Re: Re: Only two people would ever know about this except that you DID make it a story!
"This would be right in line with your overwhelming obsession to discredit Techdirt at any cost."
It would also be the first time he had something factual and non-tangential to work with. You can only run with "Mike noted that piracy isn't the worst thing ever therefore he's a pirate" and "Mike publicised Google sponsorship on another site therefore he works for them" so many times before even the obsessed stalker gets bored. Why not create actual "evidence" from hand so there's soemthing concrete to point to?
I see where you're going here, although it is the same boring "stop liking what I don't like!" that too often crops up during these discussions.
This should be no surprise - Hollywood is primarily run by people with no interest in the art. They're there to make money, and make "safe" investments. That means middle of the road, populist, inoffensive, generic. Sure, some break the mould, but this is the way Hollywood and every other mass market medium is run.
If their current trends don't satisfy you, but they make a huge amount of money, then the current top 10 isn't made for you. Look elsewhere, there's great cinema being produced all the time. The same goes for any other medium - and it always has.
"he problem is that the amateurs aren't producing anything of merit either. YouTube shows are as twee and insufferable as anything Nickelodeon or Disney churn out, because all three are targeted to the teen market"
You clearly watch different videos to me. Might I suggest not looking at the ones produced for a teen market?
"I'm going to have to give the major houses the edge on this one: Amazon doesn't have a Picoult or a Grisham. It has Fifty Shades, and fifty million other wannabe Fifty Shades"
Erm, I'm not sure where the hell you were going with this one. Although they do have a publishing arm, they didn't publish Fifty Shades. Being primarily a retailer, they most assuredly do have Picoult (and Grisham - a strange choice of an example for someone railing against generic populist fiction), among many thousands of other authors, ranging from the greatest literature ever written to trashy crap. This, again, is how things have always been, apart from the current ease of self-publishing potentially increasing the numbers.
"Occasionally you'll get a MASH or a Seinfeld out of the mix, but for the most part it's always been one-season wonders and inane ratings stunts."
If it's "always" been this way, what's your sudden issue with it now?
"What does Netflix have? Art-house women's prison porn and a show about Kevin Spacey as a better president than anyone in the 2016 clown car could ever be."
Sure, if you want to cherry pick 2 things they produced out of a much larger selection, and a massive selection of available pre-existing content larger then you could ever watch. You don't have to watch those things if you don't like them.
"The rest is reality garbage and game shows."
It's also The Wire, Breaking Bad, Sons Of Anarchy, Justified, Louie, Silicon Valley, Hannibal, The Killing, True Detective, to name a few off the top of my head. Thanks to Netflix and similar services, I can't remember the last time I was subjected to a reality, soap or game show. Because I choose not to.
"the fact that nobody with two brain cells to put together wants to fork over cash for Adam Sandler's latest nonsense"
the fact that nobody with two brain cells to put together wants to fork over cash for Jerry Lewis's latest nonsense
the fact that nobody with two brain cells to put together wants to fork over cash for the Three Stooges's latest nonsense
You're not only stuck on repeat, you're repeating stuff from many decades ago... There's plenty out there if you dislike that particular actor. If his films are successful despite your distaste for him, watch something else.
"anything coming out of Amazon's incoherent monkey room"
What, specifically, do you have against this particular retailer? Why are you expecting a "coherent" set of offerings from a store who don't produce 99% of the things they sell?
Apparently we do, especially if you're the "jackn" guy who responded to a thoroughly argued explanation of the subject at hand with "what the fuck are you idiots going on about?", and/or the AC who's been repeatedly attacking people. It's unclear, thanks to your refusal to use an identifiable moniker to help people keep track of who's saying what, but that's the danger with allowing anonymous free speech.
To give the famous quote: "It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt". Whining and attacks peppered with four letter words remove all doubt.
An intelligent person would either correct what they think is wrong, politely ask for clarification, admit they don't understand at all, or move on to a different discussion more at their level. A dumb child will rant and swear at the person who exposed their lack of specific knowledge. We can only use the evidence in front of us to determine which you are.
"Obscurity and censorship, do we really want to go down that hole?"
Actually, the way I'm reading it is that neither does the UK's ICO. Hidden in the wording of Smith's statement is essentially an admission that he knows it's futile to try and remove the originating articles, and that it's futile to try and stop Google from returning search results of any kind.
But, he has to look like he's enforcing this idiotic law so he's made a very narrow request that he presumably knows will have little real effect other than satisfy the complainant's fragile bruised ego. Until the next set of articles about him is written, of course.
I love Starship Troopers, but I've never read the book. As a fan of Verhoeven's style, I can enjoy the broad satire and intentional ridiculousness, though I can appreciate why fans of the apparently more straightforward book would be disappointed.
