Yeah, you need to have a registration, but it's quick and free -- use a hotmail account. Article makes some interesting statements.
First about modern amercan business:
] "The quintessential American company was Enron, which
] made nothing," said Neal Gabler, author of "Life the
] Movie." In today's culture, he added, "the product is
] almost immaterial; it's the consciousness about it."
then touching on digital morality (and then a major reason why being a computer professional has lost it's cache):
] "What the Internet does is, it pries everything out of
] moral context and lets people feel knowing about it," he
] said, because the skills used to cut and paste something
] with a computer are more valued than those used to
] manufacture it.
and we can't forget the FUCKING MORON ON THE STREET section:
] On a recent morning on Canal Street, crowds of shoppers,
] most past their undergraduate years, brought the metaphor
] to life, plucking up fake Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Kate
] Spade handbags. A New Jersey woman named Linda Dorian,
] plumping for two bootleg Vuittons, compared her purchases
] to downloading music. "Somehow everybody seems to be
] making out," she said. "I don't see any poor rock stars.
] I don't see any poor designers."
This lady is why file sharing is as big a problem as it is, not because of geeks and college students. There's no poor rock stars, you moron, because the "STARS" already sold a lot of records. But poor musicians are out of sight and out of mind.
Beyond File-Sharing, a Nation of Copiers