[unisog] DMCA notices - RIAA admits mistake

Michael Holstein michael.holstein at csuohio.edu
Thu Nov 2 14:15:08 GMT 2006

I got a private mea culpa too. Search the archives .. this isn't exactly 
an "isolated" incident .. I just think the public chatter about it made 
them apologize this time.

Interestingly, there's only two ways they could transpose the IPs since 
we have the whole /16 .. and neither of those had any traffic either.

If we assume they messed up the other octets, then it could be 
Bloomington University or George Air Force Base -- if they really just 
"transposed" them with adjacent numbers.

I mean seriously .. how hard is it to write a script that keeps an IP 
address straight? Every one I've written just converts it to decimal 
(makes SQL queries faster) and then expands it back out when needed.

Unless, of course, you don't get $a $b $c $d in the right order because 
you don't know the alphabet (credit to Paul Gregg and Google for this 
snippet, btw)

$decimal = $_;
     $d = $_ % 256; $_ -= $d; $_ /= 256;
     $c = $_ % 256; $_ -= $c; $_ /= 256;
     $b = $_ % 256; $_ -= $b; $_ /= 256;
     $a = $_;

Oh .. wait .. these folks are the same ones that think "Dog" is spelled 
with two "g"s. :)


Michael Holstein CISSP GCIA
Cleveland State University

Young, Beth A. wrote:
> We had a couple of complaints sent to us yesterday and couldn't verify
> any of them.  Today, we got the following email from the RIAA. 

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