Nopes, it's not about Hollywood oscars (elected by some guys nobody cares) but about the free initiative named Oscar torrents. I really don't know who is behind this, but I really don't care: 133378 voters is a pretty good number for the first edition.
An excelent usage of typography for a very creative presentation. Text appears as every word is spoken but done in a way to accent and emphasize and highlight. Watch it 3 or 4 times to really enjoy it. The clip contains adult language, you have been warned.
Nine Inch Nails (abbreviated as NIN) is an American industrial rock band formed in Cleveland, Ohio circa 1988 by Trent Reznor. The debut of the new album, Year Zero, is generating a huge buzz. The album will be released on April 17, 2007 (or should I say April 17, -15 BA?).
The Google Apps Premier Edition is out, at a bargain price of 50 USD/user account/year. You still can have the free version, now named as Standard Edition. Check what are you buying in the Editions comparison page.
I decided to abstain myself from commenting Steve Jobs's open letter about DRM, but since it's generating a huge buzz around it, I think it's time for my 2 cents contribution.
Here are a couple of paragraphs from the letter, written in plain English:
"The rub comes from the music Apple sells on its online iTunes Store. Since Apple does not own or control any music itself, it must license the rights to distribute music from others, primarily the “big four” music companies: Universal, Sony BMG, Warner and EMI.... When Apple approached these companies to license their music to distribute legally over the Internet, they were extremely cautious and required Apple to protect their music from being illegally copied."
"If the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM, we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store. Every iPod ever made will play this DRM-free music."
This is nothing new, even for Steve Jobs. Back in 2002, he publicly grumbled a bit about the record companies and their reluctance to loosen up.
"If you legally acquire music, you need to have the right to manage it on all other devices that you own."
DRM is a very sensible matter, and we will hardly see a consensus around the issue. Here are a couple of videos showing the two faces of the coin:
the first one is a video from ZDNet Executive Editor David Berlind, suggesting that DRM is C.R.A.P.
the second is a very recent web documentary made by McCann Norway for the Norwegian music industry, explaining the history of music piracy so far and analysing the effect it has on the industry.
RSS readers should click here to watch this movie.
In Portugal, people is discussing next Sunday's referendum (should or should not be a crime for a woman to abort in the first 10 weeks of gestation).
In Washington, people are discussing if one can marry with another even if they have no plans to procreate. Better, if the law is approved, every one who get married in the state of Washington, have three years to procreate, or get their marriage "unrecognized". In my humble opinion, The Defense Marriage Initiative must be the stupidest law I ever saw. (via Melo)