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[News] What Digital Restrictions Management Means to Linux

  • Subject: [News] What Digital Restrictions Management Means to Linux
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 07 Sep 2009 22:44:15 +0100
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Linux and Digital Rights Management (DRM)

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| The principles of open source software and the film and record companies' 
| perceived need to control how film, video and audio recordings are consumed 
| seem incompatible. This article explores the issues.


10+ buzzwords that should be banned at the office

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| 11: Cutting edge: So modern, itâs to die for. Example: Sleeperamaâs cutting-
| edge mattress will take the country by storm.
| I was going to try to leverage all of the above to produce an essay, but I 
| was afraid that in the effort, I would want to take a cutting edge to my 
| throat. Anyway, word to the wise: Now that these expressions have been 
| officially identified as irritating jargon, you might want to give them up. 
| Unless your boss is planning to circle back to reach out to interface and 
| socialize to your value-add. What can I tell you? It is what it is.


Digital "rights"...


Should the Gates Foundation support Mac, Linux PCs

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| Let me tell you a little story about the imbalance of computer platforms in
| public libraries. The year was 2005. Fairfax County Public Libraries, in
| Fairfax, Virginia, started offering free audiobook downloads in Windows 
| Audio (WMA) file format. These audiobooks could not be heard on any Linux
| computer, Macintosh computer, or iPod. Not only were the audiobooks in WMA
| format, they were under DRM (Digital Rights Management.) So if you happened
| to be blind and you owned an iPod, you could not listen to these audiobooks.
| Then again, blind people don't need to listen to audiobooks, right?
| I engaged in a friendly dialogue with the folks in the Fairfax County Public
| Libraries, who insisted that these audio files could play on Macintosh
| computers. These audio files most decidedly could not play on Macs. I know.
| I've spent about 20 years of my life earning a living as a Mac trainer and
| consultant.

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