You know, there have been a few games i bought, because i thought the experience would be better paying. it wouldn't crash, it wouldn't corrupt my save files (looking at you fallout 3). and every single time it turned out the issue was with the buggy build that had gotten pushed out the door, not with the crack.
and 9/10 times, it's the pirates and the modders that end up fixing the bloody thing, when the studio can't even be bothered to patch it's bullshit.
i'm too lazy to run noscript effectively, but httpseverywhere and adblock mostly get the job done. I had no idea how god awful the internet without adblock was until i had to troubleshoot my mothers computer.
i'm sorry masnick, not for you, not for anyone. i'll buy your schwag, but i wouldn't whitelist my grandmas forum on quilting, if my grandma knew what the internet was.
Amen. Awhile back, some random people and i on a forum, managed to reconstruct an entire series that had been printed in the 70's, like 5 books, over the course of 6 months, in .txt files .pdf's and other wierdness, were hosted, and shared, and spread widely enough to insure that they'd never be lost again.
And at the end we felt damned good. We felt like archivists, who had preserved something awesome, and made sure that it would be there for someone to stumble across down the road. It made the jump from tree to data, and will be remembered. I don't feel like a thief, it was a labor of love.