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AMI BIOS or NOT? + TCPA woes (14 Jan 2003 at 13:35)
OK, here's a nerd joke. AMI BIOS or NOT?

I found this on the slashdot discussion that ensued after AMI announced that they'd be supporting TCPA in their BIOS. If you haven't been following the assault on fair use of corporation-controlled copyrighted content (and indeed, probably illegal but harmless use like sharing MP3s with your friends), you might not know what TCPA and Palladium are. But if you care about that kind of thing, or even if you just like the convenience of sharing music, you should read about it and then tell supporters that you think it makes their products less attractive. Or, at least, know that when you buy a TCPA-enabled computer (look for it!) you're contributing to the digital enslavement of consumers. This technology is already showing up in computers -- it's no longer just a bad dream.

To tell you the truth, I think I would not be so upset to lose my mp3-sharing abilities. Most of the stuff I buy can't be found on, say, EMULE or KaZaA Lite anyway. What really scares me is that all of this stuff has the very real potential to raise the "barrier to entry" for small-time bands or amateur music makers. I could live without buying any more music from RIAA members, but if I was not able to share MP3s of music I made conveniently with people on the internet, then that would be a sad, sad world. Remember, these guys aren't actually evil and don't actually want to make the world a worse place for you -- they just want your money. So vote with your wallet!



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Marc (pool-68-160-183-56.bos.east.verizon.net) – 01.15.03 10:53:18
"Remember, these guys aren't actually evil and don't actually want to make the world a worse place for you -- they just want your money."

Heh heh, well some would say that there is little (if any) difference between the two, particularly in this sort of context...
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