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SunMink: DRM and the Death of a Culture

Jan 31, 2006, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Phipps)

"In Paris, I bought my Metro ticket and then used it in an automated barrier to reach the platform. I noticed lowlife furtively scanning the station and then vaulting the barriers, and I saw armed police at the station to catch the thieves doing this (they didn't catch any that I saw, and there were several of each at each station).

"By contrast, the U-Bahn in Nürnberg has no barriers. I bought my ticket, boarded the train without fuss, there was no risk of being shot by a policeman targeting a barrier-vaulting cheat, and the system was still clean, efficient and well-used..."

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