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Comment Footprints in the Sand (Score 3, Funny) 290

(Adapted from the widely overused 'Footprints in the Sand' poem.)

One night I dreamed I was sitting in front of my computer next to Sony.
Many scenes of past contact with Sony products flickered across the screen.
In most scenes I noticed some form of DRM helping me managing my digital rights,
but in some there appeared to be none at all.

This bothered me because I couldn't understand why Sony wouldn't care for some of its intellectual properties.
Especially music CDs seemed to be completely unprotected. So I said to Sony,

"You promised me, that if I bought your products, you would always help me protect my digital rights.
But I have noticed that especially IP in dire need of protection, like music CDs, has had no protection at all.
Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?"

Sony replied, "The times when you didn't notice any kind of DRM, my child, is when I rootkited you."


Submission + - Samsung loses iPad lawsuit - Galaxy Tab banned ( 1

ctusch writes: Seems like Samsung has finally lost the battle against Apple in Germany. Today the district court in Düsseldorf ruled that Samsung must not sell its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany. Furthermore it has banned Samsung Germany from selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at all.

Submission + - Microsoft buys Skype (

OneMadMuppet writes: Microsoft–in what would be its most aggressive acquisition in the digital space–is buying Skype for $8.5 billion all in with an assumption of the Luxembourg-based company’s debt.

Submission + - Outrage over 'Pedophile's Guide' on Amazon (

pickens writes: A self-published guide giving advice to pedophiles that is for sale through online retailer Amazon is stirring up controversy on the internet, with some threatening to boycott the website. Amazon says it does not promote criminal acts, but also avoids censorship. "Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions." Before authors are able to sell a work on the site, they are asked to read a set of guidelines, which bans offensive materials but Amazon does not specifically state on its website what material it deems offensive, instead saying "probably what you would expect".

Comment Re:What is up with this site lately? (Score 1) 161

FTFA: "Why is Slashdot almost irrelevant to the social media community? It used to be the biggest driver of traffic to tech web sites, but now it hardly delivers any traffic at all to them."

That's because:

a) half of the readers hardly even read the headline before commenting, much less click on the link
b) the other half doesn't want to click through a 10 pages article cluttered with annoying ads
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA:MediaSentry attacks based on "fictional&#

yerktoader writes: Ars Technica is reporting the recent events in the Jammie Thomas-Rasset vs. RIAA Battle Royale:

"As P2P file-sharing defendant Jammie Thomas prepares for her retrial this month, her lawyer has sough to have the main evidence against her thrown out. In its response, the recording industry says that the complaint is based on an "entirely fictional set of facts and law.""

I hate to say it — and this is in large part because iANAL — the RIAA's argument in TFA make sense. Some educated and spirited debate here would be appreciated in helping to dissect said argument — I really don't want the RIAA to win this case, if only because Mrs. Thomas-Rasset is a great example of standing up to corrupt big business.

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