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  • theneverfox@pawb.socialtoMemes@lemmy.mlArrrrrr
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    1 day ago

    There’s many reasons people pirate - sometimes it’s a matter of means & availability, sometimes it’s a matter of controlling their paid-for content (like people who actually buy switch games but want to run them on their steam deck), and sometimes it’s basically a hobby

    Some people would surely buy some games if piracy wasn’t on the table (assuming the terms were unacceptable to them), but I used to rewatch the same things and play the same games endlessly. I think the vast majority would do without

    And rejecting a service you don’t consider worth it isn’t moral. That’s just basic capitalism and self-interest.

    This seems to be our core difference. I don’t think capitalism is a moral system, and “enlightened self interest” only works with equity of opportunity and fierce competition - that’s not the world we live in. And even then, I don’t think it’s a very ethical moral framework

    I see supporting a service hostile to users as immoral - it’s like enabling an abuser, however slight, you’re contributing to behaviors that are a detriment to others



  • theneverfox@pawb.socialtoMemes@lemmy.mlArrrrrr
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    2 days ago

    I’m not going to say pirating is some morally superior act, but there is something to be said for refusing to support companies that have user-hostile distribution

    And I don’t think that act is cheapened by accessing the content anyways - yes, you are not contributing to the creators while enjoying their content. If you weren’t going to pay into the stream that they get a small part of anyways, then you’re not costing them anything - if you wouldn’t have bought it and didn’t, it’s the same result on their end either way

    Ultimately it goes back to piracy being a problem of accessibility, and rejecting an inaccessible service is the moral part, I see the piracy in this context as just neutral


  • theneverfox@pawb.socialtoMemes@lemmy.mlArrrrrr
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    2 days ago

    Source?

    Steam, case in point. You can find cracked games fairly easily, there’s even games entirely lacking drm that could be passed around effortlessly

    But steam is very convenient, the prices are reasonable, and they have good customer support. That’s enough that even people who pirate switch games buy pc games on the same device


  • theneverfox@pawb.socialtoScience Memes@mander.xyzGolden
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    4 days ago

    The real issue is that anyone can come up with an economic model, but politicians and public figures get to pick and choose the one that fits their beliefs most closely. The model can be crap and barely hold up beyond an ELIF narrative about why it’s true, and people will base their careers around believing it

    I think there are good economic models out there, it’s just the convenient ones that are spread… Ones that don’t generally hold up against actual observation




  • Ironically, most technology is the opposite. At least when you’re designing and developing things, it’s all individuals - you can have assistants or small teams, but institutions don’t invent new things, individuals do.

    I don’t mean that pedantically, I mean one or two people were the driving force behind near every innovation. A company can sit those people in a room and fund them for a decade, but you have to keep them happy and leave them alone - if they leave or they’re meddled with too much, you’re back to square one

    Big companies can’t innovate (except in monetization)… It’s all done by start ups now. Then they get acquired, and all progress halts

    Just makes me think, in science (or academia at least) researchers are tied to their research to maintain their position, rather than their position deciding their research. It’s still a pretty broken system, but between that and the incentive for open collaboration it just makes me think. If every piece of technology was open sourced, if everyone from phone manufacturers to game designers existed in a world where designs could be improved upon, where would we be now?



  • theneverfox@pawb.socialtoScience Memes@mander.xyzSmooth
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    11 days ago

    Interestingly, it’s looking more and more like evolution isn’t random, and not only is evolution happy with “good enough”, it seems like it actively stops there

    Based on some recent experiments with bacteria and editing out existing genes, it seems like it chooses one genetic area at a time, and once it makes a marginal increase in an area it switches to another

    It’s possibly a mechanism to avoid a population boom then bust - if you improve too much too fast, you’ll outcompete your environment to the point you destroy your own ecological niche

    However it works (and figuring that out is bleeding edge research), it’s very old. Interestingly, Darwin’s later (unpublished) writings went in this direction, but the theories lost out to the random mutation theory



  • I’m of the opinion we made up all the words, but those mouth sounds must have a strict meaning whenever possible. Words are important, they’re how you communicate concepts. Everyone should be precise with their words to the best of their understanding, if you have to redefine the word planet in every conversation the concept is diluted and you waste a lot of time

    In this case, if Pluto is a planet, we have at least 13. We might discover another 10 or 20 if there’s no planet 9 hiding behind the kyper belt and it’s all dwarf planets… Ain’t no one got time to remember 30+ planets



  • theneverfox@pawb.socialtoMemes@lemmy.mlCheckmate Valve
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    13 days ago

    Nah, because while it would be very easy to implement something like that, it would require specifically doing it. Programmers have 3 reasons for writing code

    It’s cool. It’s necessary. I was told to do it in exchange for money

    (And the secret fourth reason, it just kinda happened. I was building this related thing and I realized it’d be stupid easy to toss it in…I was in a fugue state and I have no idea what I wrote, but it’s some of my best code ever)

    Devs don’t generally care about this kind of thing, and most of the time neither do the business folk. This kind of unnecessary crackdown only comes up when consultants like McKinney, who I’ve recently learned are the reason everything sucks



  • Conservative super pacs have been running ads against him for months. He still doesn’t have a running mate. No one showed up to support him outside his trial. Rich shareholders have cooled on him, because an erratic president will hurt stocks far more than any tax breaks or slashed regulations will help

    His supporters are leaving his events because he just looks weak and incoherent - he’s not even “incoherent sprinkled with buzzwords”, he now just rants about himself like an old man

    Mainstream media is owned by a few billionaires - regardless if they want Trump or Biden, selling Trump as a threat kept people focused where they wanted them. They’ve been showing as little unedited footage as possible, but even his softest softball interviews have so little that makes him look good.

    I think it’s ok to be optimistic, I don’t think I can sit through the debate tonight, but I think the clips will be interesting