Archive | February, 2007

The Daily Loper – February 28, 2007

This Boy Is Exhausted Edition

Todays links of interest:

  • DuroSport Drops Support For the MP3 Format
    The company indicates the mp3 format is too risky given the recent rash of lawsuits surrounding use of the mp3 format. It’s not like DuroSport was ever really committed to mp3. Their installation software deletes mp3 files by default.
  • `Second Life’ gets chatty
    We’re not saying that Kirk asks and then receives, but, well, he just asked for this.
  • Christmas Day 2008 Release for Star Trek XI
    Yeah, there’s a good chance it’ll suck, but before you spend the next twenty-two months going on about the alleged "odd-numbered movie curse," please say these three syllables to yourself: "nem-e-sis." Repeat as necessary.
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Are TV Show Promos Mostly Evil or Pure Evil?

Great story about angry Lost fans (though to be sure, is there any other type of Lost fan these days?) pissed off at ABC’s marketing department for what they are calling “false advertising.” Hee.

Apparently ABC had a promo before last weeks ep that promised that “answers to three of Lost’s biggest mysteries are finally revealed.” The angry fans have decided that decided that the mysteries that were revealed by that episode weren’t big enough. So they are claiming that ABC’s marketing department are a bunch of lying liars who lie.

Not to put too fine of a point on it, but these people are idiots.

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The Daily Loper – February 27, 2007

Red Wine and Whiskey All The Time Edition

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EMI Is Right, But For The Wrong Reasons

The impending death of DRM was delayed slightly yesterday when it was revealed that EMI has broken off negotiations that could have enabled online music services to sell unprotected mp3 files. The talks apparently hit a snag when EMI demanded a large advance payment (presumably in unmarked bills) in exchange for allowing retailers like iTunes the right to eliminate DRM from downloadable songs.

An arrangement of this sort would undoubtedly lead to a price increase for downloadable music – although it’s difficult to assess how much of an increase without knowing how much EMI was asking for.

EMI’s thinking seems to be that the payment would be necessary to guarantee revenue that might be lost as a result of selling unprotected music. However, if iTunes, or any other digital music store, were to take EMI up on this offer the unintended consequence would be that the corresponding price increase would validate the widely held belief that unprotected music is intrinsically more valuable than DRM restricted music.

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The Daily Loper – February 26, 2007

I Smell Bread Edition

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