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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RE[4]: A little over-dramatic
by WorknMan on Fri 10th Feb 2012 05:21 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: A little over-dramatic"
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See 'pay what you want' successes like the humble bundles, or how we are seeing the rise of crowdfunded projects, there are people out there willing to pay for things they enjoy and that they want others to begin/continue creating.

Well, the humble bundles get about a million or two a piece. I think I read that for the first bundle, Linux users were the most generous, at about $14 a donation. This kind of money is fine for projects that only have a few developers, but for big-budget titles that costs millions to produce, I don't think this kind of profit is going to cover the cost of making it. And the same goes for movies too. Plus, the 'pay as you want model is rather unique, and the humble bundles get an assload of tech press too, so of course people want to make a good example out of it. But how much do you think is going to be in it for those who don't get this kind of exposure?

We obviously differ in opinion here and it will be interesting to see what the future holds.

Yeah, what you're talking about is a system where people can have all the content they want, and never have to pay a dime if they don't want to. I'm not saying it won't work, but I do think a whole lot of people are going to be looking for new jobs. Hell, if I have a choice, and I don't have to deal with the pirating BS or worry about getting sued, I'll pay $0 every time ;)

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