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+ - Nine Inch Nails post result of "Free or Pay

Submitted by Rovent
Rovent (666) writes "Back on November 1st, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails convinced Saul Williams to release his latest album, "The Rise and Fall of Niggy Tardust", for free or $5, you decide. After a two month run, Trent posted the results of this experiment on the Nine Inch Nails homepage. On it, he breaks down how many people downloaded the album, who came back and paid for it, and his insight on the whole affair."
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+ - Why Can't I buy a cablecard ready set top box?-> 1

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Al E Usse
Al E Usse writes "Ars Technica does a write up of the problems that haven't been solved by the July 1, 2007 integration ban on integrated security in your cable box. Three months after the ban went into effect, digging up a third-party, CableCARD-ready set-top box can be an exercise in hair-pulling frustration. The companies who make the boxes don't seem interested in selling to consumers, cable companies still push their own branded devices, and Best Buy employees... well, the less said the better. We've heard the pain of our readers on this issue. One of them described his own epic (and fruitless) quest to secure such a device. His conclusion? "Although I should be able to buy a set-top box of my own, nobody will sell me one. I am standing on the doorstep, wad of cash in hand, yelling, 'Please take my money! I want to buy!' but am turned away."
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+ - How bad is OSX when it comes to DRM and spying? 1

Submitted by whirred
whirred (182193) writes "I'm a long time Windows, Linux, and *nix user. I've seen Microsoft's operating systems change over the years from being a mediocre hodge podge of borderline functionality into the steaming pile that is Vista. Over this time frame, I've seen the Mac OS change from a cute, decent interface into what I believe is the best Unix operating system ever created. I also feel that my philosophy has changed over the years, and whereas I used to be able to tolerate Microsoft with a good software firewall and a lot of patching, I have seen their vision of the future and I simply do not like it. Intrusive DRM, "trusted computing", draconian activation schemes... I just don't want any part of it. I can't switch to Linux 100% because I still have to use Photoshop and other production tools that just aren't there yet. So my question is this: As bad as Windows with it's random snooping around (why are random processes always trying to connect to the internet?), how is OSX? I want zero DRM, zero "trusted computing", etc. I also want to make sure that before my computer contacts the internet (aside from browsing) that it asks me permission. Any thoughts?"

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