Re: "now that many people see no reason to continue to fork over money"
Right off, Masnick states the crucial first problem: someone has to pay for content to be produced.
Right off, you forget someone needs to produce content that's worth paying for. They're not. I don't want what they're selling, yet I pay a blank media levy to pay for my non-sins anyway. Some of my favourite music I've owned in LP record form and cassette tape and CD, and now I have it on a computer disk. I paid for the former. The media levy pays for the latter.
Re: Re: What Masnick means by "break" is "prevent piracy".
Piracy, spying, and scams are among [the] basics of life. We go to great lengths teaching our children how to handle this. It's no surprise it's on the net as well. Then again, the net's not all piracy, spying and scams or we wouldn't be here. Some argue copyright infringement is theft, others boycott it all, others resign themselves to blank media levies over which they've no control.
It was like 'I'm gonna go here.' and then totally changed it's mind at the last minute and went to a site about bomb making instead.
That happens to me all the time too. Here I am reading blog comments about some intelligence agency overreach, and the next minute, somebody posts a recipe for an explosive (?) in answer to another comment. I think it mentioned liquid Dawn soap and styrofoam.
If the report admits torture went on, and torture's illegal, shouldn't the Federal Bureau of Investigation be investigating whether crimes have been committed and charges may need to be laid, by at least reading the report?
I've done better than this with procmail scripts splitting incoming mail into separate mailboxes (or round-filing it). Certainly calling "koran_search() $parameter" isn't quite rocket science. They can't use the tools they have.
Whatever happened to Universities being bastions of free speech and centers for debate?
Add to that all that reverence for knowledge stuff; fact based reality & etc. Hypothetical: you walk up to another person on the street who you've never seen before who is chatting with another person. You tell them to shut up and show some ID. This is what UR just did to YY. This is their legal dept. talking for the administration. Sad.
Nope, you're not alone. Legality ought to be what we use to stop things like this happening. It's failing, affecting the situation fairly negatively. If you're not supposed to get into mass surveillance, how did you get into mass surveillance, and how did you not know you were into mass surveillance?
I love how they point that out even though it means absolutely nothing at all.
That's okay. The RCMP and Parliament will happily enforce it for them (plus C-51(?) ffs). We're getting our own PATRIOT Act soon. The FBI needn't open up any local branch offices. We're Five Eyes safe, after all. Everybody watches everybody. So, I'm on Debian testing/jessie, and I've downloaded "Yes: Big Generator Full Album" via "youtube-dl", a FLOSS thingie which comes with Debian. How do I now burn that onto a blank DVD (I don't have any blank CDs). I used to own a legally purchased version on cassette tape (though that's "immaterial"). I'm using the Mate desktop and Fluxbox interchangably.
I've never done this before. YouTube let me DL it. I'm sure there's a way to burn an mp4 onto a blank disk. HP sold the hardware to do it. I'm in Canada and we pay a tax on blank media to cover this. Is this legal, or can I be sued?
Silly to have to care about @#$ like this on a sunny spring Sunday in the privacy of my home, and I'm hardly offending in any way the way the NSA is, yes? Cheers.
Apparently material uploaded from different sources but matching digitally are only stored once, the duplicates being removed.
This's basic Unix (at least) filesystem behaviour. Type "man ln" on a Linux box. Just increment the link count every time you need to store this, then decrement when any owner releases it. We didn't always have 128GB storage in something we can hang around our necks.