When Philips Research fell out of the audio fingerprinting business in 2005, it obviously left something of a scar, with the business sold for an unspecified amount, but since it was just as the buyer, audio database specialist Gracenote, had just raised $10.9m, that was taken to be the amount. But talking to Alex Terpstra, the …
...copies made with a camcorder at home...
"...copies made with a camcorder at home are suddenly a real danger,..."
To whom? Surely any mass-producing pirate is going to be able to rip the video stream, DRM-free straight to high capacity DVD, and camcorders will become irrelevant.
There is no use for the so-called word 'proactive' where 'active' would not suffice, except as a reliable indicator that bullshit repellent may be required.
I really, really hate that word.
The MPAA isn't smart enough to figure that out.
"any mass-producing pirate is going to be able to rip the video stream, DRM-free straight to high capacity DVD"
With less trouble than making a tossed salad.
The 'so called' word proactive has been in mainstream use since 1933 and according to Merriam Webster, NOT Wikepedia, is defined as:
"acting in anticipation of future problems, needs, or changes"
Whereas 'active' is defined as:
"characterized by action rather than by contemplation or speculation"
So, one could be active yet not proactive.
The word 'proactive' does seem to annoy a few people I know. As the anonymous 'Title' writer said, it's been in mainstream use since 1933, which is a lot longer than many of the words that can be found in Reg articles and Comments.
Think of it as a useful contrast to 'reactive', (meaning 'acting in response to problems, needs or changes but lacking prior anticipatory action).
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