So it is also with patents (and not just software patents). After reading about patent lawsuits for years I have come to the conclusion that the whole patent system should go. I doesn't serve the interest of the majority of the human race. Barring that, shortening the life span of a portion would be a tiny hen step in the right direction.
Another thing that I have sometimes wondered is: why can't you have a torrent of torrents? That is a torrent that redirects to a bunch of other torrent so as to make collecting larger data sets easier, to avoid repacking to some extend as well.
I know this rambling is a bit of topic, but I think that the speed of the Internet, the speed at which the human race is able to share is directly correlated to the quality of the human experience. That is why I love reading news like this.
When makers of proprietary games say that their game will run on: "PC and mac" it sound just plain stupid. Oh? It will run on every personal computer I own including macs? Oh goody! I'm running the Ubuntu OS on my tower. I guess I'll run it on that then. Oh, and on my fucking android phone while I'm at it! After all, it will run on all all Personal Computers..........and macs!
Perhaps those publishers believe that the mac personal computers are so tied to apple that no can really own a mac; merely bask in the presence and glory of their macbooks and imacs that apple has allowed them to do for a short while; you know, like religious people believe about their brief existence here on earth!
A beautiful unique snowflake said this: "I don't own my macbook pro, it is only a visitor on our shores for a short while; and then.... it is gone!".
But back to the topic at hand.
Equating the term "PC" with the line of operating systems from Microsoft called windows also implies that operating systems are an inherit part of the computer that cannot be lodged out, you know, like a really bad tenet in a project! A permanent residence with an increasingly bad attitude. That the OS is burned into a ROM chip on the motherboard. That it's inside and has taken your computer hostage. You know, like consoles. Of course that's pure uncut bullshit. While not everyone is like me and often changes the operating system on a computer like they were changing a dirty diaper on a screaming child, everyone should not be lied to with propaganda like this. Everyone should at least be aware that an OS can be changed if they don't like it, like swapping out a used pair of underwear when it's just become too painful to have on any longer.
In conclusion: Don't say stupid things like: "I have a PC".
I guess I have more to say about macs in general and apple specifically, but for now I guess I'm done.
Enjoy your fucking life. It won't last forever.
Because despite what Linux users say about wanting things like gaming every time I see someone actually try to support Linux by catering to them, like Cedega or Loki, they end up going tits up.
GNU/linux users paid more individually then both Mac users and windows users for the humble indie bundle 1 and 2 (which included the games from bundle 1 as well) and they were about 1/4 to 1/5 of paying costumers. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
You don't get convicted/punished until proven guilty, that doesn't mean they don't shut down the operation when it's obvious they are actively selling fake goods right now. It is the courts job to decide what criminal charges may exist. Perhaps the shop owner didn't know they were fake? Just because the owner may not be the person criminally liable, that doesn't mean you allow the operation to continue.
It was obvious these sites were selling fake goods and distributing copyrighted works. They shut them down and the owner's get to plead their case about how they didn't know or whatever their case is. The site still gets shut down now if they are breaking laws now.
Fake eh? I have a copy of a digital file. The checksum is the same. Now tell me, which one is the "fake" one? You can't? Perhaps that's because equating the digital sharing of culture with "counterfeiting" is a false dichotomy. Digital copies are perfect and therefore the copy isn't defective in any way unlike when real counterfeiting takes place. Then it's quite possible that the copy might pose some sort of danger to it's purchaser or user which is one of the reasons why manufacturing needs to be regulated in the first place while. Remember, copyright exists for the "encouragement of the science and the useful arts". Not because control of our collective human culture is a good idea.
The IBM 2250 is impressive ... if you compare it with a system selling for a tenth its price. -- D. Cohen