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Stop the DRM Madness!

In the near future, media will be revolutionized by the introduction of HD-DVD and Blu-ray, the successors of the DVD. These two will be able to carry movies in much higher resolutions, dramatically improving image quality on your HDTV or monitor. This is what we all know. What most of us don’t know is that it’s going to cost you thousands of dollars extra to actually be able to enjoy these high definition movies!

Interested? Want to prevent this from happening? Enter the world of DRM Madness!

Sign the petition on http://www.drmadness.com/index.php. Will an internet petition help… maybe not. But maybe if enough people realize how they are about to get bent over by the media industry, they’ll reconsider dropping a couple of Gs on new HD equipment.

Vote with your wallet, don’t buy HD!

So much for checks and balances…

From a wired blog post:

The federal government intends to invoke the rarely used “State Secrets Privilege” — the legal equivalent of a nuclear bomb — in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s class action lawsuit against AT&T that alleges the telecom collaborated with the government’s secret spying on American citizens.

The State Secrets Privilege is a vestige from English common law that lets the executive branch step into a civil lawsuit and have it dismissed if the case might reveal information that puts national security at risk.

Bullshit Detectors Set to Maximum

Just read this article at Ars Technical:

Consumer advocates cheered as New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer took music labels to task last year for allegedly bribing radio stations to play certain artists. The resulting payola scandal managed to dig up incriminating evidence against a host of radio stations and labels, but it hasn’t yet opened the airwaves to more diverse music. In fact, the opposite has happened; radio today is more homogenous than it was a year ago.

The article goes on to say that people are afraid to play non top 40 songs because they may get investigated for going and doing anything unusual.

Grrrr if you had more than a 15 song play list to begin with, sticking in Cake’s Mahna Mahna wouldn’t be suspicious, it would be part of being a useful DJ, instead of a cog in some machine.

For all these reasons I gave up on comercial radio about 6 years ago. In the last year I was introduced to Radio Paradise, a listener supported, online radio station, that has a really good and broad mix of music. Because they are listener supported, there are no comercials, so in a 1 hour block you get 59.5 minutes of music, and .5 minutes of station identification, and “buy our stuff” so the station can stay online.

Before a trip to Vermont, I did about a day of stream capture of Radio Paradise, so that I’d have good music to listen to on the road. Given this representative data set, I decided I’d try to get some ideas about the play list of RP. In this block of time they played 324 songs. There were no repeated songs. The maximum number of songs played by a single artist was 5, the artist being Jonny Cash. It happened to be the week the Jonny Cash movie was coming out, so I’m assuming they had a few requests for that as well. That’s what I call diverse radio, with a useful DJ running it.

I love you Radio Paradise! Especially when you play Cake’s Mahna Mahna. 😉