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

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 commercial? (Score 1) 133

Is there something similar available commercially anyone can recommend? We may end up needing to scan large amounts of pdf's to a shared drive somewhere and need the whole thing to be searchable for keywords, but a requirement for that would be a commercial product that has 24x7 support.

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

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:2Base-TL (Score 1) 256

We run T1's everywhere, sometimes two in a bundle. It sucks but it's available almost anywhere, unlike metro ethernet.

According to AT&T

This service is currently available in the following states:

  • Alabama
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee

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

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

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

  • 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.

Never appeal to a man's "better nature." He may not have one. Invoking his self-interest gives you more leverage. -- Lazarus Long