At this point, I no longer feel it is merely morally permissible to violate copyright, but rather one’s *moral duty* to subvert the vast majority of copyright. “Intellectual property” is a thoroughly disgusting Orwellianism.
We have entered a period where a samizdat underground is necessary to sustain the basic facets of civilization. And public education is a central pillar of the commonweal.
#Torrent every goddam thing.
@Shufei Anything in particular that just disgusted you in regards to copyright?
Personally I'm enjoying & promoting truly independant fiction that isn't relying on at least the worst of these laws. I'm loving what I'm finding!
@alcinnz The copyright cabal going after Internet Archive. Despicable. Absolutely shameful. Libraries should be temples, whether online or off. They should be the centrepiece and pride of our species. Their doors should swing wide open for all comers, both writers and readers. Any society which undercuts the Library has lost the aegis of Heaven.
@fireglow @alcinnz Really? That’s your takeaway? Corporations leaving dregs of artificial scarcity, destroying the basic fabric of public education AND parasitizing the livelihoods of artists, the vast majority of whom never make a “living” off copyright. But that’s your read?
Boot leather must be tasty to some folk or something...
@Shufei @fireglow @alcinnz You know, although copying of information does not cost anything, it does not mean that information itself is gratis. Personally, I'm a (junior) physicist, I "create" technologies. Often the main idea can be explained in one or two pages of text, but this two pages of text cost me several years of research on quite an expensive equipment. Do you think this two pages of text are free?
@Shufei @fireglow @alcinnz To be clear, we publish scientific papers in open resources like arXiv, but that papers are about results and scientific importance. The technologies that we invent are patented, as *this* is the only way to prevent technological corporations from taking and using it for free.
@Shufei @fireglow @alcinnz yes, copyright is very controversal thing, but in the world where semiconductor factory costs billions of dollars, intellectual property is the nessessary evil to protect creators/inventors from manufacturers.
The problem is that copyright also conctrains the development of new technologies/inventions, but it can not be fixed with quick and dirty "solutions" like "let's just pirate everything".
@emacsomancer @alcinnz @Shufei @fireglow Well, ok. Example with copyright: software, used in manufacturing/engineering. For instance, CFD, CAD or banking information systems programms. It's seems perfectly acceptable for such programms to be closed source and under copyright, as it literally a way to make money (i mean, the production cost of, let's say, a car contains among others a fraction of development cost of this software).
@emacsomancer @alcinnz @Shufei @fireglow Maybe models of IC is an even better example. The development of logic elements (like AND, OR, NOT and, actually, dozens of more complex gates) is not just the design of semiconductor layers, but years of testing (i mean, creation billions of logic gates and stress-testing them at different temperatures) which aim is to obtain as accurate mathematical models of each gate as possible.
@emacsomancer @alcinnz @Shufei @fireglow Full development of such library of logic gates cost from 100 millon to 1 billion dollars, that's why it practically never goes out of the lab, which has developed it. Consumers are provided with only computational models of the gates, so they can model their designs. Later, the consumer gives the sinthesized design (enourmously huge graph of logic elements connected to each other) back to the lab.
@emacsomancer @alcinnz @Shufei @fireglow Just to understand the scale: routing of small ARMv1 compatible CPU (Amber core) takes about two-three hours on a powerfull server. Companies like Intel and AMD use datacenters full of specially designed ASIC, and even though full P&R of modern CPUs takes from several days to several weeks.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko