Some interesting bits and pieces:
- Now Mark Hurd is involved in the HP spying scandal. (Techdirt again) This is brcoming quite far reaching, and now it looks like it’s not just limited to the board.
- It turns out Microsoft’s Windows Media DRM will now be changed to make it far more onerous than it is now: you won’t be able to back up licences, and if you accidentally copy-protect ripped copies of your own CDs you’ll have to contact Microsoft to restore your usage rights. This is, of course, precisely the sort of scenario in which you cannot use legally acquired content as you see fit, and precisely the sort of scenario that those of us who object to any form of DRM want to avoid. The risk is that DRM will force people to pay for every copy of some piece of content, or every time such content is accessed; it’s not about preventing piracy, because wanting to use legally acquired content in any way you want (short of distributing it without a licence) is exactly what every consumer expects but will not be able to do, without actually preventing DRMed content from being pirated by those determined to do so. This is about squeezing money out of consumers as much as possible, and about locking them in to specific platforms. I for one will not go near WMP 11.
- Quote of the day: On Pluto being demoted: “This is really going to screw up the astrologers.”