It’s all about going after users and restiction of usage models, my take on the Crapple iPad


The Free Software Foundation and the DRM elimination Crew from Defective By Design had a bit of fun today at the Apple event at the Moscone Center in San Fransico today. And the hub-bub was all about the newest tool in Apple’s arsenal against its users the iPad
mad tv ipad spoof

No not that iPad, this iPad

crapple's ipad

Here is how it went down:

dbd: This is a test of the #Apple restriction warning system. !dbd
01/27/2010 02:07 AM
dbd’s status on Wednesday, 27-Jan-10 07:07:44 UTC

dbd: Live from the Apple announcement: Gathering outside Moscone entrance by Yerba Buena pillar and drive-thru !dbd !fsf !gnu
01/27/2010 11:34 AM
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dbd: http://static.fsf.org/nosvn/apple/apple-live-1.jpg !dbd
01/27/2010 11:53 AM
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dbd: Live at the Apple event: Just talked to Current TV. Out walking handing out flyers. !dbd
01/27/2010 12:13 PM
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dbd: http://imgur.com/0wpvY.jpg !dbd
01/27/2010 12:25 PM
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dbd: !gnu !fsf members — join !dbd for live coverage of the Apple DRM product launch
01/27/2010 12:26 PM
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dbd: !dbd !fsf !gnu — link to http://live.defectivebydesign.org on your blogs with this handy button – http://static.fsf.org/nosvn/apple/sp.png
01/27/2010 12:30 PM
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dbd: Live from the Apple event: Apple told police to keep an eye on us. Guess they’re afraid people might hear! !dbd !fsf
01/27/2010 12:36 PM
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dbd: http://imgur.com/nUtZK.jpg — Fake Fake Steve Jobs? !dbd !gnu !fsf
01/27/2010 12:44 PM
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dbd: RT @len http://imgur.com/nUtZK.jpg — Fake Fake Steve Jobs? !dbd !gnu !fsf (via @dbd)
01/27/2010 12:48 PM
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dbd: RT @crispassinato Crispassinato rbonifaz: ♺ @dbd: !dbd !fsf !gnu — link to http://ur1.ca/ktlt on your blogs with th.. http://bit.ly/cjgumz
01/27/2010 12:48 PM
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dbd: RT @rbonifaz ♺ @dbd: !dbd !fsf !gnu — link to http://ur1.ca/ktlt on your blogs with this handy button – http://ur1.ca/ktlu
01/27/2010 12:48 PM
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dbd: RT @gabrielsaldana RT @dbd: http://imgur.com/0wpvY.jpg #drm
01/27/2010 12:48 PM
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dbd: !dbd inside — http://ur1.ca/ktne outside — http://imgur.com/fj1I4.jpg
01/27/2010 12:53 PM
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dbd: Talking to a lot of media — getting the word out as people move inside. !dbd
01/27/2010 12:56 PM
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dbd: !dbd People are very afraid of Apple becoming Big Brother.
01/27/2010 12:57 PM
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dbd: !dbd more photos — http://imgur.com/hYg0W.jpg and http://i.imgur.com/iL2vT.jpg
01/27/2010 01:01 PM
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dbd: !dbd — Apple: 250 million DRM devices sold so far.
01/27/2010 01:07 PM
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dbd: !dbd — it’s official. The iPad — complete with App Store.
01/27/2010 01:13 PM
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dbd: http://imgur.com/pnrVt.jpg !dbd
01/27/2010 01:16 PM
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dbd: !dbd http://imgur.com/xUAbT.jpg
01/27/2010 01:17 PM
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dbd: !dbd http://imgur.com/3tSie.jpg
01/27/2010 01:17 PM
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dbd: !dbd http://imgur.com/r9UR8.jpg
01/27/2010 01:17 PM
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dbd: “We think it’s going to be a gold rush for developers” – the App Store is loaded on the iPad — DRM applications only? We’ll see !dbd
01/27/2010 01:39 PM
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dbd: !dbd http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/01/27/defective_by_design/
01/27/2010 01:44 PM
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dbd: Apple’s alternative to the Kindle — iBooks — how likely is DRM? very likely! !dbd
01/27/2010 01:54 PM
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dbd: iBooks is a partnership with Amazon. !dbd
01/27/2010 01:55 PM
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dbd: !dbd iBooks will use ePub — how likely is DRM? Many ePub companies use DRM already…
01/27/2010 02:00 PM
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dbd: Apple say they want to be at the “intersection of technology and liberal arts.” It’s not an intersection when one controls the other. #ipad
01/27/2010 02:44 PM
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dbd: http://www.reddit.com/r/technology/comments/auxkj/ !dbd
01/27/2010 04:33 PM
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dbd: !dbd http://www.reddit.com/r/gnu/comments/auxiq
01/27/2010 04:33 PM
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dbd: Ars Technica coverage: http://ur1.ca/kufm !dbd !fsf
01/27/2010 06:15 PM
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After this point the game was pretty much over there was some great coverage in there and some awesome pics. It looks like it was a success, but there is still work to do. Here’s how you can help.

