In Brief Politics

Doing the people’s work

In further proof that we truly have the best government money can buy (and that our elected officials, regardless of party affiliation, are completely out of touch with mainstream America), President Bush and Congress have quietly enlarged government again with the passage of the PRO-IP Act, signed into law Monday by Bush. PRO-IP’s big deal, besides increased punishments against copyright offenders, is that there’s now a Cabinet-level copyright czar. Seriously? In an age of unprecedented economic crisis, this seems like a completely irresponsible and unnecessary expansion of government power in an area that, quite frankly, needs to be regulated more by the free market instead of Big Brother. We have far bigger problems in America to deal with at the moment (even though I’m pretty sure that if you asked the RIAA, illegal downloading caused the housing market to collapse).

As Per Whatever

A rare post…

It’s a pretty rare event that I post on February 29th, and for a change, it has nothing to do with how busy I am. ;) A few pre-midterm thoughts while Twitter is MIA (again!)…

  • Don’t let the RIAA fool you — the music lawsuits were never about protectnig the artists. I’ll be really surprised to see if artists get any cut at all when it’s all said and done.
  • I feel another obsession coming on. A friend of mine sent me a YouTube link to Thunder in Paradise, a very short-lived show featuring Hulk Hogan with a kickass boat and lots of scantily-clad women. I used to really dig it when it was on TNT…and it seems as if I can watch it. Many years later, I see why the show was so short-lived.
  • The blogger/tweeter meetup last night was pretty fantastic. I stayed way later than I expected, but had a great time. Shuffleboard at Gene’s is a fantastic time. Highly recommended. It was great to meet some new folks as well as see some folks I hadn’t seen in a while!
  • One more midterm, and the student side of my life is off for a week.

Hope your Friday is fun!

Rainy days are here again

248nm Reflectivity KCHS

It’s nice to finally get some rain around here for a change. We need whatever we can get. The green and orange blobs — if they hold together (which doesn’t always happen) — will definitely soak us for a bit. And that’s OK — it’s more of an excuse to stay in and code and do stuff. :)


Bravo, Mr. Jobs

Steve Jobs’ thoughts on music are…well…music to my ears:

So if the music companies are selling over 90 percent of their music DRM-free, what benefits do they get from selling the remaining small percentage of their music encumbered with a DRM system? There appear to be none. If anything, the technical expertise and overhead required to create, operate and update a DRM system has limited the number of participants selling DRM protected music. If such requirements were removed, the music industry might experience an influx of new companies willing to invest in innovative new stores and players. This can only be seen as a positive by the music companies.

Read the whole thing. It’s among one of the best reads yet on the constant DRM battle, and I hope some record execs take note of this. Steve Jobs and his company have been among the best at knowing what consumers want in the last five years, especially when it comes to music. The RIAA would do well to take note of his thoughts.