Poor Viacom, struggling day after day not making any money because pirates steal it all. I am amazed they managed to have millions and millions to throw into a hole to try and stop their ship from sinking, a hole they blew into the the side of their own ship.
Last I heard it was go spend more money to buy what we should have given you in the first place, send us the receipt and we'll send you the money to cover it... after you try to make Flixster work a couple more times.
Perhaps the politician is trying to focus everyone on the vaporware that will be the panacea for everything to distract them from demanding they actually make the hard decisions today to fix todays problems.
I look at things differently most of the time, who knew? I was shocked by the sheer number of fans who were telling those with every right to be pissed about this crap, that they weren't allowed to because they "donated" to the movie and shouldn't have expected anything.
This seems to be a common misconception about crowdfunding, that you just throw your money away and pray. If this was the case why would there be offers of getting anything in return? I think the people who funded this deserve what they were promised, and that not being upfront about Flixster being involved was a big mistake.
While it is "nice" to see WB offering to pay people back for obtaining it via the other offical pay channels, the fact they were unable to deliver should be a huge wakeup call that the service is shit.
This episode should also be a wakeup to other creative types that going with a traditional distributor might be a bad idea. Many of the backers who were entitled to a free copy, still went out and bought tickets or the digital download from another outlet. If you have a fan base willing to do this, you don't want them treated like crap.
It is much simpler than that. If we give those in power ANY tool, they will use them. What is the point of the power of the tool if it is unused? If we do not establish real safeguards to their use, then we have failed.
We are supposed to have safeguards, but have ignored them being undermined and re-purposed to allow for abuses. We are willfully blind to these things because we believe the lie they will never use them against us "Good People"(tm). Here we have yet another example of a "Good People"(tm) doing the right thing, and getting screwed. We wonder if apathy makes people no longer want to get involved, I think it is fear of the system targeting someone trying to do what is right.
So there is this Federal List where people can't challenge what is on it, and instead need to rely on the people who couldn't be bothered to fill a simple form out right in the first place. The only way to get any action is to them publicly embarrass them and pray that he isn't going to end up being "randomly" selected for all sorts of stops and investigations. Where have I heard this before?
This is yet another half baked system that I am sure sounded awesome on paper, where the only people who would end up on it were hardened criminals... but in practice in the real world it manages to screw innocent people.
The Government that has billions in fake paper money in the hands of corporations that could collapse them? The Government that has handed the keys to the kingdom over to corporations, the NSA is 5 gov employees and 50,000 contractors who ACCIDENTALLY get trade secrets that keep their bosses rich. The Government who for a small "contribution" will shovel laws to benefit corporations at the expense of citizens lives and rights?
The history of Shadowrun has an event where corporations became extraterritorial. People rioted during a food shortage and attacked a convoy. The corp murdered them. They were found not to be in violation of the law, because they had the right to defend themselves. "Corporations are people my friend."
We're living through Animal Farm, 1984, Little Brother, and a host of other books... perhaps it is time we jump ahead a couple chapters and spoil the plans before it all goes to shit.
No matter how many times companies get burned this way, they keep touching the stove. The magical belief that this time it will work for them, because they are better/smarter/paid the lawyers more. Lawyers get rich, reputations get smashed, and butts hurt more.
I am more entertained that an NDA agreement with a corporation now magically trumps due process.
I'm waiting for the bang babies to show up, we are sliding from 1984/V for Vendetta into Shadowrun. Corporations will be granted rights and extraterritorial powers based on their size and the government will just sort of collapse to the background as background noise to the real power of the corps.
If you disagree, they use their puppets to make you look bad in the public eye. If you expose them, they heap legal charges and try to crush you. They willfully violate rights they claim are sacred and what they are fighting to protect. They are worse than the "enemy". They violate our rights with our money, perhaps in these huge wasteful budgets we could get a stipend for lube as they fsck us over time and time again.
Exactly what is it going to take to stop this? No one seems to have the will to stand up for those they represent, instead believing they can spy and lie their way out of trouble... trouble caused by spying and lying.
"more committed to taking care of that area's customers." By using contracts to make them pay more for substandard service that is offered by other businesses. Dealer work on cars is tremendously more expensive, time consuming, and annoying. But but but the free market they scream, while making sure that their piece is secure.
Given the huge failures in many legacy players in all sectors to meet consumer demand, while using their considerable influence to kill off anything that might force them to actually compete.
We need to stop letting players rest comfortably on their asses, perhaps the tax base would be better served by introducing efficiencies into the local governments and cut the fat. The public is forced to accept less and less, while these politicians take more and more. Perhaps the biggest savings would be hitting them with the same cuts they want everyone else to bear.
"whether our work can be thwarted by those we oversee"
When did you plan on starting that oversight? Up until it actually touched you in a tangible way, you were perfectly fine to support what was being done. Perhaps it is time for you to leave Washington, because you are so removed from reality that you were unable to see that what they were doing to the people you ostensibly represent is invasive and wrong to them, but when it touched your life it suddenly was a horrible thing.
And once again the people wonder why we don't have Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance policies, and some talking head will list all of the mythical dangers that will suddenly become all to real if we don't have these.
This teaches children to accept the unacceptable, that just because someone has power you have to respect and listen to them no matter what, it is the rule. Children like this grow up to believe the lies media tells them, and accept what the government does to them to balance the budget while giving handouts to corporations.
This needs to end, if you care about your kids make them stop... unless you want your child to listen to the lies they tell about why your arm was broken while you were in the nursing home without question.