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Comment Re:Cool. (Score 3, Informative) 99

Victims passing out in alleys in high crime areas with a Rolex on the wrist? Yes.

Victims leaving boxes of expensive electronics in the back seat at the mall over the hollidays? Yes.
Blame the criminal as well, but take precautions. For example, leaving the keys in your car or leaving your car running, is a crime in several staes. When it is stolen, you get a fine, and insurance may not pay out.

Comment Re:I guess I don't know how these things work (Score 2) 99

Its pretty easy to take away the anonymity of tor if you could hypothetically record all traffic to and from each computer in the network. You can then see Alice send the message to Carlos who then forwarded it to Bob. Luckily in the US no one is recording every encrypted message you send... oh shit.

Next time you are on TOR look and see where your exit node is. Surprisingly often is it Virginia... Hmm... Is my tinfoil hat on tight?

Comment Re:I guess I don't know how these things work (Score 4, Interesting) 99

No need... Cheap server hosting with little tracking was plentiful. Now, not so much... You see, as they develop new methods, lots of people study and find ways to defeat those methods. So in a small ammount of time, there will be many hackers finding a way to shatter annonomity in TOR. The NSA could not have planned it better.

Comment Re:Value (Score 1) 298

Here is what Gabe said:

Piracy is almost always a service problem and not a pricing problem.

He obviously does not believe that enough to actually release the product without DRM. So either he believes his service sucks, or he doesn't believe what he said.

Forget the fact that his "service" is still better than any of the competing app stores out there. He is focused on seervice and price, and you are focused on access control. His opnion is that access control (DRM) done will is not poor service. And, as much as I hate DRM, he is doing it very well. Unlike Google Play that gives me loads of problems.

Comment Re:Value (Score 1) 298

Much as I hate DRM, Gabe has worked very hard at keeping his DRM out of the way of paying customers.

Aside from the issue of completely shitting on First Sale in a way that defeats the concept in the US and has been ruled illegal elsewhere?

Only if you look at it as a sale, rather than a service. With DRM, it is never really a sale.

Comment Re:Value (Score 1) 298

Yeah, we'll see how much Gabe believes that when he releases Half-Life 3 without DRM.........

Much as I hate DRM, Gabe has worked very hard at keeping his DRM out of the way of paying customers. He has also worked very hard at building a platform for delivering content is a very easy and trouble free way. Not very RMS friendly, but VERY customer focused, and I can respect that. (Enough, actually that I have the Linux Steam client on my machine right now.)

Comment Re:You can't avoid piracy (Score 5, Insightful) 298

I agree that you are looking at the wrong numbers. Who cares how many people are reading (pirating) it? You should only care about how many people are paying for it, and work to increase that number. One thing that comes to mind is special deals with advertisers that are keyed off the individual user name. Don't have a paid account? Don't get 15% off a widget... This could also be more advertising revenue.

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