In traditional air-cooling a huge amount of energy is consumed to cool super-computers. Switching to liquid-cooling has two advantages:

  • The energy consumption of the cooling system is reduced because only pumping power is required instead of using highly power consuming chillers to cool down the air before entering the system.
  • Connected to a heat exchanger the heated liquid can be reused for further applications.

These features result in a more efficient energy use which reduces the carbon footprint of super-computers.

zimmermannkasten
Figure 1: Liquid cooled blade used for the Aquasar-system (courtesy of IBM Research - Zurich)

The Aquasar-system will be installed at ETH Zurich to provide a first working example for the reuse of heat in liquid-cooled super-computers. The waste heat will be used in the heating system of the ETH. This project involves computational and experimental analysis of important parameters in order to optimize the system.

Thanks to Mai Ban http://maiban.posterous.com/

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I don't know why I'am posting this cat video.

I don't know why I find it disturbing. Because of all this water wasted maybe ?

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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Conan O'Brien @Google: "It's not Democratic at all!"

It wasn't a brillant idea to ask an ex Microsoft General Manager to do the interview... or was it?

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Sun/Oracle removed public firmware downloads

This is (very) bad new for Sun collectors/hobbyists. Why am I not surprised?

Sun/Oracle removed public firmware downloads

In a somewhat surprising move (and without any notification to customers), Oracle shut down public access to firmware downloads. 

Read more at :

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

New Google Documents Format Bug

If you get the following error message from Google Documents, it means that your document is GONE.


Of course. you get the message when you try to (re)open it from the main document list.
This is maybe why you don't want to enable the new Google Documents format (see https://docs.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=176442).


The bad news is that Google Docs has just encountered an error.
The good news is that you've helped us find a bug, which we are now looking into.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.
In the meantime, if you'd like updates on this and other issues, try visiting our Google Docs Help Group: http://groups.google.com/group/GoogleDocs


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Friday, April 30, 2010

My Tag Cloud

My tag cloud, in alphabetic order, left to right, tags are extracted from my Delicious account.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

$3398 : The Hard Disk You've Been Waiting For

And believe me, as an owner of 3 or 4 RL02 (10 MB, 34 Kg. 75 lbs), that is really a nice little beast!

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

My New Laptop Rocks. It's Just a Little Bit Too Heavy.

Okay, it's 12 lbs and it was build in circa 2003. But it rocks! The model I have is based on a Pentium 4 @3.06 Ghz, has 1 Gig of RAM, and two 40 Gb hard disks DVD and CD-ROM, and a bunch of other features, look at the specs:

- 15.7" SXGA Active Matrix Display (that's 1280 x 1024 !)
- Intel® Pentium® 4 (533MHz FSB) Processor 
- 256 MB 266MHz PC2100 DDR [Expandable to 1024 MB]
- 20.0/40.0/60.0 GB Ultra DMA Hard Drive
- 24X Max. CD / 8X Max. DVD / 16X10X24 Max. CD-RW / 8X DVD & 16X Max. CD-RW Combo, Detachable CD-ROM Drive
- Smart Li-ION Battery
- TV-Tuner with Remote, Detachable MP3 Player Modular
- 512KB on-die Cache
- ATI MOBILITY RADEON 9000 64MB DDR
- Built-in 3.5" FDD
- Wavetable 3D Stereo Advance AC97
- Touchpad with Scrolling Keys
- 2 Type II or 1 Type III PCMCIA Slots
- Infra Red, Wireless Fast IR interface
- 4 USB 2.0 Ports
- 1 IEEE-1394 Port (6 PIN)
- Other Ports: 1 S/PDIF out & microphone in, 1 infrared, 1 headphone, Sony Memory Stick port, 1 parallel, 1 Serial, 1 PS/2 keyboard, 1 SVGA video, 1 S-Video-Out, 1 S-Video-In, 1 RJ-45, 1 RJ-11
- Additional Features: Integrated 10/100Mbps Ethernet LAN & V.90 56K Fax/Modem, Optional 8X Max. DVD-ROM, 16x10x24 Max. CD-RW, and 8X DVD/16x10x24 CD-RW Combo drive
- Auto Switch 110/220V AC Adapter, AC power cord, Multifunction Remote Control, Coaxial Connector, User's 
- Dimension (H) x (W) x (D) : 2.15"x14.17"x11.77"     Weight: 12.0lbs. with Battery

Of course the battery is dead, and the keyboard is french, but it runs very smoothly under TinyXP.

BTW, I found it in the trash on the sidewalk in front of my place...

Links: 

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Official: Sony Ericsson X10 has no multi-touch hardware

A Sony Ericsson staffer has admitted that the company's eagerly awaited Android-based touchscreen smartphone, the Xperia X10, lacks hardware support for multi-touch operation, dashing hopes that the feature's absence might be remedied by a firmware update.

After following Sony's support website which strongly advise the reader to upgrade his telephone, without saying anywhere that this will sim-lock it again, this is another good reason to stop buying Sony telephones for a while.

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"[...] quelques degrés sous le zéro absolu."

Il y a dix jours, le CERN avait commencé à accélérer deux faisceaux de protons à un haut niveau d'énergie et dans des directions opposées dans le tunnel, l'endroit le plus froid de l'univers avec seulement quelques degrés sous le zéro absolu.

Ça fait froid dans le dos de savoir qu'on peut aller plus bas que le 0C absolu !

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Some of the very clips that Viacom is suing us over were actually uploaded by Viacom itself

From Youtube (Google) offical blog (http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/2010/03/broadcast-yourself.html) about the Viacom vs. Youtube lawsuit:

For years, Viacom continuously and secretly uploaded its content to YouTube, even while publicly complaining about its presence there. It hired no fewer than 18 different marketing agencies to upload its content to the site. It deliberately "roughed up" the videos to make them look stolen or leaked. It opened YouTube accounts using phony email addresses. It even sent employees to Kinko's to upload clips from computers that couldn't be traced to Viacom. And in an effort to promote its own shows, as a matter of company policy Viacom routinely left up clips from shows that had been uploaded to YouTube by ordinary users. Executives as high up as the president of Comedy Central and the head of MTV Networks felt "very strongly" that clips from shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report should remain on YouTube.

Viacom's efforts to disguise its promotional use of YouTube worked so well that even its own employees could not keep track of everything it was posting or leaving up on the site. As a result, on countless occasions Viacom demanded the removal of clips that it had uploaded to YouTube, only to return later to sheepishly ask for their reinstatement. In fact, some of the very clips that Viacom is suing us over were actually uploaded by Viacom itself.

Given Viacom’s own actions, there is no way YouTube could ever have known which Viacom content was and was not authorized to be on the site. But Viacom thinks YouTube should somehow have figured it out. The legal rule that Viacom seeks would require YouTube -- and every Web platform -- to investigate and police all content users upload, and would subject those web sites to crushing liability if they get it wrong.

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Friday, March 19, 2010