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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's and Apple's DRM-laden Products Abandoned

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft's and Apple's DRM-laden Products Abandoned
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2010 21:31:20 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Xbox Live should not be advertising cosmetics

,----[ Quote ]
| If I cancel my paid subscription to Xbox 
| Live this week (which, let's be honest, is 
| a empty threat at best), it's in protest to 
| what I'm about to have an almighty hissy 
| fit about.
| Here's the vexation: When I switch on my 
| Xbox, I do not expect to have smutty 
| advertisements for body spray thrust in my 
| face. I don't really expect any ads -- I 
| already pay for the service, after all. But 
| if you must promote something, promote some 
| DLC for a game you know I regularly play, 
| perhaps.


iPad Vs HP, Google, Dell, Camangi Slates

,----[ Quote ]
| Interestingly, the iPad will not be 
| challenged from Microsoft but from the 
| sleeping-giant Gnu-Linux. Here is a 
| comparison with some of the to-be-released 
| Gnu-Linux powered tablets.


Hold On Apple, Amazon Brings Kindle Flood 

,----[ Quote ]
| Most blogs and reports are putting the iPad 
| in direct competition with Amazon's Kindle. 
| Some even say that the iPad will kill 
| Kindle; it seems Muktware* (Gnu-Linux) 
| powered Kindle is hard to kill.  


Education and the iPadâs architecture of control

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| Also alarming is how susceptible a closed 
| platform like the iPad could be to 
| exploitation by service and content 
| providers. A closed platform makes it very 
| simple to enforce rigid controls on what 
| kind of content is made available to 
| students. Just think of the AT&T 
| strangehold on iPhone service, and scale 
| that up to textbooks in an entire school 
| district. This monopolistic control is 
| annoying for well-funded, sophisticated 
| consumers of technology. It is disastrous 
| for the poor, and catastrophic for the 
| developing world. Delivering 100 free iPads 
| to a village in West Africa or a struggling 
| school district in Mississippi isn't 
| charity, it's a set of handcuffs. 


How the iPad Could Drive Up College Tuition 

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| That is, costs won't come down unless 
| universities act boldly to replace the 
| expensive texts and butts-in-seats 
| classroom models with mobile, wireless, 
| open-source education.


The iPad is DRM doom, says DRM doom group

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| That said, I donât like DRM, but I dislike 
| the Free Software Foundation (FSF, the 
| actual people behind this âprotestâ) even 
| less. Whereas the area of software patents 
| needs urgent reform and the concept of fair 
| use needs to be defined and codified, these 
| folks want all software to be âfree,â a 
| slippery concept that they describe as 
| âfree as in free speech, not as in free 
| beer.â


Apple iPad is no good for business (says Windows Tablet manufacturer)



O'Reilly drops ebook DRM, sees 104% increase in sales

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| It's been 18 months since O'Reilly, the
| world's largest publisher of tech books,
| stopped using DRM on its ebooks. In the
| intervening time, O'Reilly's ebook sales
| have increased by 104 percent. Now, when you
| talk about ebooks and DRM, there's always
| someone who'll say, "But what about
| [textbooks|technical books|RPG manuals]?
| Their target audience is so wired and
| online, why wouldn't they just copy the
| books without paying? They've all got the
| technical know-how."
| So much for that theory.

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