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BruceIrving wrote:
> That is a very thoughtful and interesting article, Shane.  We need more
> information of this type and, you are right, we NEED to discuss it.  In the
> past, DRM fell into the same category as Microsoft's COM -- it does
> something, but I haven't the slightest idea what it is supposed to do!

Bruce, thank you so much for your comments.  I believe you hit the nail
on the (DRM) head when you said "I haven't the slightest idea what it is
supposed to do!"  The entire subject has been so wrapped up in FUD from
both sides that sometimes it's hard to work out what's going on.

This reminds me of my own research into Six Sigma, that quantitative
management analysis technique from Japan that was "American Hippified"
and has become the key methodology for many major companies.  When I
first started researching Six Sigma everyone was so busy saying how cool
it was, and how it would change everything, that they completely forgot
to explain what it really is.  I guess it just sounds boring to say
"it's a statistical approach to problem solving, with the inherent
assumption that all problems can be expressed and solved through numbers."

We need to cut through the nonsense with DRM, ask "what is this?", "what
will it mean to people?" and "what are the long-term implications."
Once we do that, we'll be able to make sensible decisions about the subject.

Shane

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