Sunday, December 30, 2012

Comics 1150-1153: Randy's Paradox

1150. Randy stands up for the evil corporation trying to exploit the intellectual property of its users! It's good to know that someone is willing to defend Corporate America against the evils of the consumer. F-- for being a fucking class traitor.

1151. Ha ha she dumped her present on the other presents! F for not being remotely funny.

1152. Ha ha Randy is an EDGY ICONOCLAST!!! F for not being an edgy iconoclast.

1153. I would have liked this a lot more if he didn't bash us over the head with the joke. D for bashing us over the head with the joke.

Seriously, though, let's revisit 1150. This is the one where he compares Instagram changing their TOS so that they own everything you upload and have the right to use it commercially with no royalties paid to the user without any sort of notification (I think that the natural outcry against this bullshit has since convinced them to rescind this policy, but I'm too lazy to look for a link) to storing all of your stuff in your friend's garage. Apparently, in Randy-land, when you use a free service, you basically deserve whatever horrible shit happens to you when the assholes in charge decide to fuck you.

This was extra surprising because Randy's readerbase probably consists of a lot of people who are pretty big into the whole privacy thing. In fact, even among total douchebags, there are very few people who think that a corporation is totally within its rights to exploit your intellectual property merely because you're putting it on their servers.

It's doubly offensive because Randy literally makes his living off his intellectual (we are clearly using the word very broadly here) property. His work is licensed under a Creative Commons Noncommercial license. So this is not only stupid, it's hypocritical. "I don't want anyone using my work commercially, but you people who are using Instagram to take and upload pictures totally deserve asshole corporations using your work commercially."

I shouldn't be as surprised that the forumites aren't giving Randy a hearty "what the fuck, since when are you an apologist for these douchebags?", but I am. It's been a while since I paid any attention, I guess.

Finally: a fond farewell to ALTF, who is apparently leaving us on the eve of the year of our Lord 2013. Go bravely, ALTF. You will be missed.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Comics 1145-1149: The Quality Is Falling

1145. Meh. C-

1146. Ha ha Randy doesn't know how to interact with other humans! He also doesn't know how to tell a joke. D+

1147. What if Pokemon evolution was just like real evolution? F, that's what.

1148. What if Winston Churchill just listed a bunch of bodily fluids instead of giving a speech? F, that's what.

1149. Here's another one for you, Randy: what if the eagles just flew everyone to Mt. Doom in Lord of the Rings? WHAT A WACKY INSIGHT. F

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Comics 1139-1144: Everything Is Meaningless

1139. Trying to imagine a world in which any child would think that this was frightening and not just unimaginably lame. Failing. F

1140. The only good thing about this was the people complaining that he forgot to make dates like Christmas big, as if this were an oversight, like he just forgot that Christmas existed. F

1141. Negative bonus points for the "but caaaancer" line. F-

1142. no. F

1143. Can't be bothered to look up what he's referencing here. F

1144. It's like he wrote a sequel to 859 after it achieved unexpected commercial success. Like all unplanned sequels, it is even worse than the original. That's saying a lot. F

In other news, remember that redux guy? Me neither. But intrepid commenter "David" has sent me a link to a tumblr where he's reposting all of the guy's old reviews, if you're into that sort of thing. Relive the past! You can never escape it.