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Apple DRM Lawsuit Loses Last Plaintiff, but Judge Rules Against Dismissal 71

Posted by Soulskill
from the now-begins-the-search dept.
UnknowingFool writes: In the Apple DRM lawsuit, the last plaintiff in the case has been disqualified. However, due to the number of potential consumers affected, the judge has denied Apple's motion to dismiss. The plaintiffs' lawyers will have to find a qualified plaintiff. To recap, the suit lost both plaintiffs in the last week when Apple reported to the judge that their iPods were not eligible (iPods must be purchased between Sept 2006 and May 2009). The first plaintiff withdrew when all her iPods were found to be outside the time period. The second plaintiff produced one iPod that was not eligible but two others that were eligible; however, Apple challenged the two eligible ones as the plaintiff could not prove she purchased them. They were purchased by her ex-husband's law firm. Since one of the suit's main claims was that the price of the iPod was raised due to Apple's actions, it was important to establish that she purchased them.

At the heart of the case is that Apple's use of DRM harmed customers by raising the price of the iPod and that Apple removed other competitor's music from the iPod — namely RealPlayer's Harmony music files. Apple does not dispute that it removed RealPlayer's files, but contends it was done for security reasons as RealPlayer was able to get the music files onto the iPod by posing as Apple FairPlay files. In testimony, Steve Jobs called RealPlayer's move "a hack" and there was considerable discussion at the time."

Comment: Re:If you're paying for your masters... (Score 1) 330

by chriso11 (#36878520) Attached to: Is the Master's Degree the New Bachelor's?

In my experience, I have seen that engineers with a BSEE and the additional 2 years of real world experience to be much more useful than MSEE degrees. And it seems like a greater percentage of MSEEs were useless types who could study/test well but not actually deliver any solutions.

I look at the return on investment on a MSEE, and I don't see it. You lose 2 years of income, which you take off the end of your career when you earn the most (100+K/yr), and pay an $50+K for the two years of tuition. You wind up in an >$300K hole, and the premium from having an MSEE doesn't really compensate.

Let me ask you as a hiring manager: which would you prefer, an engineer with a BSEE and 2 years of experience doing the job you need, or someone with an MSEE who may have taken a class about what you need?

Comment: Re:OK, so here is my simple question (Score 1) 887

by chriso11 (#36723056) Attached to: DOJ: We Can Force You To Decrypt That Laptop

Its not like the current Administration is concerned about the rights of its citizens, they are making Bush Jr look like a staunch civil liberties advocate

Someone's memory is awfully short. Renditions, torture, and the Patriot Act are just some of the actions of Bush Jr. I just don't see any significant expansion into civil liberty violations by Obama. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't think Obama has done anything notable to improve on the civil rights violations introduced by Bush, but I don't see anything like what Bush cooked up being introduced either.

"I think Michael is like litmus paper - he's always trying to learn." -- Elizabeth Taylor, absurd non-sequitir about Michael Jackson