Katt Cries: Unchain My Art!
With some kinds of entertainment, less protection is better."What provides folks with the illusion of comfort and security?" Mused the Mouser. "Firewalls? Teddy bears? Locks and chains?" Lately, El Gato has been comforted by old movies on DVD, so the retro Rumor Monger went out for a DVD of the 1956 version of "Around the World in 80 Days." Alas, when the Kitty noted the fine print on the package, which states that the DVD wont play on a Mac, he put the movie back. "Hard-medium entertainment products like DVDs should play on any machine available," fumed the Furball. "Its bad enough Net music services are building format fences around downloads." Even Sony, new to the online music biz, is selling music downloads that play only on Sony devices. The Kitty was feeling insecure about his future entertainment choices when he got a call from a security maven who claimed that many of the recent layoffs at McAfee (formerly NAI) were salespeople. The company attributed the layoffs to the final divestiture of its Sniffer product line but has kept many of the details of the reorganization close to its vest. McAfee also announced that Corel veteran David Roberts will oversee its North American channels, which could use some pumping up, said the crony, adding that the recent layoffs may have sent several channel managers packing. One message from McAfee is clear, however, claimed the pal: The rumor late last month that the company was up for sale and that Microsoft was the potential buyer was officially denounced as untrue by a company spokesperson.
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