Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Feb 2012 00:13 UTC
In the News "Like any space opera, the story of information technology is a very simple one. It is played out in a myriad of different ways by a revolving cast of characters, but it always has its loveable heroes, its predictably nefarious villains, innocent civilians to be saved, and bumbling bureaucrats that aren't inherently evil, but begin every story aiding the forces of darkness out of a misplaced belief they are preserving law and order in their corner of the galaxy." He might use Star Wars as an analogy (I strongly dislike Star Wars - Trekkie here), but it sums up very well how I feel about computing today.
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A little over-dramatic
by WorknMan on Fri 10th Feb 2012 01:15 UTC
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When I look at the battlefield, I see on one side an industry who is doing anything and everything they can to hold on to a dying business model. On the other side, I see a bunch of people who just want to be able to download as much free shit as they can. As a casual observer, I don't see one as being better or worse than the other - just a conflict of interest. If one side ends up beating the other, we'll either end up with a broken internet, or the death of the entire content industry.

If the pirates win out, when all the dust has settled, and the realization sets in that trying to fight piracy is a lost cause, I wonder how many people out there will still be creating content, when they know it's going to be passed around freely, like candy. Of course, the people who are currently doing it for free will continue to do so, but people who made a living off of it will probably find themselves needing a new career. I suppose that's not entirely bad... I mean, instead of going to a movie theater, you'd probably just go to a play instead. I think we'll get by ;)

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