November 14th, 2005 by Michael Sauers

Corry Doctorow offers up a timeline of the Sony DRM situation and an open letter from the EFF.

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November 14th, 2005 by Michael Sauers

They’re released another update (service pack 2a) which will allow you to remove the DRM completely along with a “we’re not evil” statement. This version does not require ActiveX and therefore is easily downloadable by non-IE users.

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November 14th, 2005 by Michael Sauers

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November 2nd, 2005 by Michael Sauers

I’ve not posted anything regarding the recent discovery of Sony using RootKit technology to hide its DRM on some music CDs since it’s a little out of my usual scope. However, this article from BetaNews talks about how Sony has released an “update” to the DRM software that “unhides” but doesn’t remove the DRM for your computer. I followed the link to the Sony site with the update to find some more information and when I clicked on the link to the update itself I got this:

Well, it seems that only IE users have the ability to get the “solution” to a piece of software that was installed on their computer without their permission. Way to go Sony.

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February 3rd, 2005 by Michael Sauers

I’ve actually wondered in the past why this hasn’t been done aleady. (If it has I missed it.) G’s favorite band, Good Charlotte, has put out The Young and The Hopeless as a “DualDisc”, a CD on one side and a DVD on the other.

Later: It seems that this is more of a Sony thing than a Good Charlotte thing since Five For Fighting and John Mayer also have DualDiscs available.

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January 26th, 2004 by Michael Sauers

A little less undecided

I’m still not sure on whom I’m supporting in the democratic camp but this bit on Dean’s support for a national ID card suddenly rules him out in my mind. Here’s a sample:

…he called for state drivers’ licenses to be transformed into a kind of standardized national ID card for Americans. Embedding smart cards into uniform IDs was necessary to thwart “cyberterrorism” and identity theft, Dean claimed.
Dean also suggested that computer makers such as Apple Computer, Dell, Gateway and Sony should be required to include an ID card reader in PCs–and Americans would have to insert their uniform IDs into the reader before they could log on. “One state’s smart-card driver’s license must be identifiable by another state’s card reader,” Dean said. “It must also be easily commercialized by the private sector and included in all PCs over time–making the Internet safer and more secure.”

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December 16th, 2003 by Michael Sauers

Web-slingin’ fun

The trailer for the next Spider-Man movie is now available.

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