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“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
― Frank Herbert, Dune
How tragic. Maybe we (the software development community) should give away all the software we develop. That way they could be legal and operate with the blessing of the US government. I'm sure they'll share their profits with us so that we don't go hungry.
If they ask nicely as this I'm sure the film and music industries will do the same.
Hardly spam. Brian just seemed happy to see the little guys getting one up on the big, bad corporations who don't care whose lives they ruin, if it means free money for them (or, rather for their shareholders).
I can understand that, and even support it, so long as the little guys aren't hurting anyone.
What I've never understood is how employees can treat other human beings like sh1t, just so their thirty-three-times removed bosses can get personally richer. Do they really expect loyalty in return?
Or will they just get their @rses fired, if one of the people they mistreat gets a successful complaint through?
(Tip: Tick B.)
I've taken a really good look at the whole file-sharing thing, over the past week, and it turns out that the risk to copyright holders is absolutely minimal. OTOH, the possibility of profiting because of it (without having to lift a finger) is surprisingly high.
Put it this way: people who download MS Office are using MS Office! They're customers!
Someone who downloads it because it's too expensive for his current budget is someone who will start paying for it when he can afford it, will insist on using it wherever he goes, and will recommend it to other people -- so MS profits from it even in the short term, in many cases (without, as I said, lifting a finger or spending a penny).
The other side of that coin is that if that person hadn't downloaded MS Office, he'd probably have gone for an open-source or freeware office suite, and would never, ever pay MS a penny for the rest of his life, nor inspire others to.
And MS appears to have responded to it reasonably intelligently. They block bad and overused licences, they do black-screen stuff, et al, but they don't attack people.
The upshot of that is that a fair percentage of the downloaders actually pay for licenses, and don't begrudge paying up.
That's an intelligent, sensible, and businesslike response from (people who, apparently, can sometimes be) intelligent, sensible businesspeople.
What the entertainments "industry" is doing, though, is nothing like intelligent, sensible, or businesslike.
They are behaving like the useless, unintelligent, unbusinesslike people they are. They are already drowning in unearned money, and seem to believe that the world owes them even more (more than the GDP of the entire world, if you look at their suit against LimeWire).
I think you'll find that that was why Brian was celebrating -- and I confess I'm tempted to join in the celebration.
I wanna be a eunuchs developer! Pass me a bread knife!
Someone who downloads it because it's too expensive for his current budget is someone who will start paying for it when he can afford it,
Welcome to Disneyland.
«There is a spectrum, from "clearly desirable behaviour," to "possibly dodgy behavior that still makes some sense," to "clearly undesirable behavior." We try to make the latter into warnings or, better, errors. But stuff that is in the middle category you don’t want to restrict unless there is a clear way to work around it.» Eric Lippert, May 14, 2008
It's actually good news. The Pacific is 5 nanoseconds narrower, Multiply that by the number of packets crossing it and we'll have LOTS more time to peruse cat videos and, umm, what is the other major use of the internet?
Software rusts. Simon Stephenson, ca 1994. So does this signature. me, 2012