yesterday i learned a lesson i already knew about proprietary software

i plugged in my old iPad and asked it to download some episodes of Behind the Attraction to watch on the plane

then i put it in my bag and eventually boarded. once we got to 10,000 feet, i pulled out my iPad and was greeted with, "Please go to the App Store to update Disney+"

except, of course, i was in the air on a regional jet with no wireless, and i didn't need that update anyway because i just wanted to watch downloaded episodes!

anyway piracy is in every way better and more ethical than using subscription streaming services

@tindall I need to suck it up and just go thru the interview process for bakabt...

I was stupid enough to let my account lapse (twice!) b/c I couldn't be arsed to set up a seedbox...

@tindall isn't it funny how many "Free" "trade" "agreements" exist solely to enforce IP / patent / copyright laws on countries that have incompatible (or no copyright) laws like the anglosphere?

@meena well, the Big Player in this space has realized long ago, quite correctly, that to retain economic dominance, it needs to create and enforce new forms of scarcity, to offset loss of gains from all the "lower-level" value generation it has offshored.

IP laws are, at the core, forcing existence of a market economy that wouldn't naturally be stable - an economic equivalent of magnetic confinement, in which you use magnetic fields to trap energetic particles that really want to be elsewhere.


@meena @tindall trade agreements (especially with the US) also primarily exist as leverage to force countries into extradition treaties and other fun legal agreements

@tindall And P2P relies for a large part on the users’ preexisting computers unlike streaming which requires a constant supply of new servers, which is why I consider starting a PeerTube channel but I’ll never post anything on YouTube

This just gives good reasons to "pirate" (I'd say free) these things.

@tindall May I interest you in Rockbox, an open-source firmware replacement?

@tindall i was excited when big music stores started selling music without DRM, and for a while i hoped that there would be a video store that would do the same

but instead everything became streaming (even music 😕) and everything sucks

@QuietMisdreavus @tindall I'm in the same boat since I frequently vacation in a spot that has no Internet. And Mediacom keeps dinging me for hitting my bandwidth limit even at home because of my day job.

@QuietMisdreavus It's funny how what is essentially just an UX optimization - arranging so the content can be perused while still being downloaded - became a business model.

All it took is making software throw away the data it downloads instead of saving it to a file, and getting the law to prohibit users from making their software save that data.


@tindall You don't have to tell me twice. I've been pirating tv shows for years.

@tindall I've also been using my mom's account for Netflix so I don't have to pay for anything.

@tindall I see a lot of good stuff coming up on Netflix and I was like "damn I want to watch that" then I remembered I can simply just download it from the good old interwebs

@tindall Streaming without DRM would be fine IMHO. There are a few subscription streaming services that don't use DRM. Eg.:
(And of course Bandcamp for music and audiodrama.)

@tindall But yeah, I'd rather pay for something I can easily download. A streaming-only UI without DRM is still not ideal, but if they don't overengineer it, you might be able to use yt-dlp/youtube-dl. If not, some other third party tool will surface.

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