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New Chgo Trib column with lots of DRM argument links

It's focused on the current controversy regarding Amazon's upcoming download service, but IMO the links are far better reading.

"Chicago to my mind was the only place to be. ... I above all liked the city because it was filled with people all a-bustle, and the clatter of hooves and carriages, and with delivery wagons and drays and peddlers and the boom and clank of freight trains. And when those black clouds came sailing in from the west, pouring thunderstorms upon us so that you couldn't hear the cries or curses of humankind, I liked that best of all. Chicago could stand up to the worst God had to offer. I understood why it was built--a place for trade, of course, with railroads and ships and so on, but mostly to give all of us a magnitude of defiance that is not provided by one house on the plains. And the plains is where those storms come from." -- E.L. Doctorow

Never apply a Star Trek solution to a Babylon 5 problem.

I am not merely a "consumer" or a "taxpayer". I am a Citizen of the United States.

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New Oh my dear lord.
As used in this Agreement, "Authorized Device" means any personal computer or portable media player meeting minimum system requirements that Amazon may establish from time to time or other device that Amazon may authorize from time to time. You may only view Digital Content on Authorized Devices.

Here is your list of authorized devices. Today we're mad at Dell, so you can't use their pcs anymore.

This is unbelievable.
Too much of today's music is fashionable crap dressed as artistry.Adrian Belew
New True meaning of digital convergence
creation of a vertically integrated system of content distribution, with an oligopoly and/or cartel controlling all levels, so as to bind you into their system and fees, similar in manner to how msft bound the business world into their software via the .doc version incompatibility upgrade cycle.

It'll all be about wooing the content providers (read Artists) into using one or another of these systems. Some people (read Madonna) will get huge payoffs; others will be cut out entirely.
--\n-------------------------------------------------------------------\n* Jack Troughton                            jake at consultron.ca *\n* [link|http://consultron.ca|http://consultron.ca]                   [link|irc://irc.ecomstation.ca|irc://irc.ecomstation.ca] *\n* Kingston Ontario Canada               [link|news://news.consultron.ca|news://news.consultron.ca] *\n-------------------------------------------------------------------
New Fits perfectly the Trotskyite origins of the current cabal
- as well as those of all the popular Dystopias we always enjoyed being horrified-by: until We noticed that We R'One.

The fog creeps in on little pussy-cat feet

     Chgo Trib column with lots of DRM argument links - (lincoln) - (3)
         Oh my dear lord. - (bepatient) - (2)
             True meaning of digital convergence - (jake123) - (1)
                 Fits perfectly the Trotskyite origins of the current cabal - (Ashton)

Might as well recite a poem in Swahili.
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