In response to the difficulties I've been having getting my $20,000 whole home audio/video setup to play the 99 cent songs I'm purchasing online, several readers wrote to me about a Russian outfit that they thought was legally selling digital music a la carte without wrapping the music in any digital rights management (DRM) envelopes.
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Here at MIT's September 2005 Emerging Technologies Conference, Cisco senior vice president and chief development officer Charles Giancarlo said it's time for a rethink on what a computer is. Harkening back to a Sun tagline that says "The Network is the Computer," Giancarlo talked about how today's network switches are as fast as the backplanes of the computers that are connected to them, creating new opportunities to disintermediate the computer's bus when connecting processors to storage.
The possibility of "supernatural" retribution (and very real jail time) may make even the most chaotic-evil barbarian pause and reflect.
While the people on stage are often rocket scientists and the technical discussions can be extremely dense, MIT's Emerging Technology Conference can be full of great sound bytes and quotes. Here are some from today:I am great sketpic of video conferencing.
You've heard all the talk about Web 2.0 and new Web-centric software platforms.
After my first real exposure to programming EJB3.0, I'm pleasantly surprised to find them less complex and more easy to use.
In his keynote to the approximately 800 attendees at MIT's September 2005 Emerging Technologies conference, Kleiner-Perkins partner Bill Joy (a co-founder of Sun Microsystems) offered his long-discussed six Web framework once again as a way for people to understand what the Internet is and what categories all of its future changes will fall into. This is obviously the way that he thinks about it as a venture capitalist.
Pebble Beach, eat your heart out. If Pennsylvania-based VisViva Golf Inc.
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Over on Digital Media Thoughts, contributing editor Jeremy Charette and friends are tearing apart the problem I'm having playing 99 cent downloads on my $20,000 whole home entertainment system.