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April Fool's Day 2006!

This tongue-in-cheek announcement was posted on our web site on April 1st, 2006.

STUDIOS MOVE TO THWART ILLEGAL FILE SWAPPING USING CODE CO-OP

MPAA Companies Take Action Against Reliable Software whose Peer-To-Peer Version Control System, Code Co-op, is Used by Millions


Fools ImageLos Angeles, 04/01/06-- The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) on behalf of the major motion picture studios today filed a lawsuits in federal courts across the country against Reliable Software, whose P2P version control system is responsible for facilitating illegal swapping of copyrighted files between millions of users around the world. They provide a very efficient and easy to use program that encourages people to traffic in copyrighted motion pictures, televisions shows, music, software and games. By taking action against this company today, MPAA aims to build on its effort to shut down major pirate networks by thwarting their supply of Peer-To-Peer version control systems as their means of distribution. "Software companies who abuse technology to facilitate infringements of copyrighted works by millions of people are not anonymous – they can and will be stopped," said John G. Malcolm, Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the MPAA. "Disabling these powerful networks of illegal file distribution is a significant step in stemming the tide of piracy on the Internet." The following are the excerpts from the Code Co-op Help file.

"The best way to organize your illegal copies of copyrighted materials is to create a separate Code Co-op project for each movie. This way, when a member of your illegal peer-to-peer network wants to share your movie, he or she can simply join the particular project. The movie will be chopped into manageably sized chunks and e-mailed to your friend. If any piece of the movie is lost in transport, Code Co-op will automatically request a resend of this piece. Once all the chunks are received, they are assembled by Code Co-op and the movie is ready to be played. Enjoy sneaking under the MPAA radar!"

Today's lawsuits mark the first time the MPAA is taking action against version control systems that enable their users to easily find and download illegal content.


About the MPAA: The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) serves as the voice and advocate of the American motion picture, home video and television industries from its offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Its members include: Buena Vista Pictures Distribution; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.; Paramount Pictures; Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.; Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation; Universal City Studios, LLP; and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. # # #

April Fool's Day 2005!

This tongue-in-cheek announcement was posted on our web site on April 1st, 2005. Many thanks to all of those who sent us congratulations. And no, Reliable Software is not for sale!

Microsoft Acquires Reliable Software

Balmer PhotoIn a joint statement issued on April 1st, 2005, Bartosz Milewski and Steve Ballmer announced the acquisition of Reliable Software by Microsoft Corporation for an astonishing amount of money.

Ballmer said he was very excited about the technology developed by Reliable Software, and by the prospect of incorporating it in the upcoming release of the Windows operating system code named Loinhorn. "I love this little company!!!", shouted Ballmer, "I want Code Co-op to become part of Windows."

Jim Allchin, the VP of running things into the ground, announced that Reliable Software's version control system will become part of the NT kernel. "Their code is so much better than the rest of the kernel," said Allchin, "that it can only improve things in the Longhaul."

Bill Gates had a look at the Code Co-op source code and was left speechless. "I can't believe they were able to maintain this kind of code quality for so long," he wrote on a piece of paper. "Of course, this will change now," he added.

In after-hour trading, Microsoft stock gained 16% on the acquisition news.

Will Code Co-op go to Mars?

Programmers at NASA haven't yet started thinking about what version control system to use in the first colony on Mars, but there is no doubt in our minds that Code Co-op is the only such system that fits the bill.

Just think about it--the distance between the Earth and Mars varies between 0.5 and 2.5 AU (astronomical units). Even during the closest approach, radio signals traveling with the speed of light take 8 min to make the round trip between our two planets. No existing version control system, except for Code Co-op, can work effectively under such conditions. Just imagine synchronizing a software project on Mars with the server on Earth (the users of VSS using VPN already know the pain).

So how would Code Co-op work on Mars? There would probably be a few software projects started even before the take-off. The computers on the spaceship would join these projects while still on Earth. All source code would thus be duplicated. During the long flight to Mars, both teams--the Earth one and the Space one--would keep making changes to the code. Each time one of the groups made a check-in, the incremental diff would be sent across space to the other group. Code Co-op not only sends minimum amount of information necessary for synchronization, it also uses a very effective compression algorithm.

