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Media (Apple)

+ - Music execs think DRM slows the marketplace

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MacGod
MacGod writes "From BBC News comes a story about a Jupiter Research survey conducted before Steve Job's anti-DRM essay, indicating that most music industry execs see DRM-free music as a way to expand the sales on digital tracks. To summarise: 54% of music execs think the current DRM is too restrictive and 62% think selling unencumbered music would be a way to boost sales. Even limiting the survey to the record labels themselves, 48% believe this. Yet, many also believe it's not going to happen without significant governmental intervention-even though most insiders think DRM is harmful, the labels are keen to stick with it.

Is this yet another sign of the typical media industry "head in the sand, refuse to change" approach, or might we be seeing the early stages or some actual change? After all, admitting you have a problem is the first step to fixing it."
Space

+ - Hayabusa to begin long journey back to Earth

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Sparky
Sparky writes "Japan is planning to set the Hayabusa spacecraft on a trajectory back to Earth next month after a delay of more than a year, but it's far from certain that it will get back safely. It was supposed to retrieve asteroid debris, but it's thought that a computer error meant that this didn't happen. A fuel leak means that it's chemical thrusters are out of action, and the craft is relying on it's weaker ion engines. The journey back will take 3 years, and the capsule will be on Earth in June 2010 — even if it is empty."
Education

+ - Big Brother Disapproves of Weekend Boozing

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MattSparkes
MattSparkes writes "Staff at Pequannock Township High School in New Jersey are going to start using a sneaky new test that can detect if students have been drinking in the last week. The test measures urine concentrations of an ethanol breakdown product called ethyl glucuronide (EtG). I find it bizarre that in the US you can't drink until 21; at 21 I had spent already three years completing my undergraduate degree and drinking copious amounts of Guinness."

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