DiscoPanda (discopanda) wrote,

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Do they make everything more complicated on /purpose/ these days?

I remember software used to be retail/shareware/freeware/PD (well, those and postcardware, but that was less common), and now they seem to have regular copyright, copyleft, half a million GPL or GPL-like licenses, something-dozen flavors of CC, and more custom licences than you can shake a stick at.

I hear that even the old See'N'Say has gone battery-powered and full of processors and junk. The old ones were full-mechanical, something halfway between a record player and a wind-up, and they'd take ridiculous amounts of abuse without problems. And they never even needed battery changes, because they had none. (also meant they wouldn't fill with corrosive sludge leaked from ancient dead batteries, unlike certain other things I've come across...)

And I'm not even going to start on the new ViewMaster where the disc is inside a shell also containing a bunch of sound chips, that puts little audio clips with the pictures when you use it. Isn't that what CDs or tapes are for?

Or maybe I just need to catch up with the rest of the world, and think more about cheap shiny cut-rate junk instead of durable long-lasting items, I dunno. :-/

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