Back when I was young, I was always proud to call myself an American. These days not so much.
America felt like it used to stand for freedom, and a great opportunity to make things better. These days it feels more like I am telling other countries not to bow to the US' paid off reps who just want to push policies globally that benefit the few rich people and those in power. Now it feels more like our government itself is the best ally the terrorists could have ever hoped for. Terrorists want to instill fear and get people to live in terror. They hated us for our freedoms. Apparently our government does to.
Taking most of the chances they get to degrade the educational system or hinder it (the less educated we are the easier we can be controlled). Constantly spewing lies about the threats around every corner everywhere you go both online and off. When the entire government system is acting as the terrorists, who is there to protect us from them?
They obviously don't care about the constitution anymore and are trying to work around it every chance they get. "Legal" monitoring to evade the 4th. Trying to redefine what a journalist is so they can beat people up for trying to use the 1st.
I have spoken out to those who would listen about why a bunch of bad laws aren't needed, and why people shouldn't help promote bad laws because of temporary emotional lapses. Seems the country got bad anyways. I just am not sure how to fix it at this point. It is just such an anti-American group running the American government right now.
I used to be proud to be an American, but right now our government is atrociously bad on a lot of fronts. I don't feel pride anymore, but more sad for the world at large.
The fact that they considered all of the bad ideas seriously means I won't touch it.
I have long been a PC gamer but also liked a lot of features of the 360. I will be returning to the PC exclusively for games from "next gen" (next gen always sounds funny because the PC is always already there).
I just don't trust the big companies and their consoles anymore. Through software updates they seem to think it is okay to make huge changes to the way things work. We can already see that they want to take things in a direction that is not good for the consumer. I will stick to PCs for the new stuff now. Thanks.
Re: Wrong from start: Copyright Isn't A Business Model
Techdirt: the only forum where "give away and pray" is taken seriously.
OotB, you have been here long enough to see the articles Mike has written where he expresses serious doubts about the Give away and Pray model.
Why spout such outright lies? They discredit anything else you are trying to say.
The legacy middlemen know that there are plenty of ways to make money without copyright. This is what scares them. The more ways there are, the harder it is for them to sit in the middle and collect money they didn't work for.
So, what they do work for, is to oppress and hide as many artists and creators as possible by using copyright. They use it as a blunt tool to attempt to maintain control over the entire ecosystem.
With secondary liability, their lives will be made so much better. Who will large tech and internet companies have an easier time listening to, the large middlemen currently in place, or tons of individual content creators pointing out where their content is wrongfully blocked?
We have seen plenty of stories in the past here on TechDirt about artists who have been wrongfully blocked under the current system, be it on YouTube, on review sites (dajazi anyone?), or through other avenues they used to distribute THEIR content. This private distribution and direct to fan is their absolute Worst enemy. It cuts them out. They cannot collect money for doing minor paperwork anymore once the new systems flourish.
As such, copyright is all about one thing, control. They built up tons of money under this old system from back when it actually was more efficient. Now they will use that to try to maintain their seat of power.
Re: Re: Re: I'll never understand the guilty pleas. Always a mistake.
I rarely even click to show them anymore, but the topic in the replies made me show the comment. It has an insightful flag even though it was reported. I added an insightful because I completely agree. Doesn't happen often with OotB, if its the same one.
I have tried to get that d-bag out of office every chance I have had since I was old enough to vote. I honestly want to send him a simple email that just asks "How do you fit so much d-bag into such a small minded meat suit?". I at least feel a little better that Amash is also from Michigan to make up for some of Roger's asshattery.
C'mon Apple, just stand up, and tell them No. Stand up for the users. I know you generally don't view them with the highest regard but please do the right thing. I will reconsider my low opinion of you if you do.
Kind of reminds me of all the stories I was reading back when about the textbook publishers for schools in Texas sort of rewriting history to change the founding fathers views ever so slightly and to leave out a bunch of the people who fought for freedom throughout our history.
I saw somebody mention somewhere on the interwebs, this could all be a sort of marketing research for microsoft.
They sit there and spew absolutely crazy ideas and see how badly the public will react to them. Since they are all software restrictions of stupidity, they can gauge how well the public will receive any absolutely horrible money grabbing policy they may want to push at the behest of the greedy EA types.
By being vague and letting the public discuss, they are trying to figure out exactly how anti-consumer and anti-freedom / right of first sale they can be before the public will actually say no en-masse.
Something to think about. Hopefully I am not too late in responding to this for some people to read this comment.
Have a great holiday weekend my fellow TDians.