sign the petition: http://www.defectivebydesign.org/ipad
read the guide: “A guide to DRM free living” http://www.defectivebydesign.org/guide
know thine enemy: http://www.defectivebydesign.org/what_is_drm
and join the cause: http://www.defectivebydesign.org/user/register & http://www.defectivebydesign.org/shareipad

MPAA wants to control your TV


Posted On: Mon, 2009-11-16 16:22 by holmesworcester to DefectiveByDesign.org

The MPAA is pressuring the FCC for the authority to cripple recording devices using so-called “Selectable Output Control” (SOC).

Basically, SOC would enable Hollywood to actually shut off the video outputs on your cable box, DVR, or other recording device when particular movies or shows come on. When the movie’s over, the outputs might turn back on. Your devices would dance to Hollywood’s tune.

Most cable boxes and DVRs already include Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and operate using proprietary software — both of which we need to work to eliminate. But just because many of these devices already use DRM, that doesn’t mean we should let Hollywood and the FCC keep adding more. This new form of control would take even more freedom away from people using those devices, would restrict people using free software like MythTV to watch broadcasts and record them, and would set a dangerous precedent elevating Hollywood’s desires over the public’s freedom.

We’re not talking about an imaginary threat here. Hollywood has already tried this sort of nonsense with the Broadcast Flag — which the FCC rejected.

Who gets to decide which outputs you can use on your home entertainment gear — the movie studios or you? File a comment with the FCC and tell them to keep Hollywood’s restrictions out of your living room.

Please file a comment with the FCC. Before you follow the link, you may want to select and copy this sample text:

Dear Chairman Genachowski,

I urge you to deny the MPAA’s request seeking waiver of Section 76.1903 of the Commission’s rules. This waiver would allow studios to engage in “selectable output control,” or “SOC.” SOC would let Hollywood decide remotely which outputs I could use on the cable box and recording devices in my home. The waiver would take freedom away from people using these devices, would restrict people using free (as in freedom) software like MythTV to make and watch recordings, and would set a dangerous precedent against the public’s interest.

People have a basic right to not be controlled by the technology they use. Hollywood and set-top box manufacturers already violate this right by imposing Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) and proprietary software on the public. If you granted the waiver, you would be giving them even more power to trample on our rights.

Now that audio and video are a natural part of how people communicate, the ability to record, archive, share, and remix audio and video is essential to free speech, political debate and cultural participation. Hollywood and the MPAA are pushing these restrictions because they want a world where they are free to communicate with us, but where we cannot freely communicate with each other. The FCC represents the public, not Hollywood. Don’t give them more power to restrict our freedom to use media or to participate in politics and culture.

As I understand it, the FCC also considers things like convenience, affordability, and economic impact in making its decisions. Other people have presented you with persuasive evidence that SOC will needlessly inconvenience viewers, will unfairly require the purchase of new equipment in order to watch certain movies, and will raise the price of basic equipment. But these questions should not even be considered when the cost is the public’s freedom. Even if Hollywood does find a cost-effective and convenient way to enforce these restrictions, they should still be rejected.

I urge you to deny Hollywood’s waiver request.

Sincerely,

HTML5 video tags have a power level over 9000


My brother showed me this post at hacks.mozilla.org on how to do the much bitched about html5 video tags. So I totally had to do it, and I did.

Here is my page http://numberedhumanindustries.com/video

The cool thing is that you can have it degrade codecs and and even all the way to flash. The first (intro) video is this way, but the rest are theora/vorbis file (yeay freedom!) So here is a little howto.

First You need a place to store the vids that you can link to. If you have dropbox you could put the vids in your public folder and link there.

To have a just theora/vorbis vid (because you love freedom) the code looks like this:

</video

To have a theora/vorbis vid that degrades to mpeg4 the code looks like this:

Now if you need it to degrade all the way to flash (puke) then it would look like this:

ok that is the long and short of it. Not bad at all but you need to have Firefox 3.5 and some versions of Opera/Chrome/and possibly Safari with some extra codecs that screws the whole idea.

**EDIT: ok so I’m not smart enough to get the code to show up so just check out the mozilla hack page I was just copying from them anyway 🙂

DRM and trying to explain it to those who have no clue, part 2: a rope of sand


read the origianal post asking for help

If you are not a viddler user, or don’t want to comment on the video, feel free to leave a text comment those are just as good