Talk:86: Digital Rights Management

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And cue global warming... Semicolon here (talk) 14:50, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

i might sound daft here, but is the wall of ice explained in any way? it feels like the humour here derives from it, and i'm not sure what to make of it. the explanation focusing on the details of the antipiracy laws and regulations feels a tad superfluous while i feel it doesn't really add anything that explains the joke. again, i'm a romanian, so my grasp of the english language (and the american culture) is below par, so this might be a silly question. feel free to remove my comment here if that's the case. (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

The idea is that a glacier is impossible to stop if it starts moving simply because it is so massive. This can be compared to the demands of people for DRM-free content, which is equally unstoppable no matter how many politicians the DRM companies bribe. 05:00, 9 March 2014 (UTC)

I agree; I think the "ice-wall" is a metaphor for the mass of the consumers. The companies are trying to go against the flow, and it's either bend or break. It's an ice-wall/glacier,, because there are few things in the world more powerful and unstoppable as a glacier. A glacier is also very slow, so it's also saying that although he might not be able to crush them immediately, he will eventually, and they'd better not forget it (no saying how far away he's starting from, either. 01:50, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

First thing that came to my mind: ICE == Intrusion Countermeasures Electronics, e.g. in Burning Chrome (by William Gibson); see [1]. IIRC, the book describes ICE as walls closing in on the protagonist's avatar in the virtual (cyber) world. -- 09:36, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

This may be a stretch but I associated this with "Now is the winter of our discontent" from Richard III. Discontent can both be applied to the general dislike and therefore discontent on the users, but also discontent in terms on the dis, meaning negativity and content relating to the digital content. The wall of ice represents the approaching Winter which will continue until the end of the discontent. --Igwarrender (talk) 15:53, 5 November 2015 (UTC)

This could also be a joke that the ice wall isn't actually stoppable by him, or is it?

It probably is. He's black hat. Knit cap (talk) 12:36, 9 December 2020 (UTC)

Game of Thrones / ASoIaF ice wall, anyone? 17:36, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

This just in: Major corporations behind global warming to stop threatening walls of ice! OhFFS (talk) 16:21, 28 April 2021 (UTC)

Just pointing out that a vague silhouette of a larger Black Hat (and the glaciers as well) can be seen behind the "normal"-sized Black Hat. 23:09, 13 June 2024 (UTC)

There is also a faint Cueball standing on the ground with what looks like to be a sword, around halfway under the clouds. 23:58, 13 June 2024 (UTC)
If this is (as it appears to be) from his "drawn on physical paper, then scanned" era, then BH could be part of the recomposition of the original drawing, but it looks possible that the Cueball after-image might have been drawn on the sheet before this one (or this one, in a prior false-start, but more thoroughly erased) and only showing up due to that indentation trick. 09:33, 14 June 2024 (UTC)