Personally, I think the very first question that should be asked whenever a movie or television studio releases its content for download, or whenever some new multimedia device or phone comes out, is what Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology (otherwise known as CRAP -- Cancellation, Restriction, And Punishment) it's intertwined with?
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[I wrote this piece before the passport ID fiasco came to light. I think its points are still valid.
[Update: Since first publishing this story, another small business person has come forward with the details of a very similar threatening letter that she received] Has Apple gone too far? Even if the product you make doesn't look, smell, feel, or do anything remotely close to what an iPod does, and even if consumers can't buy it on the shelves in a store, that apparently doesn't mean Apple won't release its legal dogs on you if the name of your product includes the letters P-O-D.
Yesterday, Bruce Schneier suprised us with a post about security of a different sort -- one that had to do with the doping scandal surrounding Floyd Landis. Landis crossed the finish line in the Tour de France with the best time of all the riders but his urine samples which tested positive for inhuman testosterone levels have cast an immense shadow of doubt over his victory as well as the sport of cycling, if not all of professional sports.
If you're like me and you're worried about the way that entertainment industry is using Digital Rights Management technology, the Digital Millenium...
I don't know how many phone calls my house gets in a day that say "name unavailable" on the caller ID. Have you ever wondered who's calling?
Given the delays to the release of Windows Vista and the grief that's causing to system resellers, it looks like some sort of upgrade coupon is in the works. This follows news that Microsoft will be going to additional lengths to assuage customers that are signed up for the company's Software Assurance plan.
If you're like me, then you're probably one of those people who often procrastinates when Microsoft's Update component either tells you it has updates to install, or asks if you want to reboot now or later (after installing an update). Because of whatever applications I have open, what's going on in those apps, and what a pain it would be to get back to that state, the loss in productivity means that I can almost never afford to reboot when Microsoft Update wants me to.
The new tech publishing moguls, following in the footsteps of Jason Calacanis' Weblogs Inc. and Nick Denton's Gawker network, are moving fast to expand their networks and coverage.
The other day, I had a discussion with my four year-old son whom I believe to be a budding entomologist. He's never happier than when bugs are crawling all over him.