mardi 27 mai 2008

Free Ars Friday song: "Ballad of the TCP Reset Packet"

Some Friday afternoon foolishness for your enjoyment. As part of preparing an upcoming feature, I wrote and recorded a little ditty about Comcast's P2P blocking technique and the resulting FCC fallout, as related by one of the TCP reset packets used for that purpose. No, I can't sing, but that never stopped Bob Dylan.

Download an MP3 version of the song here or watch it below. Lyrics follow (and if you can find a better rhyme for "statutory damages," I'd love to hear it). Enjoy!





"Ballad of the TCP Reset Packet"
By Nate Anderson

I'm not an ordinary packet flowing through the tubes
I need to scrub them out to keep the neighborhood's connection lubed
I'm here to make you see a cable company morality
Obfuscation is alright but not uploads that take all night

I'm not an ordinary packet but you wouldn't know it from my face
With my false mustache in place, I'm here to interrupt the pace
Of Kill Bill volumes one and two, don't download them, they're bad for you
Your fair share is not defined but I'll enforce it if you don't mind

Chorus:
Cuz I'm a TCP reset packet (it's true)
Flying down the wire to you
Sent from Comcast above to its users with love
I'm a TCP reset packet

Don't thank me now you will someday when you are eating cabbages
And see just how I kept you safe from statutory damages
I'm legal and a good idea, you don't have a thing to fear
Like Superman, you can't stop me, unless you call the FCC

At the hearing, Harvard's hallowed halls became a comfy bed
Our employees work so hard, without the rest they'd soon be dead
All this talk is sure terrific, but it's also soporific
Set me free to innovate, I see no need to regulate!

Chorus:
Cuz I'm a TCP reset packet (it's true)
Flying down the wire to you
Sent from Comcast above to its users with love
I'm a TCP reset packet

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