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Submission + - Latest Version of Daz3D Introduces Cloud-Based DRM with Version 4.9 (daz3d.com)

DreamsAreOkToo writes: Daz3D, a stock-art marketplace, announced release version 4.9. With the new release, all previous versions became unavailable, and the announcement that all future content will become encrypted. Previous purchases will slowly be updated for the new encryption. The change is, of course, being listed as a feature. The forums shed some light on the decision.

Daz_Steve wrote:

"Nearly every Daz customer is trustworthy. But for anyone to say that there is not a small segment of people who buy content, then illegally share it is simply not realistic. When people do this, it takes money from Daz and it's ability to support the store and offerings, and it also takes money away from the artists. This means that, either there is less money to for Daz to roll out new features and figures, and less money for the artists to live, or that prices go up and the honest people pay more."

This was not intended to mislead or bait and switch anyone... I will also use free items to entice people to adopt encryption.

After spending 20 minutes on the forums, it was abundantly clear to me the mods were busy removing threads and posts that were critical of the change.

Comment Re:Why didn't they push LEDs instead of CFL ? (Score 1) 797

I despise CFL lights. I figured that it was fluctuations in the power that were frying the inverter circuit. People didn't believe me until I started writing the dates I installed the bulbs on the bulbs.

I also hate that 99.9% of the population simply tosses bulbs out in the garbage and now that mercury is in my food.

Comment Re:Great musicians have embraced new technology (Score 1) 319

This isn't a musical instrument they are attempting to create, it's a musical brain capable of playing instruments (digitally).

One thing is, if you start getting rid of all those musical jobs, the career starts looking worse, and little Billy who's a talented musician might decide to become the next Justin Beiber instead of the next Beethoven.

Comment Re:Can't Even Boycott the Bastards (Score 1) 439

Oh, come'on, what a lame argument. Your local gas station owner could always switch companies (especially if he's environmentally responsible). Also, he's probably a millionaire and can afford to lose some business. Finally, even if all of us "morally outraged" people quit buying BP gas, we're such a small segment of the overall population they'd only see a small dip in their profits anyways. Basically, you're demonstrating the classic example in psychology of a narcissistic personality, "If I stop buying gas from them, they'll go out of business." Also, you're acting like a victim. "There's nothing I can do about this that won't hurt me more than I'll hurt them."

Comment Re:Why?? (Score 1) 753

I find it funny how a bunch of geeks instantly lose sight of reality when you talk about "the future." There would still be plenty of things that have value in a "replicator" society. Land (which some people want to own miles and miles of), natural resources (so that you can replicate entire fleets of cars), rare resources (who wants to design a circuit board with copper when you could be using platinum!) Sunlight, wind and other sources of energy (replicators sound a lot like teleporting pieces together to me)

But the fact of the matter is, there's never going to be a physical replicator any time soon.

Comment Re:a better question (Score 4, Insightful) 706

While I generally feel the government shouldn't be in charge of raising our kids, they ARE in charge of educating them (if your kids go to public school).

Also, unlike so many other government programs and tax breaks, this actually helps out poor families more than rich families. If little Delray can make money by studying, he's less likely to go "hang" with a bad crowd and steal money. He even has a chance to help provide himself with a better life now AND later.

Comment Re:Makes sense (Score 1) 178

Actually, counting it as a percent is idiotic. If you have 1000 viewings of a show with 1 commercial, and a 1000 viewings of a show with 50 commercials... which show has better commercial coverage?

The one with 1 commercial. Scarcity increases value. I watch every commercial that pops up on hulu. I watch 5 seconds of commercials on TV.

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