I'm totally flabbergasted: Bill Gates not only has common sense, he even shows it in public! TechCrunch reports from Gates' meeting with bloggers where he expressed his dissatisfaction with DRM technology:

There are "huge problems" with DRM, he says, and "we need more flexible models, such as the ability to buy an artist out for life" (not sure what he means). He also criticized DRM schemes that try to install intelligence in each copy so that it is device specific. His short term advice: "People should just buy a cd and rip it. You are legal then."

Amazing. Just amazing.