A week ago, we received an email that every website owner dreads - a notification of a DMCA takedown request that has resulted in our website being removed from Google Search. In this email, Google summarized the takedown request (which can be viewed here) which accuses our company, Kapwing, of being "circumvention software" that circumvents Youtube's "rolling cipher".
The DMCA takedown request has resulted in over 300 of our pages being removed from Google Search (including this blog you're reading right now!) and currently, even if you search for kapwing on Google, kapwing.com does not show up in the results.
In this post, I'll explain what we build as a company, why we think the takedown request was submitted, and why we feel that the request is unmerited.
I'm also writing this post as a cry for help - we haven't heard back from Google and currently, our small team's hard work of the last 5 years has essentially been erased from the internet, with no path to resolution.
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All the old generation that remember old China are dead now.
It's important to tell every young person what life was like before the smartphones and Obama and to give a lot of detail. They really think that it's normal to live like this. So you have to break them out of it. Bonus points if you can explain that feudalism wasn't actually all that bad.
@slutmagazine They are all complicit, they all contribute to the problem then complain about the problems that stem from them contributing to the problem. This is what happens with a drone population that never knew freedom and had it's cultural roots erased. All the old generation that remember old China are dead now. This is the result of that.
@redpillschool I have been seeing some minor mentions of a 2nd version of the Steam Deck but nothing solid has been laid out. Gabe made a mention of the "Deck 2" during an interview with Edge magazine but that was it, like a single sentence.
@redpillschool Seems like the issues Taki mentioned are happening. Some guys are getting nicotine colored white shells on their units, screen bleeds, sticking buttons, some crashes here and there, one guy opened his up and the cables were not plugged in, every day more people on the retroid and Taki discords are reporting more and more of this stuff.
I think it's general QC issues with Chinese made products. And the Chinese have a problem with Chà bu duō attitude (good enough attitude) where they ruin a $200k order by mixing plastic with plaster of paris instead of using the proper specified material. Or how the white salts you get with aluminum is coming off their steel beams. "Good enough" for them to sell it. We have old American made electronics with capacitors that did not pop, yet today they pop relatively quickly.
The Chinese know they need the products to break so more replacements can be sold. This is why lots of serious engineering companies don't use Chinese-made parts anymore. This is the same issue with a lot of these handhelds, they have a higher QC-control failure rate than products made elsewhere. This is why I will wait for these handhelds to land on Amazon with Prime shipping so I can keep sending it back for free until I get a good unit with no issues.
Also I noted that many people are happy with their RP3's if there are no glaring QC problems. Start/select buttons are in a bad place but at least those are not buttons you need on the fly most of the time. Right now I'm playing a waiting game on these handhelds and trying to make the Miyoo Mini V2 work, there is a new version of that OnionOS coming out that really adds lots of features so I'll still have something "good enough" for now even if it cramps my hands a little with action games.Read More
@redpillschool Yeah, found a link to it back when it was posted. As I said either Taki is going to lose big here or Retroid. We won't know which until the units ship but it's one or the other, Taki could be screwing up with his excessive "insider access" making him get too personal with these Chinese companies because he is apparently lashing out a tad in his discord. Then again if he's right Retroid will lose reputation pretty hard. At that point they would have a lot of work and need at least a few good product releases to even try to recover from that.
An update to this, Retroid has made at least one video in response to Taki's criticisms. Everyone is waiting until the units get into their hands to see who is telling the truth. This is one of those deals, either Taki or Retroid are going to lose a lot of faith in the handheld gaming circles over the next few weeks.
@redpillschool Wanna take any bets or educated guesses? Theories abound such as the yellowish white shells being messed up video color correction or Retroid has only a few good perfect white shells and messed up color palette on the mass produced batch of plastic etc.
What I do know for a fact is the atrocious start/select button placement, for some reason that's killing me. It's just odd that the "older" RP2+ has better looking overall ergonomics and price yet same performance as the "newer" RP3 which was actually made first then sidelined over issues. This is just a weird saga in the search for a good handheld. For now I'm holding on my RP2+ purchase to see what's up with Retroid and how they respond to this ordeal.Read More
@redpillschool Retroid has been pulling some bullshit lately. Swapping out parts for lower quality inferior ones after the reviews are done was just start, it goes further than crappy rumble motors that are still falsely advertised on the RP2+ PCB upgrade boards they sell. Whoever is in charge decided to ship units with the old dome buttons no one liked because they assembled these things before the RP2+ came out apparently and never fixed it yet give you the end user the option of fixing it yourself.
Their engineers ignored a bug where the system will decide randomly to kill a process such as your emulator (on an emulation device). The president wanted to start getting money for RP3 orders ASAP so they decided to fix that major issue later with OTA updates.
All in all this sounds back. I have been on the cusp of ordering an RP2+ for a while, and even if they shook out issues with those units (there was terrible QC at first and many users got inferior screens) I am worried about this apparent direction the company is taking. The RP3 also still has the terrible start/select button placement on the top of the device. It seems like a lot of DGAF has been going around.Read More