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Comment: Just what we need (Score 2) 41

by bughunter (#48740295) Attached to: FCC Revamps Customer Complaint System

So now it's that much easier for some sexually repressed prude to complain they saw a nipple at halftime or something, and ruin it for the rest of us.

Apparently, complainers like that were the only ones motivated enough to overcome the obstacles in the existing complaint system. Make it easier, and they'll hammer it like a /b/tard on the F5 key

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 1) 302

by bughunter (#48613789) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Your reading comprehension fails you miserably.

My attitude is clearly stated, "I'll watch it and be happy to pay you a fair price. Try to rip me off, then deal's off. You went there first, I didn't."

Now we're playing the ripoff game. The copyright owner started it, but if I win I'm a criminal?

Why is it fair and legal for the copyright owner to rip me off for an amount several orders of magnitude over the incremental cost?? Sure, that's fine, but if I pay that cost to make a bootleg then I'm a federal criminal.

Right. That's fair. </sarcasm>

Fuck that.

Comment: Re:So No Space Elevator ??? (Score 1) 187

by bughunter (#48611249) Attached to: Graphene: Fast, Strong, Cheap, and Impossible To Use

He has made or is repeating a deduction based on the fact that the part of the foreskin removed is known to contain a significant number of nerve endings. He made his deduction and moved on.

It may or may not be a correct one, and it's a debate that will never end, but most people replying to him are shoving political crap into the discussion rather than criticizing his logic.

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 1) 302

by bughunter (#48609927) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

I can overlook most of those things in exchange for the big screen and opportunity to view it on first run.

Additionally, I have a 10 year old son. To him, waiting a month or two and viewing GotG at home on Netflix (or bootlegged, regardless of the timing) is NOT the same.

I did have to watch The Avengers from behind a railing because it was the last pair of seats left in the entire theater. That was the only time I felt ripped off. I couldn't believe they even put a seat there.

Comment: Re:Tribler works around site outages (Score 1) 302

by bughunter (#48606509) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

Do the mainstream ISPs (AT&T, TimeWarner, Charter, etc) consider Tribler traffic to fall under Six Strikes content? If so, then that will be a limiting factor in the adoption of Tribler.

(Serious question, because I've been considering trying it out, replacing Miro. )

Now maybe if it had a built-in VPN client and a network of proxies, with turnkey setup for ID10T layer 8 components, then it might become more widely adopted.

Comment: Re:The Pirate Bay (Score 2) 302

by bughunter (#48606465) Attached to: The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

It's about what the market will bear. If the content owners would offer it to us at a fair price, people wouldn't bootleg it.

For instance, me personally:

I WILL pay to see a movie in a theater, and I very rarely download feature films mostly because I don't have an urge to own a copy - paid or free.

I WILL pay Netflix $22/mo (or whatever it is this month) for service that includes all I can stream to multiple devices in my home.

I WILL NOT pay Charter $150/mo for the level of service that's required to get HBO, Lifetime, FX, etc just so I can watch 12 episodes a year of the four or five series that are worth watching. Therefore, I WILL bittorrent bootleg copies of Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, etc that are often superior to the level of service I get from my own cable company. (And the wife gets whatever she wants to make her happy; "You want all five seasons of Boardwalk Empire, sweetie? No problem, you'll be watching the first episode in half an hour.") Offer me a cafeteria plan, and you'll get paid what the content's worth.

Furthermore, if they can't be bothered to supply me with reliable equipment and/or a signal level that won't befuddle said equipment, then I won't have to download programs that I had intended to DVR, but your POS set top box got confused because I tried to tune it to channel 4 so now I have to bootleg that, too.

Finally, I WILL pay $250 once a season for a pair of tickets to see my favorite NFL team play against my hometown team, plus spend money at your concessions. It's a whole day's entertainment and the experience of a live game is worth it, even if I have to put up with asshole Chargers fans.

But I WILL NOT pay the $400 per season that DirecTV and NFL conspire to charge me to watch live games if I am a fan who lives outside of a team's primary market area. Therefore, I WILL watch bootleg live streams even if they are only 175kbps 12fps lagfests rather than be extorted by corporations. Offer me an option to subscribe to one team's games and I might pay $100 a season, maybe even $150. Offer me a standalone VOIP option at an affordable price and you'll get paid what the content's worth.

Otherwise, I have other options. And I always will. Even if it's paying nothing and viewing nothing.

Comment: Re:Easy solution... (Score 1) 611

by bughunter (#48605991) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

Chicago and NYC (and SF) have useable mass transit systems.

LA doesn't. It has a light rail system, but the sprawl is so bad you still have no reliable, timely way to get from your closest train stop to your home or office.

I worked in Simi Valley with a young engineer who lived in South Central. Great inspirational story of someone bootstrapping themselves. But he spent two and a half hours commuting by a combination of bus, train and bike to get to work.

Each way. Not very many people will tolerate it. But he did. Because he didn't want to move his mama from South Central to Simi Valley. He supported her, and the culture shock would have been too much for her.

Then he was killed when a [train] engineer missed a signal and collided with his commuter train coming the other way on the same track.

Most people would rather drive.

Comment: Re:Waze can be rude (Score 2) 611

by bughunter (#48605963) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

I've been using Waze for almost two years now, and I learned early on, never rely on it for navigation. I mostly use it for commuting anyway, and I know my way to work and back. It's there mostly for accident and speed trap intelligence.

It will run in the background with Apple Maps or Google Maps in Nav mode, so you get reasonable turn by turn directions when you're road-tripping it and still get a heads up for "police reported ahead."

Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (10) Sorry, but that's too useful.