(apologies to anyone coming from /. who read this same post there... but there with more idiotic mistakes in the writing & logic!)

This article posted on Slashdot (quote below) is exactly why I'm not real sure why we're so paranoid about getting locked out of copying DVDs or pay-per-view movies. Look, the worst that'll happen is that you have to video tape what you're watching with a camcorder. Until companies figure out how to pipe the goods right into electrodes sitting in our brains, we'll continue to have an awfully natural break point from which to grab anything we can experience -- from the contraptions that allow us to preserve "real life". This Sony PSP handheld projector is an awfully smart idea along those lines, as it is simply a specialized camera tied to a projection system that can easily get, I'd imagine, the sort of resolution to which we've become acustomed to seeing on the half-century-plus old medium of the television.

I recently (yesterday? Man, I need a LONG nap) purchased three [vinyl] records, as an example. I know audiophiles will hate me, but instead of buying hundreds of dollars of software and equipment to listen to them through iTunes, I plan to stick my iBook in front of the speakers and tape the albums through the iBook's internal mike. What's the big deal? I've listened to shows from Furthurnet that aren't much better, and enjoyed them.

What we've become used to and spoiled by is the ability to have everything in a digital format, and not only that but a digital format that provides what goes for a "definitive" experience; the digital version is now usually 'the best'. The fact that today's generation expects exact copies of the definitive experience even in their blackmarket content shows what's particularly unique about this digital age. We've come a long ways from the in-theater camcorder bootlegs Seinfeld made famous.

Anyhow, here's the quote from /.:

This new peripheral takes a completely different approach and clips on top of your PSP screen, with two screws to fit at the back of the handheld (in these two holes you can see on the top of the UMD drive). Some sort of pyramid grows from the base, with a precision lens and mirror system at the top, capturing the image and light, in a similar way a scanner or camera would. It then converts it into a video signal that is sent through video leads going from the adapter to your TV set.