Happy Festivus, readers! You lot have disappointed me in so many ways, I’m deciding to punish you with these Remainders three: HDMI prepares new 3D-ready spec, Kindle DRM stripped, and Steve Jobs takes a $US1 salary.
HDMI Spec Updated to Ensure HD 3D Compatibility
The fine folks who work on HDMI have updated work on the 1.4 spec to make sure it can communicate all that upcoming Avatar-inspired HD 3D nonsense between display and source. Frankly, all this stuff is way over my head, and that’s OK because dual-1080p streams in the home are still a ways off. From what I understand, HDMI will meet soon to discuss implementing the “Top/Bottom” format of 3D into HDMI, and the group is working to ensure that older 3D hardware will still work with the updated spec. Luckily, I have not been asked to participate in this discussion. But rest assured, HDMI is on the case. [Engadget]
Kindle Ebooks Hacked!
An enterprising hacker named Labba has apparently managed to create a program that strips the DRM off Kindle-formatted ebooks, turning them into unprotected PDFs. The hack seems kind of too complicated to use right now, but Labba’s working on a more consumer-friendly version as well. This isn’t just hacking the Kindle to accept other formats – this is straight-up DRM elimination. Big win for hackers, not so hot for Amazon. [Engadget]
Steve Jobs Takes $US1 Annual Salary for 2009
So this sounds like kind of a cool thing – like it’s in response to the recession or concern for his employees or something – but it turns out Jobs always takes a $US1 salary. It’s not like he needs a pay cheque; his stock in Apple is valued at $US1.1 billion, and his stock in Disney at $US4.5 billion. Interestingly, he is usually reimbursed for miscellaneous expenses; last year, he was reimbursed $US871,000, but this year only $US4000. Of course, he’s been out on sick leave for a long time, but still, that’s a big difference. Anyway, this is in Remainders because even though it’s been in all the papers (thanks, AP), Jobs has taken a $US1 salary for the last decade. [AP]