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[6]: A little over-dramatic
by WorknMan on Fri 10th Feb 2012 07:25 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: A little over-dramatic"
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I've always wondered what makes these productions so incredibly costly, is it the result of programmers and content creators working for the company having huge salaries? Somehow I doubt it.

Dunno, but probably because you need actors, a director, some kind of movie crew, cameras, set pieces, and equipment, along with places to shoot, etc. All that costs money, and you may be shooting for weeks. The 1994 movie Clerks, which was shot on a shoestring budget and made in black and white, cost $27,575 (1994) dollars. I'd say even for a low-budget indie movie, if you want something that doesn't look completely amateur-ish, you're looking at at least $500,000. Unless you're getting backed by a big studio, or have a crapton of donations, good luck getting that made. Same for those big-budget games. I imagine those things costs millions to get made.

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.

Isn't that what we have now?

No, not really (at least not in the US). You still have to know where the files are, and how to get them. And if you're using torrents, you risk getting a nastygram from your ISP. If you're on Usenet and trying to find a movie, you may have to try a half dozen or more copies until you find one that isn't password protected, and then you download it, only to discover that it's a shitty VCD rip with hard-coded Dutch subs. Not to mention the risk of getting malware, esp if you're not careful and/or don't know any better not to run angelina_jolene_naked.mpg.exe I mean, it's certainly doable, and a lot of people do, but not exactly convenient or risk-free.

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