@tindall Here are some more examples: https://www.gnu.org/proprietary/proprietary-back-doors.html#install-delete
This also applies to games you’ve bought you’ve bought digitally as well, *especially* if it requires an internet connection to work, even if it’s a single-player game (I’m looking at you, Elite Dangerous!)
IIRC, you’ve basically bought a license to play a game, you don’t own it in the traditional sense… A license that can be revoked on the whim of the company you ‘bought’ it from
One exception might be games you’ve purchased from someplace like GOG.com, which IIRC are DRM-free
@tindall Yep! This is why about two years ago, I started buying movies on physical media again, instead of digitally.
@tindall this is why I don't like movies and other media becoming virtual. Your purchase only lasts while the company does. I want physical media.
@tindall This nearly happened to me with Steam over a backcharge like ten years ago. My account was SMALL then compared to what it is now.
If you think about the transaction a bit differently, it's not so bad. You aren't buying anything, you're renting access for some unspecified time, determined solely by the company you're renting from. If more people understood that, I think these services wouldn't be nearly as popular. Certainly sounds like a waste of money to me. The illusion of ownership is a great marketing tool, I guess.
Software licensing, software patents, dial-home-devices, and Software-as-a-Service, and container-ization all serve a singular purpose: control. Sometimes it is forced consumerism and shuttering of the right to purchase property, and other times it is genuinely affable utilitarianism (or ignorance). Technology is inert: it be humans' use whose works make it evil in our minds.
Patent trolls may wish to suppress disruptive technologies in order to allow advancement of a pet technology.
Or, Disnee may decide they don't want humans to learn about its ancient deeds (B&W cartoons) made disreputable by political correctness tides, and remove them from public databases-- by force.
So long as corporations are allowed personhood and thereby allowed to make produce for which the public interest is not allowed to reckon, we will be at 'their' mercy. Therefore, we humans must further limit their power to bounds that make them more manageable, lest we be plucked for every whim or fancy an eye might perverse towards capital.
Otherwise: we Very Soon may be lifelong unwitting pawns of an A.I. that doesn't understand morality.
@tindall A friend brought me their iPod to "fix" after Apple remotely bricked it with a "software update". They applied the update, (from Apple) and then all none of the apps would work anymore. Nothing wrong with the hardware, and the "update" just existed to encourage them to buy another iPod. (I told them to get one based on Android, because it's easier to flash your own OS.)
This is closely related to the big social networks like Birdsite and Facebook.
If they want to suspend your account (or even completely ban you), there really isn’t anything you can do.
The world putting all its digital eggs into just handful of baskets (Google, Apple, AWS, Microsoft, Birdsite, Fbook) is so insane to me
They have all the power :[
If your account is important enough to you/your business, maybe you could take them to court or something, but that’s still going to be outrageously expensive and take a lot of time
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