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Comment: Fake torrents don't work (Score 3, Insightful) 130

by Rik Sweeney (#48599879) Attached to: Sony Pictures Leak Reveals Quashed Plan To Upload Phony Torrents

Uploading a fake torrent would only work for about an hour before all the leechers find out it's bad and stop downloading, reducing the number of seeders to less than a dozen.

All these studios (not just Sony) need to realize that people don't want to subscribe to an entire suite of channels just to watch 1 show. HBO seems to get this, but I imagine their new service will only work in the US, meaning the rest of us will have to get Game Of Thrones the usual way.

Comment: Re:The iphone's latest demise. (Score 0, Offtopic) 222

by Rik Sweeney (#47890525) Attached to: iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

I was an iPhone fan when they first came out. I remember standing in the phone shops, looking at the Android phones running the laggy Gingerbread and wondering why anyone would want to buy a POS like that.

Then I ran into antenna-gate while I was trying to get a job. Eventually I told callers that I had an iPhone so if the call ended suddenly it was because of that, and not because I'd just hung up on them. As soon as my contract was up I moved to Android.

I'm sure it's fast and simple to use, but ultimately it's a phone. And if I can't make calls on it, then it's going in the bin.

Comment: Is the embargo really affecting them? (Score 1) 540

by Rik Sweeney (#47878779) Attached to: Cuba Calculates Cost of 54yr US Embargo At $1.1 Trillion

I was in Cuba earlier this year. They seem to be doing OK for themselves.

Sure, there are towns outside of Havana and Trinidad where there isn't a lot to do, but I didn't see any real evidence of extreme poverty.

As far as I could see, the only thing the embargo is doing is preventing (most) Americans from visiting the place.

Stinginess with privileges is kindness in disguise. -- Guide to VAX/VMS Security, Sep. 1984