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Comment Revenue streams (Score 1) 53

No windows. Just screens showing ads.

It's 32C. Would you like to order air conditioning?

The vehicle has arrived at the destination earlier than expected. Doors will open in ten minutes. Pay now to open them early?

A shady looking person is hailing the vehicle. Pick them up or for just $25 keep going?

The vehicle is stopped in a bad part of town. Would you like to lock the doors for only $20?

The vehicle has detected that an accident is imminent. For $100, safety features can be activated. Do you accept the charge?

Comment Re:DRM - lost copyright (Score 1) 316

Every item expensive enough to have a warranty should have a prominently displayed tag stating how long the manufacturer expects their product to last, and the warranty should be at least that long, with all costs of repair within that time covered by the warranty.

I had a hard drive that the MTBF was listed by the manufacturer as something like 45 years, but the warranty on it was only three years, and it only lasted three months past that.

Comment Digital console (Score 1) 115

"this is a big change, consumers don't always love change, and there's a lot of education we have to provide to make sure that people understand... We're trying to do something pretty big in terms of moving the industry forward for console gaming into the digital world.

Imagine a future where people play games on a digital console, instead of today's crappy analog consoles.

Sheesh! I think we know who needs some education.

The education that they seem to think we need is their plan for us to never own anything, to pay over and over, and to have no say or control over anything.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 260

The rights of buyers

You're assuming someone buys something. They don't. They license rights to display content. That has been upheld in various courts around the world already.

Consumers have no rights enshrined in law what so ever when discussing media.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 260

The Internet isn't what it used to be. It has been taken over and changed. Maybe should be called the commercialnet, or spynet or something of the sort.

The irony of your comment is that the Web has become dominated by ads and privacy intrusions in large part because people using it weren't willing to pay for stuff but still wanted the stuff. It turns out that people who make good stuff still have rent to pay, and that equivalent content and services don't always magically appear from within the community if no-one pays for them.

I'm sure that has nothing to do with a discussion about copyright, infringement, and alternative business models that become practical with DRM, though. Nope, no parallels there at all.

The thing is, when I was first on the net, everything was free because people created things that they wanted to share. Then others came to this place where people shared their creations, and said "Nice place you have here, but I don't want to share my stuff for free, so I need you to change it for me so it will suit my needs. Your software will need changes. Your hardware will need changes. You will lose rights. You will lose privacy. You will lose security, and we'll probably sue anyone who points out that we put you at risk. It is okay though, it is just the price you have to pay to accommodate us."

If it was your house, you'd slam the door in their face.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 1) 260

Content makers have no right to take over my computer.

No they don't, but they will. Even the hardware has been going that way. I hate the thought of the wasted silicon. It Is like buying a truck and finding out that big content that you aren't even going to use will take up one seat and 200 horsepower, and some space in the back too.

PS I tried to look up horsepower for trucks, and chose two that sounded like they could tell me, but they both just wanted to sell me trucks. Wanted my zip code. I don't have one.

Comment Re:Digital Rights? (Score 5, Insightful) 260

Don't be such a drama queen, the freedoms you speak of don't come from violating copyrights nor is EME a tool for censorship.

Don't be so naive. A car isn't a getaway tool, a gun isn't a murder tool. If it can be used or abused, it will be. This won't be the end, merely the beginning. It will creep and grow.

The Internet isn't what it used to be. It has been taken over and changed. Maybe should be called the commercialnet, or spynet or something of the sort. Do a search for stuff these days and more often than not I get sites trying to sell me stuff. Just yesterday I was searching for a how to on taking my laptop apart to clean the fans, and most links were for buying fans. I found what I needed, but it was way down the list.

The net wasn't created for online sales, yet it must be rebuilt at everyone's expense, so a few rich may ensure profit.

It was good while it lasted.

Comment Software patents (Score 1) 338

search through a massive database of code snippets

Does it also search through a database of software patents to make sure that it doesn't infringe?

A better use of the AI in today's world would be to review all existing software patents, then generate as many non-patented concepts as possible and file for software patents on them.

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