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XKCD on DRM - Journal of Omnifarious

Oct. 14th, 2008

10:44 am - XKCD on DRM

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XKCD has a take on DRM that, while not up to the fantastic levels of insight I sometimes see from that comic, is definitely still right on target.

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From:vastatuuli
Date:October 14th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
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Yeah. I was pissed off when after having to switch Windows XP (without my consent) to Vista I noticed I couldn't play the beautiful songs I had actually paid for. Just taught me not to buy mp3-quality crap that I won't even be able to listen to. Grr!
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From:akashayi
Date:October 14th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
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Heh.

I thought it would be a particularly good comic to use to explain the problems of DRM to people that currently just can't understand it.
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From:omnifarious
Date:October 14th, 2008 08:08 pm (UTC)

I agree, but

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Sadly, it takes a really practical explanation like this rather than arguments about freedom. *sigh* And it's susceptible to the music industry saying "Oh, we'll fix all that!". It sounds like a set of engineering problems, not like a set of fundamentally broken ideology.

But, I suppose, given that the term 'Open Source' worked where the term 'Free Software' didn't, that's really the right kind of argument to be using. It's still kinda depressing though. It explains well why people don't really seem to care that our constitution seems to be mostly paper nowadays.



Edited at 2008-10-14 08:09 pm (UTC)
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From:eonen
Date:October 14th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
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Don't get me started...have you heard about the @#$%ing draconian DRM they put on Spore? The one that allegedly invades your kernel so it's present forever?

EA must burn!
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From:omnifarious
Date:October 15th, 2008 12:03 am (UTC)
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I did hear about that. It's very irritating.

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