Category: Copyright

Why I THINK I will buy an iPad (and don’t care if you do)

Just read the Boing Boing article again (Why I won’t buy an iPad (and think you shouldn’t, either). First of all that article reads like the worst kind of troll thread ever. But ok, I’ll bite :)

Incumbents made bad revolutionaries
I was a comic-book kid, and I’m a comic-book grownup, and the thing that made comics for me was sharing them

Gee, thats a nice story grandpa but we live in the real world where content publishers don’t want you to resell your shit. It goes for music, movies, games, books and…well yeah, just about everything. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t like it either but what the hell has that to do with the iPad? You really think the Marvel app for a desktop would be any different?

Infantalizing hardware
..Maker Manifesto: if you can’t open it, you don’t own it. Screws not glue…

Yeah I don’t care. I don’t care about that for my coffee machine, my fridge, my owen, my TV, my land-line phone, any of my previous or current cell phones, my remote, my car, my heating system and not even really for my desktop to some extent. See I don’t have the time or energy to screw in that shit. And I rather not have to either. But I see where you are coming from and to some extent I do agree, but again I just fail to see how this is very much relevant as an argument against the iPad since this argument can easily be applied to most of our house hold electronics (and yeah, even if you CAN screw something open doesn’t mean I or most people will, it’s a far cry between including schematics and having screws instead of glue if you ask me).

Wal-Martization of the software channel
And let’s look at the iStore. For a company whose CEO professes a hatred of DRM, Apple sure has made DRM its alpha and omega

I’m sorry but I think this is just dumb. First of all as I recall it the App Store was created because people wanted it, developers wanted to create native apps for the iPhone and not only apps built in XHTML/CSS/JS. Developers wanted to get payed, they don’t want to see their shit get stolen and they wanted to create native apps on the iPhone OS. Well it just so happens the weapon of choice for this platform isn’t Java and oh shit, I guess not enough people cared about that since iPhone and iPhone apps have been selling like crazy. I don’t really know how to put it any other way…hmm..lemme think…

PEOPLE DON’T CARE AS LONG AS IT WORKS AND WORKS GREAT. IF THEY DID THEY WOULD NOT BUY IT.

But that’s also the reason why I think the whole article is pretty much..blah. If someone doesn’t want to buy something, don’t buy it. To make a religion out of it is just stupid. I love open source, I think the latest Android devices rocks, I hope their will be a zillion Tablets that kicks ass! Anyway..where were I..

Journalism is looking for a daddy figure
I think that the press has been all over the iPad because Apple puts on a good show, and because everyone in journalism-land is looking for a daddy figure who’ll promise them that their audience will go back to paying for their stuff.

NO. They’re looking for a slick, easy to use tablet with a content distribution network so easy a five year old could get it. GET IT?

Gadgets come and gadgets go
Gadgets come and gadgets go. The iPad you buy today will be e-waste in a year or two (less, if you decide not to pay to have the battery changed for you). The real issue isn’t the capabilities of the piece of plastic you unwrap today, but the technical and social infrastructure that accompanies it.

Yes. And don’t buy hard-bread from Sweden (or Swedish crackers as Liam would say) because that means you’re supporting a socialist regime and that in turn could lead to the end of times. Wow man, way to be a downer. I’d say it’s far worse to buy a Windows copy or low and behold, a copy of the MS Office suite since that will truly and utterly means you’re supporting a social infrastructure of technically handicapped individuals (shit..not to mention enterprises!).

If you want to live in the creative universe where anyone with a cool idea can make it and give it to you to run on your hardware, the iPad isn’t for you.

..not unless you have an IQ over 30 and know that some of the largest companies of today didn’t build something you can physically touch but created software that runs on a little something called a web browser. But yeah, if you’re one of those many lucky individuals out there who surround yourself with friends who constantly create their own USB devices, for sure, the iPad is not for you…then instead get something which has a terminal prompt..oh and the ability to install drivers.

If you want to live in the fair world where you get to keep (or give away) the stuff you buy, the iPad isn’t for you.

..and neither is anything else so just off yourself why don’t you. Or well. Hmm. I guess you could try to influence the lawmakers in your country not to support out dated idiotic copyright laws. Or yeah, you could just vote with your wallet and make sure you buy awesome digital CONTENT that doesn’t have DRM (good luck).

If you want to write code for a platform where the only thing that determines whether you’re going to succeed with it is whether your audience loves it, the iPad isn’t for you.

Neither is Linux really where you can have a really awesome audience, problem is it’s not big enough. And don’t write music either since apparently (someone told me) making it in the music biz isn’t just about writing great music. Don’t write books either..or make movies..hmm shit…come to think of it.. most things are not really black and white.

Personally I’m on the fence about the iPad, I mean.. yeah I want one. But I think I’ll wait for some more candy in it. I do know I’m way more skeptical about using the HP Slate than the iPad. Why? Well because you can put as much lipstick on that Windows pig as you want, it’s still a pig. At least that’s my limited experience with everything Windows mobile. Come to think of it, that was an insult to all the pigs I’ve ever met :)

Christian Engström FTW

Har varit positiv till Piratpartiet som företeelse för att driva debatten men har inte allvarligt övervägt att rösta på dom i någon mån då dom känts som ett parti som bara driver frågor inom ett snävt spektrum. Nu är jag emellertid så förbannat less på Ipred, idioter som vill ha mjukvarupatent och Orweillianska svin att jag har ändrat mig.

