Here’s a pretty novel use of Twitter: follow the Titanic on its voyage towards impending doom – by following @TitanicRealTime. This account seems to be owned by The History Press, a UK-based history publisher.
#officer Clocks keeping bridge time now set back to 11.3p.m. This has extended the third watch by 29 minutes.
#passenger Standing at the front of the ship all I can see ahead is a horizon of water. I look forward to seeing New York.
Clocks have once again been set back on the bridge, now to 3.30a.m. My watch has been extended by 30 minutes.
I finished marking some PUB310 semester tests. In one of the questions, I ask students to suggest criteria that would influence their choice of ebook vendor. A criterion that is often used is the use of digital rights management (DRM) – or at least, the option of providing DRM for titles. According to the memorandum, this statement is part of an acceptable answer.
Given my personal feelings about DRM in general (feelings that are often compounded by Steam), this criterion worries me – especially when presented as a quick solution for protecting intellectual property. Frankly, I want them to realise that selecting DRM as a default option without considering the effects of that choice is a very bad thing.
In Beating the drum for DRM?, Appazoogle’s Leah Thompson summarises discussions for and against the use of DRM. Leah shows how the Triangle of Fraud – a model used to investigate accounting fraud – can be used to consider the relationship between DRM and piracy. One of the components of this triangle is rationalization: ‘I already own the book version.’ ‘It’s not worth as much as they’re trying to charge.” The other two, pressure (high prices) and opportunity (cheap bandwidth), might imply that lowering prices can play as great a role as reducing opportunities to pirate (such as litigation or access restrictions).