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Each season, he'll take premise more commonly seen in science fiction and explain how it might be closer than you think to coming true in. It could happen here, Robert mixes indepth research statistics and his own experience. Reporting from multiple civil wars around the world to paint, a vivid picture of a United States torn apart by conflict listeners will hear eerily plausible explanations for how the war could start on the left or the right. They'll be presented with thoroughly researched battle plans that explain how domestic insurgents could break the police and check even the vast might of the United States military. They'll also. Learn how life would change for hundreds of millions of Americans as the federal government crumbles before the onslaught of internecine, strife, listen and subscribe at apple podcasts or on the iheartradio app or wherever you listen to podcasts. One of the big reasons or actually two of the big reasons, why CD's weren't lucky was a double whammy it was in the form of computer advances and the development of audio compression file formats, primarily the MP three. We'll go into more detail about MP threes and other file formats and our next episode, but they definitely hurt CD sales. As time went on in two thousand the music industry. Saw a decline in CD sales in every year after that that decline continued and it got more dramatic in an effort to fight off the inevitable and also to combat piracy as computers were getting better at ripping music from CDs and writing it to a different disk companies began to incorporate digital rights management or DRM on their CDs. The idea was that this DRAM would limit how you could actually use the compact disc Sony's B M G music label did this. To disastrous results. It's one of the the big warning signs warning stories of DRM and unintended consequences or potentially unintended. Some argue that they were completely intentional consequences, which makes it even worse. So what was this all about? Well, let's say you go out and you buy an album that was from Sony's BMG label, and this is around two thousand five or two thousand six you buy the CD and you put in a normal CD player. Well, it would work just the way it was supposed to no problems there. You're just putting it in stereo system. Or maybe your car a little portable CD player. Whatever it works, just fine. However, if you were to put it into your computer, either to listen to it or maybe you wanted to rip a copy. So that way you had a backup something like that. Something else happened. There were some code on the disks that would prompt your computer to automatically install some software on your PC. The purpose of the software. At least the stated purpose was to prevent someone from making unauthorized copies of that compact disc in other words to prevent people from pirating the music, but the software also opened up a back door vulnerability on the person's PC. Meaning it was possible for a third party to infiltrate that computer and take control of it. In fact, essentially, what was happening was the CD was prompting the computer to phone home to Sony BMG's servers and to give information about how the person was using that CD. What was there? What were there? Listening habits. It was kind of spying on the consumer. And you could argue that the Sony B M G D RAM software was behave. Like, malware, like, a Trojan horse or backdoor vulnerability the discovery of the DRM led to class action lawsuits and a lot of pressure from the industry and eventually Sony would stop the practice completely by two thousand seven it was not a pretty picture..

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