video codec is spit in the ocean, agreed. the libraries are out there, anyone can encode/decode. the problem i was trying to address is the one you exhibit: the attitude that it's silly/futile/a waste trying to keep the platforms used for global information interchange as open and flexible as possible.
your strawman concept of 'illuminati' and 'crazy' as a response to my preference for openness is especially typical and grating. yes, clearly anyone concerned about the elite is crazy. uh huh. because there's no such thing as abuse of power and we have a long history of egalitarian rule and authoritarian regimes are a thing of the past and will never happen to us anymore because we're free, free, freeeee... and rich. and always will be?
okay, how about this: think of the societies that exist and have existed. think about which ones you'd prefer as a model for humanity's future and what you might do to promote the kinds of things that requires.
me, i happen to enjoy my individual freedom. i think having, effectively, everyone as part of the media and being able to put things out there for a global audience with little in the way helps protect that. it's like the aclu but even better! especially since the media has ipo'd and forgotten its job. any little effort in support of free/open/transparent/decentralised/lower barriers to entrepreneurship and competition... to me those are tiny steps towards maybe getting to hold onto this bizarre cultural anomaly for another decade or two. maybe even a whole century if we're lucky. so i applaud the people that do it. cheer for them even.
it doesn't matter if you use exclusively closed software and always get the longest contract from your mobile provider. we don't care. but don't belittle the efforts of the people that have got your back, they need all the good pr they can get---as you sort of point out?
that's bold of you user #31 million some.
but seriously, it's important and i don't know if you're trolling or what, perhaps i'm that idealistic? please help me understand why having formats and software free of legal entanglement and reducing humanity's dependency on a few, often secretive, organisations is not worth the minimal effort that this volunteer-run collective is taking to contribute to a shared ideology?
we joke and belittle 'slashdot' culture but a lot of this here shit is real sir and i think we do ourselves a disservice. and if you're sincere then damn, go read wikileaks for a bit and see if you can't get a sense of perspective. these are the tools with which we increasingly control our personal identities and the global economy of both ideas and goods. anyone who can understand why it's important to keep that as neutral and transparent as possible really ought to step up wherever they can because... it really is.
Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal