I like how he references that 'Walt Disney hated the Union bosses because he thought they were communists' and then prattles on about more crap that Disney took a principled stance against. Walt Disney's #1 enemy were the Jews, if I'm not mistaken. Good to know Beck is invoking such a paragon of virtue for his cause.
Rough crowd here in the comment section, eh? Patton accepted the apology, by the way.
And to those who say "Repeating jokes, that's just how things are with ordinary people," Yes. That is how things are. However, you can easily preface it with "There's this great joke by So and So..." segue in, and you're golden.
You know what? This may sound curmudgeon-ish, but this is one corporate assisted suicide I can get behind. When 3D dies I'll be cheering at it's funeral--even when it's done as right as it could be it gives me a headache.
There's two factors that play into this: the overload of calls that 911 gets, and public safety. Obviously, there are some 911 calls that need not be made, but these are necessary byproducts of such a system. Forcing people to pay obscene amounts of money in the event of an emergency turns what should be a reliable and safe way to get help into an economic question, 'Well is what happened to me getting solved really worth more than 300 dollars?'
It's a pretty crap situation if during any emergency you wonder if dealing with it yourself would be cheaper than enlisting the emergency services your taxes pay for.
I honestly think forged internet driver's licenses is the least of anyone's concerns here. I don't think anyone on either side of this discussion is terribly concerned about that.
You seem very concerned about the considerations of implications, but have you considered the implications of faked internet driver's licenses? (Or lack therof?)
Completely ignore the fact that I really wasn't arguing for a definitive internet thumbprint or ID card (which I DO think is a bad idea), just a bit of required internet education, and again your argument falls short.
Honestly, I think you're wrong about the internet driver's license. I mean, it wouldn't be a direct translation (I sure as hell wouldn't have wanted to wait until I was 16 to be able to use the internet) but increased and mandated education would be helpful in reducing some of the crap that happens all the time on the 'net.
You say 'unlike a car, the internet is something that people have to use all the time'. Well, I'd argue that the similarities are actually pretty close. One CAN live without both the internet or a car, but their capabilities are extremely limited. Administering said license would be a different story, however. I have no idea how one would do that but like most business model questions that are brought up here, a reasoned, measured solution can't be that far away.
Honestly, I could've been saved a lot of trouble with the 'net from some sort of mandated government education program, both from having to hold my mother's hand and teach her every step of the way, and from a few pretty major internet slip-ups that I really should have avoided myself. (I was young, there was a credit card involved)
There are so many things wrong with your statement.
There is definitely payback from merch/live shows when your recordings are distributed freely can more than make up for it.
Visibility is the most precious resource in the music industry--there is NO doubt to that.
There is absolutely new music business models that not only prevent piracy from screwing with them, but use torrents and P2P sharing as a tool, and they've been used by bands from EVERY level of commercial viability.
And yes, I do believe that individual bands should have business models that work, not just the 'sell plastic disks' BS. You know why? Because if you want to make money in a business, you have to be a businessperson or you have to hire one, and businesspeople know that to sell someone something, they have to want to buy it. Just like if you want to make music, you have to be a musician.
Because, shutting down all their music operations and heading home is the WORST thing they can do to combat piracy. They have so much more to fear from obscurity than from piracy, and even if piracy was the overblown problem they're making it out to be, not SELLING their stupid little plastic disks means that their fans--the ones that want to support them and want to listen to their music will either have to go through the now ridiculously impossible task of buying one of their CDs, or they will be forced to pirate.
The one part of the DRM I like is the remote save games, though I'd like it a lot better if they were merely backups that could be accessed after a player has to reinstall a game. I hate having to start a game over because of a reinstall/reformat HDD, etc.
Other than that, the platform is Steam with all of the good parts of Steam sucked out.