Läste karlns CV och blev imponerad. Inte någon kaxig tonåring som gapar om fri kultur och egentligen bara vill ladda ner gratis film det här inte. Han kommer få min röst. Det här är så pass viktigt nu. Synd att inte alliansen verkar hålla med.

OneSwarm

This is actually a lot more interesting than I first thought. It IS really anonymous since my IP is never exposed to anoyone else than the friends I add. If I add a friend, Kalle and Kalle adds a friend, Totte then Totte will never see my IP adress and will never know if he is downloading a file from me or Kalle  (or some other friends friend for that matter). This way you truly do have a circle of trust where you are protected. Pretty darn smart.

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Man frågar sig om de traditionella Kama Sutra-ställningarna också ska patenteras för att skyddas mot olovlig användning? Då gäller det att västeuropeiska sexologer skyndar sig att lägga beslag på “The Rusty Trombone” och “The Dirty Sanchez” exempelvis, för att inte tala om skandinaviska traditioner som “Elvan” och “Pajala 69″.

Kameraövervakning i hemmen är det självklara sättet att se till att upphovsrätten efterlevs på detta område.

Läste det som kommentar till detta blogginlägg. Urkläck av nÃ¥gon som kallar sig “henke” vars hemsida är här.

Media execs, watch and learn from Crunchyroll.com

Crunchyroll is a video site like YouTube but specialized in anime. I knew that Crunchyroll had been talking about going legit and that they were signing some content distribution deals but I really needed to see it to believe it. Before they worked sort of like YouTube (and in some ways I guess they still do) for anime and had quite a lot of questionable material (copyright-wise) on their site.

They now offer streaming shows in high quality from their site, one of the absolute coolest thing is something they call “simulacast”, this means you can one hour after the latest Naruto airs in Japan – watch it in 720P on their site. Naruto and many, many more (and more coming) are available for only like 60 bucks a year. THIS IS PROGRESS.

In fact this is such a good deal that the largest supplier of Naruto torrents, Dattebayo decided to close down their subtitling of Naruto and instead refer to Cruncyroll and Viz Media (distributor who also offers Naruto in streaming for free, but a week after airing).

Now a streaming option for video I am much more apt to pay for than a streaming option for music, I would just like to be able to bring it with me in a portable format – I’d even be fine with DRM downloads as long as they worked on my iPhone/iPod.  (Oh and yes I know that you can rip streams but I’d rather not).

My only caveat with Crunchyrolls service is perhaps that they insist on using FLV which is not really a favorite and is a format that is also quite overly processor intensive. Then again I haven’t really checked..maybe their streams is MP4 compatible and I can watch them on my iPhone..I’m guessing not though. Anyway, since I do watch Naruto I will probably sign up for a year of Crunchyroll to try the service out. 

Someone..please..launch world-wide TV series/movies “Spotify” service. I’d pay way more for such a service.

Danish ISPs forced to block Allofmp3.com

This is some scary and very unsettling shit.

“In a quiet legal proceeding that caught little in the way of media attention, the IFPI brought a civil lawsuit against Danish ISP Tele2, demanding the cessation of customer access to AllofMP3.com. Tele2 is one of Europe’s largest ISPs, and like anywhere else in the world, has its fair share of customers who enjoy the Russian gray market site. The IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) brought the lawsuit in hopes of forcing the ISP to block AllofMP3.com from its customers. The IFPI has accomplished its mission. In a decision rendered today, a court ruled that Tele2 must block AllofMP3.com from its Danish customers.”
Read more..

Orwell & 1984 anyone? God how I loath the IFPI but also the obviously completley ignorant rulers of the danish court in this case. Idiots!

Windows Media Sucks

Balmer

I just read a very disturbing article about how Microsoft intend to further assrape you with DRM through their insanely shitty Windows Media Player (use the alternatives if your are not already). Once again I feel certain that Windows XP will be my last Windows system and after this move to Mac OS X or Linux. A quote from the article:

Read the links, the entire page is scary as hell, but the licensing part takes the cake. “Windows Media Player 11 does not permit you to back up your media usage rights (previously known as licenses)”, Wow, new terminology, old idea, you are a wallet with legs waiting to be raped.”

On the same site I also read a review about the Ipod Nano that made me laugh out loud. Appearantly it’s not only me who hate all media players who also try to be “media organisers” – None of them do a good job. Maybe it’s just me who grew up without them, who got used to using folders and simply clicking to what I want to hear. Anyway, this is what cracked me up, this and the paragraphs that followed:

I hate iTunes – I always have. I detest being forced to do things their way. I hate being unable to just drag files onto my music player in Explorer and being able to play them back. I hate the way it tries to pre-empt what I’m going to do, and gets it wrong. Every time. And I hate the way how there are no ways to do the things I want. But then I hate all the alternatives, and version 7.0 is better than its predecessors.