2002 December 16

(entry last updated: 2002-12-16 17:17:14)

Who can figure out what Philips is up to with this product? Since they seem to have caved on the CD protection activity, is this software a way around, or a way to maintain, control?

CNet reports the close of the Jon Johnasen (of DeCSS) trial. (The ZDNet version has Talkbacks from the readers.) Slashdot had a report on Saturday with some information.

Lik Sang is back in the games (but not mod-chip) business in time for Christmas.

In case you were wondering about the director of Total Information Awareness, Wired tells you how to find out all you might want to start with.

Although the Australian libel ruling has gotten a lot of feathers ruffled, there are some contrary views.

Wired covers the pending release of some carefully crafted licenses from Creative Commons.

ZDNet has assembled all their ElcomSoft/Sklyarov articles into one place.

Last year the NYTimes Magazine gave a list of current ideas; this year’s list has a couple of notable memes from the past year:

The Times also profiles the record industry and its efforts to adapt to a changing environment. Of course, tha article also points out “But if record executives are singing a kinder, gentler tune, it is because, in effect, they have no choice.

Slashdot discusses Bandlink, a technology that purports to allow your computer to report on your CD playing if you listen using a machine on the network.

Robert X. Cringeley gives his thoughts about how the record industry ought to change, and why. He makes a good point that is frequently missed when talking about this (although see David Bowie’s piece):

So digital technology may ultimately mean bands have to make their money the old-fashioned way — by touring, selling out concerts, constantly writing new music, and ignoring the undercurrent of their older music being free. To those readers who decried my emphasis on rock music examples over classical or jazz, those two genres are already living in the future where musicians survive by performance rather than because they have a recording contract. If they had to rely solely on record sales, Branford Marsalis and Yo-Yo Ma would starve.

EETimes reports that SmartCards seem to be the current consensus platform to “solve” the potential digital piracy problem for digital television. Slashdot discussses, including this link to an article from July and the resulting Slashdot discussion then