Finally a dispassionate look at the actual math of the damage copyright violations are causing to the US economy. Including how we now have negative employment in the entertainment industry.
Good talk by Larry Lessig that points out why I have such a hard time choosing a political party.
First up, Wal-Mart has decided to turn off its DRM servers and screw its customers who bought from them. Just like Microsoft did and Yahoo did before them. Tell us again about how DRM is the safe way to buy.
Next up is the great hobby of reenacting. Rule one, only reenact with people who won’t really shoot you. I always thought this was an important rule.
Lastly we have my beloved Orioles who are coming off a truly dreadful season without prospects for much better anytime real soon. In many ways it was a typical season for them, an early hot streak to get the fans excited followed by a complete fade post All Star Game but this year was made worse for me by Tampa Bay doing great and a comment as the fade started by Brian Roberts along the lines of ‘We can’t play every game like a playoff game.’ This is certainly true, baseball’s long season is a marathon not a sprint, however that mindset spoken out loud gave me the impression that nobody was ever playing any game like it was for real so I stopped watching. Worst season for me as a fan ever. Anyhow, the Sun grades the players here, I am harder in my grading on the veterans than they are as I feel a lax attitude from them this year has hurt the many young players the O’s brought up and will slow them down even if they improve.
Edit: Just had to add that Wondermark today sums up my view on the rush to a financial ‘solution’ that the usual idiots are pushing.
So lets say you are a principaled music fan, you only buy legal music online and the whole Digital Rights Management thing never really bothered you. You bought a ton of music from Microsoft, they are the biggest guys in town so you know you are risk free right? Right. Microsoft is about to turn off the servers that have to authorize your music, they cost money to run you know Microsoft doesn’t have any of that, and once they are off you are out of luck the next time you change computers or a hard drive your music is dead forever. Don’t take it badly though, they really appreciate your business. Sucker….
Edited to Add: Microsoft explains, its just too hard and we didn’t really want to do it in the first place and it only effects a few people and you can just make lousy copies and yadda yadda yadda. Sucker.
Buying music online used to be easy. Either you bought from Itunes, who had the biggest catalog or EMusic who were the only major selling mp3s. The frontier is changing now and I thought I would put up some thoughts and tips for shopping online for music. For the purposes of this I will be looking at an album I wanted to pick up, Cthulhu Strikes Back by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets my favorite quirky band of the moment. They are obscure, but not too obscure and can be found on most of the popular sites.