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Comment Re:Old skool history of copy protection (Score 1) 281

That's a salient point.

Many people who bought a C64 back in the day mostly had a collection of pirate disks, with a few original games thrown in the mix.
One can argue that people bought a C64 because of the huge pirate game library available... (but then that was true for the other micros of the period too, so it's not the whole story)

Interestingly enough, even the few original disks in the collection made enough money for the software companies way back when.

Comment Re:Old skool history of copy protection (Score 1) 281

In many cases, if something is heavily DRMed and people do not make the effort to break it, it will likely be lost to the digital dustbin of time.

A fitting end, obscurity.

Yes, but even failures have a right to be preserved.... so we can try to understand why it was a failure.

Besides, obscure LPs often get remixed into popular dance music.

Comment Old skool history of copy protection (Score 5, Insightful) 281

We don't have to look far into the past as to what happens when DRM enters the picture.

Take the humble Commodore 64. The most common home micro of the 80s.
Lots of users. Lots of software. Lots of piracy.
What happened in the end is that lots of companies making software made lots of money, despite the piracy, until the computer faded into obscurity with a dwindling userbase that had moved on to more powerful computers.

All DRM "disk copy protection" was eventually broken, and just about all game software ever released for the computer is downloadable online (you know where to look). The end result is that we have a nice digital archive, complete with emulators, left for historians or anyone who wants to relive what it was like to use the machine in the hight of it's heyday (or simply to see what all the fuss was about playing "Impossible Mission" or something)

If it wasn't for the pirates and crackers willing to ignore the ridiculous copyright law time extensions, copy programs to different countries where they were not available for sale (over the pre-internet BBSes) chances are we might not have a digital archive, or at least be missing important bits. By the time the copyrights expire, the magnetic media, if anyone still had any left, would be corrupted by bit rot, and the equipment needed to read it may not be in a working state or readily available.

So the Commodore 64 avoids a digital dark age, but I have my doubts about some heavily DRMed content going forward.
In many cases, if something is heavily DRMed and people do not make the effort to break it, it will likely be lost to the digital dustbin of time.

Comment Re:And The Winner Is? (Score 4, Insightful) 184

The problem is that technology was supposed to free people up to not have to work.... except that the profits from such advances don't trickle down to the people, but instead stay within the company and enter the dark shady environment of financial investments, locking up the productivity and wealth distribution.

Comment Re:Soooo (Score 3, Insightful) 333

Keeping their people exploitable better ensures they can continue to do what "no US government would even consider doing to it's own citizens."

Captain, we are detecting large amounts of sarcasm in this sector. (If the Chinese want to keep using an highly exploitable OS so that the USA has an edge in any cyberwar, I'd say... let them)

Comment Simple: just turn off the wireless (Score 4, Interesting) 161

For something like Amazon's purported drones... all you'd have to do is to hardcode the delivery address and HQ into the drone before flying, and make sure it doesn't accept any incoming signals by turning the wireless off. Now, if we want to talk about trying to get the drone's GPS systems confused, that would be something else! (Actually I'm still wondering if the drone would be smart enough to land on pavement or miss entirely and drop packages on a customer roof or balcony.)

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