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Comment: Re:Nearly all laws are (Score 1) 213

by drb226 (#38539494) Attached to: Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"

I'm not philosopher, but one of the reasons our society works is that there is general agreement that we own the product of our labors. In many cases we transfer that ownership to our employers for exchange of a steady income. (...) When it comes to stopping piracy I don't understand how anyone can be against creators having ownership and control over their creations.

I have two problems with this. 1) Individual creators don't really stand to gain much by stopping piracy. It's mostly the entities to whom the creations are transferred to, meaning individuals are (typically) benefited indirectly at best. 2) our society, for the longest time, did *not* put a price tag on culture. Music, knowledge, the arts. The industry worked by means other than preventing sharing. Pay extra for an authentic original painting, or for a live performance of music, or a play. Pay composers beforehand to support their ability to create, instead of restricting other composers afterwards. Then when easy copying via the printing press came along, we invented "copyright" so that a few presses could monopolize on certain materials...and it went downhill from there. The original intent was to secure a limited, opt-in monopoly over copyrighted works for the author, but this has essentially ballooned into an unlimited, opt-out monopoly over copyrighted works for the MAFIAA. I can maybe support granting a limited-time monopoly over original work, but no man is an island; that "original work" belongs largely to the human race.

Comment: Re:Nearly all laws are (Score 3, Insightful) 213

by drb226 (#38523328) Attached to: Rackspace: SOPA "Is a Deeply Flawed Piece of Legislation"

Stopping piracy is not evil.

Maybe it is. I don't have the philosophical finesse right now to think of a way to support the statement "Stopping piracy is evil", but I imagine a somewhat convincing case could be made for it. In any event, "stopping piracy" should not be immediately and universally recognized as a Good Thing.

Comment: Hah! (Score 1) 523

by drb226 (#38519436) Attached to: Why We Agonize Over Buying $1 Apps

Had Apple created a really low minimum price for apps — say $0.15 — instead of offering free apps on day one, Ariely suggests, we would be anchored to the idea that apps should cost something.

Yeah...because the concept of an "app" wasn't invented until the iPod/iPhone came around...

Comment: Re:It's the business model (Score 1) 192

by drb226 (#38518892) Attached to: Samsung Reconsidering Android 4.0 On the Galaxy S

Seamless experiences always win out over time. We saw it when gaming shifted from PCs to consoles.

Wait, what? When did that "shift" occur? Sure, consoles have been going online, which naturally means that some online gamers might have switched to consoles to play online, and some console players might have started to play online, but I'm calling [citation needed] on this supposedly significant "shift". "From desktop to mobile" is hugely misleading, as most people/companies aren't throwing out their desktops in favor of their mobile device.

Comment: Re:Too many boycotts (Score 1) 542

by drb226 (#38504402) Attached to: Techrights Recommends An Apple Boycott

So rather then trying to get some frothy public action thing together with promises to buy again if they change their ways. Just quietly buy what you believe in and let the marketing people figure out why sales dropped. Nothing preachy or pretentious. Just buy what you believe.

Apple products make lots of people happy. Good for them. They're welcome to it. I won't be one of them and wish one and all well.

I have a few problems with this philosophy. Take marriage as an example: if your solution to marital problems is quietly dropping hints, you will have a miserable marriage. "Let the marketing people figure out why sales dropped" is a horrible solution. Clear and direct communication is usually the best solution to any problem in which humans are involved.

Also, "Apple products make lots of people happy" is misleading. My mom bought an iPad, and for the most part it serves her well, but she absolutely hates the look of the calendar app. I looked and looked, but could not for the life of me find any way to significantly customize that stupid app. Lots of people are in this situation: they think that Apple products are unrivaled and therefore put up with Apple's crap. Apple does a lot of great things but is generally pretty bad at giving the user significant power to customize. This is a trend that is simply unacceptable for the future computing; it inevitably leads down the path of censorship and excessive governmental control.

Be sociable. Speak to the person next to you in the unemployment line tomorrow.