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Comment One "Pirate's" Take On It (Score 4, Interesting) 252

I have a full cable package from Frontier. We get most of the premium channels including HBO, Showtime and Starz. My wife purchases way more DVDs and Blu-ray discs than I want her to. We also go to the theater from time to time to watch movies.

I am not willing to pay for the same content over, and over and over again. I am especially unwilling to continue to pay for content due to wear and tear. For example, my wife has watched Friends and Sex in the City so many times that some of the discs skip or are even completely unwatchable. I have zero qualms with pulling down a torrent of those shows and storing them on the NAS so that she can watch them.

Another example is with HBO content. I am on the west coast. I watched Game of Thrones and Westworld on east coast time plus about 30 minutes. It was more convenient for me torrent a 1080p rip, than to wait until HBO decided it was time for my part of the country to be "allowed" to watch it.

Am I 'stealing' from HBO? Am I 'stealing' from the DVD / blu-ray producer?

I worked in Hollywood for a while. I understand that all of the below the line people have to eat and deserve to make a living wage. I do not endorse out and out, wholesale piracy. Just because "the studios" are turning a profit does not mean that everyone involved in getting content onto the screen is rolling in dough. Most of them are just regular Joe and Jane Doe's, putting in their hours and trying to put food on the table.

On the other hand, I am okay with preserving content that I paid for. Just because I have the technical capability of doing so should not make it wrong. In my eyes, it is no more wrong than a mechanic fixing their own vehicle. Are they 'stealing' from the dealership service departments? They have to buy their tools and parts. I have to buy my computers and storage medium.

Comment Professional Brag (Score 0) 136

I have had the data related to this matter in my systems for the last two years.

I have no idea who is going to come out on top, or whether either side has any merit to their litigation.

I just keep the systems running. What the business does with them is their business. And apparently of interest to the readers of Arstechnica and Slashdot.

Comment Translate that for me? (Score 1) 177

Based on the summary, the CEO seems to be saying that because corporations pay for advertising as a way to drive crappy 'news' to the forefront of the Internet, his site (which it is implied) has non-crappy 'content' that 'advertisers' (read corporations) will not pay for.

Is that a long winded way of telling his ex-employees that his business model /really/ is sound, but the man is keeping them down?

Comment Re:Tit for tat (Score 1) 574

Please, go watch "The Untold History of the United States" by Oliver Stone before you spread any more ignorance about what drives Russian foreign policy, and who the aggressors in the world are.

Do you realize that the reason there is a radical Islamic government in charge of Iran is because the United States overthrew the moderate, populist government in the late 1970s and replaced it with a puppet dictator who was hated by his people? The response of those people was to welcome any group, no matter how extreme, who promised to reflect the will of the people against the Shah?

Of course you realize that after the US puppet was kicked out of Iran, the US then went ahead and armed Iraq with chemical weapons to use on the Iranians. The very same chemical weapons that were long gone by the time Bush got around to 'dealing with Saddam'.

Do you realize that al Qaeda was created by the CIA to destabilize Afghanstian and protect the petroleum empire that the British created, and the Americans inherited after WW2?

Are you at all familiar with the concept of "blow back" as it applies to covert operations?

Contrary to whatever propaganda you might have digested, the US's "general posture in the world" has been to threaten anyone who opposes us with nuclear weapons. The posture has been to loot 'third world' nations for the benefit of the multi-national corporations that own our government hook, line and sinker.

If you have one ounce of mortality left in your body, you would be ashamed if you opened your eyes and accepted the realities of how American foreign policy has been conducted since the end of WW2.

Comment Re:No Grid Penetration (Score 1) 574

I setup a Honeywell ICS for a small power plant about a decade ago. Even back then, we had a completely separate and air gaped network for the plant systems. There was no reason for the regular plant employees to connect computers to the control network. The only devices on the network were the servers and the sensors / controllers. The operators sat in a control room at the console and ran the plant from there.

Comment Re:WHEN STUPID? (Score 1) 821

I am not a public figure or organization putting up a facade of running a fair and impartial electoral process.

Nice attempt at trying to obfuscate the discussion and completely dodge the point that I made. As you failed to do that, the point still stands.

Bringing transparency to a democratic process is not a threat.

