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Trivial Posts #26: Fast Scripts, Slow Games, And A Martian Graveyard

Another week, and another collection of internet links that have made me stop and think during the last week. Hopefully they’ll make you do the same. Never forget you can sign up to have this posted out to you every week, subscribe to the newsletter version here. When Reality Shows Meet Reality As the reality TV season kicks in on prime-time Saturday night television in the United Kingdom, ‘Strictly Come Dancing‘ and ‘The X-Factor‘ are set to dominate the schedules and the social media chat. It’s also a time where the power of the producers and scriptwriters of the shows can be seen impacting the

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Is DRM Amazon’s last walled garden with eBooks?

Kindle review takes a look at why DRM is still such a big thing in eBook markets: DRM means permanent lock-in. Once you get permanent lock-in, readers don’t switch. They don’t switch because the cost of switching is losing all existing books bought from the vendor. Readers are locked-in – once again at the mercy of Gatekeepers. Authors too are at the mercy of the new Gatekeepers. If people don’t leave the two biggest stores because of DRM related lock-in, then we’ve just replaced The Big Six with The Terrible Two. Authors have no means to get to readers without ‘pleasing’ these

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Three hours fighting DRM, or three minutes in the dark corners of the internet

I use ‘a popular music subscription service’ and through circumstance and some bugs I can’t download and listen to one of my favourite albums. The last time this happened it took some serious wiping of data and transferring the data back to be able to get the album past the borked DRM and into my ears. Or I could google the album name and be listening in a few minutes…

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Legal Music Online? What If I Can’t Find It?

Dear BPI, I’ve not recieved one of your lovely letters, but I would like to hear an answer to a point I have regarding music online. What if I can’t find a music track or album online? I’m sure you’re familiar with artists who don’t appear electroncially, such as The Beatles, or do not wish to appear in certain stores (Kid Rock and Garth Brookes to name two). What happens when there is music that I would like to buy, but it’s not available legally? This happened recently; after Eurovision 2008 I decided to grab some of the albums of

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