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    Tuesday, January 03, 2006

    Here Is A Test

    This is a test.  Take notes.  This will count as 3/4 of your final grade.  Hints: remember, in chess, kings cancel each other out and cannot occupy adjacent squares, are therefore all-powerful and totally powerless, cannot affect one another, produce stalemate.
     - Harlan Ellison, "The Deathbird"

    Interestingly, this post only tangentally has to do with that particular quote.  However, three test questions of varying difficulty follow the quotes, below.  See if you can answer them correctly.  I would add that if you do not own the story mentioned above, find it and buy it quick.  I have it on good information that it is, at present, out of print.


    Virgin Records deserves a spanking. I'll do what I want with the content I pay for, thank you very much. When will they realize that if it's in bits and bytes, nothing's ever secure?

    The Boing is at it again.

    Now for the test.

    1.  Can this particular Coldplay CD actually be played, period?
    2.  Has this particular security strategy paid off for Virgin Records and Coldplay with increased record sales and grateful Coldplay fans?
    3.  Will Clark buy another CD at any point in the near-future?

    Answers will be revealed at the end of this post.

    True, sad story:  My mother wanted CDs for Christmas.  EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM had DRM and all of them were likely to load an outside application to her computer system that could make her hardware more susceptible to viruses.  I actually had to tell my mother to never, never ever play any of those CDs on her computer system.  How pitiful is that, really?

    DRM blows. 

    Answer Key:

    1,  No.  Well, maybe.  But do you want to take that chance?
    2.  No, unless you count fan alienation as an overall positive for your musical fan base, from the obsessed fan to the casual consumer.
    3.  No.  No.  A thousand times no.  Oh my God, DRM killed Kenny.  You bastards!


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