Once on Mars, the development would still proceed on both ends. It would become even more essential that the two teams be able to work while disconnected, since most of the time either the Mars colony would be facing away from the Earth or NASA would be facing away from Mars. They would probably start using Code Co-op's unique ability to synchronize through email. Synchronization scripts would simply wait in a mail server until the connection is re-established.

For now, we hope to be able to test Code Co-op on the Moon in not so distant future. We'll keep you posted.

The New Improved CD?

Here's something to think about every time you slide a CD into your CD player:

Q: Why doesn't the player display the title of the CD, the name of the band and the title of the currently playing track? Come on, we are not talking rocket science here--adding a little bit of metadata to a CD and telling the hardware manufactures about it (they'd immediately use it, not to be outdone by the competition). Why, indeed?

A: The only reason I can think of is that the producers of CDs have no interest in innovating.

Q: When does a whole industry lose interest in innovation?

A: When there's no competition.

Q: How is it possible, in a free-market economy, to have no competition?

A: You have to establish a monopoly or create a cartel.

Q: Is it legal?

A: No, it is not legal! However, if you have a lot of money and hire lots of lawyers and lobbyists, you can get away with it.

Q: What do you do if a new technology threatens your monopoly? For instance, the Internet, P2P networks, and MP3s?

A: You stifle the new technology using the leverage you have developed to protect your monopolistic position. You lobby the politicians who are in your pocket, and you unleash your lawyers to sue everybody who can threaten your position.

Q: Who pays for all this?

A: We do, whenever we buy a CD.

It's interesting to compare the two technologies--the stagnant, customer unfriendly CD technology; and the vibrant, innovative Internet technologies. Just take the overpriced, unfriendly CD and put it in your computer's CD-ROM drive. If you have any kind of media player (for instance, the one built-in into Windows) and an Internet connection, the computer will scan the tracks on the CD and compare them with the huge Internet database. It will be able to deduce what CD it is, and download all the information about it. Not only will you be able to see the title of the CD and all of its tracks--you'll get much more. You'll have access to a wealth of information about the band, their music, their discography, and even the lyrics of their songs. Powerful technology--just to accomplish something that could have been easily incorporated into the CD itself. And, unlike the CD, all this friendly service is provided for no additional charge.

Your Government at Work

CNN Jun 18: Sen. Orrin Hatch endorsed technology that would twice warn a computer user about illegal online behavior, "then destroy their computer."

Whoa! That's pretty extreme, isn't it? Orrin must be really mad at all those copyright breakers. I bet his constituency consists mostly of copyright holders.

What's that? The senator himself earned $18,000 last year in song-writing royalties. Now, that makes sense. Just imagine how much more he would have earned if people weren't pirating his hot songs left and right in a copyright-breaking frenzy.

I had to check this guy out. First I started a search using my favorite pirateware, Shereaza, for those illegal mp3s with bootlegged versions of Orin's creations. While the search was in progress, I visited his musical web site hatchmusic.com. This guy is HOT! He has like 9 CDs on his NEW list alone, with titles like:

  • How His Glory Shines
  • America United
  • Heal Our Land
  • My God Is Love
  • Freedom's Light

The last one got highest accolades from the former First Couple itself. George and Barbara had this to say: "Freedom's Light is an inspiring patriotic album...that will thrill all who hear it."

Quickly, back to Shereaza. MUST HAVE HIS SONGS! I can't waste time waiting for the CDs to arrive. But damn it! There are no hits! What a disappointment! Not even the Bushes are sharing Orrin's mp3s with the rest of us. How is Orrin supposed to spread his love or heal our land? For a fee?

Suddenly I am seeing Orrin's gospel in a different light. So, when he says, "Jesus' Love is Like a River," is he planning on starting a ferry service and collecting a toll? What does he mean by "Put Your Arms Around the World"? What kind of arms are we talking about? Little remote-activated chips filled with semtex, hidden inside every computer? Is "Freedom's Light" something you see when your computer blows up in your face?

However, after much thought, I decided that I am for Orrin's bold proposal. With one little modification--it should only apply to people who download Orrin's own music (illegally or otherwise). Their computers should indeed be destroyed without warning. If you think the same, please contact the senator.