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Comment: Re:Software is not a physical item (Score 1) 510

by Paralizer (#33736106) Attached to: Android Software Piracy Rampant
Maybe you can understand it better if it were you selling something.

Suppose you made something intangible and "infinitely reproducible", like an ebook or an android app. You sell it for $20.

Scenario 1:
I give you $20
I get a copy of the product

Scenario 2:
I get a copy of the product

The net difference between these two is that you don't get the $20 yet I still get the product. If I were not a potential customer to begin with (this has been discussed on /. before and I agree with it), then you really didn't lose anything since I was never going to pay anyway. However, if I were a potential customer and I pirated it, it would be the same as me buying it then stealing my $20 back, except you never really got the $20 to begin with. It's obvious that you not getting paid is the same as stealing, how can you disagree?

Comment: why would he do this (Score 4, Insightful) 698

by Paralizer (#32482746) Attached to: Claimed US Military Wikileaks Source Arrested

When Manning told Lamo that he leaked a quarter-million classified embassy cables, Lamo contacted the Army, and then met with Army CID investigators and the FBI at a Starbucks near his house in Carmichael, California, where he passed the agents a copy of the chat logs.

If you're going to do something illegal that you don't want anyone to know you did, perhaps you shouldn't tell people about it on the internet. Whether it was the morally right thing to do or not, leaking it anonymously then bragging you were the source makes no sense and is stupid.

Comment: Re:Fall guy (Score 4, Informative) 171

by Paralizer (#31794826) Attached to: Chinese ISP Hijacks the Internet (Again)
The internet runs the BGP routing protocol. It is by design a 'trust' system. You explicitly neighbor with autonomous systems you want to directly connect to and you freely exchange routes. It's possible to filter that routing information if you wanted (both in and out), but because you explicitly connected with them there's a certain level of "I trust anything you tell me, as I you should of me."

Comment: Re:I think us nerds are doing fine... (Score 1) 453

by Paralizer (#30527824) Attached to: The US Economy Needs More "Cool" Nerds
How sad your world must be if that is what gives you a feeling of accomplishment and self worth.

Furthermore you don't even know the circumstances (or seemed to imply you don't) to which he was working there. What if he's just doing his friend a favor by giving him some help on a busy day? What if he lost a bet and had to work there for a few hours? What if he owns or co-owns the place? If you merely saw him there then you know nothing and to assume you are better than him shows how shallow you really are.

Comment: To make it a good service... (Score 1) 234

by Paralizer (#29855793) Attached to: Hulu May Begin Charging For Content Next Year
  • Charge something reasonable, say $5/mo
  • Make it all commercial free
  • Put all episodes back up for the shows that are available. No more of this 'only 5 episodes of American Dad' crap.
  • Allow products like Roku and PS3 to put it on their devices so we can watch it on a TV instead of a PC

Do the above and consider me a customer.

"The Street finds its own uses for technology." -- William Gibson