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March 02, 2009

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Jesse Menn

Is there any DRM,and if so, what are the constraints of it and the Terms of Service? It might be convenient to pick up a crap book I don't intend to keep and just store it in the Kindle as opposed to making the trip to a used book store. I imagine that any significant note-taking will continue to be done in traditional, analog books. Hell, my copy of Terry Eagleton's "Literary Theory, an Introduction" has more dog ears and notes than text by now.

Jeffrey McMahon

I heard there are restraints, which I assume refers to DRM. But the good news: If you lose your Kindle, Amazon will replace all your content for free--at least this is what I understand. I hope I'm right.

Jesse Menn

DRM is what's killing digital media right now. For example, say you load up a book, Kindle phones home to see if you have the license to read the book, you do, proceed. But what happens if you're out in the middle of say... the I-5, or for me, the middle of Humboldt county, where cell and wireless receptions are iffy at best, and it can't phone home. Am I effectively locked out of content I paid for?

Something that happened to me with some music I bought: the service went under. All that music I bought was killed immediately -- I wasn't able to listen to it because it couldn't check my license.

Jeffrey McMahon

That sounds crazy. I hope you're wrong, but if you're not . . .

I thought of your WRX today as I walked my neighbor's dog. During the final leg of our walk, I passed a parked dark gray 2009 WRX hatch. I peeked inside. It was a five-speed manual. I was completely in love with it. The premium package makes that car about 27K. Yikes.

Jesse Menn

I got mine w/ 16k miles on it for 17k I think. Between 16 & 19k, I'm sure. It's a bummer they've started adding these "premium package" things to their cars -- it used to be "Here's a car, it's got everything." Word on the street is the '09 WRX (especially the hatch) has way too much body roll and doesn't handle as well as the previous years, but that the '09 WRX STi is still super awesome. Girlfriend's car is dead... she's buying another Kia though. Ugh.

jeffrey McMahon

Joel McCale drives the new STI according to Adam Corolla in a Subara ad.

I'm sorry your girlfriend has to buy a Kia, but we've got to do what we've got to do. Tough times.

Angelo

Remember the "Saabaru" 9-2, which was based on the Subaru? That was a really nice car and Saab's premium version ("Aero?") mimmicked the WRX but with Saab styling cues and interior. Speaking of which, due to GM's problems and by extension, Saab's survival questions---there are huge sales on Saab right now. Some are over $10,000 off sticker. We have a 9-5 Wagon. They cram a lot of horsepower into a 4 cylinder turbo.

Jeffrey McMahon

I don't remember the 9-2 . . . unless you show me one.

I got robbed paying for repairs on a 99 Volvo S70. I hear Saab cars are even worse.

Paul

Free ebooks:

http://www.feedbooks.com/discover/

Jeffrey McMahon

Paul, I bookmarked that site. It could be useful, for sure. Thanks. Jeff

Paul

A great book (freely available for download):

http://www.thepublicdomain.org/download/

and interesting comments on the Kindle edition of the book by the author:

http://www.thepublicdomain.org/2009/02/26/mixed-feelings-about-kindle-edition/

Paul

Amazon uses DMCA to restrict where you can buy e-books

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=41929

Basically Amazon invoked the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to force removal of a software script and instructions from the mobileread web site. The script is used to identify the Kindle's internal ID number, which can be used to enable non-Amazon purchased books to work on the Kindle.

Jeffrey McMahon

I should post that. Thanks.

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