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Links 1 through 8 of 8 by Simon Phipps tagged Lock-in

"Operating system: Windows 2000/ XP/ Vista (Apple Mac and Apple Mac PC Emulators are not supported)." To pass the UK driving test you are expected to be a Microsoft customer.

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Huge missed opportunity to replace RealMedia with open formats and proprietary players with HTML 5. Really sad that the formats they've chosen are ones controlled by corporations rather than open to community software development. It means that instead of being able to use anything to access BBC content, we all have to wait for Adobe or Microsoft to bless us with a working player.

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This is the gratuitous and intentional creation of lock-in and if it's true it's a disgrace. Still, the good thing is I have another powerful example of why anti-circumvention laws harm markets when I'm speaking to legislators.

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Excellent meditation. Read it in conjunction with Dare's posting I linked yesterday and reflect on what the real problems may be in the endless debate on document formats.

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As if Apple doesn't have enough control of their customers already: "unless you are the rightful owner of a device, DCM will make sure you can't charge it up once the batteries run down."

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"So DRM is pointless for both groups, and hence pointless for everyone. Moreover, it not only inconveniences the law-abiding majority, it locks some of them out entirely, in the case of Mac and GNU/Linux users."

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"What if you could rig it so that competing with your flagship product was against the law? Under 1998's Digital Millennium Copyright Act, breaking an anti-copying system is illegal, even if you're breaking it for a legal reason."

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A sorry tale of government promoting vendor monopolies.

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