Today’s Free Download – Spy 51

Play For Your LifeOn this of all days, tragedy should be free of politics, but of course it’s not. That, more than any other fact, is why September 11 is such a heartbreaking day. The deaths on our soil are nothing next to the opportunity some of our “leaders” saw in them, and how a cowed, craven and vulgarized media enabled the appropriation of what rightly belongs to us all.

With that in mind, “Keep Me From Harm” seems the perfect tonic for the regret I feel and our lost chance at national unity. It’s a beautiful, calming ballad from a North London trio you’ve no doubt never heard of. But you’ll keep coming back to the song, or more aptly, it will somehow find you.

“Keep me from harm/mean everything to me/and I’ll go gladly/into your arms”

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Download “Keep Me From Harm” (MP3, 192kbps)

Amazon UnBox: Up The Creek

What’s the point of buying WMA files?  As pointed out by Cory Doctorow, Microsoft’s DRM is a format fraught with problems.  It’s not even an issue of own versus rent; the mischief this scheme can perform on a system is ridiculous.

Worse still, at least for Amazon, it doesn’t work to protect files.  Witness the current war between WMA DRM and the rogue FairUse4WM application.  The cracking tool not only unlocks content for playback, but also strips rental data:

What I meant to imply is that if you’re Amazon or any other company relying on a technology that others seemed determined to break and that’s core to your business model, that is definitely cause for concern. Not just to avoid piracy of downloaded content, but also to manage rental expiration (another “function” of DRM and a clear demonstration of the nearly arbitrary remote control that such a technology can give to others over your system)

It’s one thing to insert a flag that renders the files inoperable after a certain point in time, quite another to open up a system to willy-nilly file deletion.  I’m starting to understand the vehemence of certain DRM-haters.