Newspapers are all going to die eventually unless they adapt with the times. The Salt Lake Tribune was sending their delivery boys out last week doing their "Free weekend paper for a month" deal, in an attempt to increase circulation. Many paper's do this at least on an annual basis. I always refuse them.
Anyways, As long as news is free somewhere else, their pay for news service model will flop. However, something I have noticed is that often the newspapers often produce better articles/information in their stories than many TV network news sites. Their thoroughness is often excellent. Perhaps a higher, more professional level of journalist lives at these papers? The kind of people that understand a better quality news story is better than being first, and often inaccurate? (Though we've seen some horrendous mistakes from them as well.)
If they truly want to charge, perhaps they should offer services in those accounts that do actually pay. Call it a tier, or whatever. But something like a free 3 or 4 line add in the PRINT version of the classifieds for a few days a week, or perhaps offering the Sunday paper with their online subscription... You get the idea.
As the older generations of people that rely on the papers for news, -pass on, I am betting the news papers will completely die out. Its already happening.
Usually when you download content from the web from someone reputable, the file has been provided by a company or someone who took measures to make sure the file was in good shape. IE -Scanned and tested for Viruses, malware and the sort.
File sharing networks expose files to the average Joe's hard drive, and as such, are subject to the average Joe's security practices. We all know someone who claims or claimed never to need virus/malware protection, and all it takes is one of these people to re-seed an infected file.
Though I know there are rare examples companies unknowingly posting a file, or distributing something infected, This happens far less than what you get from the public via file sharing. You cannot honestly say that you have never downloaded something from Bit-torrent that was infected with something fun. :)
I choose to get the bulk of what I download by legitimate means (Software, drivers, media, etc.). When I decide to play Russian roulette, My preferred method to get my cargo matey, is not the usual file sharing method. Its faster and safer, and that's all I am going to say.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: I didn't see this as a 4th amendment issue
AS I stated in another reply, any admin worth his salt would take care of this as part of a new hire, or new user account shows on on his or her network.
You are absolutely correct!
On the executive branch theory, all the FBI needs is a search warrant, we all know, for them, those are relatively easy to get if they have a good enough reason. Though senators, representatives, etc, to have a bit more protection from such a thing than the rest of us "little" people. (Sorry, couldn't resist...)
I concur. People need to realize that everything they due involving any digital communications device, be it a computer, cell phone, etc. should expect that their communications are logged to some degree.
When the issue comes up over using Corporate or Department equipment for private use, their expectations for privacy do not exist. As an Admin, one of my tasks is parsing firewall logs to check for everything from the employee who spends all day on the internet surfing, to those who feel its okay to view pron (not misspelled) or download illegal software on company time, with company bandwidth, and company devices. Be it Blackberry, Instant messengers, or pretty much EVERYTHING. Its all logged. Even attempts by these people to circumvent the logs by trying to encrypt from within the network, to an external proxy (VPN, or other).
Any admin worth his salt will easily find problem people. Most of us pray that when we hit the logs, we find nothing and everyone has a good day. I know I do. Though I have had to be the unfortunate source of bad news that led to many firings, and had to provide the evidence as well. You see the side of people that they wouldn't show to anyone. It sucks to see it, and it takes the right kind of person (admin) to be discretionary or secretive about the habits of others. A sense of honor I guess, in that 99% of what an admin knows will never be spoken.
I'm rambling. I wanted others to know the thought process that many admins (myself, many others) have when we do these tasks. :)
It boils down to a couple of things for me. I tend to try before I buy. If I like what I try, I buy it. Plain and simple. This goes for many forms of things I d/l.
The funny thing is that I discourage others from doing this sort of thing (bittorrent) because of its inherent dangers to both the user and the users' computer. My clients tend to listen, but for a few that don't, and don't practice safe internet sex with the files they pull in, they pay the price.
Limewire is just one flavor of many capable software applications to meet the demand. I feel that what really needs to happen to the RIAA and the MPAA, is that the courts need to start charging these @ssholio corporations for these types of 'rinse and repeat' lawsuits. They're trying to flog a virtual corpse for gods sake!
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a fan of hers, BUT this gal has the right idea!
I certainly respect her more! She has the right attitude, BAR NONE!
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Great poll! There should be an option to allow for multiples. :)
I believe the top 5 are all valid points! Restrictions, rules, laws, and patent hoarding are clogging and restricting our rights every day. Corporations, governments, and organizations aren't happy until they fully control everything in the name of the all mighty dollar.
You can get your name removed from many of the mailing lists. Just Google "opt out of junk mail" - Sites like "donotmail.org" and the like can get you started. They also have a petition going to start a do not mail list, similar to the federal do not call registry.