I was hoping some civic minded cog from Adobe would release some of the good code for the rest of us to study, reverse-engineer, and add to some libre software. Once knowledge is 'out there', it is hard to suppress. Adobe uses their powers to control and enslave users to a so-called cloud to force users to pay a 'tribute'. The barber cannot buy but must rent scissors. I want to see a libreoffice version of adobe suite soon.
Kindly bring Adobe to its knees and liberate us serfs. With love and hope,
This is an important struggle, to educate the populace and liberate us all from the shackles of proprietary software. Schools now equate education with the the Ipad, Microsoft suite and Adobe Creative Cloud. Part of this has to do with the workplace that insist on this standard. As you see companies switch from selling the Adobe Suite to now renting it, and if you don't pay your rent you don't work--this is the height of evil. A barber would rather own a pair of scissors than rent. These proprietary companies have one purpose, to maximize profit. Free software advocates have one goal, to further the public interest. Besides, if we all share the code, we all benefit. The proprietary path seems detrimental to all, except the companies that generate it. We need to dig in, educate, and liberate.
The Yahoo CEO is not thinking of the best interests of whom they are supposed to serve and the Yahoo! way of doing business pretty much reflects that.That is why I am glad they are losing marketshare. If you want an example of someone who gets it right, please read this interview with Archive.org founder, Brewster Kahle. http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/06/what-its-like-to-get-a-national-security-letter.html In a nutshell, the government tried to intimidate him into acting against the peoples' best interests and he resisted. Rightly so. Mind you, Archive.org is all about public service whereas Yahoo! is clearly not. Dear Yahoo!, don't be evil.
After years being exclusively GNU/Linux, I now need to run Windows again for Adobe crap. I know what you mean by updates disabling the system. This happened on two seperate machines soon after installs with Windows 7. I got the fatal install error C0000022 or whatever on one machine soon after install and a broken boot file on another. I ran Windows XP before '07 and thought it was bad. Microsoft seems to be getting worse. Microsoft support said to simply reinstall if I have an issue. Nice. I lost my shit, both mentally and data wise after those experiences. Adobe better port to Linux soon, but they got tech issues too. I asked the MS technician what he used at home, he told me 'OpenSuse'.
This strategy was already deployed in Orwell's book where Winston thought he was acquiring subversive materials but was really following the party surveillance plan. We trust google because...? They are a for profit company with massive marketshare. Google is merely providing the illusion of due diligence.
What I noticed is that the so-called 'creative types' who use OS/X tend to produce the same work. They use the same software with the same methodology that produces roughly the same results. Instead of thinking about the result and trying to get to it, s/he wonders how the proprietary software X, that everyone uses, can get to that result. Heck, maybe the best way to get at the answer does not even require software. We have centuries of design and there are some wonderful concepts that people developed without proprietary software crap or pricey, boring crapbook pro. Maybe what we need is to get creative. There are ARTISTS who made great work WITHOUT a computer. When I flip through contemporary design books, much of the stuff tends to bore me out of my skull. I love Anime for instance, but notice that the designs now tend to be the same. When it was free cel, hand drawn, you tended to have more variation in style. Same with music, as a electronic music enthusiast, new albums sound same-ish because the same damn software and plugins are deployed. The great masters of sound produced with analog limitations, but somehow had richer, more varied textures than what I hear today. Look at King Tubby and Lee Scratch Perry who had to build their own equipment, and now how many "dub" electronic artists try to reverse engineer that sound through computers. I am not anti-computer, but really, stop making it the default approach every damn time.
And not flushing. If Kimdotcom made Mega, he should finish what he started. How can I have confidence in Mega if the founder of the company leaves so soon? How can I be sure that the new CEO will not change the company game plan? Can I be protected from new policies of fleecing the client for cash? This is a mega letdown.
As much as the NSA/CIA/FBI whatever like to make you think they are God, they are in fact not. There are MANY ways to make a secure chat between two parties. No organization can be on top of all computers and all software all the time. If the parties involved have a chance to avoid physical surveillance, they are set. How will the spooks going to know which channel to listen in on? All of them? Fine. Needle in a haystack. Good luck.
Somehow, I don't think they will have trouble getting funding for this. I am sure Wil Wheaton will be on this as well. Trekkies are a massive economic force to be dealt with. I thought the Star Trek shows were more interesting when each episode stood on its own without you having to know about the canon and universe. A cursory glance at the newer shows and I have no idea what is going on and thus no reason to care. Heck, while I am at it, why don't the script writers add a bit f science to their sci-fi. That would be nice.
It is a sophisticated surveillance tool anyway. Also, sort of a part time job you don't get paid for.
I still visit video stores to get my film/anime-watching kicks. I like renting the discs, watching the extras and the like. If I really like a movie, I but the DVD/BLURAY. On the Libre-GNU/Linux side, there is a little program called "Streamtuner2" that lets me watch some cool shows on occassion. I think I can catch the BBC and AlJazeera streaming too. I can stream Anime from crunchyroll. There isn't really a lot on netflix to entice me...
Until elections are cancelled, you can't say jack. Meanwhile, it's just conjecture, rhetoric, bullshit. Bring the ELECTED representative back.
As opposed to what, voting for what TV tells you?