After takin' a swig o' grog, Roy Schestowitz belched out this bit o' wisdom:
> I second that statement; particularly so because DRM affects genuine
> customers. It is unacceptable when someone buys media which cannot be played
> in the car, or on the computer (among other so-called 'old-tech' devices).
> Not even a refund is permitted under such circumstances. Genuine, benevolent
> buyers are forced to get fed with inconveniences that may not be fully
> comprehended, until a few years down the line.
> ...and oh, yeah! I can still play my parent's platters from the 70's. No need
> for specialised hardware either.
Lessons on Data Preservation From the Audio Industry
Friday, March 17 2006 @ 01:22 AM EST
One of Groklaw's resources is people. Our readers work in a broad
variety of professions. I got an email from a guy who is an audio
specialist, and when he read about the ODF story, about the need for
longterm storage of documents, it immediately resonated with him,
because part of his job for many years has been preserving audio.
Here's a bit of that email....
Q: Why does a GNU/Linux user compile his kernel?
A: Because he can.