Link: NBC to End iTunes Sales of Its Shows – New York Times.
NBC Universal is also seeking better piracy controls and wants Apple to allow it to bundle videos to increase revenue, the person familiar with the matter said.
Better piracy controls? When it’s broadcasting things free and in the clear?
Is NBC on crack?
Link: Chaos Manor Reviews Column 325, Part 4, August 28, 2007.
"From my view, if there were a good technical way to make electronic book sales much like regular book sales – if you want to give away a book, you can’t do that and keep it as well – I would cheer for DRM. On the other hand, if DRM makes life difficult for paying customers, that’s not good."
This is a thought experiment which I’ve posed a few times: if there was a DRM which which allowed consumers exactly the same "fair use" rights that they have at present, would you support it?
I’ve yet to get a really good answer from anyone in the anti-DRM camp. Mostly, the answers attempt to claim that such a system isn’t possible, because it relies on software being capable of understanding the intent of someone when copying it (are they copying for personal use, or to pass on?). But in books, things are much clearer than in music: there is no fair use right to copy an entire book, even for academic or personal use.
I actually have a theory about this, but I’ll get to that over the weekend.
Robert Scoble’s theory about social media supplanting search was wrong, for a whole lot of reasons.
But that doesn’t give people carte blanche to attack him. Attack the guy’s ideas. Nothing else is relevant, whether it’s his tone, his personal appearance, his previous posts… hell, I don’t care if Robert has dubious personal hygiene.
What matters is his idea, and talking about it. What you reply to is his idea. Anything else is just an ad homine attack, and says more about the ignorance and rudeness of the person making the statement than it does about Scoble.
Sadly, there’s a significant part of the internet community which values rudeness and ignorance far higher than politeness and ideas. They call it "pushing back", or "fighting back", or "sticking it to them" or "blog pile-ons" or whatever. But whatever you call it, it’s just ignorance. It just means "I really don’t have anything valuable to say, so I’m going to call you a bozo, so other people will think I’m cool". Or it means It’s the language of the playground – even down to some people having "enemies".
Enemies? Over words on the internet? Once upon a time, having an enemy meant being at odds with another country, one which wanted to enforce their way of life upon you, or just kill you. Now it means someone whose words you don’t like… although often, you’re too ignorant to articulate why you don’t like them beyond calling you a rude name.
So, Robert, if you read this: forget them. Carry on trying out new ideas, and don’t be afraid to be wrong. Don’t be afraid to be a bozo. Because if even one in a hundred of the ideas you try out is right, you’ll be doing better than the people who’s only contribution is to hoot and call other people names.