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We control the vertical...

The FCC is looking at a proposal to allow the movie studios to shut off your cable box and DVR if they don't like what you're doing.

Whatever happened to 'innocent until proven guilty'?

We pay enough for this crap, so they get to watch us watch it and control what we do with it?

Write to the FCC and protest!




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Nov. 5th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
The world, controlled through cable television: its double plus good.
War is peace.
Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength.

Nov. 5th, 2009 11:40 pm (UTC)
It was behind the picture. You are the dead.
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
null pointer
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:45 am (UTC)
My Response to the FCC:

Dear Chairman Genachowski:

Executive Summary: Keep Hollywood's hands off my outputs!

Nobody has the right to reach into my home and touch my devices. They can broadcast what they want, or not - this is their privilege - but their rights to manipulate anything electronic stops at their own fences.

I urge you to deny the MPAA's request for a waiver that would allow studios to engage in "selectable output control," or "SOC". If granted, the SOC waiver would let Hollywood dictate which movies I can watch on my television and which outputs I can use on my cable box and DVR. Only I should be able to make these decisions and I hope that the FCC will stand up to Hollywood by denying its request.

This proposal is bad for consumers and bad for the industry. Please do not support it.
Nov. 6th, 2009 03:28 pm (UTC)
what I said
Dear Chairman Genachowski,

I urge you to deny the MPAA's request for a waiver that would allow studios to engage in "selectable output control," or "SOC". If granted, the SOC waiver would let Hollywood dictate which movies I can watch on my television and which outputs I can use on my cable box and DVR. The media's job is to make media available. *I* am the person who decides what I watch, and when. Their attempt to control my personal life is an unwanted and unwarranted assumption of power.

The media corporations have traditionally tried to block any new technology which would allow customers more access to their material. They tried to kill cassette tapes, VCRs, DVRs, TiVO, DVDs, audio CDs. In each case, those new technologies created new opportunities, new business models, and ultimately more profit for those very companies. They are making the same mistake again. Do not let them smother innovation in the name of the next quarter's profit; the innovation will just happen in India or Germany, and the US will lose ANOTHER technology battle.

The United States was founded the protection of its citizens, not SONY and Bertelsmann. The rights of the citizens must take precedence over Warner Brothers' stockholders.

Please deny the MPAA's SOC proposal.
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:00 pm (UTC)
Re: what I said
Well said.

But what happened to the Pygmy Shrews?

Nov. 6th, 2009 04:19 pm (UTC)
I'm going to confess my ignorance here, but it's been way too long since I programmed at a level to make this completely significant. My best guess is that what you meant is "end of list." If not, please enlighten me so I don't have to kick stray cats in frustration...
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Your comment: "It was behind the picture. You are the dead."

I don't know what that refers to, i.e., you're pointing to a location in memory that does not exist.
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)

TK referenced 1984 with his Freedom is Slavery post. I carried it one step further, as Winston and Julia were caught by the thought police in the apartment they thought was free of telescreens.

"We are the dead," he said.
"We are the dead," echoed Julia dutifully.
"You are the dead," said an iron voice behind them.
They sprang apart. Winston's entrails seemed to have turned into ice. He could see the white all round the irises of Julia's eyes. Her face had turned a milky yellow. The smear of rouge that was still on each cheekbone stood out sharply, almost as though unconnected with the skin beneath.
"You are the dead," repeated the iron voice.
"It was behind the picture." breathed Julia.
"It was behind the picture," said the voice. "Remain exactly where you are. Make no movement until you are ordered."
It was starting, it was starting at last! They could do nothing except stand gazing into one another's eyes. To run for life, to get out of the house before it was too late - no such thought occurred to them. Unthinkable to disobey the iron voice from the wall. There was a snap as though a catch had been turned back, and a crash of breaking glass. The picture had fallen to the floor, uncovering the telescreen behind it...
Nov. 6th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
That's all I have to say about it....
Nov. 6th, 2009 02:42 am (UTC)
Re: WTF???
Then say it to the FCC, quick!
Nov. 6th, 2009 05:23 am (UTC)
what the....
is that even possible? It's certainly an argument for piracy.
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