Engadget and DRM: Rights vs. Things We Deserve


So we're I'm a bit behind. Anyway, Boing Boing pointed us to this editorial over on Engadget, where they're taking Apple and EMI to task for not giving them everything they want right freaking now.

Go give it a read. I'm not going to say that I don't agree with a lot of what the author, Ryan, has to say. But here's what I found interesting. I was going to take him to task over what Cory at Boing Boing quoted:

But we don't believe having free, usable, uncrippled media is a feature -- it's a right.

It looks like somebody in the comments took Ryan to task on it already. But what was odd is that I didn't recall reading that particular quote in the article. Instead, I backed up, rooted around and found this:

But we don't believe having free, usable, uncrippled media is a feature -- it's what we deserve, and we demand it.

Huh. And then Ryan mentioned in the comments that he still thinks it's a right:

We believe cripple-free media is a right. Maybe not a constitutional-fight-to-the-death kind of right, but we believe it's a right nonethelesss. It's important to remember that Apple has a very real agenda here, and it's not always just about doing what consumers want.

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By |April 6th, 2007|Stimuli|1 Comment

Ask a Ninja vs. Poetry: Acting Against Mankind

More National Poetry Month madness. This time, not only do you get an explanation of ninja poetry, but you get a review that says everything I ever wanted to say about that crap movie Mystic River. Bonus.

Update: Video has been taken down, alas.

By |April 6th, 2007|Archives|0 Comments

Alka Seltzer vs. An Angry Mob of Food

There's two words that explain why I'm posting this: "bacon snake."

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Found via Boing Boing.

By |April 6th, 2007|Stimuli|0 Comments

No Starch Press Releases Linux Appliance Design: A Hands-On Guide to Building Linux Appliances

April 6, 2007, San Francisco--Modern appliances are complex machines, with processors, operating systems, and application software. While there are books that describe how to run Linux on embedded hardware and books on how to build a Linux application, "Linux Appliance Design" (April 2007, No Starch Press, http://www.nostarch.com/appliance.htm) is the first book to demonstrate how to merge the two to create a Linux appliance.

Linux is the embedded operating system of choice for low-cost development and fast time to market. "Linux Appliance Design" shows how to use Linux to build better appliances-appliances with more types of interfaces, more dynamic interfaces, and better debugged interfaces. Readers learn how to build backend daemons, handle asynchronous events, and connect various user interfaces (including web, frame buffers, infrared control, SNMP, and front panels) to these processes for configuration and control. Linux Appliance Design also introduces the Runtime Access library, which provides a uniform mechanism for user interfaces to communicate with daemons.

The bundled CD includes a prototype appliance-a home alarm system-that supports the book's lessons. It uses a liberal BSD style license, which allows readers to use it as the basis for their own appliances.

"We're continuing to feed the growing hunger for Linux content in the marketplace," said No Starch Press publisher and founder Bill Pollock. "Linux is very well suited for use in appliances, but it's difficult to find engineers who know how to combine both the hardware and software. This book distills the work and experience of four engineers into one very compelling volume."

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Zombie Movie Posters: The World is Theirs

Rob Sacchetto, purveyor of fine artistic zombification techniques (who we've mentioned before), now turns his attention to famous movie posters.

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Panama Creates World's First Weapon of Mass Caffeination

Giant Coffee Mug from Panama

That's right, Cafe Duran in Panama has created a 750 gallon cup of coffee.

This size will soon be available at your local 7-Eleven or QuikTrip for the low, low price of $1.29. Throw in an extra two bits and you could walk away with a donut, too.

Or...could this be the Non-Euclidean size the prophecies (or at least the previous post) foretold? Make peace with your gods.

Found via Slashfood.

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By |April 5th, 2007|Coffee|0 Comments

Why the Starbucks in Arkham Has No Drive-Thru

Starspawn Coffee mug

Because sucking down one of these while in the car is highly inadvisable. Although they do offer three sizes just like a regular Starbucks. Instead of Tall, Grande and Venti, you can have your coffee either Eldritch, Chthonic, or the mack daddy Non-Euclidean. They also have a very Short version called a Gibbous, but you have to ask for that special now--it's no longer listed on the menu.

Mug found via Dagon Industries.

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Guide to Writing Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers

Create automated agents with PHP/CURL to harness the Web

April 2, 2007, San Francisco--The Internet is bigger and better than what a mere browser allows. "Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers: A Guide to Developing Internet Agents with PHP/CURL" (No Starch Press, April 2007, http://www.nostarch.com/webbots.htm) is for programmers and businesspeople who want to take full advantage of the vast resources available on the Web. As author Michael Schrenk demonstrates, there's no reason to let browsers limit the online experience–especially when it's so easy to automate online tasks to suit individual needs.

This new book begins by outlining the deficiencies of browsers, then explains how these deficiencies can be exploited in the design and deployment of task-specific webbots--customized programs that aggregate different sources, filter content for relevant data, and automate online transactions.

Inside "Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers," readers learn how to write fault-tolerant webbots and spiders that:

-download entire websites and parse data from web pages
-manage cookies and decode encrypted files
-automate form submissions and send and receive email
-send SMS alerts to cell phones
-unlock password-protected websites
-automatically bid in online auctions
-exchange data with FTP and NNTP servers

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ADV Announces June 5 Releases

HOUSTON, April 2, 2007 —ADV Films, the number one producer-distributor of anime outside of Japan, is pleased to bring you the third volume of Air Gear and the thin-packed Diamond Daydreams Complete Collection. Both of these exciting titles will be available on June 5!

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Fry and Laurie vs. Poetry

More National Poetry Month mayhem. Because everyone's a critic.

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By |April 5th, 2007|TV|0 Comments