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what’s “yours” isn’t necessarily really “yours”

Posted by eric on October 28, 2005

Declaration of InDRMpendence (ZDNet)
Every day, I get the ZDNet Tech Update Today email. Usually I just glance over it. But today’s had an interesting article about Motorola’s ROKR and how it’s actually not doing all that well. At the bottom, was a link to this “declaration,” a previous article by the same author. I was already familiar with the situation he mentioned at the top, about the difficulty of playing digitally-purchased music on a home stereo, having read that article a few months ago. As much as everyone sings the praises of iTunes et al, it’s not necessarily all it’s cracked up to be.

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the digital switch

Posted by eric on October 23, 2005

Senate Looks to Spend $3B on Digital TV
The digital conversion date keeps getting pushed back. I think everyone was supposed to start broadcasting DTV next year. Now, analog signals will be switched off at the end of 2008/early 2009. Of course, everyone will need a digital TV (or conversion box) to get the signals. And Congress doesn’t want anyone to be unable to watch TV. So they want to help people afford the converters. To the tune of $3B. Your tax dollars at work.

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Posted by eric on October 12, 2005

The Washington Post has an editorial about a proposed exception to campaign financing laws for Internet ad spending. Basically, it would consider the Internet to *not* be a method of “public communication.” Right now, it’s the subject of a House hearing. Interesting.
(via Slashdot)

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