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Complete Idiocy

Nate Anderson (Ars Technica) writes:

Will the two screens be shown back to back? Will each screen last for 10 seconds each? Will each screen be unskippable? Yes, yes, and yes.

An ICE spokesman tells me that the two screens will “come up after the previews, once you hit the main movie/play button on the DVD. At which point the movie rating comes up, followed by the IPR Center screen shot for 10 secs and then the FBI/HSI anti-piracy warning for 10 secs as well. Neither can be skipped/fast forwarded through.”

John Gruber (Daring Fireball) comments:

So to encourage people not to engage in piracy, they’re going to force everyone to watch yet another annoying, time-wasting, gratification-delaying warning screen that can only be avoided by engaging in piracy.

And to which I add:

Just to be clear, the ONLY people who are ever going to see these warnings are the people who, by definition, have gone ahead and actually bought the product you are trying to prevent being copied.

Toward the end of the article it’s made clear that the intent is not to deter pirates (which is wise, because this isn’t going to do it) but to “educate everyone else.”

Er… what?

Call me crazy, but I don’t think you can bring about cultural change by pissing off the people who are already doing the right thing.  Especially when the way to avoid the inconvenience of the “education” is to engage in exactly the activity you are trying to deter.  The video game industry has experienced something similar, where honest game buyers have to crack their game so they don’t have to put the damn disc in all the time.


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Steve Jobs' Resignation Letter

To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple”s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple”s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.


I am speechless, except to say this: Steve is unbelievably smart, and I have complete confidence that he has set things up at Apple to keep it being Apple for many years to come; there is no questioning his choice of Tim Cook to succeed him.

Get well, Steve.  Namaste.

(Source: kateoplis)

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