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TV Torrents: When 'piracy' is easier than legal purchase

TV Torrents: When 'piracy' is easier than legal purchase | Surveillance State - CNET Blogs

With step-by-step directions for configuring Miro (nee Democracy Player) to work as a slow Tivo for you.

The legitimate and legal online media stores cannot compete with file sharing on price. Furthermore, as iTunes, Amazon, Walmart and the other stores all wrap their media in restrictive Digitial Rights Management (DRM), they cannot compete on freedom, flexibility and the ability to transfer purchased media to other devices. The only areas where they have the upper hand are in quality, and ease of use.

Warner Brothers' China division, in a rare act of intelligence on the part of a major media company, demonstrated significant savvy last year when they began selling cheap, legitimate, high quality DVDs of movies within days of the theatrical release. By pricing the discs at around 12 yuan (approximately US$1.50), Warner is hoping to make cost a non-issue, thus allowing them to compete in one area where they hold the upper hand: Quality. Instead of taking a chance with on a low quality, shaky-camcorder copy of a film, Chinese consumers can get a high quality copy of the movie at a reasonable price, all while enjoying the warm fuzzy feeling that you can get knowing that you've helped to pay for some small portion of a a Hollywood star's private jet.

Apple's iPod makes up more than 70 percent of the overall mobile player market. With those customers now completely cut-off from NBC's offerings, the ease-of-use advantage of legitimate purchase has been lost. While camcorder copies of films still make up a decent portion of movies on file sharing networks, the widespread availability of digital television and TV tuners in PCs means that it is trivially easy to find high-quality copies of TV shows on BitTorrent sites such as The Pirate Bay.

September 15, 2007

The modern Oregon Trail

http://www.thuletrail.com

In this Flash game Thule Trail, you head westward not to find a new settlement in Oregon, but to trek to a music festival in California. Your oxen-pulled wagon is an SUV, a station wagon or a hyrbid and instead of cholera or dysentery, you've got to worry about your passengers getting boredom and car sickness. It's pretty a pretty fun and faithful interpretation (I've already played it three times today). Enjoy!

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September 14, 2007

Wired on Rock Band's elaborate character creation engine

Gallery: Making Your Own Rock Band

Seriously can't wait to try this out. Click through for the whole gallery and tons more coverage.

Check out the instruments.

Dubai tower now world's tallest free-standing structure

Dubai tower now world's tallest free-standing structure DUBAI (AFP) —...

September 12, 2007

How to: Turn your Mac into a Karaoke machine

Setting up your Mac to play karaoke--it's so fucking easy, I'm amazed:

1. Get a mic. USB mics are cheap. Headset mics are cheap. Whatever.

2. Google ".kar files" and download a few songs that you like. This site has a few thousand .kar files for free.

3. Play the .kar file in Quicktime. Listen to the cheesy midi sounds, watch the lyrics scroll across the screen. It's just like renting a booth in Japantown, but with a better song selection and without dropping a hundred large.

4. That's it. Quicktime natively supports karaoke files. Go nuts.

5. Sing "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" and "Livin' On A Prayer."

(Photo by me. Taken at my karaoke bachelor/ette party in Japantown.)

Adobe releasing free online version of Photoshop

John Nack on Adobe: "Photoshop Express" RIA sneak-peeked today

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Microsoft pwns Vista pirates: The Black Screen of Death

via PoE News | Computer World | Black screen of...

September 11, 2007

Guitar Hero III coming to Mac, PC

Guitar Hero III coming to Mac and PC this fall - Joystiq

No longer content to be hooked up to your big screen HDTV and 7-channel surround sound system, Aspyr and Activision have announced that Guitar Hero III is rockin' on over to the more moderately sized screens of your Mac and/or PC this fall. We imagine legions of cubicle dwellers violating their company's IT policies, bringing their axe into work, and shredding the pain of office life away. More likely, we can imagine a portable rig on your laptop, just in case that whole Guitar Hero DS thing doesn't work out.

So now all of my console-deprived friends can rock out on their home rigs. Fantastic.

EVE Online coming to Macs, Linux

Game | Life - Wired Blogs

It's been called the World's Prettiest Spreadsheet, and is renowned for its scams and its pervasive corruption.

Mac and Linux lovers with a hankering for online economics and scandal will be pleased to discover that soon they, too, can join the world of Eve Online. CCP Games has formed a partnership with TransGaming Inc., who specializes in porting titles without actually redeveloping them.

Linus users could already play Eve by using Cedega, a software product that allows Windows apps to run in Linux. Response to that was positive enough to convince CCP that it would be wise to open the Eve universe to even more players.