May 30, 2024

SunnComm Responds

Hiawatha Bray’s story in today’s Boston Globe reports on SunnComm’s response to Alex Halderman’s dissection of SunnComm’s CD copy-protection technology.

”There’s nothing in his report that’s surprising,” said SunnComm president Bill Whitmore. ”There’s nothing in the report that I’m concerned about.” Whitmore said his company’s system is simply supposed to give honest music lovers a legal way to make copies for personal use, not to stop large-scale piracy.

This is hard to square with SunnComm’s previous assertion that the technology offers “an incredible level of security”, that it “met the toughest standards”, and that it passed tests in which the “security level offered by the MediaMax technology was pushed to the limit.”

It’s also worth noting that if your goal is indeed “to give honest music lovers a legal way to make copies for personal use, not to stop large-scale piracy”, you can achieve this goal perfectly by offering ordinary, unmodified CDs.

UPDATE (Oct. 10, 10:50 AM): Don’t miss this satirical “story” at Kuro5hin.

Too. Much. Snow.

This is one of the heaviest snows in recent memory here in Princeton. At least two feet have fallen at my house, and it’s still coming down hard. Up and down the street everybody is out shoveling. Nobody is going anywhere today; the traffic cameras on ever-busy Route One show nothing but snowplows.

We're #22!

Seventeen Magazine has released its long-awaited “100 Coolest Colleges” list. Princeton ranks 22nd. Yale ranks second, probably due to the influence of the ultracool LawMeme crowd.

You have to wonder, though, about anybody who ranks my alma mater, Caltech, as the fifteenth-coolest school in the country. Caltech has many virtues, but coolness is definitely not among them.

Of course, Princeton outranks you all on the not-quite-as-bogus US News & World Report list. So there.

AP: Parents Complain Too Much to Professors

AP reports on a supposed trend of parents complaining to professors about their kids’ education, grades, course scheduling, and so on.

In eight years of teaching at Princeton, I have never been contacted by a complaining parent. Come to think of it, I have never been contacted at all by a parent during the academic year. So my experience tends to contradict the AP story.

Post-Napster File Sharing at Princeton

Today’s issue of the Daily Princetonian, our student newspaper, reports on file sharing issues on campus.

(Note that the article has its facts wrong about the Napster case. Napster was not found to have violated the DMCA. Napster’s legal problems had to do with contributory and vicarious copyright infringement.)