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Comment: Re:Um (Score 1) 663

It's what's available. Sometimes the DVD screener makes rounds, but those are rare. Pirated E-Books and albums are generally copied from legitimate sources. The people responsible quite often buy the legitimate version and crack any copy protection, releasing a near perfect unhindered version. It's not like you've got a guy with a physical copy of the book scanning in each page, or someone holding a recorder up to their stereo speakers.

When a movie is still in the theatre, there's little one can do to get a high-quality copy, unless you have access to the source material (DVD screeners or the file they use for the digital projectors), and those are going to be protected pretty highly. Thus, the camera-in-the-audience version.

Comment: Re:What's best (Score 1) 411

There's no way in hell I'm spending $50 to do the same thing I can do with a free extension. In the years I've used it, and the hundreds+ of videos I've downloaded, I've come across maybe 3 sites that I frequent that one of the two addons I use won't download from (and usually if one doesn't the other does).

I also haven't had the same problem as far as cpu-strangling, battery draining performance issues, on either my desktop or my netbook.

Comment: Re:What's best (Score 3, Insightful) 411

Chrome, as far as I've been aware, doesn't have a flash video downloader app. It's pretty much the single most used extension I use in Firefox. I find it odd because Chrome has every other extension I use, and Firefox has a good half-dozen flash downloaders.

Even with it, I wouldn't change over just because it's the thing to do. Firefox would have to change considerably for the worse, or Chrome would have to become das uber-browser.

Comment: Re:Trial and extradition were never the goal (Score 2, Informative) 345

by bubkus_jones (#39756529) Attached to: US Judge Say Kim Dotcom May Never Be Tried or Extradited

Yes, because it's ALL his fault, right? The previous guy didn't do ANYTHING wrong and was a perfect saint, a champion of personal freedoms and rights. Voting the other guy isn't going to help, as they end up serving the same masters. You want change, you need to neutralize the power of those masters, and find a way to convince people to vote for someone who won't simply bow to them.

Good luck with that.

Comment: Re:You used to be cool, Canada (Score 4, Insightful) 211

As much as Stephen Harper has been a pain, and how much people may dislike that he was elected, the point is, every election he's lead the Conservatives, they've increased the number of seats they controlled, while Stephane Dion and Michael Ignatief couldn't even get elected in their home ridings. That's the biggest thing about Liberal supporters that irritates me, these days. They're all "Harper's evil and is ruining this country" and "No one wants Harper" and crap like that, while ignoring the fact that he's getting the votes. As far as the election system goes, the people who voice their opinion (in the only way that counts) want Harper.

They go on to complain about the ever decreasing voter turnout, but don't think about how it seems to coincide with the ever decreasing of people voting for the Liberals. They want change, an alternative to Harper, but can't offer any viable candidate. The candidates they did find (the aformentioned Dion and Ignatief) were wooden, subpar speakers (from what I saw in various interviews and debates) and seemed rather airheaded. They reminded me of characters I created in middle and high school (grades 6-12) for "creative writing" assignments in English. Harper, to me, seems to have an actual personality, like you could actually converse with him in a normal fashion if you were two people who just happen to pass each other on the street.

Comment: Re:Right (Score 1) 243

by bubkus_jones (#39217579) Attached to: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin Beta 1 Released

I keep wanting to try Mint, but I can't get my wireless card in my netbook to work. I've read several instructionals (usually from googling the problem with my netbook model and seeing others supposedly working solutions) and nothing. Ubuntu (every version since 8 or something) automatically detected and configured the card during the initial install, I didn't have to do anything, just click on the icon and "Connect to " and I'm online.

I can install the driver in Mint and it says it's installed, but I get no "Available Wireless Networks" list.

Comment: Re:This makes no sense (Score 2) 281

by bubkus_jones (#38974117) Attached to: Selling Used MP3s Found Legal In America

ReDigi apparently uses software that is supposed to transmit the file to the buyer while simultaneously deleting the copy on the seller's system.

No, there's no guarantee that you won't have other copies, but you run into the same problem (effectively) with selling a used CD. I can buy a new CD, rip it (say, in FLAC or other lossless format) and sell the physical copy while keeping the digital copy.

Comment: Re:Same rating as the game... ? (Score 1) 140

by bubkus_jones (#35222342) Attached to: R-Rating Sunk <em>BioShock</em> Movie Plans

Rated R movies inherently have a smaller available audience-base (everyone under 18 is pretty much discounted), which means fewer tickets that can be sold, which means less of a return unless it's so bloody awesome that everyone goes to see it multiple times in theatres.

It's not a matter of the content, considering that they put out 7 "Saw" movies, 2 "Hostel", working on a fourth "Scream" and have done remakes of Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th. It's a matter of potential return on investment. The Saw movies were relatively cheap, and were successful, so they kept being made. Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street are established horror movie franchises and have a much greater potential to make a profit based on the name alone. The same could be said for Scream, to a lesser extent.

Bioshock, despite how potentially awesome it could be, is based on a video game. Those have rarely ever done well (Street Fighter, Super Mario Bros., Double Dragon, Doom, any of the Uwe Boll travesties, etc. as compared to the first Mortal Kombat movie). It would've been a big gamble not considering the "video game movie curse", but you add that in and it was toast before it ever got off the ground.

Then, of course, there's the multiple ending aspect. Do you save all the Little Sisters and take the happy ending or do you slaughter them all and take over the world (or whatever the second ending was, I never killed any of the Little Sisters). Do you do a mishmash and meet them down the middle (you kill one or two before you talk to the doctor lady and end up feeling guilty, staying behind to take care of the remaining ones or some BS like that)?

There were just too many strikes against it to make it worth the financial backers time/money.

I think System Shock would make a better option, IMO. Though it'd probably end up like a mish-mash of Alien and The Matrix.

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