Aardvark Daily aardvark (ard'-vark) a controversial animal with a long probing nose used for sniffing out the facts and stimulating thought and discussion.

NZ's leading source of Net-Industry news and commentary since 1995
Australasia's "New Economy" News And Commentary Site
Headlines | XML feed | Contact | New Sites | Press Bin | Job Centre | News Search | For Sale
Note: This column represents the opinions of the writer and as such, is not represented as fact
Lighten Up 23 November 2001 Edition
Previous Edition

Million $ Ideas
At last, the contents of Aardvark's "million-dollar ideas" notebook are revealed for all to see!
Click To See
More wierd, wonderful and whacky stuff from the world wide web.

You'll need the Apple quicktime media player for this site but it's worth a look.

Burn & Get Burnt?
The local recording industry has started up a campaign designed to try and reduce the number of pirated music CDs floating around the country.

Need Cutting-Edge Copy?
As NZ's longest-running online commentator, I'm looking for extra syndication opportunities for this daily publication -- or I'm happy to write casual or regular material specifically to order for print or Net-based publications. If you're interested, drop me a line

They say that unauthorized copying is costing the industry nearly $100 million a year -- and that's a lot of money.

Threats of legal action have begun to fly and the campaign warns that such copying is illegal.

Readers Say
(updated hourly)
From Yesterday...
  • A real cynic... - David
  • Generous Microsoft?... - Peter
  • It's worse even than that... - Alan
  • Have Your Say

    Then there's the "lets tug at their heartstrings" pitch in which they claim that copying music CDs takes money out of the pockets of the hard-working musicians -- especially local artists.

    Okay, I think we must all agree that selling or giving away unauthorised copies of copyrighted material is theft -- plain and simple.

    However, the music industry shouldn't cry in its dinner quite so much -- at least not until they offer a somewhat better deal to both the customers and the recording artists.

    As acknowledged by those conducting the campaign -- the media is dirt-cheap -- so why are prerecorded CDs so damned expensive to purchase?

    Compare the cost of a blank cassette with the cost of a CDR disk -- then look at the price of an album on CD and the same album on cassette. Why is the industry gouging CD-album buyers so much? Could it be simply because they can?

    Let me also repeat a bitch I've made before in this column -- why can't we have a scratched CD recording replaced for the cost of the media and handling instead of having to buy a whole new recording??? If it's good enough for tough-minded software vendors like Microsoft to have such a policy, why can't the recording industry do the same?

    What about those poor local recording artists?

    From what I've heard, they get a pretty rough deal from the recording industry anyway -- seeing very little of the hefty retail price obtained for each CD. It becomes hard to feel sorry for the recording industry when the recording artist sees little more than pocket-change out of each sale.

    Here's a tip for the recording industry: start giving the customer and the artist a reasonable deal and they'll probably be less inclined to steal your intellectual property.

    And another tip: if you treat everyone like a thief by copy-protecting your CDs and mounting witch-hunts then what have people got to lose by stealing your stuff?

    I think the final word should go to the girl who presents the Juice TV Music News when she refered to the campaign as: "Burn or Get Burnt" -- possibly by accident, possibly by way of a Freudian slip.

    Save The Aardvark Fund
    Yes, I have had several donations to the Aardvark fund and I thank those who put their money where their mouse is :-)

    If guilt is gnawing away inside you then there's still time to donate.

    Just drop by and hand over your loot.

    Free News Syndicated From 7amNews.com
    Add it to your own site


    Add Aardvark To Your Own Website!
    Got a moment? Want a little extra fresh content for your own website or page?

    Just add a couple of lines of JavaScript to your pages and you can get a free summary of Aardvark's daily commentary -- automatically updated each and every week-day.

    Aardvark also makes a summary of this daily column available via XML using the RSS format. More details can be found here.

    Contact me if you decide to use either of these feeds and have any problems.

    Did you tell someone else about Aardvark today? If not then do it now!

