Tonight’s Serious Business was a resounding success. Thanks to everybody who stopped in and really made it something great. Here’s hoping next week is just as good.
Here’s the recorded show, in case you missed it — and it was a good one. We went in-depth on PR practices with bloggers, new vs. old media, and you’ll even find out what my baseball bandwagon is this year…
Remember that, for now at least, we’re doing this every Sunday at 8:30 over on Ustream.tv. Check out the show’s website for links to the show as well as a link to the Facebook page. Fan the show if you deem it worthy. :) I’ll have more at the show website soon; it needs a WordPress install, I just need time.
So the FCC has decided to take the common sense route and keep the ban on airborne cell phone calls in place. This is a Good Thing. In its ruling, FCC cites the possibility of causing problems with cell networks on the ground. Considering the number of handoffs between towers that would be required by a cellphone user going 590 MPH, I can see why this is a concern.
I think it’s great that passengers won’t have to worry about the inevitable shouting on the cell phone over the roar of the engines. It’s bad enough that people already broadcast their cell phone conversations to half the block when they’re on the ground; imagine the annoyance they’d be on an aircraft. We already have crying babies to deal with (who I will forgive; they’ve got no idea what’s going on) — we don’t need ridiculously loud phone calls on the plane in addition to all of it. I could only imagine the beating one would take if they were shouting for the duration of a four hour flight — I’m sure it would make the tackle of, say, Richard Reid (the shoe-bomber) by passengers look docile.
So the Copyright Office managed to give us cell phone junkies an early Christmas present yesterday, by officially giving consumers the legal right to unlock their cell phones so that they can take them to another carrier. I wonder what this will do to cell phone prices now that the companies have no real legal recourse to keeping someone from jumping ship with the phone they sold at the extremely low price.
Despite this ruling, the really stupid portions of the DMCA (region codes, “illegal” backups, etc.) are still around. Take a look at this bill, the Digital Media Consumers’ Rights Act of 2005. Good stuff inside — it makes the DMCA a little less draconian. Let’s hope we can bump the year up a couple notches and convince our representatives to give this a fair shot in the new Congress. :)