Story from MSNBC

I’m probably breaking all sorts of copyright rules here and maybe even breaking the law, but as I found this story on MSNBC, I reckon it’s in the public domain by now. I thought this was very amusing. The story is that technology buffs have cracked music publishing giant Sony Music’s elaborate disc copy-protection technology by scribbling around the rim of a disk with a felt-tip marker! Internet news groups have been circulating news of the discovery for the past week, and in typical newsgroup style, users have pilloried Sony for deploying “hi-tech” copy protection that can be defeated by paying a visit to a stationery store. “I wonder what type of copy protection will come next?” one posting read. “Maybe they’ll ban markers.” Apparently, Sony did not return calls seeking comment.

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Scottish Executive

Workwise, things are manic right now. Elcom is an eProcurement service provider and we’ve recently been awarded the contract (via CGE&Y) to provide an ‘eGovernment’ eProcurement service for the entire Government of Scotland. We believe this to be the largest eCommerce contract in the world to date. There was a great article published this week in Computer Headline about it. Have a look if you’re interested: Click Here.