FTC Town Hall to Address Digital Rights Management Technologies - Event Takes Place Wednesday, March 25, 2009, in Seattle
I've had CD's get stuck in drive, caught in the drive tray and irreparably damaged, I have had CD/DVD storage devices that do more scratching to the media than leaving the disk data side up near a TV, and don't get me started on friends/relatives or just using the thing... VHS/Cassettes the biggest issue with them is fire and/or a strong magnet passing by them which in truth make them better as far as direct physical wear and tear. CDs/DVDs etc, biggest issue is the slightest scratch can make the thing useless irregardless to fire or magnets. It is therefore mandatory that these things be made reproducible for PERSONAL use. Otherwise, my only opinion is there are quite a few tools that a computer, device and/or object that required to have certain parts. For instance, a local retailer has a sale on a couch that is apart of a complete set for $100 but each attachment that was supposed to go with the couch, even if it is SMALLER and does not necessarily recline or anything else, is greater $300. Is that not economic entrapment? Look how many times Windows was rushed for release only to be patched into no tomorrow from new bugs, security holes. Windows CD the couch, each annoying patch and/or upgrade, the attachments costing in something far worse than mere money, TIME. The patches and upgrades still in their own right cost money at times as well, both directly as new versions and indirectly in repairing damage/break-ins due to a negligent product.