Archive for April, 2008

DRM, also known as Digital Rights Management, is a mechanism designed to protect copyright holders by restricting or preventing duplication of media, such as music and video. The entertainment industry claimed they were losing billions of dollars each year, and strong-armed the world (such as Apple and Microsoft) into using DRM to distribute content. For example, up until last year ALL music you could purchase from either iTunes or MSN Music was "protected" by DRM. This usually meant you could not archive content you purchased, you could not transfer content your purchased to a different computer, you could not enjoy content you purchased on any media device of your choosing…you paid top dollar for a pair of handcuffs that have no keys, and you can kiss your content (and money) goodbye if you ever wanted to switch platforms or services.

So, let’s say you know you will never switch platforms…you are happy with your service and the (soon to be obsolete) media device you are using. You’re going with a brand name, someone you TRUST…not some small company trying to break even, like Rhapsody or Napster. You want longevity. You want content you legally purchased to always be available for you to enjoy years into the future.

So the RIAA is extremely pleased today, because they know you will purchase much of your content again now that MSN Music is about to kill DRM on their old service. That’s right: the moment you buy a new computer, all of the content from MSN Music…which you paid for…stays with your old machine. You can’t transfer it! Even if the only thing you do is to upgrade your OS, or re-install your OS, you’ve lost everything you paid for. This is how the music industry will be able to make back a small portion of the billions of dollars they lose to illegal file sharing: make the law-abiding citizens pay two, three, four times for the same content! Yes, it’s an evil plan…but who has ever said the RIAA isn’t evil? Besides their executives, that is…

That’s how DRM rips you off! Why? Because it can be turned off at any
time, leaving the content that you paid for completely useless: you’ll
never enjoy that content…which you paid for…ever again. Unless, of
course, you decide to purchase the content AGAIN somewhere else.

Now you’re saying, "But wait…there’s still the Zune Marketplace. They’ll always support their DRM!" Oh, really? That’s what everyone said about MSN Music! Are you sure that it will never die…this time? Hey, it’s not the first time this has happened: MLB fans got ripped off by DRM late last year. And all you iTunes fans…consider that your service is vastly more successful than anyone else, and then consider that iTunes has a whopping 2% success rate…do you truly believe Steve Jobs really wants to support such a failure forever? Oh, pleeze, wake up…

If you went with DRM to be a good citizen, kudos to you. But believe this: within 10 years, every DRM purchase that you’ve made, or will make, will be money thrown out the window…and you’ll have to purchase the content all over again.

Don’t be too upset, all of the experts loudly protested DRM and warned that this day would come. If you didn’t believe the experts, that’s YOUR fault.

The solution is simple, really…if you can’t hold it in your hands, don’t give them your money.

So I’m just surfing around, and come across this msnbc story about how much wasps love orchids. Researchers found that males of a species called orchid-dupe-wasps "go all the way" with
Australian "tongue orchids", wasting their precious bodily fluids in the
process. I couldn’t think of an appropriate "perfect" response, so I’m making this one multiple-choice:

  • And you thought you could always avoid perverted sex on the Internet
  • "Tongue orchid" replaced the 4-star rating in Bill Clinton’s little black book
  • When everybody hates you, what better way to spend your short life than wasting precious bodily fluids?
  • So this totally explains why they get so excited after being lured into my wasp trap…

Brain dump

Posted: April 23, 2008 in Uncategorized
First, the City of Seattle sued to keep the SuperSonics in town until at least the end of their lease with the Coliseum. Then Ballmer and friends stepped up to try and keep the SuperSonics in Seattle. Then NBA commissioner David Stern fined one of the new owners a quarter-mil for publicly saying they didn’t buy the team to keep them in Seattle. Now Howard Schultz, originally a principal owner of the SuperSonics (notice a trend with the team name…?) has filed suit against the new owners claiming overt deception in sale negotiations. Of course, the first hint the new owners lied was dumping Ray Allen so quickly like they did…any idiot could see they were going for a "Major League" scenario. What’s Allen doing now? Oh yeah…on his way to the championship with the Celtics.

Whether or not any of this keeps the team in Seattle, one thing should be pointed out very clearly: who the FUCK is ever going to trust David Stern again? His credibility, if not shot now, may very well be shot in the near future. I won’t be surprised if discovery finds he took payola to relocate an NBA team to a tiny little market. One look at the emails, and it’s easy to see he liked having his boots lavishedly and sloberly licked by Bennett.

Anyway, kudos to Seattle, Ballmer’s group and Schultz…at the very least, we get nice little soap opera to bid farewell to our team.

