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Whoever has to take over next is going to be sooo in the dark they’ll need flashlights just to find their own fingers.

New iTunes steals your ability to turn Apple music into iPod-friendly MP3s: or does it?

New iTunes steals your ability to turn Apple music into iPod-friendly MP3s:

Cory Doctorow: If you’re thinking of downgrading to the new iTunes, stop! The new iTunes breaks the ability to convert the music you’ve bought — even “DRM-free” songs sold at a 30 percent premium — into MP3s that will play on your iPod.

I dunno. I just converted a track I converted from iTunes to iTunes Plus into an mp3 and I don’t see what I’m being warned about. For one thing, as reported elsewhere, the new files have your name encoded in their meta data (I expect there is a simple text replacement to be done there, to replace your name with “Steve Jobs” or “Edgar Bronfman.”) I see that just fine. Don’t like it all that much.

But the mp3 doesn’t have that information.

white:~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/The Dukes of Stratosphear/Chips from the Chocolate Fireball paul$ strings 13\ Shiny\ Cage.mp3 | grep name
white:~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/The Dukes of Stratosphear/Chips from the Chocolate Fireball paul$ strings 13\ Shiny\ Cage.m4a | grep name
namePaul Beard

I wonder if there is a clean way to transcode these files to remove any other identifying cruft.

And curiously, because I sometimes do things I don’t expect to work, I tried converting this week’s iTunes free single to mp3: it’s doing it right now, no warning, no problem.

white:~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/The Kooks/Ooh La – Single of the Week paul$ file *
01 Ooh La.m4a: MPEG-4 Advanced Audio Coding file (AAC)
01 Ooh La.mp3: MP3 file with ID3 version 2.2.0 tag
white:~/Music/iTunes/iTunes Music/The Kooks/Ooh La – Single of the Week paul$ strings * | grep name
namePaul Beard

Go figure. Looks like another arms race issue to me.

outta gamma?

Flickrlovesyou

divide and conquer

Junk Science: DDT:

So, in a nutshell: the WHO was about to undertake an initiative that would have harmed the tobacco companies. The tobacco companies, in turn, hired shills to attack the WHO. They presumably hired some to attack the WHO’s tobacco initiative, but they also hired people to attack other things the WHO was doing in order to discredit it more generally. Thus, the attack on Rachel Carson.

The real heavy lifting is here. What won’t these people do for money?