The Electronic Frontier Foundation has released a paper on “an elaborate television DRM scheme called Content Protection and Copy Management” whose “unparalleled restrictions include”:
These “standards” will affect you personally. They’ll restrict your ability to record, copy and mash (as the kids are calling it these days) content; they’ll say where and when you can watch TV; they’ll make things like those shitty “piracy” ads in your DVDs seem almost quaint in comparison.
When the politicos call to your door in the run up to the election, you need to tell them to stick these “standards” firmly up the DVB’s arse. And remember to tell them that you’ll be needing a copy of the letter telling them that, in exchange for your vote.
Yum. I think I’ll file this under Hardware.
Still on the subject of printers, here’s another one I came across, that uses a thermal process on pre-dyed “zink” paper to print without cartridges or cassetted. I’m not much of a TCO nerd so I haven’t looked into whether it’d actually save money, but it’s a clever idea nonetheless.
Inkjet printers aren’t the most exciting of things to post about, but Kodak’s upcoming foray into the multi-function market could stir things up a bit, with innovative cartridge designs and prices that should give the likes of HP a bit of a fright. I’ll be popping a note in my calendar to check out reviews of these babies in early April. Press release here, market backgrounder here.