It's called a conversation. Occasionally, a few people talk about a subject, and the conversation will go on tangents that have nothing to do with the main focus, but still follow a natural progression. That's part of the reason there's multiple threads to every discussion here
If you tried talking to human beings rather than whine and shit on every thread, you might get to participate in an honest conversation that does this. Alternatively, most honest, intelligent adults will move to a different conversation if the one in front of them isn't to their taste. Not whine repeatedly about how it's not going the way they want it.
False. There may be genuine reasons why I wish to operate a device that comes from a place with a different electrical output. As a consumer, I should be able to make that choice.
If confusion or accidental supply of the wrong part is your concern, there are ways to differential the components, from suing different names/part numbers of manufacturing them in such a way that a part from one region literally won't fit into a printer from a different region.
But, leave the region locking bullshit out of it. That's only ever used for one real purpose - forcing people to buy a higher-priced local version rather than being able to shop around.
If you can't find anything wrong with the story, just whine that it's not what you want to read.
Seriously, you've been crapping over this site for years and you still haven't worked out that it's an opinion blog based on external stories that may be days, even weeks old? Mind you, it has taken you this long to correctly identify the name of the author you're attacking on each story, so maybe you are just that slow.
Where was the sound logic, and what was being countered? You seem to have only referenced Violynne's post, yet you attack her directly (without adding anything substantial, it should be noted). Which comments are you defending - not the one you replied to evidently.
Before attacking other for poor debate tactics, shouldn't you at least work out which commenters you're attacking and detail some reason why?
"he/She doesn't even know what the P in API stands for"
Last time I checked, the acronym stood for Application Programming Interface (or Program, depending on which reference you use). Which definition are you using?
Oh, look at this, though:
"he/She doesn't even know (anything) but, that doesn't stop her from writing a short story on the subject"
Hmmm... I replaced a couple of words and you made a fantastic description of the average AC who whines about getting their crap hidden around here. That wouldn't be you, by any chance?
"If you're under the impression that all TechDirt readers are American, you're mistaken."
I love it when people try dragging partisan American politics in here, and then attack people who don't even reside on their continent of being on the wrong "team". It's a good sign of how intelligent and thoughtful that person is - if they're too stupid to realise that America is not the world, and that the internet allows everyone an equal say, their opinion is probably ignorant enough to be safely discounted on whatever other subject they decide to weigh in on.
They're also far from unique to operating systems as Violynne seems to suggest, while ABIs may be part of operating systems as we as chipset instruction sets.
But, she seems to think that Java is an operating system, and seems to think that ABIs are not applied within operating systems, so I think there's some confusion here. I believe the case revolved around the way particular JDKs were used, but that's not exactly an OS unless you're referring to a specific implementation of a VM.
I'm sure she means well, but that "explanation" is just as flawed and confusing as anything else written here.
The Tories are in power. About half the MPs from their last stint in office during the Thatcher/Major era seemed to be in trouble for having extramarital affairs, issues with rent boys and all sorts of other things (all while running on a platform of "family values" and "morality", of course").
I don't think anyone remotely attentive should be surprised in any way.
Fun fact: this is not a zero sum game, and there's no reason both side can't profit simultaneously. Apart from the studios' constant attempts to make the technology (and thus their own products) less useful and valuable, of course.
But, we've been here before. Once Valenti stopped raving about the Boston Strangler and the industry embraced home video technology, both sides benefited massively. We're just waiting for the raving and drooling to stop this time.
On that page, there's domestic (purely box office grosses in the US), international (grosses worldwide) and adjusted for inflation (essentially ticket sales, I believe, although this does appear to be domestic only).
According to the latter, Gone With The Wind has remained #1 forever. The first two, of course, will always have newer blockbusters higher in the charts as ticket prices are higher.
There's always imbalances. The adjusted chart tends to include re-releases, for example.
I'm not sure which metric you'd prefer, but I think every metric is flawed - that's why I try look look at several.
The MPAA is an organisation that represents the interests of its 6 members, which includes Universal. They have been a member since it was founded, and as far as I'm aware there's no major internal disagreements of imbalance of power between the different members (though I'm sure there may be some, and I'd be fascinated if you have documentation of such).
Why would you believe the MPAA isn't directly representing Universal's interests as they see them? They must surely agree, especially since there's so few other members being represented. Why would they remain if they didn't agree?
I'm sure we can point to direct actions taken by Universal that are just as dangerous and counter-productive if you prefer, but I'm equally sure you'll find some way to wave those away as ever.
There's also Alex Winter's documentary Downloaded from a few years ago. But, few fictional movies dealing with the subject and certainly nothing from Hollywood, which I think was the point.
Anyway, I'm sure that if they did produce such a thing, it would have the same level of honesty and technical accuracy as their laughable propaganda videos, or pretty much anything dealing with hacking or the internet.