August 2006 - Posts

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The First Sale Doctrine and the Textbook Industry by Tim Marman

As the price of textbooks climbs, more students are purchasing used copies to help defray the cost. Textbooks are effectively disposable, so there will always be a strong supply of used textbooks. Until now, the textbook publishers have tried to preserve...
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Fantasy Football: Geek Bowl is back! by Tim Marman

We had some unfortunate issues and 2005 Geek Bowl never happened. There's been some recent requests to get the league back, so I'm going to give a shot despite the short notice. Given the failed experiments with AOL's Draft2Play and PHPFFL, I'm hosting...
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Seeking one more owner for BlawgerBowl III by Tim Marman

Kevin is still looking for a 12th owner in the third annual BlawgerBowl, a fantasy football league filled with (mostly) legal bloggers. You don't have to be a legal blogger or law student or lawyer. Maybe the geek community needs more representation?...
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FairUse4WM cracks PlaysForSure DRM by Tim Marman

The big news last week was that the Windows Media DRM was cracked . Derek also thinks this isn't entirely a bad thing, and in fact this benefits both the consumers and the online music services . As Grant puts it, "DRM doesn't protect content in any meaningful...
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Scoble changes his mind about RSS republishing by Tim Marman

Robert Scoble is complaining that someone is repurposing his content . It’s one thing to use it in an online news aggregator like Bloglines and its a whole nother thing to steal my content and put a different name on it and then spam everyone I link to...
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The Broadcast Flag and TiVO by Tim Marman

The EFF already defeated the Broadcast Flag once, but it's one of those things that Hollywood is not going to let go of. I noticed on Dave's site that DRM support was added to TiVO last year . This DRM allows content owners to specify how and whether...
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Adobe Lightroom by Tim Marman

I just noticed that the Adobe Lightroom beta is out for Windows. The Adobe Lightroom beta is a new, exciting product built from the ground up for professional photographers. It is an efficient, powerful way to import, select, develop and showcase large...
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YouTube really is about user-generated video by Tim Marman

The conventional wisdom has been that YouTube is the new Napster, a business based on copyright infringement . Back in February, Jason Calacanis said it was not a real business but just a "haven for pirates". Fred disagreed , saying the real...
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Alex compares the ThinkPad T60 to his Toshiba M400 by Tim Marman

Alex raves about the ThinkPad T60 , but can't live without the tablet functionality. He puts what I've long said about the tablet very well: "Once you expose yourself to the Tablet features, you will really miss them when you don't have...
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Nullable Value Types and the Null Coalescing Operator by Tim Marman

Scott recently discovered one of my favorite syntactic niceties in C# 2.0, the Null Coalescing Operator. This operator allows you to return the left side of the statement if it is not null, otherwise return what is on the right. In other words, instead...
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