Category Archives: Media

The Xbox One: The Battle for your Remote

So I didn’t think I’d be writing about Microsoft, but the direction they’ve taken with the Xbox intrigues me for a number of reasons. First, it’s clearly an attempt to branch out from “game console” to set-top-box. In other words, … Continue reading

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Is George W. Bush a Copyright Criminal?

In a Washington Post article dated Friday, December 16, 2005, available online at http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/15/AR2005121502378.html, President Bush is asked about the music on his iPod. President Bush is quoted as saying, in part, that one of the artists on his iPod … Continue reading

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iTunes UK TV Shows. Is Apple Kidding?

The Apple UK iTunes Store started offering television shows and boy, what a rip-off. First, the price is too high. Second, you get lower quality, third, it’s locked to your Apple hardware. In the US. The price for series 1 … Continue reading

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Sony Pictures Puts Down the Gun from its Head

It seems that Sony Pictures have decided to initially ship Blue-Ray titles without using the capability of the Blue-Ray player to downsample analog output.This means that people who bought HD ready TVs in anticipation of watching high-def movies, but whose TVs don’t have the latest HDCP copy protection will still be able to watch them at full HD resolution.Now, this is being reported on Slashdot as “Blue-Ray won’t use…”, but if you actually read the original article, it’s only Sony-the-movie-studio doing this. The players and discs will still have the capability to do this, so if other studies want to cripple your television to stop the big bad pirate boogie man, then they can.But still, at least Sony, perhaps having been bitten once by the anti-consumer problems of DRM, has realized that giving people less is a bad way to sell them new stuff. Continue reading

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Some of us go down in a blaze of obscurity…

This is why you have top ten lists, massive payola on the radio, enormous marketing blitzes aimed at getting teens to buy the latest boy band album, etc. You see, the record company actually needs a few big name artists who are going to sell a massive amount of albums to cover the loss on the other artists…. The record companies don’t want to take risks, so they basically want to sell you the same thing again, with a “new and improved” sticker on the outside. Continue reading

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