This, exactly. It's why I'm very interested to see what shakes out of this attempt by Northwestern football players to unionize.
I would love to see big-money collegiate athletics to disappear, forcing the NFL to create a professional minor league the way baseball has.
Big money college football programs are purely about exploitation. This pretend "amateurism" that forces student athletes to hide every nickel they make from the fame while bringing millions to the institution. And they're all one injury away from being tossed away like used kleenix and one concussion away from a ruined life.
I used to be a big fan of college athletics and a big booster for my alma mater, but some switch has turned in me over the past decade, and now I simply am unable to enjoy any big money college athletics any more. It actually sickens me. May this effort by the NW'ern students cause people to finally figure out what the NCAA really is, and hopefully cause that plantation to finally disappear.
While Kickstarter is a great idea for niche items that would never be made via normal funding methods, Kickstarter has been a disaster for gaming. It's turned into a way for game developers to generate income without any risk (or apparently, without completing an actual game). It's led directly to the "early access" phenomenon of games being released in early alpha form. As far as I can tell, the number of "early access" games that have actually been completed and are available as finished, professional games is very tiny compared to the number of Kickstarted game projects.
Worse, it's induced professional game developers and even some pretty big companies to go the Kickstarter route, which is kind of insulting, especially considering they rarely result in an actual game.
I don't have a problem with people asking for charity, but if you want my money so you can manufacture something, you should be prepared to sell me stock and include me in the profits. If you want people to donate so you can make something, by all means go ahead. But it's the risk that appears to be a necessity to quality consumer products.
2013 was one of the worst years for video games, despite the release of two next-gen consoles and computer hardware being more powerful than ever. I attribute the lack of great games in part to the Kickstarter effect.
First, let me say that SXSW was most certainly "better back before everyone knew about it." There is absolutely no doubt about that. Especially before every marketing company found out about it and turned it into a giant shopping mall with goatees and tattoos. I don't mind the goatees and tattoos, but the marketing is nauseating. It's like a cross between Las Vegas, Disneyworld and a Renaissance Faire for people trying to sell you some awful shit. Oh, and mix Mardi Gras (the commercial one) in there too because everyone's throwing beads at you, except those beads take your email and personal information and then send you advertising forever.
Second, SXSW, you really don't want to go down this road. Your hipness is predicated on the notion that you are not mainstream. And nothing is more mainstream than some corporate jagoff sending some microscopic competitor a cease and desist letter for no other reason but to screw with them.
SXSW is in danger of becoming Branson, Missouri for aging people with bad tattoos and piercings.
What if she just tossed it into the trash and her housekeeper picked it up and brought it home and her son saw what it was and put up a torrent?
I mean, come on. When we buy a DVD are we now on the hook for making sure it is disposed of in a secure way so nobody can ever copy it? I'm sure that's in the Trans Pacific Partnership.
I've dumped tons of copywritten material in the garbage over the years (including a fair amount of my own). I don't believe I'm responsible for anything that happens to it after I drop it in my wastebin.
Rule of thumb: If you're trying to make money off your rubber band gun, you're probably a douche.
Any non-douche who invents a decent rubber band gun would put the design on the internet so anyone can 3D print their own.
I'm starting to hate the very idea of kickstarter. If your idea is worthwhile, you shouldn't need charity. It's why God invented the selling of shares of stock. I hate the beggy nature of kickstarter, where you're supposed to give someone money on the promise, no takes-backsies, that you might someday produce the product and that if you give extra money, you're going to get moral starbursts from the twenty-something who's paypal account it is.
Just look at the damage that kickstarter has done to the gaming world. Nobody can finish a game any more and a ton of really crappy games with wonderful trailers have flooded the market. Every game that looks decent is coming out in the fourth quarter of "next year" and now established companies, who goddamnit should be able to raise the capital are starting to hold out their cups, too. And not one game of the first order has been produced out of kickstarter origins.
It's still just a horrible idea to create a product that violates standards that have long been the norm in bicycling.
You wanna do something, but arrows left and right BOTH on the left glove. Now, you use the standard arm signals for turning and the device senses the position of the arm and produces the correctly directioned arrow. And when you make the universal signal for STOP, which is the left arm extended 90 degrees elbow bend DOWN, palm backward, a light on the palm glows red.
There may be a useful novelty product in here somewhere, but this ain't it. It's like creating a newe kind of calculator, but the button with the plus sign actually subtracts and the button with the division symbol actually gives you a square root.
I just want to point out that J Fred Coots, the author of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", was one of the great songwriters in the history of the genre known as the "Great American Songbook".
Jazz musicians would know the name from the lead sheets to "You Go to My Head" and "For All We Know" and pop aficionados would recognize, "Love Letters in the Sand", which were just a few of Coots' great songs.
He's said to have written "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" in just ten minutes. That was in the Tin Pan Alley days when songwriters were expected to churn out popular tunes. Generations of jazz musicians used those tunes as frameworks for their improvisations, including Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Clifford Brown and countless others.
J Fred Coots isn't put in the same category as greats like Jimmy Van Heusen, Harry Warren or Cole Porter, whose songs every jazz musician is expected to know, but he sure was a talent.
I no longer believe there are things that the United States government "would never do".
I've seen too many of those things happen in my lifetime. I remember my dad, a WWII vet, telling me that the US "would never torture a prisoner", and "would never assassinate" or "doesn't target civilians" or "doesn't spy on Americans who haven't committed a crime" or...
I never dismiss out of hand any outrageous assertion about our government's (or some private contractor's) misbehavior.
You don't have to rely on the NSA not breaking the law. This law could give an entirely new cause of action to groups like the ACLU and EFF to have the courts stop the NSA.
And, the law goes well beyond just the NSA, but I guess you k now that already. If fifteen seconds is too much for you to spend on this, then nothing is going to convince you. You probably aren't the kind of people the petitioners are trying to reach.
I'm guessing there's not much you'd spend your time on that didn't directly involve the welfare of your own pink (almost certainly) butt.
i) The agreements are unnecessary because the governments of these countries don't have a history of undermining investments with new laws.
ii) The agreements are counterproductive because they raise in the investor's mind the thought that there could be a problem where previously he had ignored the possibility.
iii) The agreements are pointless because everyone knows that the country in question will find a way to ignore them if push comes to shove (cf the treatment of UK and Antiguan internet gambling companies in the US)
This is important. It's not as if there has been no investment in the countries trying to ratify this obnoxious treaty. Amazing, the entitled mentality of the corporate elite.
It's too late to stop this. The only thing left now is civil disobedience on a mass scale. The elite are, for some reason, always afraid of large scale social unrest. That's why they try to attack these movements in the cradle, like they did Occupy.
There are no "political" solutions to stopping TPP and other "agreements" like it. At this point, we can only do our best to get in the way.
But remember, "getting in the way" worked back in the early part of the 20th century. We saw the rise of organized labor and the growing influence of the middle class, and the entire New Deal because elites were worried about the Great Unwashed showing up on their front lawns and getting in the way.