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Comment Re:Tor exit node = child sex offender (Score 1) 236

As an ISP you're already required to report address allocation information to the regional registry who makes the associations publicly available. The police know whether they're looking for ISP staff or a customer when they show up at the door because as an ISP you published enough information for them to make that determination.

What does any of that have to do with police abuse against people doing nothing illegal?

They aren't going to jail. But if you run something that makes it difficult to tell whether you or just someone that you're proxying is the source of illegal content, you'll just have to accept that you're going to be an initial suspect in police investigations. That's kindof a part of the "route all information, even illegal traffic, through my network" decision that is running a Tor exit node.

Comment Re:Account? (Score 1) 31

I have a paid copy of Star Wars 2, tied to a Battle.NET account,

Huh? You sure you're not thinking of Steam?

which is tied to an e-mail address at a previous ISP that I don't have access to.

You can change your email address in the battlenet account management page. If you don't remember your password, then you weren't logging into to play a game in the first place.

Comment Re:I remember the first time I used battlenet (Score 1) 31

Wow multiplayer rewards are great.
However, the Diablo and Diablo 2 multiplayer experiences were SO bad, and so abused, that I stayed away from WoW for some time just because I didn't like the idea of it being a game where you're interacting with other people. Every single public D2 game I was ever in had the exact same thing happen: a boss dies, all the loot drops to the ground, and EVERYONE rush in and clicks as fast as they possibly can to claim every set and unique item themselves, whether they needed it or not. If you need some awesome item that dropped, good luck! No one in the group will let you have it, they're too busy looking up what black market item selling price they can get. Everyone screwed over everyone else, so everyone was comfortable doing so.

Also, pretty quickly every public game would have 3 regular people and 5 item selling/spamming bots, and for Diablo2, that's a problem they never addressed. At least in WoW they worked semi-hard to add ignore tools, spam-reporting tools, made it so level 1 characters can't send whispers or use public channels, and closed down accounts.

But public D2 multiplayer.. ugh. Not a good experience.

Comment Re:So long, Netflix, it was good while it lasted (Score 1) 185

There is a new series starting early next year. In the US you can only get it if you subscribe to the CBS streaming service. In other countries Netflix is getting it, and if your country doesn't have Netflix... BitTorrent.

This is not uncommon for the Star Trek franchise. The original series was on... CBS, I think, but the Next Generation and Deep Space Nine were fully syndicated. After that, Paramount started pulling back, because they were starting their own television network, UPN, and they needed a big draw to help prop it up, so Star Trek Voyager was one of the first UPN-only TV series. At my house we only barely got UPN. The picture quality was so poor it was almost unwatchable, after years of watching TNG and DS9 with no problem.

Comment Re:How to fix that? (Score 1) 185

That has to be an American thing. I have never ever seen a DVD release at the same time as a cinema release here. To make things even worse - usually the American DVD release is about the same time that we can see it in cinemas here.

It's not an American thing either -- it's extremely rare for a -major- studio to release DVD/streaming versions of a movie here while it's still in first-run releases in this territory.

Comment Re:How to fix that? (Score 1) 185

Make television and movies like music with compulsory licensing? Say anything five years and older gets put into the pool of things that can be broadcast/streamed as part of your service as long as you pay the base royalties. Have the same sort of setup as music does but with a much finer grained reporting. That way everyone that should get paid, is paid.

That's nice, but it doesn't seem like such a thing would pass a constitutional challenge. You can't force content studios to sell. I can't figure out where the legal rationale for that would be.

Comment Re:Transformation (Score 1) 185

Netflix is becoming "just another TV network", becoming less of what everyone wants and more of what some people will pay for. Very depressing.

What's worse is that no one actually likes TV networks, and no one wants TV networks. They want to watch their favorite shows. The whole "we want a la carte cable plans!" discussion totally missed the point, because people want specific shows anyway. They don't want to watch "another great Netflix show!" Or "another Bravo winner!" They want one or two from here, one or two from there. Not an outdated concept like a TV network that exists for corporate organizational reasons.

Comment Re:So where will existing content come from? (Score 1) 185

There definitely needs to be a way for Netflix to purchase a license for any movie that exists and just stream it as much as they want, provided they only use a license for a single stream at a time

They do, but the movie studios hate that method. Sure, it brought them billions, but they still think that they got a bad deal. The reason this WILL NOT happen, and the reason Netflix's content has gotten squeezed, is the content studios are in love with pay per view. They don't want you to pay a reasonable fee for a show or movie and watch it as many times as you want. IE, you are not allowed to own a copy of a movie. They couldn't get pay-per-view with DVD.. it just wasn't technically feasible. But it is with online services.

Comment Re:So where will existing content come from? (Score 1) 185

They had already bought the movies. Storage for flat discs with no cases is somewhat cheap. If those discs are wearing out and need replaced it's because they're being used.

I think both of those assertions are not as correct as you think they are. Storage for flat discs is not that cheap when you have as huge a number as you do -- you need distribution centers, and you need staff to actually do the work. And the discs are not necessarily wearing out from use. They might be wearing out due to age. I think we overestimate the longevity of the average pressed disc, and the number of discs I've gotten recently that are unplayable but look pristine has risen. But most people I've found don't take good care of their discs. They leave them sitting out on a table without a sleeve, let their kids handle them, they get scratched and fingerprints, and it doesn't take much to make a DVD skip or unplayable.

But more than that, if a disc breaks or goes bad and its a disc that was on loan to subscribers most of the time, well that tends to be a net win. But if you have a disc sitting around for awhile and it finally goes out to someone and that someone reports it is broken, well you just took a big hit. The DVD subscription only works for them when the scaling happens on a massive level. But if they lose lots of DVD subscriptions, then the overhead costs for maintaining a massive catalog start to rise above the subscription fees and they have to find ways to cut back.

Comment Re:Heading the wrong way (Score 1) 185

Some of us adults have children though. With a family of 5 is more challenging with the DVD service with only 3 DVDs at a time.

You can get more than 3 at time, but of course you have to pay for it. The current age is all about charging you a pretty high price depending on the amount of content you want to watch.

And your kids aren't like everyone else's kids, in that they want to watch one movie 20 times rather than just once?

Comment Re:Sure they do... wait, no (Score 1) 185

But they are not united in the common goal of providing a great experience for consumers. They are united in the goal of bilking us out of as much money as possible.

The content creators are the same people who are on record as saying, for instance, that the DVD era was a disaster for the movie studios. That they charged way too low a price, and companies like blockbuster and netflix could just rent them out. They truly believe that that was a horrible time, and they aim to "fix" it by charging exorbitant rates for streaming.

Comment Re:more idiots (Score 1) 185

yes indeed netflix MUST carry ALL content because why??? so what if you have to surf somewhere else to watch tv shows?

Because I don't want to pay $xxx/month for Netflix, of which I'll only watch a small portion. And I don't want to also pay $yyy/month for Amazon Prime when I only want to watch a few titles from there. And $zzz/month for Hulu. And more for HBO. I just want one streaming service and have all the things there.

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