    There are new Vacancies Last added 2 Oct In The Job Centre

    There are 14 Domain Names for sale

    Security Alerts
    Admins asked to check buggy line printer daemons (AAP - 08/11/2001)

    New vulnerability exposes Excel and PowerPoint macros ZDNet - 29/10/2001)

    Microsoft tightens software security (CNet - 16/08/2001t)

    Code Red Worm A 'Runaway Success' (7amNews - 20/07/2001)

    Virus Alerts
    Finaldo worm on the crawl (ZDNet - 09/11/2001)

    Tripple-threat Worm Strikes (Aardvark - 19/09/2001)

    New worm spreading slowly (CNet - 4/09/2001)

    Bookmark This Page Now!


    NZL Sites
    NZ Netguide
    NZ Herald Tech
    PC World NZ
    NZOOM Technology

    AUS Sites
    Fairfax IT
    Australian IT
    AFR Tech
    AUS Netguide
    NineMSN Tech
    APC Magazine

    USA Sites
    CNNfn Tech
    Yahoo Tech
    ZDNet Tech
    USA Today Tech
    7am.com SciTech

    UK Sites
    The Register
    BBC SciTech


    The Day's Top News
    Open in New Window = open in new window
    New Zealand

    Open in New Window Music thiefs under attack
    New Zealand music-makers are out to get tough on compact disc pirates...

    Open in New Window Clear, Telstra networks already alike
    Clear Communications has something in common with its new owner, TelstraSaturn, even before the ink dries on the $435 million deal...


    Open in New Window New Hacker Tool Could Target Web Servers -Experts
    Computer security experts say they have discovered a new rapidly spreading program that malicious hackers could use to shut down Web servers via a popular instant messaging platform...

    Open in New Window Tech Industry Pins Hopes on Fast Internet
    Technology and telecoms firms could kickstart their languishing business if they can get the high-speed Internet into homes and small offices...

    Open in New Window 'Bin Laden' virus spreading in China
    A virus that sends abusive messages about the US president through e-mail and across ICQ instant messaging is spreading in China, according to reports...

    Open in New Window Sony hedges bets with DVD formats
    The consumer electronics giant is coming out with DVD+RW drives and discs but plans to continue to support competing formats...

    Open in New Window Small WinXP sales boom - not many sold
    News is filtering out of what must surely be one of the smallest sales booms ever - Microsoft, it would appear, has run out of Additional Family License packs for Windows XP...
    The Register


    Open in New Window Mobile phone prices set to rise in Australia
    The cost of buying a mobile phone in Australia is about to soar as telcos prepare to remove subsidies that have kept the prices of handsets down...

    Open in New Window Aliz worm strikes Japan, lays low in Australia
    Australia so far has been spared an outbreak of the Aliz (W32.Aliz.Worm), which has increased its distribution in Japan to such an extent that Symantec has raised the offender to a threat level three...


    Open in New Window Charities failing to net from the web
    Charities are failing to exploit the full potential of their websites, including lucrative fundraising opportunities, an exclusive survey...
    The Guardian

    Open in New Window Pop goes the music industry’s profit
    When EMI reported steep first-half losses this week, the British music giant downplayed digital piracy as the source of its slumping sales...

    Open in New Window Internet Addicts Drain Finances of British Firms
    On average, staff spend three hours a week surfing the net for personal reasons. The cost of this time-wasting works out as 7.5 percent of the salary paid to each employee...

    Open in New Window Hardware Behind the Consoles - Part I: Microsoft's Xbox
    Hardware and games go hand in hand; since it is the gaming industry which drives a significant portion of hardware sales, at least for enthusiast users...

    Open in New Window Silent sensors lie in wait for bin Laden
    Hi-tech sensors scattered over the mountains and valleys of Afghanistan will be playing a key part in tracking down Osama Bin Laden...
    New Scientist

    Looking For More News or Information?

    Search WWW Search Aardvark
    Try the Aardvark News Search page or look here.co.nz

    Privacy Policy | Copyright © 2001, Bruce Simpson, free republication rights available on request

    jet engine page