You know what’s awesome? Punishing your paying customers for buying instead of pirating material.
We’ve seen it before with intrusive DRM, and now DVD buyers are getting another dose.
The US Government is mandating that two unskippable anti-piracy warnings appear at the start of movies. These warnings will stay on-screen for 10 seconds each.
Why’s This A So Dumb You Ask?
Because if someone is ripping the movie, they can edit these stupid warnings out! Never-mind if the warning makes sense… The people who are supposed to receive the message won’t (and if they did, they still wouldn’t care). While those of us who do buy DVDs will now be subject to a 20 second threat that doesn’t pertain to us.
I feel like I’m back in elementary school, and the teacher is scolding the whole class for something that a few of my classmates did.
To hell with Hollywood. It’s bad business to make it hard for people to buy your product, and it’s pathetic to punish, chastise, and threaten your paying customers.
(Via Ars Technica)
It is a folly of youth to believe that older generations can’t keep up with technology. They can, but they have to really put in the effort. The state of technology is changing so rapidly that even those completely immersed in it have blindspots. Things keep changing faster and faster. As a consequence of this endless and rapid change, our leaders both elected and appointed continue to founder.
Business as usual in Washington is new laws and policies are written by interest groups, and approved along fairly partisan lines. This isn’t new. However, when it comes to issues such as net neutrality, copyright policy, and Wikileaks it has become clear that our leaders don’t even comprehend the decisions they are making, let alone their impact.
Take for example, Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore. This man accidentally put together a perfectly logical argument against his own copyright initiative (Michael Geist). The only way this sort of thing happens is when a leader doesn’t have a freaking clue about the proposed policy. You cannot ethically support a law or policy if you don’t understand what it says; what it impacts; and what’s at stake.
For another example let’s look at Darrell Issa (R), the new chairman of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee. Issa argued that US Attorney General Eric Holder should step down if he can’t stop Wikileaks (Reuters). He went on to state,
He’s hurting this administration. If you’re hurting the administration, either stop hurting the administration, or leave
Issa’s statements demonstrate a total misunderstanding of the Internet, Wikileaks, and international media. Why?
Even if the United States were to assassinate every single person who helped, or was involved with Wikileaks, it wouldn’t stop Wikileaks. Months ago, Wikileaks released a 1.4GB file on bit torrent (Wired). The file is allegedly an encrypted version of all of the Cables that have been leaked, and have yet to be leaked. That file has been downloaded by countless people. If anything happens to Julian Assange, the encryption key will be released, and all of its contents will be revealed. Hell, even if the key isn’t released, odds are someone will eventually crack it.
Issa’s understanding of the Internet and cybersecurity seems to come entirely from an episode of 24. This is real life, and sexy magical hackers who can delete a file from thousands of computers with 15 seconds and a mouse click don’t exist.
Regardless of your opinion on copyright law and Wikileaks, the point remains the same. These men don’t understand what they are talking about, and they aren’t alone. They have tons of coworkers who are just as clueless.
It is terrifying that the architects of the future can’t comprehend the present state of affairs.
Copyright advocates love to falsely compare the downloading of unpaid files with theft. While not paying for material and downloading it may be unethical, it’s not the same as theft.
Tron: Legacy is the long awaited sequel to Tron (1982) staring Jeff Bridges. Tron was one of the early cyber science-fantasy movies. It was corny as hell, but it had a significant impact on many-a-geek.
This is a visually beautiful movie. It also integrated 3D in a way that wasn’t over-the-top, nor invasive. The use of 3D helped the movie (and I generally dislike 3D).
They managed to recreate 1982 Jeff Bridgers, and it looked good. I was impressed.
Tron: Legacy had two key messages:
- Don’t try to build a perfect world
- Software should be free
I found these messages interesting because the movie was made by Disney, the very same company that build a faux-perfect, Stepford-like town called Celebration, Florida.
Disney is also one of the corporate leaders in the imposition of draconian copyright laws.
The editing was a little choppy, and the story could have flowed a bit better.
Nothing to speak of.
The insanely hot
Olivia Wilde is crazy hot, and her formfitting black outfit is mighty sexy (Frotein).
Tron: Legacy is a good time. The action is great, the pace is quick, and the story is compelling enough to keep you connected.
It also looks great on a big screen.
It sucks reading comics on a computer screen, and the experience of reading them on an iPad isn’t exactly mind-blowing.
Eight years of comic books take up a whole lot of space, and sifting through them is a pain in the ass. Additionally, having a comics bagged and stored in a box discourages rereads.
On the other hand, you can’t share (legal) digital comics with friends, and you can’t resell your digital comics when you are done.
I’m going to stick with the paper editions.
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