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Comment: Re:um yea no (Score 1) 130

by Nyder (#48600053) Attached to: Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

As someone that gets pretty much all of my media from peering... they didn't "Quash" anything. They (or someone) used to upload all kinds of fake files to try and disrupt the community a few years back. They even got clever and would intentionally fake seeders so it'd look very popular.

That's why the aggregate sites have a comments and up-vote section. There are usually dozens of versions of any particular movie and you can sort by vote. That effectively killed the attack. They don't really try this anymore because their fake will get down voted almost instantly. You can even preview what you're downloading in most clients.

To be honest, I think they should be happy with the system they have now. It's pretty hard to get something before it hits DVD in a quality that's worth watching. If you want to see what's new and hot, you need to go to the theater. Getting a DVD or better quality version of a film is difficult enough that I bet most people just buy it. Their real problem is their continued fight against modernizing with some sort of streaming service. For example, imagine if you had a "Pandora" television station... TV shows were sent to you, you upvoted/downvoted them, etc... I'd pay for that. Keeping track of thousands of files for my kids TV shows is a PITA.

You get all your media from "peering" wtf does that mean?

People fake upload shit all the time, if you paid attention to TPB before it went down, you'll get an uploader loading 20+ movies/tv/whatever that were all fake. It was pretty noticeable.

As for your getting a DVD or better is difficult. No it's not. For example, I had a conversation earlier today that went like this. "I download the 1080p of The Equalizer last night, 9gb" "how? That isn't out yet." "Ya, almost all movies get released to the scene about a month before you can get them in the store." "Oh really, how was the movie Lucy?"
In other words, almost all movies make it to the various torrents/usenet/whatever about a month before they get released, unless you get a DVD screener of it out first.

As for worth watching, that is how it's always been. Bunch of crud with the occasional beauty. Problem with taste is it's subjective, so what you might like, doens't mean your kids or even I will like. Comment section on like torrents sites can help, but honestly, either check it reviews once it gets released, or take a chance. I've discovered a lot of great movies by taking chances, I've also stopped watching crappy movies because I don't feel like since I paid for it, I have to watch it.

You don't want to keep track of a thousand shows for your kids? Shouldn't of had kids. Not only do you need to keep track of what they watch, you need to keep track of what they do on the internet, who they hang out with, and other things that are annoying and boring and not going to make your kids happy. It's called parenting, get used to it.

Comment: Re:Great (Score 3, Informative) 42

by Nyder (#48549825) Attached to: Curiosity's Mars Crater Was Once a Vast Lake

So why is it so hard to find fossilized evidence of previous life then?

Big planet and we aren't by the exposed stuff. While we do find stuff laying out in the plain site on earth, that isn't usually how they find fossils. Some digging is required and a lot of time nature will do something to expose fossil. Mars doesn't have weather like ours, so chances of having a landslide or something is less.

If we had a million peeps walking around on mars, then yes, maybe we'd find some fossils if they exist, but 1 rover on that planet? We'd be really lucky, IMO.

Comment: Re:Purpose (Score 1) 37

by Nyder (#48501601) Attached to: Cyber Ring Stole Secrets For Gaming US Stock Market

...stole corporate secrets for the purpose of gaming the stock market.

They seem to know a lot about these guys.

After all, corporate secrets can be sold for competitive advantages, for financially scamming those institutions or their clients, for embarrassing those institutions targeted, and/or for blackmailing purposes. The fact that they know it's for gaming the stock market implies that they have some evidence of that.

My guess is they work for the NSA

Comment: Re:Change in operations instead of cash.... (Score 1) 246

by Nyder (#48500917) Attached to: 10-Year-Old iTunes DRM Lawsuit Heading To Trial

I have an ipod.. If I am part of this class action settlement, I'll get 10 cents (as someone said earlier). I don;t want the dime; I want to be able to add media to the ipod without going through itunes... Want a class action lawsuit to do some good? Make it so that there are fundamental changes. of course Apple will say that it is impossible to put media on the ipod with out itunes... I know a few jailborken ipods that show otherwise.

I use winamp to put stuff on my ipod. My non jailbroken Ipod Classic 6. You know there are search engines on the internet that would of told you that if you used one?

Comment: Re:In the news today (Score 0) 436

by Nyder (#48492553) Attached to: Supreme Court To Decide Whether Rap Lyric Threats Are Free Speech

An imbecile makes threats specifically against his ex-wife and local police, then tries to hide behind "freedom of speech" after they took his intimidating and threatening rants (calling them rap lyrics is being way too generous) seriously. I guess he thought this was golf and he'd get a mulligan.

And Freedom of Speech protects him. You don't like what he says? Don't buy his music. I can guarantee you won't hear it on the radio. They would have to start arresting many musicians because killing people and other stuff is in many songs.

Comment: Quit being bitches and do your own work (Score 1) 187

by Nyder (#48488065) Attached to: Music Publishers Sue Cox Communications Over Piracy

Cox Communications shouldn't be doing anything about people who download copyrighted material without permission. They are an ISP, they provide internet connections.

Does banks tell car companies to police the people that buy their cars because cars are used as get away vehicles? No.
Does stores tell clothing manufactures to police the people that buy their clothes because you can hide stuff you shoplift in clothes? No.

You get my point?

It's not Cox's job. The Copyright Cartels need to police their own shit, since they own the copyright, it's their problem, no one elses.

Comment: (Score 2, Interesting) 80

by Nyder (#48472415) Attached to: BT Blocking Private Torrent Sites?

Not that it's related, but for whatever reason today hasn't been connectable. Apparently for a lot of USA people.

If i can't download my stuff, i will probably have to go shoplift it. Ain't no way I'm paying the fucking media companies shit for anything. Black Friday is the best day for shoplifting, just saying...

Comment: Re:He still plead guilty to something ... (Score 4, Interesting) 219

by Nyder (#48468653) Attached to: Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor

I don't know if I buy that prosecutors throw *everything* they can at you. I was charged with shoplifting once, and I didn't even get a public defender. Instead had to argue my case with the prosecutor directly, and she herself filed a motion to dismiss, which the judge approved. She said her goal was justice.

Just prior to that (I had to sit in the court room and watch her and other prosecutors argue their case against other defendants until it was my turn) I watched her tell the judge that she wasn't offering any kind of plea deal against the previous defendant and that she wanted to go to trial with him, which I'm guessing in his case she had some pretty clear cut evidence for conviction.

(I went home very relieved that day as I had just gotten done watching the BOOK getting THROWN at people by the judge for similar crimes just prior to the judge smiling at me and telling me my case had been dismissed and I may leave.)

I have been arrested mainly times in my life. I was a no good junkie who supported my habit by shoplifting. During my stupid 15 year drug addiction, I've gotten in to a lot of scrapes legally, some of which I wasn't guilty of, just at the wrong place at the wrong time. Most the shit I was guilty of.
The problem? Because I could no afford to pay bail, or get a decent lawyer, I was always stuck with public defenders. During probably 20 court trials, I have had only 1 good public defender that actually tried to get shit done, rest the time, they didn't give a fuck. And because I didn't want to stay in jail till trial (which would of been at least 6 months of jail time), I'd take guilty pleas so I'd end up staying in jail a week or so.

TL;DR I did bad shit, I went to jail for it. Because I was poor and couldn't ever bail out, I would of spent years in jail waiting on trials for crimes that don't ever carry more then a month in jail. So I plea bargained because otherwise I'd spend more time in jail trying to prove my freedom, then actually taking the guilty plea and time served.

Fucked up system.

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