News.Com: RIAA chief to step down. "She was featured in the most recent issue of Wired magazine as 'The Most Hated Name in Music' -- a bold statement in an industry notoriously rife with avaricious record producers and label executives."
Had a really interesting meeting this afternoon with famous investment banker and venture capitalist Bill Hambrecht. I'm interested in meeting more people who were part of the early Silicon Valley, before the dotcom boom. Hambrecht was the initial investor in Adobe, in 1982. He tells lots of Adobe stories. Fascinating stuff.
PC Mag reviews Apple's new Web browser.
Mark Pilgrim: Parsing RSS At All Costs.
Interesting discussion about validating RSS; happy ending.
Paolo: "In Italy nobody pays prescription drugs."
Brian Buck: "Like Dave, before any of this happened to me, I was completely clueless."
Scott Rosenberg: "For Salon, or any other standalone independent that needs to pay not only for content but for bandwidth and software and health plans for employees and so forth, some variation on the subscription plan is the only way to go."
Wired: "There are a lot more voters downloading music than there are music company executives," Hayes warned. "If the RIAA was my client, I'd advise them to think this one through again."
On this day in 1998, Netscape threw all their balls in the air.
Roe v Wade
On this day 30 years ago, the US Supreme Court issued its decision in Roe v Wade, forever changing US law, culture, society, lifestyles, and setting in motion a philosophical debate that continues to this day. Whether you're pro-life or pro-choice, or somewhere inbetween, this may be a moment to pause and perhaps listen, to understand that there are points of view other than your own, and hard questions that do not have simple answers.
There appears to be no mention of Roe v Wade on the Supreme Court's website. I thought this was notable.
$400 a month
Prescription drugs cost a lot. Yesterday I refilled just one of my must-have prescriptions, the kind of stuff I have to take for the rest of my life or else I die. I have health insurance, for now, but the co-pay is pretty high. I asked what it would cost if I didn't have insurance. $400 per month. And that's just one drug. How do people pay for this? How does the government justify going to war in Iraq. Where are the priorities. If Bush had to pay $400 per month for one drug, out of his own pocket, I can't imagine he'd have too much bandwidth left for Saddam Hussein.
Okay, five minutes later I've already gotten a flame. No, I didn't know they were so expensive. Sue me. Part of the philosophy of weblogs is that we don't mind sharing epiphanies, even if it makes us look stupid, to some. So, why was I so clueless? Because I've had good health insurance and good health, no reason to learn, or be concerned. It's easy to look the other way when it's someone else's problem. I'm just human, no claims of sainthood here.
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