Redaction gone bad...


Crap. I'm getting tired of this... First, a laptop was stolen that had a sizeable chunk of the personal information covering Berkeley graduate students, including mine. Now, the Library of Congress has posted my information on a publicly available website... and the information of anyone else who submitted an orphan works comment via email.

A little help here?

UPDATE [2005-04-01 13:25:38]: So I've finally heard from the LoC and they've recognized that this vulnerability affects ALL the comments posted on the Orphan Works site and they're currently working on a fix:

Dear Mr. Hall: [...]

Thank you for pointing out the vulnerability of the format in which the orphan works comments have been made available. Since you expressed a concern about your contact information directly to us yesterday via the "" email address, we temporarily removed your comment as a precaution. We hope to have your comment re-posted shortly.

As for the rest of the comments, we are aware of the same vulnerability and we are currently working on a solution that should solve this problem.

Thanks for your interest in the orphan works study.

Matt Skelton

Matthew Skelton
U.S. Copyright Office
Office of Policy & International Affairs
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave., SE
Washington, D.C. 20559

UPDATE [2005-04-01 17:39:37]: The comments on the Orphan Works site now appear to be properly redacted (I haven't checked the contents of the current ZIP file).

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Orphan Works Initial Comments



Here is my submission to the LOC's request for comments and notice of inquiry on orphan works... there are over 700 comments!.

BTW, did you notice that you can't copy and past text from the comments!!! What's up with that?!?! How are the reply commentors supposed to quote?!?!

The skinny on Grokster oral arguments...


I'm keeping a running compilation of reports from the MGM v. Grokster oral arguments today at the Supreme Court here at the Challenge of P2P blog.

Thurston Moore on Sharing...

music, copyright, p2p, friends

(Cross-posted here to The Challenge of P2P blog)

More than a few of us in this class are either musicians, past musicians or music enthusiasts... so you can imagine that I was heartened to see this quote in the most recent Wired magazine from Thurston Moore, one of the members of a band, Sonic Youth, that holds the most coveted musical position in my heart (from "The Best 90 Minutes of My Life"):

Once again, we're being told that home taping (in the form of ripping and burning) is killing music. But it's not: It simply exists as a nod to the true love and ego involed in sharing music with friends and lovers. Trying to control music sharing - by shutting down P2P sites or MP3 blogs or BitTorrent or whatever other technology comes along - is like trying to control an affair of the heart. Nothing will stop it.

Getting Palm's HotSync to work after getting a new Mac...


So this was a pain in the ass... basically, no matter how many times I uninstalled and reinstalled the Palm Desktop for Mac OS X version 4.2.1, I would consistently get an "Unexpected error #- 50" and a dialog box that would say:

"The application "HotSync Manager" could not be launched 
because of a shared library error: "

After some sleuthing and this tip from a Macosxhints post, "Make Palm HotSync work in Panther", I established that there are some things that the Palm Desktop installer does that need root access (and their shit-for-brains coders didn't think to ask you until way late in the install process for the root password!).

Here's a solution that should work for everyone:

  1. Uninstall the Palm Desktop by firing up the installer you used to install it (if you can find it) and choosing "Uninstall" instead of "Easy Install". If you don't have the installer you used to install the Palm Desktop, you should download the version 4.2.1 of the Palm Desktop software from Palm's website and install it over your current system (even though it's broken in this manner) and then uninstall it.

  2. Get Pseudo from Brian Hill, uncompress it and copy it to your /Applications/ directory. You can drag applications onto Pseudo and it will run them as the root user.

  3. Drag the Palm Desktop Installer onto Pseudo (which is packaged as PalmDesktopMac421EN.sit and contains the installer called "Palm Desktop Installer".) .

  4. Go through the Palm Desktop Installer install process.

  5. Viola! It should now go through the whole process without saying "Installation was unsuccessful" and prompt you at the end to set up a new user.

  6. You can now transfer over stuff you had on your Palm to the new version of Palm Desktop but you'll have to be able to remember the password for your palm (if you've set one).

UPDATE [2005-04-07 17:34:35]: (This is for Google's spider) I've seen some hits from google come to this page given the following phrase: "hotsync manager could not be launched because shared library error"

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