"Nothing about these endeavors was in the least bit customer-oriented..."
This is outright bullshit, and I'm truly disappointed someone at Techdirt didn't realize this. Granted, the Kinect issue concerned me (developers have told me the unit is never off), which would have prevented a purchase from me, but the other ideas *were* in customer favor.
It's a shame TD has emphasized, grossly, "DRM" is always a bad thing. The console itself is DRM to the extreme (try playing a disk on a PC), so what *better* way than to grow the already-established DRM.
For the first time ever, we'd have control over our digital files. To sell or trade would have been phenomenal in this day and age, especially when *most other companies* don't use DRM properly.
Yes, I know, Microsoft screwed up so big with teaching people, the damage is beyond anything I've ever seen in a PR fiasco, but the message was there, and it was clear.
"Authorized" retailer meant companies which can access the XBox Live account so you can't sell both the plastic disk and digital file, so yeah, a required online connection was necessary for that.
For those who weren't ready for this, there *was* another option out there. Two, in fact, if one still considers the Wii U a viable alternative.
Sorry, Tim, but you can stick your head in the sand all you want, but it's clear to me you, and the rest of your gaming fans ruined a great opportunity.
So congratulations. When you share your games with friends, you must give up your copy to do it.
Way to keep the true DRM (as Sony hoped you would) alive for another generation.
I'll side with you on Kinect, but everything: you blew it.
"And they had better start learning to do it right, because the pace of cord cutting is ramping up."
They are doing it right. Every day, I see news about cable distributors and stations blacking out content which only affects customers.
This is a step in the right direction.
How? Because the more this occurs, the more customers get pissed off, and cut the cord.
When those industries, heavily reliant on cable fees, start to fade into obscurity, this allows those with better innovation to deliver content to billions of people without emptying wallets in the process.
Thanks to deregulation, it seems people who are on Comcast (and certainly not by choice) will wake up one day to realize "netflix.com" is infringing and the popup will say "You should be watching this on Hulu.com".
For those unaware, Hulu is partly owned by NBC Universal.
I'm going to take a moment to borrow a skit from an old NBC program called "The Tonight Show".
*holds envelope to forward.
*tears open envelope.
"What Comcast/NBC Universal will pay out in the resulting class action lawsuit."
While I do appreciate seeing a Congress finally waking up to the abuses they allowed lawful to begin with, my concern is billions have been spent building infrastructures which don't just get "turned off" overnight.
Billions. What, do we just tear down these buildings and sell the petabyte storage units at a loss of pennies on the dollar?
Not going to happen, and this data collection won't stop.
All the law will do is simply give power to corporations to say "No" on blanket requests.
Doesn't mean the rest of our communications can't be tapped between servers or cell towers.
PS: my two cents: when a government has a computer technology business who makes the world's strongest mainframes, asking for "decryption keys" seems rather moot.
Ars Technica did a recent write up where a home grown system was used to parse 1000s of passwords and a good number of them were broken due to identifiable pattern recognition.
Don't believe for a second the NSA didn't read that article.
Hell, they probably downloaded it before Ars posted it.
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