Reason Express

Vol. 8 No. 45

In this issue:

1. Playing the Wrong Card
2. Viral IP Protection
3. Cue the Pitchforks and Torches
4. Quick Hits
5. New at Reason Online - Orange Méchanique
6. News and Events

1. Playing the Wrong Card

Chortle at the anchor man good looks, and recoil from the tort-bar animating power, but do not dismiss John Edwards' "I was wrong" gambit. If nothing else, America owes its eternal gratitude to the former senator for moving us off of the "Bush lied.-No he didn't.-Oh, yes he did.-No, he did not." Mobius strip that Iraq policy has circled for almost two years now.

Invading Iraq with the express purpose of toppling Saddam Hussein was a strategic mistake for the U.S.; there is simply no doubting that. But it is not a policy to say it was a mistake, just as George Bush's stubborn defense of the war is not a policy either. For Democrats to finally get traction on the war issue, they have to some alternative policy to offer apart from a Kerry-esque "consult with our allies" line, which is exactly where Edwards ended up after admitting he was wrong. In other words, he's still wrong there.

Why not try to get ahead of the game with regard to Syria and Iran and insist that the executive branch be much more forthcoming with regard to intelligence on those two countries? Each of them is clearly in the crosshairs of the Bush administration, and another wrong move could prove very costly.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/11/11/AR2005111101623.html



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2. Viral IP Protection

Sony may have managed to hasten the death of the CD format with its clumsy inclusion of a Trojan horse "copyright protection" program on its music CDs. The malware installed itself without notifying the user and created a security hole through which hackers could take over a machine. As a rule, it's not a good business practice to sell a product that secretly cracks open another piece of property for thieves and scammers to get at.

Record labels simply never accepted the fact that music files are very easy to manipulate with a general purpose device like a PC when those files are in an understandable, digital form. The various copyright protection schemes try to obscure those files from the machine-and the user-essentially building a machine within a machine that only the record company controls.

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