We hate Hollywood so much (and by that I mean the mean-spirited players of Hollywood, such as the MPAA, Sony, Disney, et al.) and yet simultaneously we're constantly scheming to get content that doesn't come from Hollywood.
For a while now, the content produced in Hollywood -- even as far as the Skywalker Ranch north of here -- has been mediocre at best and downright offensive at worst.
From what I've seen there are plenty of subtitles or closed-captions available, either attached to a given package or downloadable from specialty sites. Granted, some of them are of dubious quality, depending on the fluency of the translator.
Of course, this does sometimes mean having to actually hunt down a subtitles file, but in the rare times I've needed one independent of the original kit, I've always been able to find one.
And THIS is why p2p provides the best end-user experience
Even if it means sifting through degrees of quality (from in-theater recordings to blu-rips) to resolution to compression methods, with torrents you're plagued with an overwhelming abundance of choices.
In the meantime, the MPAA is trying to block anyone from offering a legitimate means to see Hollywood content except through their exorbitant, ad-ridden, high-suspicion processing machine, which only goes to highlight their attitude of artistic-media-as-manufactured-product.
No wonder they can't compete with peer-to-peer, and no wonder all sorts of indie material is utilizing peer-to-peer as a distro model.
As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Röhm approaches 1
As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Göring approaches 1
WWII historians have dissected at length what probably would have happened if Hitler were either assassinated or diverted from politics. The momentum of history would have kept things moving forward like an overloaded freight train.
The line up of the Nationalsozialismus administration might have been different. It would be a stretch to suggest the Nuremberg laws would be repealed before the Endlösung was implemented. Maybe a more conservative plan for German expansionism might have been drawn up.
And we'd be iconizing whichever leader as the ultimate evil to whom we compare our rivals when we're distraut. Hopefully he'd still have a silly moustache that we could mock.
Huge [research] money already going into that so it's already covered as far as humanly possible.
Bullshit. The US medical system is broken so that all services and products in the US cost orders of magnitude more than they do anywhere else, and yet we have far from the best medicine in the world. We aren't interesting in curing cancer or heart failure or stroke, rather big pharma is interested in helping rich people live longer.
They'd gladly let the rest of us shlubs drop dead.
The issue to which the metaphor applies is that we do not respond to tyranny and injustice until the effect is personal, e.g. someone we know is personally affected. Most of the US doesn't care about (say) police escalation and the murder of Michael Brown and won't until one of their own is brutalized by the police with no means for redress.
This is exactly the sort of thing that gets us where we are when it comes to the mass surveillance program or the extrajudicial detainment and interrogation program, both of which continue to go on despite how uncomfortable it makes us, because not enough of us have been visibly tortured or tossed into jail for petty crimes discovered through surveillance.
Interestingly, rampage killings are visible, much like terrorism and they incline us to want to do something about them. Interestingly, depending on how you define a rampage shooting, we have about the same number of them as we have extrajudicial police killings. There may even be some crossover.
Regardless, the public is slow to respond and protect human rights, but not because it's akin to a frog getting slow-cooked and acclimating. More that we like to think of ourselves as special and removed from the victims and assure ourselves that it can't happen to me, often based on race or location or circumstances.
So yeah, when they come for us, no-one will complain because they can't empathize with us.
Firstly, a frog is disinclined to stay in a pot of water at any temperature. Secondly, in those experiments in which they lidded the pot, the frog would get more and more agitated as the water warmed up.
When it comes to guns, the problem is that human beings really like to scapegoat. Rather than considering that a complex problem often has complex causes, we are desperate for a simple cause that we can surgically remove with a simple solution.
We've pushed the issue with video games, violent movies, books (which continue to be challenged to this day), role playing games, rock and roll music and even bicycles.
So I submit that anyone who blames a shooting on the legality of guns has no more veracity than those who blamed shootings on video games. Or teen deviance on secret messages in Stairway to Heaven. Yes, that really happened.
We have a long, long history of moral panics by which to induce that people can't tell what's dangerous, and the right to bear arms, even before we argue its intent in the US Constitution, is simply a part of liberty. It's the same basis that we get to use power tools, toss ourselves out of airplanes for recreation and camp in the Sierra Nevadas during winter, even those these all come with known hazards.
They'll care when Microsoft decides to bust them for minor sharing activity. Or kill switch their system because some MS tech got suspicious.
Microsoft is made up of a lot of people, some of whom have a tendency to get stupid and abuse their monitoring position.
Kinda like Google and the NSA. In Google it seem fairly rare (or they cover it up really well). In the NSA it's prevalent but not considered abuse from within for (say) a tech to stalk his exes and collect private cheesecake photos.
I've yet to find the allure of Chipotle, though to be fair, San Francisco is a city of great taquerías.
After the Scarecrow campaign, I looked up how much of Chipotle food was really from organic and free-range sources and found that there were an awful lot of exceptions where they couldn't find an organic or free-range provider. It seemed Chipotle wasn't trying as hard as the Scarecrow campaign implied.
The couple of times I've eaten there, the food was bland but palatable. It was also expensive for a buritto in San Francisco (which are, in turn, more expensive than burittos in Oakland).
Someone took advantage of a notion once, therefore the notion is wrong!
Yeah who gives a crap of the health and welfare of that bottommost rung of working stiffs, the bar waitress? the next thing you know, they're going to expect us to care about gas-station attendants.
Cooks don't have to wear hazmat suits because OSHA requires the installation of a fairly high-powered active ventilation system, and this is for smoke that doesn't (typically) contain tar or nicotine.
Smoking in bars in California is legally banned, but it's a ban not well enforced and many bars are full of cigarette smoke. And they dont have a kitchen-standard ventilation system. Neither, for that matter, do family rooms where parents smoke and don't quit for the sake of their kids, either because they don't care or are just plain that addicted. But fuck 'em, they're someone else's larvae.
Never mind that the smog from Los Angeles has been regarded as a health threat, also without the tar or nicotine, at a lesser density than is found in bars, homes and motor vehicles. But we can ignore that data given it might tap into our already meager profits.
Fuck the commons if we can profit by wrecking it for everyone else!