The only people threatened by transparency are those who are up to no good. As I have said here multiple times before in the last few months, the government has done an excellent job of attacking the messenger (Russia) and ignoring the message (that the Democratic party is hopelessly corrupt).

It amazes me that anyone can view the political institutions here as the victims instead of the American people. Let's just ignore the fact that the Democratic party decided who they wanted to nominate before the primaries even started. Let's ignore the fact that they committed at least a couple of felonies when they broke campaign finance rules to throw as much support behind Clinton as they could.

Boo hoo hoo. The poor DNC had their dirty laundry aired all over the place and it might have cost them the election.

And I say this as someone who would have rather had Clinton than Trump any day. But I voted for neither, because they are both inept, corrupt and not the kind of person I want representing me or my interests.

As long as I'm ranting, it is not like the American people were denied visibility into what a cluster fuck Trump's entire career has been. I remember reading an article on the front page of the New York Times that laid out in excruciating detail all of his failures and shady dealings. Even his own party did not want the guy to represent them. That was not a conversation that was had behind closed doors. It was out there for everyone to see.

The sad fact is that the average voter is so fed up and disillusioned with the political process that given the choice between a corrupt, life time politician and a failed, bat shit crazy businessman, they picked bat shit crazy simply because he was different enough.

Comment Re:WHEN STUPID? (Score 3, Insightful) 821

We were attacked, yet some choose to trivialize it as a political issue, instead of realizing that our election process, the basis of democracy in our our Republic, was attacked.

Let me get this straight. Bringing transparency to what is going on behinds the scenes is an attack on our Republic.

Okay....

Comment Slippery Slope (Score 3, Interesting) 821

The stage that is being set is very frightening. Any information that does not conform to what the powers that be want the people to hear is being labeled interference. The final touches on wide scale internet censorship are being put into place.

The capability of the internet to provide an alternative source of information and discourse is being eviscerated. It is happening faster than I thought it would. For the longest time, the government had more or less complete control of the media and the public discourse. The internet threatened that, but the DNC leaks finally made the government show their hand.

It just will not do to have anybody, internal whistleblowers or foreign governments pointing out the hypocrisy of the United States government. If the people actually realized that they were being manipulated by the government and that the entire electoral process and American Dream are just a sham, they might....

Oh fuck it, who am I kidding? Nobody gives a shit as long as the television / internet works and there is some food in the fridge.

Comment Legal Tech Security (Score 3, Insightful) 28

I work in the legal technology field and this is a huge challenge for the industry. There have been warnings going around for the last year about hackers targeting law firms, and those warnings are likely a response to this.

Law firms are easy targets. Lawyers are full of hubris and not very computer savvy. Law firms are always trying to pinch pennies and IT budgets are often first on the chopping block. Because the firms do not truly understand computers or security, it is difficult to get them to spend the money necessary to secure their networks.

Comment Re:Dual sims are popular in Asia... (Score 2) 127

Your analogy does not work because the PCs still had a keyboard plug. PC makers did not decide that users no longer need to connect keyboards to their computers.

Apple on the other hand decided that people with headphones do not need to connect them to their phones / music players. But, apparently enough people really do need to make the connection, so Apple went ahead and developed an adapter. But they are not providing the adapter for free. It is an added expense that was previously not there.

Did Apple charge buyers of the previous generations of iPhones extra for being able to connect their headphones? Of course not. But now Apple has found a way to charge extra for functionality that used to be included.

To shift back to your flawed analogy, when PCs went from AT to PS2 plugs, the peripheral vendors included adapters for free. They also did it when they went from PS2 to USB. Apple on the other hand, the special snowflake of a company that they are with billions of profits stashed overseas, decided to squeeze a bit more revenue out of their customers. But of course they did it in their elitist, Apple-esque way so that the legions of Apple fans feel superior for paying extra to leave such an old, and outdated interface like the headphone jack behind.

Comment Re:Dual sims are popular in Asia... (Score 2) 127

Because why keep a jack built into the phone, when you can remove it and charge extra for an adapter!

See, this is what happens when there are too many MBAs in the world.

For 2017, I predict that Apple is going to remove the dial pad screen and sell an external, lightning adapter compatible dial pad. It will be modern retro for all the hip technologists out there. Those who really want to stand out from their peers will have the rotary phone accessory.

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