I’ve always felt that the debate about digital music was pointless. If record companies and artists try to force people to pay for music, they will lose. Any copy protection scheme will be rapidly broken and the cracked files will be anonymously distributed through things like Freenet. The only way artists will be able to make money directly from the digital distribution of their music is if payment is voluntary. Here is a great essay describing a voluntary payment system. [via HtP’]
KCML. [via Eatonweb] I’ve been thinking about putting together a LifeML XML DTD. You would record all the little details of your day to day life and then run the file through a parser that would make helpful recommendations. It could remind you that it’s time to change your oil again or point out that if you keep eating this way you’ll be a blimp by December. Wouldn’t that be great?
I’m going to Atlanta for work tomorrow, maybe until a week from Friday. Posts should be intermittent at best.
Hmm, that first one sounds disturbingly familiar.
Dangerous New Microsoft Vulnerability Revealed
“The bar is so low for this exploit, and the potential for
damage so high, a lot of people with Visual Basic
knowledge would jump on the Internet to see what they
could do. I’ll bet a lot are doing just that right now.”
Americans too clean for their own good, experts warn
“If you’re bacteria, you’re not just going to sit down and give up,” he said. “You’re going to develop new forms.” Heh, heh.