There is no streaming market that better demonstrates The Monopoly Problem than the international anime streaming market in 2023. For most people, the only site they go to watch anime is Crunchyroll.
As every news outlet has been eager to point out recently, streaming is getting a lot worse. It’s regressing to the point that it’s developing some of the same drawbacks as TV. There are now streaming services that force ads on their paying customers, you need to pay several companies to watch the shows you want to watch, and prices just keep going up. That’s not good news, of course, but there are some drawbacks to streaming services that have always existed.
The NoML Proposal is a very sane suggestion, so I signed it and am officially stating my support for it in this post.
VNDB created a new field where users can identify a release's DRM status. Since rolling it out to the public in the middle of October, users have tagged the DRM status for over 500 visual novel releases.
Bill Gates is asked if he understands what is meant by the phrase "Non-Microsoft Browser".
Copyrights and Trademarks are two entirely different things, but they are both referred to as “intellectual property”. I am not a lawyer, but I do know enough to distinguish the two of them. I think everyone should, as it seems an often misunderstood topic. So, here’s the short version.
Save the Date is one of my favourite games, and it has been for a long time. I first played it in 2013 and I recently replayed it last month. I love it even more. It only takes an hour or two to finish, so it’s not a big commitment. And it’s completely free! Give it a shot. Happy 10th birthday, Save the Date!
The GNU Project was started in 1983. Today is the 40th anniversary of the first public announcement of GNU. If you aren't familiar with the project, their goal was simple, if highly ambitious. It was to "create an operating system composed of entirely free software". Today, we have several options for completely free operating systems, like GNU Guix, PureOS, and Hyperbola. But we don't call these operating systems "GNU"—aside from GNU Guix, anyway. We call them "Linux". Why is that? When did we go from The GNU Operating System to Linux? Let me take you through the history, one step at a time.
If you don’t know what “scanlation” is, allow me to remedy that. Let’s talk about it as it applies to Japanese manga. It’s the process of taking a physical manga volume, scanning it to bring it into the digital realm, and then translating the digital version of the manga. Although, the translation part doesn’t always happen. Sometimes it’s just about getting a digital version. This article is not intended to be a guide to the very involved process of scanlating manga; just an overview. I want to give you an idea of all the work that goes into scanlating manga. And I’m going to tackle it from the perspective of an unauthorised scanlation team, rather than from the perspective of an authorized scanlation team.
I'm a Dymocks customer (not that I've purchased anything recently). Regrettably, I handed over my phone number to Dymocks several years ago before I could think better of it. My phone number now eternally resides somewhere in a database on Dymocks' many servers. As of last week, it's in the hands of any hooded teenager typing away at their laptop in the dark. And one enterprising individual has made their first movie.