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Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 74

And normal Joe's call it "bullshit that pisses ya off and sends you straight to TPB" ala the classic oatmeal strip.

AAMOF the ONLY DRM I've seen that doesn't piss people off and actually gets shit right? Steam. It has offline mode so you can still play your games if your connection goes tits up, and the platform actually does things FOR the consumer instead of simply being a tool for big corps to use against the user. It keeps all your games updated, gives creators of games an easy way to support modders and an easy way for players to use mods with Steam workshop, gives you chat,hassle free matchmaking, its convenient as hell which is what the media companies never seem to grasp, people want CONVENIENCE.

But instead the big corps will shit all over it in their endless greed and fuck it up, they always do. Hell we have a perfect example with MSFT and PlaysForSure. They had a great ecosystem with tons of shops you could buy and rent from, devices at every price point from sub $10 to over $400 that worked with it, both major and minor players supporting it....then MSFT got fucking greedy and killed it for their shitty iPod clone and in less than 2 years completely wiped out every inch they had gained in the market and had nothing to show for it besides a warehouse full of shit brown Zunes.

So don't worry fellow geeks, they will shit all over this thing as they always do. they will have the content split among a dozen different places, half of which won't play nice with the other half and ALL charging too much, it won't work worth a piss with any mobile that is older than 5 minutes ago, and it'll go the way of SecuROM and RMA files because if its one thing we've seen is true of big media? Its owned by a bunch of old farts that have ZERO clue what the consumers want.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 74

Then you're only looking at mainstream, mass market, fixed content. A great deal of content created commercially isn't actually in that category.

Also, it makes a big difference what the "digital format" is. Sure, if you're providing fixed content that someone can play at home, then if nothing else you're vulnerable to the analog hole if you're willing to accept the drop in quality, and for the next Avengers movie or Taylor Swift album or whatever, someone among the millions of interested people is going to bother doing that. But there are online DRM schemes that are pretty effective at preventing casual copying at full quality these days, which is probably one of the reasons content creators are so keen to move in that direction for distribution.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 2, Insightful) 74

Most DRM isn't expected to prevent 100% of copies indefinitely. Usually it's intended to deter and/or delay casual copying, and in that, it is often quite successful these days. This is something that almost invariably gets overlooked in the "DRM never works" posts that will no doubt be filling this Slashdot discussion within minutes.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 3, Insightful) 74

Smart people don't care what it stands for. This issue always going to be about balancing the rights of content providers and the rights of content consumers, or about balancing the restrictions on the same parties, depending on how you choose to look at it. What matters is finding a reasonable balance, whatever you call any technology or laws or whatever that are used to promote it.

Comment Re:DRM (Score 4, Insightful) 74

As with almost all technology, it depends on context.

DRM can be abused to lock up content far in excess of normal copyright protections.

DRM also makes new and useful business models practical, giving us modern replacements for old school rental stores from the likes of Netflix and Spotify, which obvious work out for a lot of people.

Comment Re: Liability (Score 1) 445

Exactly. The Libertarian party seems to have forgotten all about being against corporate charters. And certainly none of the few that actually get into office have even attempted to do away with prescriptions or any sort of licensing for anything. When is the last time a big L Libertarian has supported piercing the corporate veil or a class action lawsuit?

Comment Re:They own the networks and content (Score 1) 123

This!

I am literally getting cable and hbo for $10 a month and I'm the lowest tier internet at 25mb/s now.

I used to pay $140 a month.. and they kept moving the price up. At $190/month I said to heck with that. now I pay $68 a month.

Another factor... my wireless is now down to $65 for 16gb with an 8gb hot spot. Plus ubiquitous free wifi at merchants in my area.

If that goes up to $65 for 32gb and 16gb hot spot, I will consider completely cutting cable.

But I really don't like paying over about 5 hours minimum wage for monthly cable.

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