How the MPAA killed the movie theater experience: a first-hand report [Politech]

James Reid details his experience at a Toronto theater at the hands of the MPAA:

To add further insult to the debacle at the
gate, near the exits at stage right and left
were two uniformed security guards at each door,
all four with video cameras scanning the crowd
and making themselves very conspicuous.

This was not just a bit of pre-show MPAA theatre,
they stood there for the entirity of the movie, red
LED’s glowing, scanning the crowd to remind
us that we were under close surviellence and our
actions were being recorded.

If you have sat in a chair in a dark room watching
disturbing scenes unfold in front of you, while four
uniformed people with video cameras stand in front
of your, silently recording your reactions, you might
be reminded of scenarios from a Clockwork Orange,
Brazil, 1984, Videodrome, and strangely,
that 90’s relic: SFW.

I already have curbed my attendance at the local megaplex due to the high ticket prices. Three people at 7.00$US costs more than a 19.00$US DVD at Costco and that doesn’t even include the popcorn and soda.

One, JUST ONE, experience like the one above will effectively halt my attendance at that theater. I have a decent sound system at home and while playing my DVD at home isn’t the same, I will not support any organization that treats me like a criminal for visiting their place of business.

Justin’s Guide on Sony’s Rootkits

Justin over at Justin’s Guide says it better than I could:

the story is that Sony actually put a rootkit on one of their CDs that installs itself when you try to play one of their music CDs on your computer (or rather, you are forced to install it before you can listen to your CD). So you may be wondering why this is bad. It’s bad because a rootkit is generally a tool used by hackers that are trying to conceal themselves while breaking into your computer. A rootkit is theoretically a trojan. It is used to conceal files, and there really is no way of seeing them other than by downloading some special software. Once a rootkit is on your system like this one, they could theoretically do just about whatever they wanted, and you would never know about it.

I have one CD I will buy that is a Sony CD. I’m not missing buying the new Kate Bush CD, Aerial, just because Sony is run by idiots. After that, none, no hardware, nothing until they rescind this decision to infect their customers computers.

Fortunately, I made the choice of an XBox over a Playstation years ago which makes it easier.

Update: You can review a list of bad CDs here and here, thanks to Cory Doctorow at, the alternate portal to

David Brin’s web log is inaccessible from much of Asia and parts of Australia so he set up an alternate portal. Check it out if you get stuck.

Free sheet music directory

November 8, 2005

Free sheet music directory at

Nice resource for online sheet music.