Archive for the ‘War on fun’ Category

Open email to Amazon

September 7, 2011

Here’s the text of an email I sent to Amazon‘s customer services, about my last-minute decision NOT to buy several albums of music from the store.

Having read the terms and conditions I have decided not to make a purchase for the following reasons:
1) I don’t understand what Amazon’s “right to withdraw” software means for my MP3 download. Does it mean that I can pay for a download and Amazon can, without warning, disable the download? If so, that sounds like a rubbish deal.

2) Ownership. I understand the restrictions on retransmitting and not sharing MP3s, but the statement that I do not own the download begs the question: what exactly am I paying for if I don’t own the download?

3) Cross border restrictions: I currently live in the UK, but I have lived in other countries and I may go and live in the USA. Am I supposed to destroy my UK downloads every time I go and live in another country? What if I spend half my time in the USA and the other half in the UK? Am I not allowed to keep one set of files? Seems very inconvenient.

Consequence: I have never yet bought any downloaded music. At £0.79 a track and my likely target of 1,000 pieces, that’s about £800 of lost business for Amazon. What benefit are you getting that’s worth annoying potential customers this much?

Kind regards,
Antoine Clarke

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First our bodies, now our souls

March 11, 2008

The British National Labour Party continues to destroy individual liberty. First our bodies are to become the property of the State, then we are to be branded like cattle. And now the latest terrorist recruitment campaign by the British government is to introduce an oath of allegiance for teenagers.

If it were me, I would without a moment’s hesitation decide to support anyone who promised to destroy the Royal Family and the Westminster government. Assuming there are some children with more than an micron of self-awareness in the U.K., I think this will go badly. It’s worth noting that the architect of this evil proposal, might be behind bars if he were a nasty Conservative.

However, keeping in the spirit of things, I offer my version of the oath of allegiance (with apologies to Babylon 5):

I WILL COOPERATE WITH THE STATE FOR THE GOOD OF THE STATE AND MY OWN SURVIVAL.

I WILL CONFESS TO ALL CRIMES OF WHICH I HAVE BEEN ACCUSED.

I WILL BE RELEASED AND RETURNED TO SOCIETY A PRODUCTIVE CITIZEN IF I COOPERATE.

RESISTANCE WILL BE PUNISHED.

COOPERATION WILL BE REWARDED.

I WILL COOPERATE WITH THE STATE FOR THE GOOD OF THE STATE… [repeat until brainwash complete]

Save Our Salaries! The business model is jacked

January 12, 2008

Via Instapundit.

IN 2006 EMI, the world’s fourth-biggest recorded-music company, invited some teenagers into its headquarters in London to talk to its top managers about their listening habits. At the end of the session the EMI bosses thanked them for their comments and told them to help themselves to a big pile of CDs sitting on a table. But none of the teens took any of the CDs, even though they were free. “That was the moment we realised the game was completely up,” says a person who was there.

The Economist reports on the decline and fall of the music studios.

OK, now for the fun bit. The Instapundit was linking to this on Samizdata.

So the “thieves” who copy music didn’t want free goods?

Maybe the thieves aren’t.

Maybe the goods aren’t either.

The State should force those youngsters to go back to EMI, take some CDs and feel grateful. Otherwise no music will ever be written again.

Or EMI’s new owners could try to find a different business model, which would be little less silly than having people jailed for backing up their CDs to an iPod.

Just so we’re clear. I will never buy a CD, DVD or similar technology until the RIAA stops treating the entire enternment industry’s customer base as criminals. That means not listening to new material except non the radio. That’s a couple of hundred dollars a year “lost” right there.

Too bad.

I hope everyone either rips everything or boycotts. Recording executives will have to fuel their cocaine addictions and run up tabs for “flowers” [prostitutes] at someone else’s expense. The musicians will be fine: touring, merchandising, donations and people wanting the genuine article.

Maggie Rules OK?

December 11, 2006

Guido strikes again!

I missed this when it came out so apologies for those who’ve already seen Margaret Thatcher’s Freedom to Party mash up, from Guido Fawkes, who I seem to recall was prominent in the Freedom to Party demonstration in London. Of course it was Margaret Thatcher’s government that introduced the ban on raves, so I detect a settling of an old score here.

How to make friends…NOT

December 11, 2006

A rabbi has decided to force Seattle (Washington state, U.S.A.) airport to cancel Christmas decorations.

I admit, when I first saw the local news headline on the Drudge Report: “Holiday Trees” Removed at Seattle Airport… I jumped to the conclusion that this was either the work of militant secularists or of Islamofascists. I was ready to groan at the nonsense of multiculturalist political correctness and even thought of it as evidence that the U.S.A. is cringing like a beaten dog in the face of its cultural enemies.

At a time when Israel needs every friend it can get and when multicultural relativism is finally being demolished by the evidence that Islamofascists don’t want to co-exist with a “degenerate” homosexual-friendly secular and permissive society, we get this:

SEA-TAC Airport – All 15 Christmas trees inside the terminal at Sea-Tac have been removed in response to a complaint by a rabbi.

A local rabbi wanted to install an 8-foot menorah and have a public lighting ceremony. He threatened to sue if the menorah wasn’t put up, and gave a two-day deadline to remove the trees.

Sea-Tac public affairs manager Terri-Ann Betancourt said the trees that adorn the Sea-Tac upper and lower levels may not properly represent all cultures.

She said that since this is their busiest time of year and they don’t have time to add a fair representation of all cultures, her department decided to take down all of the decorations, review their policies, and decide if they need to make a change for next year.

It turns out however that the rabbi in question, was “appalled” at the removal of the Christmas trees!

Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky, who made his request weeks ago, said he was appalled by the decision. “Everyone should have their spirit of the holiday. For many people the trees are the spirit of the holidays, and adding a menorah adds light to the season,” said Bogomilsky, who works at Chabad Lubavitch, a Jewish education foundation headquartered in Seattle’s University District.

After consulting with lawyers, port staff believed that adding the menorah would have required adding symbols for other religions and cultures in the Northwest. The holidays are the busiest season at the airport, Betancourt said, and staff didn’t have time to play cultural anthropologists.

The best comment comes from Rabbi Bogomilsky’s lawyer:

“They’ve darkened the hall instead of turning the lights up,” said Bogomilsky’s lawyer, Harvey Grad. “There is a concern here that the Jewish community will be portrayed as the Grinch.”

No kidding!!! They threaten to sue and are “appalled” that the threat works literally.

For once the bureaucrats acted reasonably and the Islamofascists win without even opening their mouths or waving their weapons. Of course, we knew that most Jews in the U.S.A. voted to support the destruction of Israel last month, but I didn’t realize that some of them wanted the equation “Wipe out Jews=We can celebrate Christmas next year” to be put in the minds of most of the children wandering through the gloomy airport building at Seattle. It’s not like Seattle’s Jewish community has nothing else to worry about.

I remember when I was seven years old one one winter afternoon when the trade unions cut the power while I was watching Dr Who on television, an episode the B.B.C. did not repeat. I haven’t forgiven the socialist movement 34 years later. Lucky it wasn’t the Jews cancelled the show!