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Internet & Networking "Bruce Lawson started a very interesting discussion about the Encrypted Media Extensions to HTML a few months ago, with learned and interesting commentary from John Foliot and others. After devoting some thought to this, I believe that the amount of argument around this subject is at least partially caused by its separation of the web from the spirit of the web."
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RE[3]: Hot air.
by ssokolow on Mon 10th Jun 2013 03:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Hot air."
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"Your description matches "the spirit of the web" on the service side (the philosophy that led walled gardens like CompuServe and AOL to lose to the open Internet) but it's important to also have it on the client side.

Keep Flash around for DRM if you must, but don't put DRM in HTML5.

The "walled garden" has returned from the dead --- and draws strength from the kind of product placement that AOL could only dream about.

Think about the iPad and the Kindle.

The Netflix app that is embedded into damn near every home video player, set top box, mobile device or HDTV that is "Internet enabled."

Think about non-Kindle devices like Android phones, Desktops PCs, and, to some extent (given Apple's ability to dictate and change policy), iOS devices.

Would you rather have one app that's a walled garden for a given provider or have the entire browser get incrementally captured by that same garden because the average person sees their techie friend as "weird" or "silly" for using some other browser when sites' efforts for ensure compatibility guarantee that the garden's browser does everything they want plus plays DRMed content?

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