from the just-ask-what-and-whether-you're-buying-or-renting dept.
Oracle Goddess writes "Buying DRMed content, then having that content stop working later, is fair, writes Steven Metalitz, the lawyer who represents the MPAA, RIAA in a letter to the top legal advisor at the Copyright Office. 'We reject the view that copyright owners and their licensees are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to creative works.' In other words, if it stops working, too bad. Not surprisingly, Metalitz also strongly opposes any exemption that would allow users to legally strip DRM from content if a store goes dark and takes down its authentication servers."
You can digitally sign installers on windows, too. It's not quite as good as a trusted repository which can assert that something is safe (rather than just whom it's from), but it does let you know who created it.
from the until-they-build-a-better-crack dept.
OMGZombies writes "Speaking on a conference held yesterday in New York, the Atari founder Nolan Bushnell said that a new stealth encryption chip called TPM will 'absolutely stop piracy of gameplay'. The chip is apparently being embedded on most of the new computer motherboards and is said to be 'uncrackable by people on the internet and by giving away passwords' though it won't stop movie or music piracy, since 'if you can watch it and you can hear it, you can copy it.'"
mail.app writes: Microsoft Performs Illegal Operation, Shuts Down
Microsoft Corp. issued a surprise press release this morning announcing that the company had "performed an illegal operation and would be shut down." Company executives refused to provide further information regarding the cause of the unexpected shutdown, only issuing a cryptic error number of $00038FF577 and advising all interested parties to "contact their system administrator."
An anonymous reader writes: In a bold and oppressive move, Wikipedia has prohibited modification to its April Fools' Day page. Visiting the page today yields the message:
"Editing of this article by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled because of vandalism due to the fact that it is April Fools Day."
What's next? Prohibiting the modification of the International Waffle Day page on International Waffle Day? The Union of Transylvania with Romania Day on the Union of Transylvania with Romania Day? Or the Death to America Day page on Death to America Day? I, for one, am shocked.
Henri Sivonen writes: "The Web Hypertext Application Technology Task Force revealed today its secret behind-the-closed-doors plans for HTML6. HTML6 will use OOXML as the serialization for backwards compatibility with the installed base of office suites. The architectural model will be based on the principle of separation of semantics from presentation and integrates with the enterprise-strength backplane for rich applications."
kami911 writes: OxygenOffice Professional is a free and open source enhancement of official OpenOffice.org. Here are just a few of the extras you get with OxygenOffice Professional: * Enhanced VBA support (developer Noel Power @ Novell) * Import filter for Word, Excel, PowerPoint 2007 native fileformats * You are able to switch to Office 2007 like User Interface (Under heavy development, thanks to Miquel) * SVG import export filter (Beta state) * Hungarian thesaurs * Dictionary module with web search capability * On-line templates, fonts and gallery marketplace * New Hungarian, English and German templates
from the but-why-you-might-ask dept.
jeevesbond writes "The Mono Project announced that it has developed a Visual Basic compiler that will enable software developers who use Microsoft Visual Basic to run their applications on any platform that supports Mono, such as Linux, without any code modifications."