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Woz on Open Source, DRM 170

destinyland writes "Steve Wozniak just weighed in on DRM, saying "it doesn't make much sense if these things are going to have DRM forever." In this great new interview, he complains that even now, only six songs on his iTunes playlist are DRM-free. He applauds the Open Source Movement, saying "it's very honorable and it's very good for the customers." He's even considering publishing the hand-written code for the Apple II as a manuscript. He's also surprisingly non-commital about the iPhone. ("Will word of mouth kill it or make it a hit? Who knows?") He also talks about his favorite pranks, and reveals that "the Secret Service read me my Miranda rights once.""
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Woz on Open Source, DRM

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  • Great interview... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by chris098 ( 536090 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2007 @10:46AM (#19743561) Homepage
    This is really a great interview. It's a bit long, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading the whole thing. I loved hearing about his escapades with the sheets of $2 bills.
  • by soliptic ( 665417 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2007 @11:09AM (#19743753) Journal

    Sorry, I know Woz is a geek god and all that, but I still don't see why he should be let off this one. If you don't think DRM "makes sense", why on earth have you bought so much DRM-d content and so little DRM-free content?

    I'm not sure how many tracks I have (I'm not at home to check) but I think perhaps 60 gig or so (legal, I hasten to add - 99% cd rips), but I do know exactly how many DRM-free tracks I have in my library: all of them. There isn't a DRM'd track on my hard drive. There isn't a user account in my name with any vendor of DRM'd tracks.

    It's really not very difficult to simply not buy something you think is a poor product or morally objectionable idea, and I don't half get fed up of seeing people complain about <Apple / MS / Walmart / RIAA / MPAA / Nike / Nestle / etc> and in the next breath telling us all about their latest purchase from said company.

    And I know what slashdot is like, so if anyone is thinking of arguing the technicality that Woz didn't decry DRM, only "forever" DRM, perhaps they can be ready with the evidence that ITMS DRM is built to turn itself off any time sooner.

  • by HockeyPuck ( 141947 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2007 @11:26AM (#19743907)
    I was there at the Valley Fair Apple store, the one which Woz showed up for. I originally was 5th in line, and through events of "holding places for various friends of others" and the generic line shinanigans (reminds me of the one person in the movie theater that says "These 15 seats are saved." WTF does "Saved." mean? In a movie theater you don't have assigned seats) anyhow...

    I ended up 20th or so in line. Funny thing is, I think I was the first one to buy an iphone for myself. Almost everyone in line was buying them in quantity to either sell at a profit via ebay (haven't heard of success at that). However, back to my point of addressing Mr. Wozniak.

    I realize many of you would consider him a god around here, but nonetheless his arrival was like this.

    He arrived around 4am (note that by this time there was a considerable line) before the Apple store opened, and said "I'm Steve Wozniak, and I'm going to be first in line and buy 8 iPhones." What a dick, I would have thought more of him if he had gotten 'to the back of the line' like the rest of the crowd, just like every other regular joe. It's all good.

    However... more importantly, one thing you won't see in the articles/blogs..

    While he was in line, a 50something year old woman with a macbook tried to enter the store prior to the doors opening, as she was having battery trouble with it. Woz then proceeded to help her troubleshoot her battery issues. When she walked away I asked her, "Do you know who that is?" She responded "No." I told her, "He co-founded Apple..." She smiled, said "Oh, that's nice," and headed home to try again to fix her laptop with Woz's tips.

    I did get a chance to talk to him for a minute, and he agreed with me when I asked him if he thought that when apple launches a major product (iPod/iPhone) that the atmosphere is similar to that of the US Festivals he organized in the early 80s. He agreed but added, "Less heat, less music, but the same comradarie and fun atmosphere."

    Thought that was pretty slick, once a nerd always a nerd.
  • by kestasjk ( 933987 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2007 @12:38PM (#19744571) Homepage
    At least Gates did more than marketing, which is more than you can say for Steve Jobs (praise be upon him), and at least Gates didn't steal hundreds of dollars off of Allen, which is more than you can say for Jobs (praise be upon him) and Woz.
  • Re:Respect (Score:3, Interesting)

    by rhizome ( 115711 ) on Wednesday July 04, 2007 @12:57PM (#19744733) Homepage Journal
    Sorry, but no. Your analogy is flawed-- Gates is Jobs, not Woz.

    This is true. Paul Allen was the Woz of MicroSoft, for whatever that's worth.

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