• @Wes_Dev
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    293 months ago

    This is the exact reason I don’t trust anything hosted online. If it’s something I want to enjoy more than once, I download it.

    Companies hosting things online tend to become authoritarian dictators in all but name, which is their right as they own the services and hardware. But it almost always makes the end user experience shitty and overly complicated, or filled with spyware, or requires you give away your rights to privacy or lawsuit, etc…

    So if there’s a song or something that I like online, I’m downloading that and keeping it on my computer to listen to whenever I feel like it. I don’t have the time or energy to play games with these greedy ass corporations.

    And the ironic part is, that while they would absolutely froth the mouth about me doing this, they’re the ones that drove me to it. It feels like an emotionally abusive relationship, are they keep making our just a man some gaslighting me, then getting angry when I fight back or tell them no.

    • BolexForSoup
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      3 months ago

      I would at least partially challenge they own the service and hardware if only because they are using taxpayer funded internet infrastructure.

      • @Wes_Dev
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        13 months ago

        Hm.

        I think you probably have a point there. Not sure about the details and nuance, 'cause I’m not that smart, but there is something there.

        • ElleChaise
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          43 months ago

          It’s pretty simple actually. Big companies took billions upon billions of dollars in federal subsidies and grants handed out to them via taxation of the public, then when they got just about done building the thing they spent all our money on, they erected a nice shiny gate at the front and charged us admission. But not before bribing donating to criminals politicians to ensure zero competition or risk to their non-investment. It’s rampant capitalism defined.

        • BolexForSoup
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          3 months ago

          It’s definitely nuanced and like I said it’s sort of an “ehhh kinda” statement haha so your pause is warranted

          • @Wes_Dev
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            23 months ago

            Oh, dang, that was civil and anticlimactic of us. Um…

            I mean:

            How dare you! This is the internet. You’re supposed to immediately call me Hitler for…reasons. This slight shall not stand. Expect a strongly worded letter from my emissary forthwith. Good day!