I finally found a decent analogue / digital analogy the other week.
Our work place provides free coffee from vending machines - it's not very nice but it's hot and caffienated and that's what important.
But they also have vending machines that sell cold drinks and you can pay for coffee in the shop downstairs (but you can't compete with free! sorry, I'll move on).
The analogy comes into play on this story because the vending machines don't accept £2 coins. These have been in use for about 15 years. The other day I wanted a coke and the only cash I had with me was a £2 coin.
But because the vending machine company hadn't updated the machine to take £2 coins they didn't get their money and I went and got a free coffee instead.
I wanted to pay for something but their decision not to update their transaction system meant that I went and got a free alternative. I wasn't happy, they weren't happy.
Doesn't that sound familiar?
You know that people don't care what something costs to produce right? Either it's price is equal to or lower than its value (in which case they'll buy) or it isn't (in which case they won't).
If we're just talking about competing on price - which we were.
But again, 7 billion people on the planet, that's a long way towards infinity to me.
disagree with this entirely. If he's been asked to stop and continued I would suggest that, if it were the UK, this is "death by misadventure" though I have idea whether other countries have this concept.
Yep, both Sweden and the UK have a disappointing recent history of bending over to the US in cases like this.
Like or loathe Assange, you're being willfully abstruse if you can't see that he has reason to fear the absence of a fair trial.
If he even gets a trial at all.
Seriously, why would he bother having a conversation with you, who plainly, plainly has an axe to grind, and who plainly, plainly will never be satisfied, when he could go and do something more rewarding. Like updating the merch store, or publishing more stories that the rest of us like to read and comment on without dragging it down the same stupid trolling every time.
"I also think it's very, very telling that Masnick refuses to ever talk about what he really believes about piracy, even though this blog is obviously devoted significantly to that topic."
It's a central theme of this blog: piracy, we don't condone it, but it exists, and here's how you can turn it to your advantage.
But he refuses to ever talk about what he believes?
Maybe, just maybe, he believes that it exists, he doesn't condone it, but you can turn it to your advantage.
Accepting your point Mr F about whether anonymous really is anonymous, I disagree with Tim's paraphrasing of "people would supposedly react differently if they were told that their privacy was being invaded for a positive end result".
I think you're being a trifle unfair on what is - to an extent - a valid point.
The Walsh / Massicotte point shows another fundamental mis-understanding of how social media works as well. It is fundamentally a social space first; intruding into this space with marketing is very different to sticking up a billboard or broadcasting an ad on tv. It's more like (though I hate resorting to analogue analogies) interupting a bunch of people chatting in a bar. If you're going to do that you have to be damn sure that what you're going to tell them is a) something they want to know and b) something they want to hear about in the bar.
Wow. That is, just, well, wow.
Spelling mistakes, all caps, no punctuation, random religious claptrap, snakeoil and the barest relevance to the post.
I don't know whether to report it or mark it funny?
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"Your response is to say that unavailability is an excuse to obtain the product illegally"
Not an excuse, a reason why some people do it. Especially given that the legal alternative may a) never be available and b) may be a worse product due to DRM or similar restrictions.
I note you're still unwilling to consider why depriving your potential customers might be a bad business model in the first place?
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Seriously, check out the case studies stuff. There are specifics from the likes of Zoe Keating, Amanda Palmer, Dan Bull, Kevin Smith, Joe Konrath, OK GO, Humble Bundle* etc going right down to how much money they're earning in $ and c.