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One Year Later, the Results of Tor Books UK Going DRM-Free

I signed a petition opposing DRM as part of HTML. That is a no-brainer. But I am embarrassed by the other activities the Defective By Design campaign is doing. Specifically, giving the W3C a mock award for supporting “Hollyweb” (a dumb moniker, by the way).

My hunch is this display feeds into a type of catharsis for frustrated people who are trying to deal with capitalism in general, and “big” media specifically. But I am struck by how immature the campaign’s actions are. I didn’t sign the petition as a punitive gesture towards the W3C; I wanted to lend my voice to a chorus that should be heard louder than the corporate seats at their table.

I am going to be suspect of future campaigns run by Defective By Design. I think that the ongoing work the FSF does with licensing and stewarding the GNU project is vital to our current state of open computing, but their advocacy work is pushing me away.

Current DRM practices for digital books is really stupid, making it difficult for people to share books the way they have for hundreds of years, while refusing to leverage the cool things about digital items.

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Consoles suck

June 6, 2011 — 2 Comments

Sony and Nintendo called. My video gaming membership is expired; I won’t be able to renew. T_T

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Thou shall not read aloud

January 9, 2011 — 3 Comments

Someone wrote that a digital book shall not be read aloud. I am sorry, that is a real thing.

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I have Pride and Prejudice on my tablet. Now I can be like the cool kids (who know English and are into reading, or something).

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Good stuff

May 13, 2010 — 1 Comment

I support open source, indie game developers, DRM-freedom, the EFF and Child’s Play.

The Humble Indie Bundle is a no-brainer. ^_^

DRM, an alternative to criminal activity.

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