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|11/11:||We've kept quiet
too long -- Sony's Digital Rights Mania finally lands them in
court: Slashdot reports that a class action suit against Sony in California alleges that
Sony's copy-protected audio CDs violate several California statutes,
including the "Consumer Legal Remedies Act" and the "Consumer
Protection against Computer Spyware Act," which prohibits -- among
other things -- software that takes control over the user's computer
or misrepresents the user's ability or right to uninstall the program.
Earlier, Mark Russinovich investigated Sony's self-installing CD protection
software and found it to be akin to spyware, intentionally hiding
itself and providing no means of removal. Sony later released an
uninstaller, but Mark has has looked at it and finds "Without exaggeration I
can say I've analyzed virulent forms of spyware/adware that provide
more straightforward means of uninstall". |
Electronics -- would anything bad actually happen if you just
jettisoned Sony Entertainment?
|10/26:||Inqoo posts good
photos of the Onkyo FR-N9 bookshelf system. The ¥88,000 ($800) HiMD/std-MD
compatible unit has digital optical I/O (but sadly no USB port). Onkyo's
FR-N9 Japanese page and mech. trans.
points out a site selling refurbished Sony MZ-NE410s (with some cheeky
commentary) for $45 w/shipping.|
|10/20:||It's Fall, new
gear season: Peter Ravn discovers Sony's 40GB HD based NAS-M7HD "NetJuke" (mech. trans) CD/std-MD/MemoryStick/MP3/AM/FM/USB
bookshelf HiFi system. The unit can record to HD from a variety of
sources, including CD (8x) and MD (realtime, analog).
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