Posted on May 14th, 2016
DRM (Digital Rights Management) is supposedly a tool for protecting intellectual property in digital media, but the usage of it has introduced numerous other challenges. These side-effects (or in some cases, arguably intentional effects) cause other problems for the proliferation and use of beneficial technology.
These challenges can include:
Speed, resource, and energy overhead
Losing media you already “own" if the provider decides to discontinue it or goes out of business
Inability to con...
Posted on April 1st, 2016
No Funnies Edition
Another winner from The Baffler. It hits so many sweet spots for me, such as quoting Jacques Ellul and criticizing advertising, propaganda, and this terrible upcoming US presidential election.
The ethical thing to do when you have a security vulnerability is to help the people responsible for the vulnerability to fix it. Often, it is instead hidden and weaponized, commoditized, and used against specific targets. However, during that period, non-targets with the same softwa...
Posted on March 11th, 2016
Caution: a heavy set of articles, today.
Indiana senate votes unanimously to allow Law Enforcement to withhold body cam and dash video, by default. You have to explicitly challenge each instance. Wanna guess how well those challenges will go? Consider this your reminder that outward-facing taxpayer-paid cameras are justice theater. (I think I’m coining that term for this context.)
Is it better to fight bad laws or the enforcement of them?
Which presidential candidate do you tru...
Posted on February 4th, 2016
Charles Blow reminds us White America is having a “nervous breakdown" over issues that have been thrust on others for a long time.
Good news on the overturn of false convictions. Now, let’s talk about how these can be avoided in the first place, and how we can fix or abolish the racist, classist, and horribly abusive prison system.
Kevin Carson gives a hearty “yes!" to alleged “research parasites".
'In other words, research parasites are people who do what they used to call “science."'