"doubleTwist, the firm founded by scourge of DRM manufacturers Jon Lech Johansen (AKA DVD Jon) last March, has released software designed to allow users to share digital media files - including copy protected content - across devices.
doubleTwist desktop allows users to “share and sync digital media without worrying about codecs and bitrates”. The Windows utility will allow users to play a video made on a Nokia smartphone on an iPod or Sony PSP, for example. The software is available as a free download from doubletwist.com. The firm also released a developers kit designed to spur adoption of the technology.”
“What I call middle-class society is any society that becomes rigidified in predetermined forms, forbidding all evolution, all gains, all progress, all discovery. I call middle-class a closed society in which life has no taste, in which the air is tainted, in which ideas and men are corrupt. And I think that a man who takes a stand against this death is in a sense a revolutionary.”—Frantz Fanon
“Wikileaks is developing an uncensorable system for untraceable mass document leaking and public analysis. Our primary interests are in Asia, the former Soviet bloc, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, but we expect to be of assistance to peoples of all countries who wish to reveal unethical behavior in their governments and corporations. We aim for maximum political impact.”—Get it here, Despite the best efforts of the California Legal system.
”Toshiba put HD-DVD out of its misery today. Reuters confirmed this afternoon that it will cease manufacturing HD-DVD equipment, following earlier reports from Japan’s NHK public broadcasting network.
This leaves Blu-Ray as the presumptive victor in the irrelevant optical disk format war. It now must face up to the real competition: the continuing success of DVD and the growing popularity of downloads, both on the internet and on-demand cable TV.
The end comes only a day after Wal-Mart announced it would no longer carry HD-DVD stuff. This will go a long way to confirming the view, long-held by cynics, that the mega-retailer always held the executioner’s axe to begin with, and was merely waiting until it was clear which format’s camp had the most densely-stuffed brown envelopes to throw at Hollywood.”
“In the world today all culture, all literature and art belong to definite classes and are geared to definite political lines. There is, in fact, no such thing as art for art’s sake, art that stands above all classes, art that is detached from or independent of politics. Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause; they are, as Lenin said, cogs and wheels in the whole revolutionary machine”—Mao
“Several BitTorrent developers have joined forces to propose a new protocol extension with the ability to bypass the BitTorrent interfering techniques used by Comcast and other ISPs. This new form of encryption will be implemented in BitTorrent clients including uTorrent, so Comcast subscribers are free to share again.”—
The Kids one - The Man nil. Yet again…
From here. When will the phrase “change your business model” enter some peoples corporate craniums? The genie is out of the bottle.
“I think all writers write for an audience. There is no such thing as writing for your self. Only they never find out who the audience is.”—Very true dear readers. William Burroughs tells it like it is
“Belligerent Ghouls Run Manchester Schools”—“It’s hard to miss the symmetry. More than 20 years after posing outside the Salford Lads’ Club for one of the most enduring rock images of the 1980s, the former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr is returning to the run-down Manchester suburb as visiting professor of music on the university’s popular music and recording degree.”
Maybe not any more. Looks like it’ll be less personally intrusive to visit Pyongyang. From here
”The US administration is pressing the 27 governments of the European Union to sign up for a range of new security measures for transatlantic travel, including allowing armed guards on all flights from Europe to America by US airlines. The demand to put armed air marshals on to the flights is part of a travel clampdown by the Bush administration that officials in Brussels described as “blackmail” and “troublesome”, and could see west Europeans and Britons required to have US visas if their governments balk at Washington’s requirements.
According to a US document being circulated for signature in European capitals, EU states would also need to supply personal data on all air passengers overflying but not landing in the US in order to gain or retain visa-free travel to America.”