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Comment Re: MotoGP on BT Sport, Dakar on Eurosport... (Score 1) 196

Um, no, that's not how it works. Your "friend" would have to actually be seeding said torrent, like in some program. You can't just "list" something, that's not how the protocol works. You MIGHT be able to sit outside near enough to your "friends" house to get on their wifi, assuming that's open, and then seed out torrents off a laptop or something...at least until they notice you sitting there for hours on end. Even then, your probably not going to be able to get enough signal to use up their entire pipe.

Comment Re:I'm seeing more of this lately... (Score 1) 196

One, streaming isn't as illegal as torrenting, since the end-user isn't distributing it. So their less of a target. Two, by using Kodi you are avoiding the actual site's pages themselves. And, with Kodi, your rarely streaming for long from the same source, so it's harder to track and even harder to prosecute. And at a place like a hospital, it would be pretty difficult for the RIAA / MPAA to bring a suit against them, as they would have to somehow force a hospital to hand over their internal DHCP / DNS records to even get a MAC address...and by then whomever it is is probably long gone from the hospital and would be impossible to find.

Kodi users aren't easy targets for "john doe" blanket lawsuits, so no one chases them. Now, the actual front-end sites like Primewire DO get chased down, but they don't keep logs nor host actual infringing content...

Comment I'd pay (Score 1) 196

to watch a movie still in the theater, maybe up to double the local ticket prices. I don't really like going to the theater, standing in line, missing parts if I need to use the bathroom, etc. But instead, I watch a "cam" for free, even though they usually are horrid it's better than my local theaters.

Comment Re:Varied opinions (Score 1) 785

In a way, I too wish Snowden would be allowed a public "day in court", with massive media attention...so he could once again explain just what he saw, how it all ties together, and why he feels it violates the US Constitution. Personally, I agree with his feelings; but I think that a "public trial" might get the surveillance panopticon back into the public mindset.

Unfortunately, the people who are against him won't change their minds no matter how often it's charted out for them. IMHO, it's quite ironic that Snowden is actually a "conservative" and that is why he is so upset about the violation of our 4th Amendment rights.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 785

Perhaps you fall into the ideal of Progressive Republican:

"In all those things which deal with people, be liberal, be human. In all those things which deal with people's money, or their economy, or their form of government, be conservative." - Dwight D Eisenhower

"The legitimate object of Government is to do for a community of people whatever they need to have done but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do, for themselves in their separate and individual capacities. But in all that people can individually do as well for themselves, Government ought not to interfere." - Abraham Lincoln

Comment Re:Useful information for SpaceX (Score 1) 112

Indeed, that's the first thought that came to my mind too! All the infrastructure like that will be required for his Mars colony, this is an excellent way to do industrial-scale R&D. I guarantee that is a huge part of why he's doing this; at least in the long-term. Having the engineering experience of building huge solar arrays, multi-phase water recycling, large high-density battery arrays...it's all tech needed for an off-world colony. Also consider the pure electric vehicles; no need to import "gasoline" to Mars.

Comment Re:BOFH (Score 1) 261

Dunno why you have a 1 on this! There are MANY good pointers from TBOFH. I use the "excuse list" all the time; actually trying to explain issues to end-users is often just a waste of energy. I've found the quickest way to get someone's attention is to just cut off specific IT resources. When people in our Mexico plant wouldn't call us back or respond to numerous emails (in both Spanish and English) about their impending email domain transition I finally just started converting the mailboxes 24 hours after initial contact. I'd make sure the very last email was from us, with my (native) Spanish-speaking helpdesk guy's contact info and an explanation of why they wouldn't be getting any more email until they called in.

Had some VPN "proposal" errors, couldn't get the network admin in Brazil to respond to me for over a week. Disabled their site-to-site VPN, got a call within a few minutes. Sometimes being a BOFH is the only way to get stuff done.. I've got the excuse list printed out on my wall.

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