David Weinberger at Wired magazine makes quite a compelling argument against digital rights management (DRM). His argument takes a different direction from the usual argument of giving too much power to copyright holders and instead focuses on the underlying unfairness of rules applied equally in all cases. It makes for interesting reading.
Saturday, May 31, 2003
Friday, May 30, 2003
It's interesting to finally see a national government finally come out and say what the rest of us have been saying for ages – that music and videos are too expensive. The Malaysian government even goes further and says that the public should (temporarily) stop buying CDs and DVDs in order to make the entertainment industry think (with something other than its greed).
How can the logic of this escape these buffoons? The supermarkets have had the idea for years – pile it high, sell it cheap. Simple but effective.
Thursday, May 29, 2003
I went to see The Matrix Reloaded this evening and whilst I don't think that it was quite as good as the first one, it was definitely a fantastic film. A little slow to get started, and not quite as stylish as its predecessor but with so many brilliant sequences (the Neo-Smith fight in particular was amazing), The Matrix Reloaded is definitely worth going to see!
It was unfortunate that I had hyped this film so much in my head (although I tried not to – honest!) that it just couldn't live up to it, but such is always the case. The same was true, for example, with Peter Jackson's <cough>interpretation</cough> of Lord of the Rings. The Matrix Reloaded was certainly better than that load of, erm, cat's urine.
Thursday, May 22, 2003
I went to see X-Men 2 today. It was a fun film and I enjoyed it a lot. It was better than the first one, but not a wonderful film, if you know what I mean. And to be honest, it's been a little bit overshadowed by The Matrix Reloaded. I can't wait to go and see that, but I'll have to wait for Robert's birthday (next week) before I can get to go and see it. Ah well, they say that patience is a virtue. I must cultivate it. Grasshopper.
Tuesday, May 13, 2003
So the record industry doesn't even want us to know the words to songs any more, does it? Okay, so I'm being slightly unfair, but clamping down on lyrics sites on the web is absolutely ridiculous. Soon we won't be allowed to hum because we're not paying for the song in question? It's not as if they're even selling the damn things like they are with songs.
Greed is a terrible thing. This is about nothing more and nothing less than pure greed. Not to mention being really bad publicity.
Sunday, May 11, 2003
I don't care what anyone says, I think My Neighbor Totoro is brilliant!
Thursday, May 08, 2003
TBD 42 is finally out! After a hell of a lot of effort, panic, and high blood pressure, I finally got the thing out (complete with free gift!) yesterday afternoon. And we're almost sold out already! Looks like I'll be going to a supplementry print run, methinks.
This issue was the first one since I took over as production editor where someone eventually failed to deliver an article that they had promised. Usually, if you pester someone long enough, they'll get it to you, but this columnist (who shall remain nameless) just didn't. Despite claiming that he had it finished over a week in advance, he couldn't take thirty seconds to email it to me. Ah well, it's a valuable life lesson, I guess.
Thursday, May 01, 2003
Sometimes I think that we don't really take time to appreciate the little niceties in life. I was just thinking there how nice that it is to come home. After a hard day's work or if it's pissing it down outside and you're soaked, there's nothing quite like stepping through the door to your home and just feeling safe again. Lovely.