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(Boing Boing)   Leave it to geeks to make the funniest real-world counterpoint to DRM. I give you... the DRM Chair   ( boingboing.net) divider line
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2013-03-08 10:18:40 PM  
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Did anyone else want to slap half those people who were attempting to dress as individuals but ended up all looking the same?
2013-03-08 02:31:05 PM  
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Slives: I don't see that as DRM, I see it as planned obsolescence. Making something that will certainly break after a limited time in order to get the customer to come back and buy it again.

That's what DRM is, in part.  When they turn off the activation servers for FIFA '09 just in time for the launch of FIFA '11, there's a reason for that.
2013-03-08 09:51:16 PM  
1 vote:
This and a lot more. Using the chair analogy you can't:

-paint or otherwise modify your chair
-loan your chair to a friend
-sell your chair when you no longer want it
-stand on your chair or use it in any way other than the intended purpose
-stop the manufacturer from modifying your chair if they choose to do so post purchase

That's where the disconnect starts. The seller wraps their item (of whatever type) in a licensing agreement that conveys limited use rights to the purchaser. You don't own the item; the item isn't yours. It's theirs, though you're allowed to make use of it - under specific circumstances, perhaps for a limited time, certainly with no transferability implied. Sellers feel that way about the three Ms (music, movies, microcode) and they're happy to extend that as far as the law will permit.

That view -- that the buyer doesn't really buy anything more than a temporary, non-transferable limited-use right -- is absolute horseshiat. It has the potential to turn everything you own into a ride at the fair.

Big fixes need to happen to reverse this trend, starting with an overhaul of the structures of copyright and patents in every first-world country. Unfortunately that means attacking the people with money (and by extension, access to sweet political representation and bought-and-paid-for lobbyists), which tends to be a bit like trying to ice skate uphill.
2013-03-08 02:26:41 PM  
1 vote:
That 2 minute video seemed like it took an hour.
2013-03-08 02:01:06 PM  
1 vote:
I liked how gingerly they sat on the chair each time.
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