Cory Doctorow has a good writeup over at the awesomely cool Boing Boing about his troubles with iTunes Digital Resource Management (DRM).
It’s exactly the kinds of issues Doctorow is going through that keeps me from spending any money at the iTunes Music Store. Not that it’s Apple’s fault, per se; it seems they did a really good job of talking the troglodytic music publishers into a semblance of a sane DRM scheme. Here’s Apple’s brief and breezy explanation of the scheme.
As a person who goes between different computers all the time and does Strange and Disturbing things to operating systems, adding the overhead of authorizing and deauthorizing machines so that I can listen to music I’ve bought is a complete show stopper.
Still loving the iTunes Music Store, though. It’s a great way to sample music. I’m just not going to buy anything from there and add DRM hassles to my life. Hopefully with time the labels are going to wake up and smell the burning vinyl.
Music: “Rise Above” by Black Flag [Opens in iTunes]
Posted Friday, 26 March, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.