This is sarcasm, right?
I seemed to miss the part where this is a marketable product. It looks to me like standard "This research will change the world" silliness that likely won't be commercialized for years. It says as much in the linked posts.
And what is Slashdot for if not publicizing vaporware?
You can only trade items that you picked up INSIDE the cross-realm instances. Other items cannot be traded.
"Do we HAVE to go over this again?"
Yes. Just because you don't agree with the notion that piracy is a form of theft, doesn't mean that we won't go over it again.
"Obviously, nobody wants to spend thousands of hours creating something then letting someone else (a corporation) sell it without royalties. Or letting people download it for free off the internet."
You listed applications that were given out for free willingly. It's a different story when a company does not want you to give out their apps for free and you decide to do it anyway.
Do we have to go over this again?
My problem is that many people (and it seems like you too) feel it is their "right" to download and freely distribute intellectual property. Yet, in the same breath feel that people using GNU software in proprietary apps and violating the license is wrong when it's really the same thing: license violation.
Businesses aren't just going to sit and allow you to take away their revenue stream (and it will not lead to all software, music, and movies being given away for free). It will just lead to more DRM like protections for music and movies and all software being hosted remotely as service.
Don't blame the companies on these things, because you gave them no choice.
For instance, take trying to download a movie from Sony's PS3 store. You'll only ever make that mistake once. You could have a 10 petabyte internet connection and it would still take you 16 hours to download a TV episode from them because they won't send you the file at anywhere near a reasonable speed.
You must have a different PS3 store than the one I use. Mine gets me a 30 minute TV episode in about 10 minutes, max. And I can start watching it as soon as I start downloading it. Very nice.
The problem is that the FCC gutted the requirement that broadcast networks run their news divisions as a community service, even if this was at a loss. Once network news divisions became profit centers rather than pro-bono losses, they were financially required to present as news that which people wanted to see, not what is actually true. (i.e., corporations have a fiduciary responsibility to shareholders to maximize profit - they can't run their news division at a loss without the risk of shareholder lawsuit).
It is sad that what most people want to watch as "news" is not actually true, but there is and always has been a corrective to this: require that that which is labelled "news" actually be fact checked and balanced, and require networks to provide such real news as one of the requirements for holding a broadcast license.
Return news divisions to their former status - i.e., one of the community service requirements for the granting of a broadcast license - and we will return to the days of responsible, fact-checked, balanced journalism.
And complete knowledge of the contents of the music increases, rather than decreases, their desire to hear it.
Close but not quite. Incomplete knowledge of the contents increases a person's desire to hear it. I have a musician friend who I cannot sit and listen to music with, because as soon as the song plays he skips it. He already has the song committed to memory and does not need to experience it any more.
I remember that I saw some pics resebling former President Bush to a monkey, even in the New Yorker Magazine!... Any actions then?
i am pretty sure we are all criminals, no such thing as a citizen anymore
Fixed that, you had too many words in there. The incredible volume of laws and regulations under which everyone must live makes it a certainty that we all have been or are in violation of something... that is neither accident or coincidence.
Shouldn't one be able to believe the story summary? If not, why even bother having them?
And yes, unless its classified, it is in the American pubic domain on day one since it was paid for by US citizens. However that doesn't mean you cant sell a copy for the cost of 'printing', sort of like the GPL. Even the government often charges a 'reproduction fee' when you order documents directly.
The secret of success is sincerity. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- Jean Giraudoux