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Is Google DRM crippling culture as great as it seems?

CES Opinion Anyone the least bit concerned about DRM (digital rights management) technology would likely have been put off by Google co-founder Larry Page's ho-hum approach to revealing the company's new proprietary media locks. And with good reason.
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Disk, laptop and sport heaven spotted through the smoke

CES Without question, the highlight of this year's CES (Consumer Electronics Show) for us was watching the Black Crowes play at an AMD-sponsored event. Not to gloat, but we managed to make our way backstage after the concert and meet the band. At least we think it was the band. The thick smoke – yes, that kind – made it tough to see.
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Open Source for the Enterprise

Book review Whether it’s IDEs like Eclipse, build tools like Ant or testing tools like the xUnit family or even entire languages like Perl, Python or PHP, there are plenty of developers who have added open source software to their toolkit. Moving open source to IT infrastructure or onto the desks of end-users is a different kettle of fish entirely. All of a sudden there are support, maintenance and licensing issues that have to be addressed, often by decision-makers who lack the geek-factor that developers have in abundance.