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Bush urges 'culture of service' to graduates at Ohio State commencement [AP / Yahoo News]
...immediately before class members filed into the giant football stadium, an announcer instructed the crowd that all the university's speakers deserve to be treated with respect and that anyone demonstrating or heckling would be subject to expulsion and arrest. The announcer urged that Bush be greeted with a "thunderous" ovation. And he was.Just plain interesting.
Surprisingly, instead of guarding its prize wares as well as they can, Warner Brothers seems to be running its own empirical experiment:
Harry Potter released unprotected [New Scientist]
...This means people can go out and buy a DVD or VHS, connect the analogue output of their player to a recorder -- either analogue or digital -- and make free copies for friends.Of course, there's no control in this experiment... presumably the Potter DVD is selling like hotcakes (we already got one cheap from Amazon ourselves); how will they know if their total sales are 99% or 50% of what they would have been without Macrovision's semi-functional copy protection?
And is Potter more or less vulnerable to piracy because it's a worldwide blockbuster? I can make either argument. (People want to buy the movie and its lovely packaging because they love it so vs. everybody in the world will look high and low for cheap/free copies because they love it so.) I think whatever the result for Potter, it's going to be hard to generalize the findings to the much less popular garden-variety DVD.
But I'm glad WB is at least trying to find out some things for itself. 1 comment(s)
Most big league piracy occurs overseas, with enough equipment & savvy to overcome most copy protection. The kind of copy protection most studios are using are to prevent the "casual copier" (aka domestic consumer), of which there are so few in comparison to the market that I don't think the studios will notice one iota of difference in sales.Add a comment...
Oxford English Dictionary: Current Newsletter [via Dane Carlson]
The [North American Editorial Unit] is also working closely with the new words group in Oxford, carefully reviewing the high-profile new words that are so often of American origin, and drafting new entries for words that have come to our attention. Some of the words we have drafted in recent months include tipping point, gentleman's C, weaponize, collateral damage, blog, skeevy, and perp walk.OK. Skeevy is new to me (haven't watched much Sopranos yet) but I know the rest. "Weaponize" shouldn't be a word, but then again I don't have a good substitute. 4 comment(s)
Wouldn't the verb "arm," as in "to furnish or equip with weapons," be an adequate substitute for 'weaponize'? Or am I missing something?
I'm pretty sure it's in the sense of 'weaponized anthrax', i.e. something that isn't normally suitable as a weapon but has been modified.
Now, see, I took that in more of a noir sense. "She was one of those women who could knock you dead with just a look. As I took a swig of my three fingers of scotch, neat, I caught her glancing my direction from across the room. A saxophone wailed in the distance and I wondered for the first -- although not the last -- time if I would wind up taking the big dirt nap by gazing into her deep blue weaponize."
I've heard people use "skeevy" my whole life! At least at home, since I grew up with two Italian-American parents--all 4 grandparents from the "old country." In our family "skeevy" is a shortened version of "scivio" (ski-ve-o) which basically means "icky" "dirty"---as in that public pool, bathroom etc., is scivio! I think we are looking at some Sicilian slang--always colorful!Add a comment...
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