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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Decent K@W article on tomorrow's digital living room. ""Sony has missed so many opportunities," says Fader." Amen. The article doesn't really get into why, but Sony's suffering at the hands of itself is well-documented and a fascinating anecdote for why the restrictiveness proposed by the content industries is bad for both the technology companies and the content industries themselves.
Not sure I agree with the author's assessment of "The problem: Consumers are slow to move." The TiVo example is well-taken, but attempts at conversion simply haven't been done right before. I think the iPod makes a nice example of what happens when things just click and are made effortless for the end-user--I'm much happier hacking together a MythTV box, but the (perhaps very small!) non-geek part of me realizes that most people aren't. The iPod sure wasn't the first jukebox MP3 player. It was just the one that had the right combination of ease of use, features, and cachet to reach critical mass. For another example of content industry-induced death of technology, look at Akimbo.

Lifehacker post on how to back up iPod brings up a frustration with iTMS/DRM: once the song is lost, it's lost for good. I know I bought one song through iTunes, and then switched back to WinAmp and haven't played that song since. Online stores need receipts to confirm and let you redownload your purchases.

Police and child porn conference. Nice mishmash of terms, but despite the use of P2P as a term, it fails to mention anything that resembles P2P networking.

Future of TV spots shorter than 30 minutes? Seems obvious, but the 30 minute spot will be around for a good while yet, I think.

Public Good Problem Overestimated, Rent Seeking Underestimated

The New Surveillance. via Wentworth

The new MIC?

Scientists slow on uptake of collaborative technologies. Scientists do tend to be less inquisitive about technology than one might expect, which has always struck me as strange, but it's definitely there.

WIPO online forum on IP.

Patry finishes the story about Sony with another story about public performance rights. Like literally every single post on Mr. Patry's blog so far, this one's worth a read.

Wired gives more solid details on the broadcast flag's second attempt to pass failing. Includes a link to the report that helped kill it.

The low low price of some content, provided enough hoops are jumped through.



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