On Wed, 8 Apr 2015 07:01:36 AM Andrew McGlashan wrote:
On 8/04/2015 9:54 AM, Rohan McLeod wrote:
Andrew McGlashan wrote:
Much better to just keep to legal and proper
downloads, don't you think?
Well of course that goes without saying !
Yes, especially when Russell says all of us IT types have plenty of
income.... quite a generalization, but that's what I think his view is.
The above links to the second result from a google search for "average it
The above article suggests that the average full-time wage is $74,724 before
tax. This makes "IT types" possibly slightly better off than average. However
the real issue is the median. I think that the median IT worker would earn
significantly more than the median employee in Australia.
I think that "IT types" have "plenty of money" where that is defined
a decent house and a non-prestige car that's in reasonable condition. If
"plenty of money" is defined as a house in Toorak and a Mercedes then few
people on this list would qualify.
the very idea
of owning movies which I haven't paid for;
or even converting DVD's so they are playable outside of brain-dead DVD
(which mostly also seem incapable of playing them);
is abhorrent to my higher moral self.!
The whole issue is a minefield. I hate it when I buy a DVD these days
and there isn't even 2.1 sound option or plain old stereo. If you have
5.1 you are golden, but otherwise the DVD needs to be played at high
sound levels due to not having a good range of audio options to choose
from. In cases like this, aside from DMCA issues, I think it *should*
be fair to download a normal stereo version of something you own or to
re-encode as needed to be able to play the DVD.
Also you have all those annoying anti-piracy messages at the start which you
can't fast-forward. A real benefit of piracy is avoiding the annoying anti-
When it comes to Bluray, there are other problems. A
disc may work fine
one day and then won't work again, ever, unless the player can get an
update from the Internet to make sure it is /legal/ .... that is horrid
Well if you can't even own it then why bother buying it?
There is so much wrong with DMCA, but when it comes to
from the Internet in legal forms, well there is plenty available without
needing to pirate anything.
Youtube has more video than you could ever watch. Also there are a variety of
services with free video like blip.tv. I've been meaning to blog about the
free video services but I haven't had enough time to watch enough video.
I even believe
there are some who have copies of that other OS what was
it called .....;
anyway they have not paid for it apparently.
My own view is that Microsoft has traditionally priced it's OS too high,
but when you think about all the years of update support (patching),
then the price seems to be reasonable. But using pirated Windows is not
right, it is far more risky than using a proper legitimate version and
not worth the risk.
One of the payment options for Office that I've seen was about $10 per month.
Presumably they were planning on getting about the same through regular sales.
$10 per month would cover the cost of ongoing patching after about 20,000
Mark Russinavich has even mentioned that MS may open
They are a new business these days. It may never happen, but it has
been discussed and it just might.
Why would they do that when they can keep taxing us? Every Linux system I
have ever purchased new came with a Windows license. Why would MS want to
open source Windows when they can keep making me pay for software I never use?
philosophy, what's it called 'open-source' ?;
why it's just encourages such an attitude !
I think that Microsoft should re-enable full support for XP, but with a
reasonable once off new payment, or a very low subscription cost.
Ending XP support doesn't seem like a smart business decision on it's own as
people will keep paying for it. But given that people who are forced to stop
using XP just pay for a newer version of Windows it makes sense.
I would consider myself to be a bit of a libertarian,
we have far too
much regulation and government control over people.
Libertarians aren't actually interested in less government control. Most of
the policies that libertarians want REQUIRE a significant amount of government
control. It's impossible to have the degree of inequality that they have in
the US without having some sort of police state.
What libertarians want is less government control of rich people, that
includes allowing the Music And Film Industry Association of America to
control the way we use computers.
Give us a fair price for almost anything and we'll
happily pay it, if we
can afford it. Don't squash us with DMCA or other abhorrent measures.
We need to show them that the DMCA can't work.
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