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  • my open letter to amazon.com, concerning audible.com | Red Barn
    to me while i am reading content i paid for on a device i paid for using network connectivity i paid for i will never buy any products advertised to me by popups especially popups in a fully prepaid premium experience you have poisoned audible for me for all time simply by not respecting my privacy as a reader you are taking unfair advantage of your monopoly power in the book reading market at a minimum this is a bad trade practice and has led me to reconsider keeping my kindle account i won t love lugging paper books onto airplanes but i will go back to doing so if it s the only way i can read in peace without having to look at commercials however as bad as that is the situation got worse yesterday i bought an e book to be delivered to my kindle and the next thing i saw was email welcoming me to audible then i found a 229 charge from audible on my business amex card which i never use for kindle then i found a 4 charge from audible on my citibank mastercard which i never use for kindle i called the 888 number in the audible e mail i received and i complained that i had been charged for services i never signed up for and was assured by the phone representative that the charges would be canceled that didn t happen so today i disputed both charges which means you ll be hearing from my credit card companies i then went into audible com and found that my amazon credential worked there so i deleted all of my credit cards from your records but was unable to cancel my account i used your chat service and a very helpful and

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  • ethics | Red Barn
    drupal6 modules taxonomy taxonomy pages inc on line 33 my open letter to amazon com concerning audible com here is my open letter to amazon com concerning audible com sent in response to a survey i received after finishing a

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  • permission | Red Barn
    drupal6 modules taxonomy taxonomy pages inc on line 33 my open letter to amazon com concerning audible com here is my open letter to amazon com concerning audible com sent in response to a survey i received after finishing a

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  • popups | Red Barn
    drupal6 modules taxonomy taxonomy pages inc on line 33 my open letter to amazon com concerning audible com here is my open letter to amazon com concerning audible com sent in response to a survey i received after finishing a

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  • spam | Red Barn
    worked with the team at MAPS the world s first anti spam company MAPS is SPAM spelled backward and we had it mean Mail Abuse Prevention System to work up a standard by which a given single e mail message could be determined to be spam or not This is because a lot of the people who wanted to send bulkish e mail that nobody wanted to receive were just

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  • My Remarks to the California Commonwealth Club on May 10, 2006 | Red Barn
    sort of where we are now if you buy an iTune for your iPod it will only work on that iPod and so on But eventually there was a changing of the guard someplace and the new attitude is hey we can make even more money selling it this way Except I don t mean precisely sell For 25 a month or so I can rent the right to listen to all the music I want from Yahoo and several other companies But there s a catch several actually If I stop paying the 25 any music I ve downloaded from them stops working Which means I have to use their player and their player is a piece of software whose side effects I can t control At a minimum their player will report to its mothership every time I play something since they need that information in order to schedule royalties to the copyright holders generally big art I might also see a few popup ads Worse still I d have to buy a computer running an Apple or Microsoft operating system since their player will likely not run well on my Linux homebrew I d probably be limited as to which of my laptop or my desktop computers was allowed to play the music And if I was somehow willing to endure all this I d better be prepared to upgrade my Apple or Windows operating system every time another security vulnerability is found or whenever big software decides to release a new version of their operating system All of which leaves me feeling very monetized not to mention the loss of privacy and the lost freedom to choose my own players and systems I ll tell you what I actually do though If I want some new music I buy it on CD I copy this CD onto my file server and store the original in a cool dry place I copy the music to my current laptop and play it using the software of my choice I do not steal other folks music by making illegal copies nor allow anyone to steal music by copying mine My children say I m a luddite but frankly they d be saying that no matter what I did or didn t do so who cares I m in control of my music and I know exactly what my rights are and by the end of a few years time I ll have spent less and heard more than most of the 25 a month club crowd So there If there s time during Q A I ll tell you my TiVo story Trusted Computing Initiative Short version take everything I said about the 25 month club for music and apply it to all of the documents and spreadsheets on your computer Let s make sure we re on the same page this means you ll be paying for continued access to your own content the stuff you create not just to the things you buy or rent from others How can that be Long version The companies who make the artificial brains inside our laptop and desktop computers know that we re having problems with viruses worms and all manner of software that somehow gets into our computers and starts running and takes over and does bad stuff like deleting our files or sending all of our keystrokes to the Soviet Union or stealing our online banking password or sending spam to everybody in our address book This is a big problem and a lot of big companies are trying to figure out how to solve by which I mean monetize this big problem Of course what we the consumers of this technology really want is for it to just work better Stop catching every virus that comes down the web Give us back control of our property let us be the absolute authority over what software will run on this computer But it turns out there s no revenue stream no long term sustainable cash flow associated with solving that problem Antivirus companies of which I note that Microsoft is now one depend on our continued vulnerability for their continued quarterly earnings Solving this problem once and for all time makes no economic sense for anybody it would be like making a razor blade that never got dull how would you stay in business So we re unlikely to get a solution to our computers virus problems well I mean your computers virus problems my homebrew stuff doesn t have virus problems The solutions offered to us for these kinds of security problems have to be correctly labelled such as the Trusted Computing Initiative We all want our computing to be more trusted don t we Well maybe maybe not TCPA will give big software the ability to demand royalties from independent software producers who want to market to big software s platform In other words to keep us safe from viruses big software will have to know exactly what software our computers should trust Their only way to do that is if all software we can run is registered for a fee naturally with the whatever company we got our operating system from Apparently Microsoft feels they ve been losing money every time we buy a game for our Windows computer unless the game publisher has paid Microsoft a cut of the proceeds I know this is how the Xbox and Playstation have always worked but somehow I m troubled by the change But let s talk about your content I mean your own documents spreadsheets things you create Let me make it clear that big software isn t going to try to steal your work or claim joint ownership of it But what they can do and will do is rent rather than sell you the technology you use to create and access your own work And they ll do this in partnership with big hardware

    Original URL path: http://www.redbarn.org/node/24 (2016-04-24)
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  • digital | Red Barn
    Creating default object from empty value in usr local www drupal6 modules taxonomy taxonomy pages inc on line 33 My Remarks to the California Commonwealth Club on May 10 2006 I was invited to address the Business and Leadership Forum of the California Commonwealth Club on May 10 2006 I spoke of serfs and lords and explored the changing nature of property and property rights in the digital era By

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  • lords | Red Barn
    Creating default object from empty value in usr local www drupal6 modules taxonomy taxonomy pages inc on line 33 My Remarks to the California Commonwealth Club on May 10 2006 I was invited to address the Business and Leadership Forum of the California Commonwealth Club on May 10 2006 I spoke of serfs and lords and explored the changing nature of property and property rights in the digital era By

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