Poetic rant (from 2002 or so, but it applies today just as well) against DRM writing coders on Pigdog Journal.
MY GOD MAN!!! Do you realize what you're doing? DO you? What kind of HONEY BITCH TOOL have you become? Have you no shame? None at all?
Look at you. Look at yourself. Look at what you've BECOME. Your job is writing code to BREAK PEOPLE'S COMPUTERS if they dare to put a CELINE DION CD into their disk drive. Is this what you always wanted? Is this what you went to school for? Is this what we've all -- all of us, every other hacker and programmer and geek and computer person -- is this what we've all helped you to do?
Reader comment: Bob says "The linked rant is indeed fantastic, but it was actually written years ago (probably 2002) in response to a previous copy protection misstep by Sony. The fiasco being railed against in this screed is the one that broke iMacs and was ultimately solved by drawing on the CD with a Sharpie.
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