Down the street, it has become known that Liberty Mutual has purchased Safeco at a 51% premium (hello, Yahoo…??? Still feeling smart?) Which begs the question: will they rebrand Mariner stadium? Well, one of their people sez, "It definitely
will not be Liberty Mutual stadium. You’ll be going to
Safeco Field to enjoy the Mariners all summer long and for many summers
to come." Personally, I won’t be surprised if Clay Bennett is on their Board of Directors…

In other news, Hannah Montana is getting paid seven figures to write her memoir. Oh, yeah baby…I want to read a life-book of someone who isn’t old enough to have a driver’s license. Good reading, to be sure…

Well, Hillary won Philly. Yay. I thought that primary would NEVER come, it was like waiting for Episode 1 to be released, with the same deflating outcome. Just two more state primaries before she figures out it’s a tie (at best). Personally, I’m getting tired of all the negativity she throws at the Obama camp. At least she raised almost half as much campaign funding as Obama…

Whoa, hold on…I officially throw my support behind Obama. Whew! That should keep all the phone calls down from those media outlets…

Are you holding the Olympic Torch? Yes? Can anybody SEE you holding the Olympic Torch? No? Then sit the hell down and free Tibet, for Pete’s sake…jeezus, this is a little soap opera to consume an entire nation at a time that all nations should come together. Speaking of which, the Chinese are suing CNN for calling them "goons". Hold on, was there a misspelling by one character there? No? Then shut the hell up, China…

Yes, I’m in a crappy mood today.

Wikipedia wants to publish in print. I remember as a teenager, so many people had an encyclopedia, with a dozen books on a shelf. Remember all those infomercials back then? Oh yeah…I seriously want an encyclopedia that consumes an entire house, written by a bunch of basement dwellers who HAVE NO LIFE. Get real, Bertelsmann. OK, so I exaggerate a little…it’ll be a "yearbook" with only the "most popular keywords" in a "condensed form". Yup, that will be an interesting read. Can’t wait for Wikipedia’s memoirs…

Not official yet, but c’mon, we all knew it was coming. Did we really expect the team to have him compete with Julius Jones and TJ Duckett for the starting position? To be totally fair, his numbers dropped drastically at the same time Hutch poison-pilled the team, so the new backs may find themselves with just as much of a problem (unless that offensive line gets fixed). Personally, I remember Shaun’s rookie season, behind Ricky Watters: his dancing the line style was odd, but the real play that made me scratch my head was at Husky Stadium when he was supposed to pick up a block on the left side…he didn’t even touch the guy, and Dilfer got planted hard, ending the drive. And it took a couple-more years before Shaun really started to get decent at blocking, but even then, he wasn’t that good at it. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a great guy, and puts on a real show for nationally televised games, and I’ll kinda miss seeing him play…

I used to use the term "brain fart" as an excuse, but now I can use it as a reason! YaY! Now I just gotta get me one of those brain fart hats…

At first glance, it doesn’t look as tough of a schedule as last year looked, but looks are deceiving. The BYE week comes really early (week 4), so the team may be pretty beat up going down the stretch. And we have four games on the East Coast, although we don’t have to travel two weeks in a row, which is a plus.
 
Buffalo: ‘hawks usually start out strong with their first game, and the Bills are usually weak all year long. Seattle.
San Francisco: they beat Seattle twice in 2006, we beat them twice last year. Going with home field advantage. Seattle.
St. Louis: Josh Brown isn’t going to win this game with a last-minute field goal. Seattle.
New York: defending Super Bowl champs, but the Giants hardly ever win their home games anymore, and Eli tied for most interceptions last year. Seattle.
Green Bay: by this time, either Aaron Rodgers will be seasoned enough to lead, or injured and replaced by an un-retired Favre (one can only dream). Still, that team is a bunch of nobodies who rose to the call last year because of Favre. Seattle.
Tampa Bay: can never figure these guys out. But it’s Sunday night, they have home field. Tampa Bay.
San Francisco: Going with home field. San Fran.
Philadelphia: they are always playoff favorites. Seattle is going to be banged up. Philly.
Miami: we can’t ever seem to beat them on their home turf. Tuna’s making big changes. Miami.
Arizona: this is the point in the season that the ‘cards always begin their implosion. Seattle.
Washington: ‘hawks seldom beat them during the regular season, but it’s a home game, and a streak has to end sometime. Seattle.
Dallas: this is the point in the season that Romo always begins his implosion. Seattle.
New England: oh, please. Sunday night, but even tho’ we’re at home…NE.
St. Louis: Sweep. Seattle.
New York: the other NY. I suppose I shouldn’t underestimate any team, but…Seattle.
Arizona: ‘hawks already playoff-bound, ‘cards struggling to get in. Who has more heart? Arizona.
 
OK, 10-6. No lock on division, but playoff-bound. We might actually win Miami because of the massive rebuilding going on, so maybe 11-5.
Scientists are so funny. A massive quake might happen tomorrow, it might happen 10 years from now. It might happen with the San Andreas fault, or a different fault. It might happen in northern Cal, or it might happen in the southern region. In any case, it’s going to happen. They’re certain about it.
 
Christ, it’s like saying it might rain tomorrow in Seattle…