John Paczkowski

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War Is Peace. Freedom Is Slavery. Ignorance Is Strength. DRM Is DCE.

You can’t put frosting on manure, but HBO’s Chief Technology Officer Bob Zitter isn’t above trying. Speaking at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association show in Las Vegas, Zitter said Digital Rights Management is a lousy name for a technology that allows consumers “to use content in ways they haven’t before.” DRM, said Zitter, emphasizes restrictions, when it should really emphasize possibilities. And so Zitter would like to see it renamed. As DCE, or Digital Consumer Enablement. “I don’t want to use the term DRM any longer,” said Zitter, whose CV apparently includes a lengthy stint at the Ministry of Truth.

Digital Consumer Enablement a good name for measures that limit the way we can use digital content? Please. That makes about as much sense as Windows Genuine Advantage …


Twitter’s Tanking

December 30, 2013 at 6:49 am PT

2013 Was a Good Year for Chromebooks

December 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm PT

BlackBerry Pulls Latest Twitter for BB10 Update

December 29, 2013 at 5:58 am PT

Apple CEO Tim Cook Made $4.25 Million This Year

December 28, 2013 at 12:05 pm PT

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work