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Comment Re:hmmmm (Score 4, Informative) 129

Get a credit card for this purpose. Buy all the apps you need, then discontinue the card. Problem solved, no more purchases possible with the invalid card registered to the app.

I never registered a card with my android phone - no personal need for pay-apps. It nags, I press the 'later' button. Works fine, and kids can do no worse than dialling a foreign number. Which they don't know how to do - all they know is the contact list and phone numbers are as obscure as IP addresses . . .

It's called a Visa (or MC) gift card, and it's the only CC I'll use for app stores...

So long as you log in to the credit card provider site and set up a 'mailing address' first so the card passes the automated validity check, it should be fine. I've never had a problem with one of these sites rejecting one yet just because it's a gift card...

Comment Re:That's a funny new definition of "entitlement" (Score 1) 428

No, what you did there was moronic, because people need to take the bus to get to work. There's a huge difference between a PUBLIC BUS SYSTEM and a private content provider not wanting to sell you content as cheaply as you'd like.... I don't know what to say if you can't see the difference.

People don't need to take the bus either, not when they can walk. Yes, they lose the benefits of taking the bus, such as shorter transit time and less fatigue, but hey, if people won't follow the arbitrary nonsensical rules about who's allowed to sit where on this here bus, well...there's the road, sonny.

'Private' content availability or 'public' transportation, it's still discrimination, it's just that now there are technical ways to circumvent it, and that makes certain entitled fat cats see red. The content producers may not like it much, but one benefit of teh interwebs is that pretty much the entire world is 'next door' now. Is it wrong to read a Globe and Mail article on a news aggregator online, instead of buying the same old hard copy of the Globe and Mail just to read that one article that caught your eye? Now imagine that the G&M website tried to geo-restrict their readerbase, so as to force anyone outside their arbitrary distribution area to purchase (and wait for delivery of) a hard copy. How long do you think they would remain relevant?

Comment Re:Make sense (Score 1) 428

I can't believe it's really that hard to just not watch a TV show or movie, and the lengths people will go to in order to bend logic to justify their illegal activity.

I just watch pirated movies and TV shows because I enjoy it. No bending of logic involved. Why is that so hard to understand ?

^This^.

Also, this.

Comment Re:That's a funny new definition of "entitlement" (Score 2) 428

Some may have spoken, but they've done it the wrong way. If they want copyright laws changed, they need to change the copyright laws - you don't just wantonly break laws you disagree with.

I disagree. If the laws are established by a small minority with disproportionate influence because money, then what other option is there besides civil disobedience?

This isn't like sitting in the front of the bus... this is the entertainment industry.

It is? Golly-gee, guess we shouldn't get so worked up about it then!

You'd all be better off not taking the bus at all, but instead you justify to yourself violating someone else's sense of impropriety for the sake of not having to walk an extra 15 feet.

See what I did there? It's not about the damn movies or tv shows or whatever. It's about generating a sense of artificial scarcity in order to drive more dollars in to the already grossly overflowing pot.

For lack of a better phrase, it's the principle of the thing. If anything highlights that, this story does, since canucks were happily paying to see the content they wanted (sure, once to Netflix and probably again to a VPN provider, but whatever). Sure, they can still PVR the content, or (often) stream it from the network website, or even purchase individual episodes through iTunes...meanwhile this exact same content is provided to the next door neighbor free of (additional) charge. How would your kids react if you give cake to one and kicks to the other, simply because one has a room on the north side of the house the other is in the south?

Comment So which is it? (Score 1) 39

FTA:

"Spotify has not been hacked and our user records are secure. We monitor Pastebin and other sites regularly. When we find Spotify credentials, we first verify that they are authentic, and if they are, we immediately notify affected users to change their passwords."

Soo, if the site has not been hacked and user accounts are secure, then how are the credentials getting onto pastebin? Is Spotify giving them away voluntarily?

Comment Re:What about Scientology, then? (Score 1) 527

Personally, I think religions should not be protected, subsidized or otherwise treated in any special way at all. They should be treated as commercial enterprises and, in drastic cases, even as fraudulent schemes. Because that's what they are.

Or social clubs. Because that's what they really are.

Comment Re:Who the fuck cares (Score 2) 795

As I said, there are solutions to both global warming and peak oil, but you might not like them. Don't kill the messenger ;)

You missed the most important, and most difficult to swallow solution: reduce the population.. by a lot.

So are you saying that we should kill the messenger? Well, if it'll save the planet, I suppose...

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