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Comment Re:So who won? (Score 1) 182

Company does a bunch of research work, and then says "Hey, we're now going to force everyone in the world to use our research work and pay us to do that, even if they'd prefer to use someone else's work for cheaper or free"

I forget, are we for or against authoritarianism? Depends who's paying the corporate standard committees, I guess.

Comment Re:Or we could... (Score 1) 735

And we have a perfect right to say "that's crap, and they'd have to duct tape me to the chair to get me to watch it" if appropriate.

Roger Ebert once thought as you do.

J. J. will show you the true meaning of the final episode of Lost. He is your master now.

It is pointless to resist, my son.

Comment Re:Wait a second... (Score 1) 735

Yeah! And now that you mention it... they really should make a sequel to "The Matrix" some day. It really is surprising that such a big hit was never followed up on... that I think about it, that's really---
---ut it, that's reall---
---'s really---
odd. Whoa. I just saw a black cat walk past my doorway twice

Now, what were we talking about? I can't quite put my finger on it, but something tells me I'll be much happier not remembering...

Comment Re:Come on, Alan ;( (Score 5, Funny) 380

They can't all be the worst!

You might very well think that, but then you encounter the non-Euclidean badness that is Unity/Gnome3 and all sanity goes out the window.

A million distributions, all simultaneously worse than each other is entirely possible with the way that Linux desktop development is trending at the moment.

Comment Re:This article is bullshit! (Score 4, Insightful) 404

Generally I am repulsed by those repulsed by the profit motive

And I'm repulsed by those repulsed by those repulsed by the profit motive. It's repulsors all the way down.

They didn't owe me a job in the first place so if I'm let go, so be it.

Hear, hear! Good clean social Darwinism. There shouldn't be any kind of "social contract" at all. Our corporations should be sleek, vicious, beautiful monsters, utterly amoral, streamlined of every impulse except a ravening urge to destroy the competition and feast on the juices of sweet, sweet captive markets, the blood and ichor of consumer franchises trickling down their fangs.

We don't need none of this Commie socialist "empathy" or "compassion" or "rational planning" or "thinking about the issues". That's for sissies.

Comment Re:Makes no sense. (Score 1) 207

the 'receiver pays' model of end users

Actually, I'm pretty sure that end users pay the cost of both sending and receiving data. It's just that home users tend to receive more data than they send (and vice versa for server owners).

You'd know this if you were on a data-capped home Internet service and ever ran BitTorrent. You can chew through gigabytes of cap pretty fast if you live a torrent uploading.

Comment Re:Makes no sense. (Score 1) 207

The problem is that raising prices or introducing data caps (there's none in France) is clearly not going to be popular with customers at the best of times

And yet that's exactly how it works here in New Zealand - the customer pays for as much data as they download via data caps - and the telcos are doing just fine.

It's a radical notion, I know, for a customer to pay the cost of a commodity that they use, and for the supplier to charge the customer the cost of that service.

Comment Re:Swiss Bank Accounts (Score 1) 314

It's not the information, it's the content. Content has to be generated continuously.

And that's hopefully where the Kickstarter model can help.

1. Crowd-source the funds needed to make a bunch of content.
2. Release the content to the Intertubez with an open licence that allows copying but preserves attribution.
3. Let the tubez do all the work of distribution and the social media do all the work of publicity.
4. Sit back and accumulate fame (but not money) for your work
5. Go back to 1 and leverage your newly increased fame to crowd-source more money for more content. Repeat until rich, dead, or you start charging too much for too low quality product and your audience hates you.

I don't see why this wouldn't work, and it would completely invert the piracy "problem" into a solution.

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