A while ago I joined the liberal elite and bought a Blu-ray player. It’s wonderful. Thanks to Neflix, I get a steady stream of Blu-ray movies sent to my house. This makes me very happy.
You know what’s not wonderful?
In all the techno whiz-bangery of the Blu-ray spec, for some reason a little checkbox was thrown in, where a Blu-ray producer can specify whether it’s ALLOWED for the player to resume a movie where it was left off.
So okay, the committee meeting was running late, everybody was tired, they decided what the heck, let’s put it in the spec. What kind of nutjob would actually want to not allow the player to resume a movie? Why in the name of all that is holy would ANYBODY. EVER. WANT. THAT.
Turns out, movie studios want that. Pretty much every Blu-ray disc that’s winged its way to Casa Core Dump has not allowed me TO RESUME THE F**ING MOVIE.
Why? Dear Lord why? What could you possibly gain from not allowing me to watch a bit of a movie, decide I’m tired and need to go to bed, then come back the next day to finish the movie, but OH NO YOU WON’T.
I’ve tried. Lord knows I’ve tried during the times I’ve spent trying to remember exactly where I left off the movie and scanning the chapters to get to that point again, I’ve tried so hard to find a reason WHY THIS IS A GOOD THING FOR ANYBODY.
And I can’t.
A bunch of people at movie studios have apparently decided that a really great way to not make me download movies online is to make it EXTRA F**ING INCONVENIENT for me to watch their product I’ve paid money for.
If anybody out there knows WHY anybody in their right mind would think it’s a great idea to make their product less useful, I’m all ears.
Posted Thursday, 09 April, 2009 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.