iTunes 4.5 DRM cracked

I think this is an encouraging sign. For a while now the rhetoric around copy-protection has been that no DRM scheme will prevent piracy because they will all be cracked in short order. But most DRM formats have gone for a long time without any high-profile tool for converting them to unprotected formats. Now it seems that the DRM arms race has begun, with the iTunes 4.5 format being cracked within 24 hours of its release. How long will this have to go on before the media industries give up on DRM?

Interview with Miguel de Icaza

Netcraft: Interview with Miguel de Icaza, co-founder of Gnome, Ximian and Mono.
>We have a lot of existing customers which are also considering Linux desktop migrations and rolling out some of these programs, so we’re learning from them. For example, in Extramadura and Andalucia they’ve been going out for two years now with these deployments. They have 200,000 deployed seats and they’re going towards 400,000 deployed seats by the end of the summer on pure Linux, Gnome, Mozilla, OpenOffice desktops. They’re two very, very large deployments, probably the largest deployments of Linux desktops today. These are being used by kids, by grandmothers.

Jack Valenti interview

_The Tech_ has a hilarious interview with Jack Valenti, president of the MPAA and chief advocate of restricting how you can use your computer.

> TT: No, you said four years ago that people under Linux should use one of these licensed players that would be available soon. They’re still not available — it’s been four years.

>JV: Well why aren’t they available? I don’t know, because I don’t make Linux machines.

>Let me put it in my simple terms. If you take something that doesn’t belong to you, that’s wrong. Number two, if you design your own machine, you can’t fuss at people, because you’re one of just a few. How many Linux users are there?

>TT: About two million.

>JV: Well, I can’t believe there’s not any — there must be a reason for… Let me find out about that. You bring up an interesting question — I don’t know the answer to that… Well, you’re telling me a lot of things I don’t know.

A Dog’s Life

Globe Magazine: “When scientists at the Tufts veterinary school fractured the legs of six dogs to see how they healed, and then euthanized the dogs, all in the name of research, the ensuing outcry reopened the argument over how far is too far when it comes to using animals to advance medicine.”



>For those of you who haven’t heard about the project before, Randompixel is a collection of disposable cameras, each swaddled in stickers instructing the weilder to take some pictures, then hand the camera off to someone else, a stranger, a friend, anyone. They take pictures, hand it off, and so on. When the camera’s full, they drop it in a mailbox and it makes its way back to me, where I get it developed and scanned, then post it for all the web to see.