MonthSeptember 2003

Evil BEWARE

From news.com:

“The [RIAA] filed 261 lawsuits against computer users it said were exclusively “egregious” file swappers, marking the first time copyright laws have been used on a mass scale against individual Net users. The barrage of lawsuits signaled a turning point in the industry’s three-year fight against online song-trading services such as Kazaa and the now-defunct Napster and one of the most controversial moments in the recording industry’s digital history.

On Tuesday, the RIAA settled its first case with Brianna Lahara, a 12-year-old New York resident. The recording industry agreed to drop its case against the preteen in exchange for $2,000, a sum considerably lower than previous settlement arrangements. Legal actions by the RIAA had been taken on a sporadic basis against operators of pirate servers or sites, but ordinary computer users have never before been at serious risk of liability for widespread behavior.”

Phew! That must be a load off Eminems mind, eh! Chester from Linkin Park can sleep at night! Justin Timberlake can finally relax. JUSTICE PREVAILS!

Fucktards.

Exploring Some Urbans

So, various friends and I have been discussing the notion of Urban Exploration. This is a fancy-pants term for, like, nosing around areas which are off-limits to the general public. My various personality-units all think this sounds like a plan – Nerd-JSR is already making lists of the equipment required, Evil-JSR likes it cos NO-ONE FUCKING TELLS ME WHERE I CAN AND CANNOT GO an Monkey-Mind-JSR likes it because it’ll involve some thought about how best to gain access to the target, dodge security, etc.

Since we’re only discussing accessing and nosing around the areas in question, and taking pictures, the worst possible outcome would be a breaking and entering charge (easily settleable down to tresspass, or simply paid off to the target to make go away) and frankly, even that is unlikely, if they’re semi-public areas that we’re simply not meant to be accessing. I mean, we’re talking the secret bits of abandoned-railways-stations/asylums/etc here, not people’s houses.

So, anyway, some feedback from the livejournal community is welcome on the following important nerd subject:

What stuff should we take that’ll be useful for this sort of thing? Bearing in mind that we may be in physically nasty circumstances, like in half-demolished buildings, semi-flooded tunnels, slowly-closing-garbage-pits, etc.

So, far, my list is as follows:

Flexible, warm, but rugged clothing (black).
Possibly Tabi Boots (for chain link fences, etc)
2-way radios (possibly also police scanner)
Small, bright flashlight – adjustable beam
Digital Camera (w GPRS kit for immediate updating)
GPS rig

Any thoughts on this are welcome.