Or at least the three DVD boxed set. Via Boing Boing:
The new Star Wars bonus DVD erases elements of your Xbox’s firmware without informing you or giving you a chance to decline. This is apparently deliberate, as part of an “anti-piracy” effort aimed at punishing people who play the Star Wars DVD bonus disk in a modded Xbox.
Thank you, LucasArts. You’ve given me another good reason not to give you any more… although the fact that I don’t like Star Wars much helps. Personally, I agree with what Michael Moorcock said about Star Wars in his excellent essay Starship Stormtroopers:
There always comes the depressing point where Robin Hood doffs a respectful cap to King Richard, having clobbered the rival king. This sort of implicit paternalism is seen in high relief in the currently popular Star Wars series which also presents a somewhat disturbing anti-rationalism in its quasi-religious ‘Force’ which unites the Jedi Knights (are we back to Wellsian ‘samurai’ again?) and upon whose power they can draw, like some holy brotherhood, some band of Knights Templar. Star Wars is a pure example of the genre (in that it is a compendium of other people’s ideas) in its implicit structure — quasi-children, fighting for a paternalistic authority, win through in the end and stand bashfully before the princess while medals are placed around their necks.
Mark Mulligan: Don’t Believe the Copyright Hype
The argument put forward by the industry is that the 50 year limit prevents the music industry the right t exploit its works. No. It prevents particular segments (typically the big majors) from exploiting the works.
If you’re a Mac user, go download NetNewsWire 2.0 immediately!
I recently wrote a little story for Extreme iPod about iPodder, a set of open source scripts for automatically downloading audio content from RSS 2.0 feeds to an iPod, via iTunes. A quick glance back at the iPodder site, and I find that this thing is exploding – it seems like every tech pundit on the planet has written about it, from my eWeek colleague Steve Gillmor through to the always-wonderful Andrew Orlowski (buy me a pint next time you’re in London Andrew!). I love it when a technology suddenly gets hot.
But in some of the comments on Slashdot (which linked to my story), there was some profound headshaking and “so what”-ing about the whole idea. iPodder, after all, is just a pretty simple script. There are already half a dozen ways of recording any audio stream you like from the Web, and then scripting it to add it to iTunes isn’t all that hard.
The difference, of course, is in the potential ease of use. Suddenly, audio becomes a push medium too, just in the way that RSS has already turned text into a push medium. And, because you can use this for video just as easily as audio, that, too, become a medium you can simply subscribe to for updates. No fuss, no mess, no bother.
Consider this: suppose the BBC were to make all its radio programming, which is already available via time-shifted stream, available as MP3 via RSS. Or its radio news broadcasts. Or anything in the upcoming creative archive. If it was sensible, it could even use the ability of some iPodder-based software, such as iPodderX, to use BitTorrent instead of directly downloading an MP3 from its own servers. Of course, thanks to its own rights-related issues, the BBC probably wouldn’t be able to do that… but there were would be nothing to stop someone creating an RSS feed for Torrent files of its programs, at least in theory…
There’s some so Brighton about the fact that, at the end of the Trade Justice demo on Sunday, I managed to find a puppet theatre doing some kind of anti-war show.
Utterly bonkers. Seems like if you’re a prominent muslim, being an outspoken critic of terrorism won’t get you into the US.
One the perils of living in Brighton: every now and then, you come across a digeridoo player. In this case, with some bloke with a laptop and keyboard… jamming.
Catching up on what’s been happening while I’ve been busy: Danny O’Brien has wangled himself another column, this time for OSDir.com. Hopefully, Danny can quickly become the Julie Burchill of our generation, preferably with the big house near where I live as well so that I could see him more often than once a year.
Two kittens are always better than one.
This is a test post from , a fancy photo sharing thing.