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Freeth froths about 'network socialism'

Constantin is forever Copronymus Copyright lawyers are the biggest funsuckers in the world. Sadly, they have all the power and no interest in silly things like popular culture, fair use and well, fun. The makers of Downfall, as used for the parodies, Constantin Film AG in Germany, appear to have scored the biggest own-goal in recent times. Was going to get the film, but now… probably not. Oh yeah, the below clips are liable to disappear at any moment. Hitler reacts to the Hitler parodies being removed from YouTube Hitler, as "Downfall producer" orders a DMCA takedown from Brad Templeton on Vimeo.

Hitler the Downfall producer orders DMCA takedowns of Downfall parodiesYouTube’s automated copyright filter

Fear the updates “Did you keep your anti-virus definitions up to date?” used to be the first thing to ask when dealing with people’s virus-ridden PCs. Still is, but with the latest McAfee fiasco, the meaning of the question has changed somewhat. It appears the latest definition from McAfee thinks the Windows svchost.exe, “a generic host process name for services that run from dynamic link libraries” as Microsoft defines it, is a virus. This had the less than amusing, for Windows admins at least, consequence of killing Windows XP SP3 installations in droves. That little generic host process is rather important, see, and if it’s quarantined or removed entirely, your Windows computer won’t be very useful. According to one source on twitter, TVNZ’s admins were hard at work since 2.35am Thursday when automatically updated computers started rebooting like junkies shooting up with toilet cleaner. Hundreds, maybe as many as a thousand computers had to be restored manually. Antivirus vendor McAfee seems to be popular with corporate customers who may or may not ask some rather pointed questions as to the extent of testing done on definitions before they’re released to the world. For those still king-hit by the 5958 DAT, check out the link to Microsoft’s TechNet blog for a suggested fix. — Flawed McAfee update hits TVNZFalse-positive detection of W32/wecorl.a virus in svchost.exe on Windows XP SP3 with McAfee antivirus

Doctor Froth of Testicular Things are hardening up on the UFB front with TelstraClear’s supreme leader, Dr Alan Freeth, giving the government both barrels for having the temerity to organise the building of a nationwide fibre-optic broadband network. National ministers and MPs may be surprised to hear the UFB dismissed as “network socialism” but that is what those filthy Beehive Bolsheviks are up to, if Dr Freeth is to be believed. He warns providers who dare overbuild existing public infrastructure that his company, and that is TelstraClear, is likely to be less attracted to collaboration. Build that into your business cases and smoke it, new entrants. Either way, only Chorus will do for the UFB and without those daft artificial limitations that are there to ensure the government’s targets of 100/50Mbit/s dedicated bandwidth and no repetition of past natural monopolies are met. Oo-err. Perhaps there’s a Hitler Downfall parody in there somewhere? Mind you, TelstraClear seems to have some peering-related YouTube issues, so not much point… —TelstraClear’s Freeth warns of ‘network socialism’Ask Dr Peering




Robert X Cringely

Apple's iPhone 4G passes the bar

Did you lose your top-secret Apple 4G handset in a bar last week? Apparently somebody did -- or this is just a fiendishly clever guerrilla marketing campaign by Apple

My mom always told me wasting my time hanging out in bars would lead to no good. It turns out mom was wrong — at least when it comes to the iPhone. Late last Friday night, staffers at the Engadget blog (or one of their partying pals) found an alleged working model of Apple’s next-generation iPhone, the 4G, on the floor of a bar in San Jose. It was hidden inside the case of an iPhone 3G. Personally, I’ve done some of my finest investigative work crawling around the floors of bars. You wouldn’t believe some of the things I’ve found down there — secret product roadmaps scribbled on cocktail napkins, my editor. So far, though, I’ve yet to encounter any next-gen products from the most secretive public company on the planet. The reaction from the blogosphere? Mild pandemonium], with people exposing the pics as fakes, then providing “proof” they’re real, and blah blah blah. It gets better. Apparently rival blog Gizmodo tracked down the person who found the purloined Jesus phone and bought it off him/her (or possibly slipped it out of their pocket while they were sleeping one off), disassembled the dingus, and took photos. There’s even a brief video of the thing (warning: individuals allergic to close-ups of pasty-faced bloggers might want to avert their eyes). That seemingly settled the matter: This really was the new Apple iPhone 4G. What’s the alleged big news? The iPhone 4G will sport a front-facing camera, presumably so that you can enjoy your own ChatRoulette sausage fest from any location. It will have 80GB of storage, an 960-by-460 HD display, and a noise-cancelling mike. It will sport separate buttons for volume up and volume down (be still my heart), and ... that’s about all we know. Are you trembling with excitement? Me neither. One can only imagine what’s going on in the Apple CEO’s office at the moment. If the phone is a genuine prototype and not some clever knockoff, there are really only a couple of possibilities:

1. An Apple (or AT&T) staffer screwed up very very badly (and is now hanging by his/her thumbs in a dungeon beneath One Infinite Loop).

2. This was a deliberate plant by Apple to generate interest in the new phone for an audience suffering from post-iPad fatigue. I’m betting on option number two. Here’s why. We’re talking about the company that forced its iPad app development partners to chain the devices to a table in a locked windowless room and made them submit photos as proof. For all we know, Apple staked out each developer and had them tailed. I’d bet money they ran background checks. This is the same company that has gone on witch hunts for people who leaked secrets about products that suck and sued bloggers for revealing same, despite the huge amounts of bad PR this generated. Apple does not mess around. We know that. Yet we’re supposed to believe this iPhone prototype happened to find its way to a Silicon Valley bar on a Friday night, where someone happened to drop it on the floor and not notice, and someone else happened to pick it up and examine it closely enough to realize it was not your average iPhone, and then happened to forward it to not one but two intensely competing gadget blogs over a slow news weekend. (The jokers at eSarcasm claim that this is just one of several 4G prototypes that were “lost” and conveniently found, but I’m not sure I believe them either). That fishy smell is not last night’s salmon. I guess we’ll know for sure when Apple officially reacts to the news. If Engadget or Gizmodo do not receive immediate nastygrams from Apple’s army of attorney zombies, then we’ll know the “leak” is bogus. In any case, I’m heading out to a bar right now. Hey, it’s research. Somebody’s got to do it. Do you think those iPhone pix are real and, if so, do you care? Post your thoughts (and your favorite cocktail recipes) below or email me: This story, "Apple's iPhone 4G passes the bar," was originally published at . Read more of Robert X. Cringely's Notes from the Field blog

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