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Permalink to this day Thursday, March 14, 2002

Salon: Worst-case scenario in the Yates' trial:
The jury that delivered Tuesday's guilty verdict was "death qualified." In a Texas capital murder case all potential jurors must be willing to vote for death, a rule that essentially eliminates half the potential jury pool and substantially skews the jury toward conviction and away from a "not guilty by reason of insanity" verdict.
Emphasis mine. (Link via Nat)
4:51:56 PM  Permalink to this item []

First it was complex conversations now it's fast music. I think we can safely conclude that driving is dangerous (duh).
11:47:10 AM  Permalink to this item []

Any thoughts on me buying a house/townhouse here in Waterloo?

I think my biggest fear is finding the renters because my friends have all signed year leases for the next year.
10:39:34 AM  Permalink to this item []


Wall Street Journal: DigitalConsumer Takes Up the Fight Against Copyright Plans in Congress.

We need this in Canada.

Also, CNET: Morpheus seeks new role in music biz

StreamCast Networks, the creator of the popular Morpheus file-trading software, is set to unveil a plan Thursday that it hopes will help it become a more legitimate means of music distribution.

The company is adding new digital rights management, or anti-copying technology, to its set of software and services. It's calling for independent artists to distribute their work through the Morpheus file-trading network, using this technology to help solicit payment for their work and guard against piracy.

So what makes StreamCast/Morpheous think that they can succeed where the majors have failed? There has been absolutely no evidence that a proprietary format can succeed. And for an example of failed proprietary technology + independent musican support we only need to look north to the failed FLIPR in Quebec. Though it'll be interesting to see StreamCast's plan (or lack there of) to:

  1. Convince independents to offer up their music, then
  2. Introduce people who thrive on mainstream music to independent musicians
  3. Extract money from those people
  4. And then distribute it back to musicians.
Good luck!
10:05:27 AM  Permalink to this item []

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