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Comment Marginal cost of Internet distribution: $0.09/GB (Score 1) 65

Unless a work includes material licensed under terms that require payment of residuals per copy, all the work involved in production, editing, and mastering is a sunk cost that was covered by the work's crowdfunding campaign. The marginal cost of distributing a copy of a work is the cost of transmitting it over the Internet, for which AWS charges 0.09 USD per GB.

Comment Music and film are essential in two senses (Score 1) 65

However, unless those works are also essential

They are "essential" in the same sense that a college textbook is "essential": a student in a music or film analysis class gets a 0 on his homework unless he buys a copy.

If you live in an area where all grocery stores play background music, music is also "essential" because a fraction of what you pay for food goes toward licensing background music, and food is essential.

Comment Re:Denial-of-Service? (Score 1) 106

Few here are probably old enough to actually know how those stickers helped.

Of course the stickers themselves did little. But the requirements to be allowed to glue those stickers to your gear are as described on the sticker. And before the stickers, electric gadgets interfering with each other was a big deal. Even well after WW2 high frequency interference from electric tools was still a big issue. Today, with electric appliances working on FAR lower voltages and using FAR less electricity, along with better parts that create less noise, this problem doesn't really apply anymore, and the FCC sticker is pretty much obsolete, because pretty much any and every power tool will be able to pass.

It wasn't always that way. And people did actually bother to check whether something had that sticker after getting burned (not necessarily only figuratively so) by electronic devices of a lower quality standard that didn't earn that FCC badge.

Comment Re:Denial-of-Service? (Score 1) 106

Understand that this was a very different time than today. When back then someone hacked you, it was for shits 'n giggles. You did it to show off, or you needed a few MB of space online so you created a backdoor to a server where you and a friend could move some data to and from. The damage was negligible. What we did was mostly repurposing resources for our own little benefit.

What you're dealing with today is criminal organizations aiming for money. To draw a parallel, what we did was going out in our little fishing boat and catching a fish because we were hungry. What's going on today is fleets of trawlers stripmining the seas because they want to sell the fish worldwide.

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