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Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 383

by jedidiah (#47731527) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Yes. That just doesn't pass the sniff test.

The idea that ANY one would actually PAY for a cam in this day and age is simply beyond belief. You gotta wonder if they are using some creative version of the terms "pay", "commerce" and "commercial use".

The relevant legal definitions may look like nothing we would recognize.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 383

by jedidiah (#47731449) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

> Incarceration isn't a violent act, and more so, the damage that this guy did is real. It's really not that different from arson.

What a jackass you are.

Equating ARSON with copying and sharing a movie. No one is going to get KILLED by copying a movie. People may very well DIE because of arson.

THIS is why we have to have a public discussion about the correct level of punishment for the digital equivalent of shoplifting. Otherwise, anti-social morons will happily allow the imposition of midieval punishments that belong more in ISIS than a modern democracy.

The nonsense that passes for ethics these days...

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 2) 383

by jedidiah (#47731385) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

Nope. "Bootlegging" has always been a criminal offense. It was even this way before recent lobbying got the relevant bits of the US Code changed.

Back in the day, crackers had really nasty things to say about people that sold pirated works.

Even then, in that context, there was a social convention dictating that selling other people's stuff wasn't cool.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 1) 383

by jedidiah (#47731279) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

How would I feel? Indifferent.

I've been there and done that.

Besides getting the better bonus for the work that was a turkey, I was not harmed by rampant piracy. It was supposed to have killed the entire industry before I was even in it but that never happened.

Good works will prosper. Turkeys will fail. Plenty of people will still pay.

The same was true for "Cute and Stupid 6". The rampant industry killing piracy didn't actually do the studio any real harm. Neither did the one particular example the the perp will do time for.

Incarcerating this person is just an unnecessary drain on my wallet as we collectively all have to pay big bucks for it.

Comment: Re:The real crime here (Score 5, Insightful) 383

by jedidiah (#47731177) Attached to: 33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

> Sounds like you're a violent sociopath. Maybe we should cane you if you like that kind of punishment so much.

A good beating administered by the authorities in a controlled and relatively safe environment will likely do FAR MUCH LESS damage than being locked up with animals and sociopaths for 3 years.

You simply don't have any clue. You can't relate do doing any kind of hard time. You probably can't even relate do doing a week or a weekend in the local lockup.

Comment: Re:Seems to be working really well... (Score 1) 361

by jandrese (#47729037) Attached to: UK Police Warn Sharing James Foley Killing Video Is a Crime
Propaganda for ISIS? Pretty much everybody I know has thought the exact opposite. That this sort of thing is a disaster for them, and is going to hasten their demise.

"ISIS: Hey Western Governments that are largely keeping their hands off of the situation: We're going to kill your citizens now."
"Obama: Get me Seal Team 6"

Comment: Re:That's why slashdot is against tech immigration (Score 5, Insightful) 369

by jedidiah (#47729015) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers

> Proof that US slashdotters techies are just sort of OK at best since they don't want high skills immigration. Low skills immigration is fine since it doesn't compete directly with their jobs though.

What immigration?

H1Bs are an indentured servitude program.

It was a stark realization the first time found out that the imported PhDs in my shop were making less than I was. I was in a much better position to negotiate for better salary despite having less education and a more generic specialty.

I had the legal standing to tell my employer to "take this job and shove it".

I happily took advantage of the situation but never forgot the injustice of it.

Comment: Bullshit (Score 5, Insightful) 369

by jandrese (#47728965) Attached to: Tech Looks To Obama To Save Them From 'Just Sort of OK' US Workers
Of course they want to hire the "very best", where "bestness" is measured by how little money they are willing to work for.

I don't disagree that there are some really smart people around the world who want to work for Google, but really valuable people don't need special programs to come over to work. The existing system is already set up to admit them. This is a smoke screen to hide the true purpose of the program: finding more people who don't know the value of their skills, preferably ones without many existing relationships that are easier to overwork.

After all is said and done, a hell of a lot more is said than done.

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