The problem with that is that they can "presume" all they want, but they still have less money coming in. Granted, it doesn't address the aforementioned issue of needing a critical mass of participants for the boycott to be successful, but the mere act of assuming a given cause for a reduced revenue stream doesn't magically restore the revenue stream to previous levels.
Sorry, but completeness and jazzed-up embellishments are completely different aspects of the product. There's just norway to compare the two.
Adblock used to have an option to do just that. It disappeared many versions ago.
Pity, because it was a good idea if you really wanted to stick it to the advertisers. You'd lose the bandwidth savings as the ad content would still download, but if you're unmetered and sporting a vendetta against marketroids it was a great option to use.
Too bad for them. I'm on the Autism spectrum and while I function adequately in my day-to-day life (more often than not, anyway), --I-- don't take kindly to situations where a complete stranger has total control over whether or not another complete stranger can touch me without my consent.
They get semi-unconscious me or nervous-wreck-meltdown me. Their call, but I recommend the former.
Are you...like...a crazy person?
Punitive damages would be fine too. I don't really care whether the clever dude MAKES millions, as long as those involved in six-strikes LOSE the millions.
The other half drink 5+ cans of code per work day.
From the mouths of programmers...
I'm not certain that the rationale is bullshit. It worked once, so it's at least logically sound. I think the problem is more a matter of A. imbalance in power between the citizenry and the authorities and B. the willingness, or lack thereof, of the populace to mobilize against an oppressive government. It doesn't help that companies designing and building passive protective gear (i.e. nothing that can do harm, only protect against it) like THOR Shield are only selling to law-enforcement and thus further contributing to that imbalance.
You make a good point, though, about Occupy. I think it'd be great if a company (Something like ProtesTek Inc. or some other such name) started designing lightweight protective gear for protestors to wear, with metallic lining that protects against TASERs (and possibly millimeter-wave ADS weapons), headgear that's hardened against batons and has ear protection to neutralize LRADs, built in squirt bottles for the Maalox-water solution to neutralize pepper spray and, uh, integrated waste collection (a la Fremen stillsuits) and maybe cellular communications in case of kettling. Sure it'd cost a fortune, but something like that would arguably be better than an armed uprising as it would force authorities to level with the people once their fancy tech-tricks aren't effective anymore.
The game playing "perp" remains safe in the basement as no one has fixed the ED-209 "stair problem" yet...
Well, little Billy, when an AT-AT and a Dalek love each other very, very much...
They exist. Qik, UStream, and TapIn are among them. TapIn in particular was designed for protestors and recording authorities, and provides no means to delete footage on the recording device itself - it must be done from the user's account page, by which time the video will have been downloaded and redistributed beyond the user's (or the police's) ability to control.
But how can you be sure?
Problem is that Jesusland states in the Deep South have more to worry about from some oceanborn disaster than residents of northern blue states like Illinois or Wisconsin. Geologically speaking, the "liberal north" is closer to the center of the North American landmass than the "god-fearing south" is - especially when compared to Texas, Louisiana and the FL panhandle.
I'll consider the KF2 if Amazon can prove they've permanently removed the ability to remotely delete files from it. No "Sorry (that we got caught)," no "We really truly promise, cross our hearts and hope to die, that we won't use this remote-kill feature which we've conveniently left fully intact and operational on our store servers." I'm not settling for anything less than "We're sorry we fucked with your property, we were wrong to do it irrespective of any licensing disputes, and we've irreversibly crippled our own ability to ever do it again. Here's proof and here's the list of files to rename or delete on your own device to make sure that even if we change our minds, we won't be able to do it to you ever again." Otherwise, I'll keep steering people toward Nook, BeBook, Onyxbook, Kobo, and other brands. Except Sony, of course.
I'm unwilling to buy a device that I end up not truly owning and controlling. I consider the lack of WLAN connectivity on my BeBook to be a feature after what Amazon pulled with 1984.
We really need a "-1 Trying Desperately to Get That Image Out of My Head"