This will mark the 3rd consecutive generation that Microsoft has failed to topple Sony. The Xbox never came close to challenging the PS2 while the Xbox 360 initially seemed like it would beat out the PS3, but then Microsoft got complacent. In the end, they just opened up a sea of demand that was devoured by the ravenously hungry Sony.
There's a good point hidden here by arrogant wording. A tip for Mark: if you argue without having any respect for your opponent, you become wrong even when you're right.
Verizon is already denying that they've been using the net neutrality ruling as an excuse to throttle Netflix and there is no reason to taken them at their word on that. In response, people have been beseeching the FCC to classify the internet as a utility so companies like Verizon can't get away with that and a lot more. Having more competition in the marketplace may be a more ideal solution than reinstating net neutrality, but given how competition has been systematically squeezed out and people really do need the internet as much as electricity and water, I'm not sure that's the most realistic solution anymore.
I think he means that YouTube was doing just fine for all involved before it started going down the path it's been going down for a few years now, which has generated no small amount of backlash from all corners of the internet.
It's also probably worth mentioning that copyright has become such low, spooky voodoo that most people have no idea how it works or where it applies anymore, yet that hasn't ruined any businesses. For all intents and purposes, copyright is no longer relevant in the modern era, and everyone is pretty happy living without knowledge or care of it until some big corporation stomps in to remind everyone of why we can't have nice things.
Beware of people who claim to stand for reason, because being a person of reason is a bit like being an artist. You aren't one until someone else says you're one, and when you start proclaiming that you're one, that's just a big red flag saying you have no idea what it means to be one.
I wonder if it wouldn't be erroneous to vote for politicians based on whether they put time into games like Minecraft or Sim City. You know, games where the focus is on building something grand and effective that people will love, not on petty bickering or going to war with others. How soon until we can expect people like that to come along?
Yeah, but I'm personally amazed at every technicality they've been trying to throw in the judges' path. They did it with moxie at first, but now it's become beyond desperate as they try to find any one procedural error that could get the cases against them dismissed.
It's like we're watching the explosion ending in The Stanley Parable play out. "Oh, dear me, whatís the matter, Stanley? Is it that you have no idea where youíre going or what youíre supposed to be doing right now? Or did you just assume when you saw that timer that something in this room was capable of turning it off? I mean, look at you, running from button to button, screen to screen, clicking on every little thing in this room! These numbered buttons! No! These colored ones! Or maybe this big, red button! Or this door! Everything! Anything! Something here will save me! Why would you think that, Stanley?"
Prenda Law seems to be bent on trying to win via metagaming and rules lawyering, thinking that they can get anything they want just by outsmarting the GM at his own game. But rule number 1 is: The GM is always right.
We laughed at Vladimir Putin for pretending to be a Bond villain, and now we're not laughing because he's not pretending. He just realized that ballot papers work better than orbital death rays. It's much easier to make demands of a national government when you're their boss.
That's another good quote. It's pretty obvious where you stand, given the parts of my quotes you choose to emphasize the most, and I suppose it's pretty obvious where I stand too.
It's a good thing piracy is really far down on your list of immoral things though, since my point is that we aren't going to get anywhere by arguing the morality of it all. By the time you've started arguing on that level, you've just descended into petty fanwank and strayed away from the philosophy of what makes a good business model or not, which is the sort of thing we should be discussing instead.
That's actually a really good point. A complete lack of feedback will just cause someone to abandon something. Piracy is at least feedback, indicating that there's an interest in something that's waiting to be harnessed in other ways.
That doesn't address the morality argument though, but that's honestly a really bad argument to try to press no matter which side you're on. The question of morality and copyright infringement is a thoroughly grey area, and to declare one side of it to be wholly right or wrong does nothing but expose your bigotry. Some of the more noteworthy thoughts I've seen about it are...
"Peer-to-peer file sharing and Terror? Terror? Do they not have dictionaries there? There's another T word you cocks might like, too. ó give it a try: it's called 'Tenuous.' The only people terrorized by peer-to-peer file sharing are vastly potent multinational businesses, gripped by the realization that they sell carriages in a world of bullet trains." "It is not a mischaracterization to say that conversations with the hardcore PC community about software theft follow these tenets: - There is no piracy. - To the extent that piracy exists, which it doesn't, it's your fault. - If you try to protect your game, we'll steal it as a matter of principle. It's like, who wouldn't want to bend over backward in their service?" - Jerry Holkins
"Piracy is not raiding and plundering Best Buys and FYEs, smashing the windows and running out with the loot. Itís like being placed in a store full of every DVD in existence. There are no employees, no security guards, and when you take a copy of movie, another one materializes in its place, so youíre not actually taking anything. If you were in such a store, youíd only have your base moral convictions to keep you from cloning every movie in sight. And anyone who knows how to get to this store isnít going to let their conscience stop them, especially when there is no tangible 'loss' to even feel bad about." - Paul Tassi
"No matter how you cut it, The Pirate Bay is ultimately just a collection of thieves. However, its chief rival is the RIAA: An even larger and more vicious collection of thieves. Which makes TPB the lesser of two evils - kind of like Robin Hood. Except instead of money, they're giving pornography and pirated episodes of The Celebrity Apprentice to the poor." - Cracked.com
You're going to have to prove that a robbery actually took place first. Even if the guy had actually been recording with Google Glass, grainy, tilted, fuzzy-sounding amateur recordings are not going to put DVDs, Blu-Rays, and Netflix out of business.
I think Edward Snowden said basically the same thing. Some privacy and spying is important because you want to keep an eye on your powerful neighbors lest they suddenly turn evil. But you don't want to invade their piracy and dig up everything about them constantly unless you want to give them a darn well justified reason for kicking your butt after they find out.
That's a pretty selfish way to live. Though, I admit I wish there was a feasible way to use the Republicans as long as they're gonna try to use us like this. Too bad we can't kick them to the curb as easily when we don't need them anymore.
It's actually a huge relief to see the TPP is also going to infuriate environmentalists. As much as I'm for protecting the only planet we have, environmentalists can be some of the most religious people on the planet, determined to bulldoze everything in their path with their sermons, but for once that's looking to be a really good thing. I hope the TPP continues to enrage all kinds of people who aren't copyright reformists so it feels like less of an us vs. them scenario.