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  • Mar 19, 2014 @ 02:17am


    Even as investors, we're treated like criminals.

    Reminds me of the pre-KS days.

    Y'know, when, even as customers, we're treated like criminals.

  • Jan 28, 2012 @ 01:56am


    I have to disagree with you here. One practical example is China, which has a blatant disregard for IP. While, in the states, this disregard is only for entertainment IP, the actual IP disregard is far more serious. It is to the point where companies hire employees *specifically to steal other company's secrets*. If you look at countries known for their intangible properties (entertainment, books, software), China's certainly not one of them.

    Information, or, rather, research, often has an overhead costs that no one wants to pay. Basic research has been chronically underfunded, and only performed in universities, because companies see no immediate profitable benefits from it.

  • Jan 26, 2012 @ 11:10pm

    Re: We are the internet

    > My big problem is that I really like movies, TV, and music. But I VALIUE the internet more.

    If I have to choose, if I have to pick one or the other, I will keep the internet and will turn my back on movies, TV, and music (at least corporate version of them) FOREVER.

    Actually, I found this to be pretty darn easy. I originally stopped watching teevee (and more PBS) because I hated to watch commercials. Then, thanks to the internet (and Sims 3!) I got used to watching entertainment on *my* schedule, not theirs. Thanks to the lowering prices of DVDs, I've already amassed a ridiculous collection of DVDs I haven't seen yet, of shows that are even cancelled. And, thanks to SOPA, I'm now reading TechDirt and reddit on a daily basis. It also doesn't hurt that some content providers *do* understand how the internet works -- I'm perfectly happy to watch my anime (ahem) on Crunchyroll.com on my iPad. Yeah, the commercials are back, but at least there's this Skip button on the iPad. (:

  • Jan 26, 2012 @ 10:59pm

    Re: Re:

    > More like, if you can't make money producing an original idea, steal the idea from another company, then cry when you get sued.

    Same ditto. I mean, since Atari, there have been *many* innovative and creative games made. Why rehash the same-old same-old by a company that's *known* for litigation?

    Of course, that being said, I *did* read the Zynga article today...

  • Jan 26, 2012 @ 10:51pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Our congresspersons don't do that. In fact, a good number of bills are written by the lobbyists. I don't know how laws are written in your country, but ours are written in complex, convoluted, legalese, and, sadly, we need those who *do* understand the law to editorialize it for us.

    Or, if you're smart, you follow the money.

  • Jan 26, 2012 @ 10:36pm

    Anyone who wants to watch a $200 million dollar movie should pay for it, but what the RIAA/MPAA want to do is eliminate *content* production, and shutting down file sharing sites is one way for them to do it.

    If you read other TechDirt articles about MU, many song artists distribute their music via MU. Premium users download the music, MU pays the artists because they pay the content providers who result in the most downloads. Everyone wins except the MPAA, which is why MU got shut down.

    I read the articles about the movie. What I find interesting is how it takes advantage of the "killer app" that's killing movie theatres -- home entertainment systems. Another interesting comment was that the movie would film a scene only once every few weeks when people were available and that friends were happy to let the filmakers borrow "stuff" for the movie. If *that's* not crowdsourcing, I don't know what it. And what it *isn't* is about money. It's people putting together a movie because they *want* to, not because of $$$.

    As for Kevin Smith's movie, what's wrong with making a movie? Isn't that the whole point of "indie" films? That you can *express yourself* and whoever likes it is there for the ride? Okay, fine, you don't like his movie. Plenty of other movies to watch.

  • Jan 26, 2012 @ 05:50pm

    BioCurious Meetup Group

    Here's the link to the BioCurious Meetup group, which includes their direct URL: http://www.meetup.com/BioCurious/

  • Jan 25, 2012 @ 11:16pm

    The question isn't even how we can make an entertaining movie that's inexpensive. The question isn't even how can we make *entertainment* itself inexpensive. The question is how can we make content that people want that is cheap and even free.

    Well, you're looking at it. The *real* threat to the entertainment industry is user-generated content which is often *free*. You're not paying (directly) to read TechDirt. I'm not paying to post. But this is how we wish to spend our time and it is *free*.

    If you want a movie with glitzy special effects, or if you want to watch something with a big-name actor, then, sure, you're going to pay for it. It's no different than if you insist on watching a $20 DVD on a $2000 home entertainment system. If you want something tha costs money to make, you should pay for it.

    But entertainment is *not* a necessity. You do *not* have to watch Snakes on a Plane. If you do, sure, pay for it. But if you can find other ways to spend your time that don't cost money, you don't have to watch *that* particular movie.

  • Jan 24, 2012 @ 07:21pm

    I know many community-college level students who have online classes. The learning experience is different in that they must motivate themselves much more than in a traditional college classroom. However, they learn just as well as in a college environment, and online classes reach student who would otherwise *not* be able take these classes. Teachers are just as involved with these classes as they are with traditional ones. Answering questions online and reviewing student's materials is just as time consuming as with traditional college.

    As for the Idaho article, it's a classic mistake of groupware. From my research on groupware, you MUST have buy-in from those using the technology (in this case it's computers, not some specific software), which means the teachers. I'll also add that, yes, teachers *are* concerned about their jobs, more-often-than-you-would-like before their students. And those who are afraid of technology will feel threatened.

    But *should* the computer be in the classroom? Meh. The technology changes so rapidly that any school with a five-year-old computer might as well not have one at all. Kids have their own cellphones and computers and know how to use them. The skills in the classroom are arguably long-term ones like math and English, not short-term ones like the latest operating system. And, of course, computers are so cheap that families can afford them without some technology company lobbying their school for computers.

    IMO, What technology companies should do is make computers more affordable to students, like Apple did for colleges. Likewise, schools should look into Kindles for electronic textbooks, so kids don't have to carry heavy backpacks and get a head start on their back problems.

  • Jan 24, 2012 @ 03:30pm

    Maybe they he had a cupcake.

    A TERRORIST cupcake.