This could almiost be as big as 'Don't copy that floppy'
With MC Double Def DP.
Symantec has teamed up with rapper Snoop Dogg to launch a cybercrime rap contest. Participants are invited to bust some rhymes on the subject of malware, hacking and botnets for the chance to win an all expenses paid trip to LA to attend a Snoop gig and meet his people, if not the rapper himself. Winners get a Toshiba laptop …
Wow, you've listened to all rap music ever? Or could it be that you don't really know what you are talking about?
Like any popular genre of music there is a lot of crud in "rap", but to say there's never been any good rap music is just ignorant. I'd suggest "Fear of a black planet" by P.E., SpeakerBoxx by Outkast, Stepfather by People Under The Stairs, Jeru the Damaja's Wrath of the Math, Bizarre Ride to the Pharcyde by The Pharcyde, Power in Numbers by Jurassic 5, Mmm Food by MF DOOM for starters.
(ok, technically these are probably hip-hop, but I'm not clear on what the difference is)
I dislike both opera and country music, but I'm not pompous enough to say that all music from those genres is rubbish. I'm sure there's some good in both if you look hard enough....
"Like any popular genre of music there is a lot of crud in "rap", but to say there's never been any good rap music is just ignorant."
The viewpoint "I don't like any rap music at all" is perfectly valid, not ignorant. Unfortunately the usual term for not liking something is branding it as "crap" or "rubbish," which is not the correct way of saying it.
It's not ignorant to dislike a genre.
Symantec really haven't thought this through, have they ? Just go to the site and take a look at the Twitter stream. A few hours of that, and I suspect that Symantec's senior management will quietly kill the contest, disavowing knowledge of ever owning the domain.
Mine's the one with the mind bleach in one pocket and ear defenders in the other, ta.
* You have to be a legal resident of the USA or DC
* You can't be a freetard
* You can't swear (not much of a rap then, is it!)
* You can't portray violence (not much of a crime rap then, is it!)
* You can't have anyone in the video but you. So no posse to big you up, dancers, backing track, etc.
* You can wear either plain clothes or Symantec-branded clothing. Other phrases, logos and symbols are out.
* You can't even get around that by wearing no clothes.
* You sign away all your rights by entering (unsurprisingly)
I'll be surprised if anything good gets accepted, because the sorts of people who make good rap aren't usually corporate conformist types.
I used to consider "rap" to be what hiphop was called in the late '70's and early 80's, before the term hiphop was coined.
However, nowadays I consider "rap" to be the speech element in a Hiphop track. Again, this is not quite sufficient though, as there are many tunes outside the genre oif Hiphop that contains "rap"
Anyway, do Symantec really think that teaming up with Snoop Dogg will get all the Hiphop fans to purchase their insecure, bloaty, and buggy software?
Maybe I will actually, I like Snoop Dogg that much. <---- lie
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A year after submitting the blueprint, the group will provide additional recommendations that federal and state agencies, service providers, technology companies, schools and other organisations should take to prevent online harassment, which VP Kamala Harris noted often spills over into physical violence, including self-harm and suicide for victims of cyberstalking as well mass shootings.
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