One of the lesser discussed but equally troubling evils of digital rights management technology is what I call the "DRM switcheroo." The DRM switcheroo is where the person or company sitting at the DRM controls over the content you've accumulated under one set of rules switches to a new set of rules.
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Speaking of lists worth keeping, I'm going to start collecting examples of real-world DRM trainwrecks in hopes of better making the point that most people don't realize how much they're giving up when they consciously or sub-consciously use solutions that depend on it. I get a lot of email that accuses me of being a Chicken Little that overblows the situation by saying the sky is falling.
The highlight of WWW2006 today was Danny Weitzner's talk entitled "China: a Broken Link on the Web." (See my notes or his slides.
Mentioning "knowledge centricity" is like using the word "paradigm." People really roll their eyes when the abstract terms slip off tongues as evidenced by the way my colleague Dan Farber characterized my usage of the phrase as a dropped bomb at the end of yesterday's Dan & David Show.
In light of a potentially critical vulnerability and with over 200 million people using his anti-virus solutions, are the comments by Symantec CEO John Thompson about a "Microsoft security monoculture" coming back to haunt him?Associated Press:Symantec Corp.
This week on The Dan & David Show, we cover the roll out of Vista Beta 2 (will it really ship in January?), the Yahoo/eBay tie up, and the ongoing barrage of prognostications about the outcome of a Microsoft and Google battle.
In the first part of my interview with Dave Girouard, vice president and general manager of Google Enterprise, we discussed the general parameters of a Google Office suite. In this part of the interview, Girouard talks about Google search and strategic directions for products directed at business customers.
Have mud. Will sling.According to ZDNet UK's Ingrid Marson, Microsoft is saying that the OpenDocument format is too slow: "The use of OpenDocument documents is slower to the point of not really being satisfactory," Alan Yates, the general manager of Microsoft's information worker strategy, told ZDNet UK on Wednesday.
In a court case that's sure to set some legal and technological precedents that run counter to everything that the Internet and software as a...
SightSpeed released a beta download of its 5.0 version (it's confusingly labeled version 4.