Feeds

Why Whack-a-Tard won't save music

P2P: the next generation

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Any recording business executive celebrating the court victory over The Pirate Bay should have been in San Francisco this weekend for a reality check. Attending CodeCon 2009 would have brought them swiftly down to earth, and emphasised the futility of trying to prevent P2P file sharing. What's the point, when you can make money off it instead?

Legal "victories" become ever more expensive - and Pyrrhic. I didn't hear a word of anti-copyright rhetoric from the hardcore coders here unlike the poseurs at Pirate Bay. Instead, there were demonstrations of working code designed to enhance the security of users. The fact that this ingenuity was designed to obscure music lovers from snoopers is a consequence of how the incentives are lined up today. If P2P was legal - in controlled, licensed situations - these coders would be coding great music services.

(If you think Pirate Bay or Rapidshare is as good as music services can get, you are suffering from a severely crippled imagination).

Various projects suggested that detecting copyright infringers may soon become a whole lot harder.

A project called OneSwarm builds on the existing BitTorrent legacy and adds a layer of privacy. The original source and destination of material is obscured - you only know the first hop - and that's a chosen circle of friends.

Two presentations discussed the anonymous Tor network. The Switzerland "Test Your ISP" tool for tinfoil hatters is intended to measure ISP throttling, (in the UK we're throttled and metered up the wazoo already), while another TorFlow monitors the network for stress and capacity.

I'll deal in more detail with Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn's presentation of the Tahoe secure file system shortly - it merits a full story. Tahoe isn't strictly a media sharing service - but helps allay concerns that when you host data remotely, the hoster may be snooping.

CodeCon, the demo show created by Len Sassaman and Bram Cohen, was back after a two year hiatus. It seems appropriate moment for a boot-strapping coders' workshop, that was born in the 2002 recession to return. El Reg covered the early years, with Jorn Barger of Robot Wisdom guest correspondent in 2005. Welcome back. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes
Latest bleeding-edge bits borrow Action Center from Windows Phone
Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email
Print this article out and give it to someone tech-y if you get stuck
Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all
Sneak peek at security features Redmond's baking into new OS
FTDI yanks chip-bricking driver from Windows Update, vows to fight on
Next driver to battle fake chips with 'non-invasive' methods
UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan
'Veteran Unix Admins' fear desktop emphasis is betraying open source
Entity Framework goes 'code first' as Microsoft pulls visual design tool
Visual Studio database diagramming's out the window
Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...
Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.