Thoughts on a Drizzly Morning

I just discovered that NPR's "Selected Shorts" show is available online for free. If you love books, libraries, or librarians, or are just a fan of Audrey Niffenegger's work (The Time Traveler's Wife), check out this episode, which includes a reading of her fantastic short story, "The Night Bookmobile" (you can also read an excerpt here).

While classifying reports for the CRS Reports Archive this morning, I ran across several dealing with broadband service and the FCC. If you live in a rural area like myself and have had frustrations trying to get DSL or other broadband service, you might want to stay current with these issues. I'll be uploading some more current reports next week; you should be able to find them using the same linked search above.

Also, my husband sent me this great article on DRM (Digital Rights Management) and why it won't work. If you're a big geek like us, you'll get a kick out of the references to Star Trek engineers, recurring danger to redshirts, and South Park's Underpants Gnomes model of business. The DRM-adjusted version of this business model is as follows:
  • Step 1: Create a DRM system.
  • Step 2: ???
  • Step 3: Profit!
Heh, heh.

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