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“If buying isn’t owning, piracy isn’t stealing” – Cory Doctorow

20 years ago, Chris Anderson told me that it was unrealistic to expect tech companies to refuse demands for DRM from the entertainment companies whose media they hoped to play. My argument – then and now – was that any tech company that sells you a gadget that can have its features revoked is defrauding you. You’re paying for x, y and z – and if they are contractually required to remove x and y on demand, they are selling you something that you can’t rely on, without making that clear to you.

A brief history of keyboard encoding

Daniel shares with us some of the fruits of research into computer keyboard history conducted over recent years. In this case, the surprising variety of methods by which keyboards determined which keys are being pressed.

Florian Tursky: Einrichtung von ID Austria scheitert vor laufender Kamera

Beim ersten Versuch in der ORF-Wirtschaftssendung Eco funktioniert die benötigte Gesichtserkennung anscheinend zwar noch, das Scannen eines Codes von einem zweiten Gerät klappt aber "auch nach größten Verrenkungen" - zu sehen sind die Protagonisten, wie sie mit Laptop und Handy hantieren - nicht. Als alles abgeschlossen zu sein scheint, spuckt das Smartphone eine Fehlermeldung aus: "Es ist ein unerwarteter Fehler aufgetreten. Versuchen Sie es später noch einmal."

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