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  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 10:12am

    (untitled comment) is commonplace around the world and working smoothly...
    It's too bad Fabrizio wasn't in a country with this so-called "working" system.

    This ridiculous statement would have never made it off his computer.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 10:06am

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    Fill the knowledge gap about our industry
    Knowledge gap? I'm confident the public knows this is an organization which compared copying a movie to that of a murder victim and professed its love of child pornography.

    Change consumer perceptions
    The FBI warning message isn't enough?

    Claim our rightful position as innovators
    How much worse can the MPAA go from dead last?
    (I get the sneaking suspicion we're about to find out)

    Reframe our consumer message in a positive tone
    This point pretty much sums up the MPAA. The fact that it needs to reframe its current message shows it was never positive to begin with.

  • Apr 20th, 2015 @ 6:13am

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    I tried to view the file.

    I downloaded it. Moments later, I started noticing my internet traffic was increasing as a rootkit was sending information to Sony regarding files I had on my own computer.

    When I tried to open it, I was greeted by an FBI warning message, which I quickly ignored.

    Once the warning was over, I had to spend 15 minutes watching previews of other leaked emails I had no interest in.

    Finally, once the file loaded, a message came up stating the device I was using wasn't authorized to view the document. To bypass this restriction, I could pay Sony a fee of $14.99, which allows me a 24 hour access to the file.

    I declined.

    Being frustrated, I decided to torrent the DRM-free file, opened it in a PDF view, then hysterically laughed my ass off at the irony of a company, once again, having no understanding of how to treat people like people.

    Go to hell, Sony.

  • Apr 16th, 2015 @ 11:13am

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    I wonder if we can see this "collective mind loss" live streamed.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 11:50am

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    HAHA. Glad Timothy nailed the hypocrisy with this one. I sure as hell didn't buy the game for its volleyball gameplay. Those girls are pretty cute.


  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 11:46am

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    And, personally, as someone who regularly uses Google (and other search engines) for a variety of searching needs, I can say that I never use it for product/shopping search...
    What the hell?

    I can't even use any search engine without getting bombarded with product/shopping results on general search.

    Perhaps both the EU and FTC should go after these companies and start forcing a split on search results: general and product/sales/shopping.

    This would eliminate a majority of problems, I believe.

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 11:03am

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    Anyone remember those old Samsonite commercials of a gorilla attacking a suitcase?

    Wait. Did I just give an ad agency new material?

  • Apr 15th, 2015 @ 9:26am

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    I think it's time we turn "verizon" into a verb.

    verizon - verb - to make false accusations and pretend they're facts; lying, dishonest, untruthful.

    Uses in a sentence:
    "Today, executives from major telecoms verizoned the Senate Subcommittee on internet freedoms when asked about their business agenda."

    Timothy, when asked by his teacher what he was holding behind his back, answered with "A toad." The teacher scolded Timothy and reminded him it's not nice to verizon people.

    Comcast told made a blatant comcast comment as it verizoned the FCC today.

    Next up: the definition of "comcast".

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 6:59am

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    Hey now, be nice Techdirt. If the movie industry can relate copying movies to that of the Boston Strangler's victim, then the RIAA has every right to say not paying royalty rights is slavery.

    It's not like anyone would ever take this statement as honest, except maybe for Lars Ulrich and Prince.

    Too bad Mitch Glazier's sneaky little attempt failed. None of this would be an issue today because it would have taken approximately 0.2 seconds for musicians to have abandoned the music industry and form a new one, where ASCAP (et al) would have collapsed.

    It's also too bad Sony won its case, too. Just think where the entertainment industry would be today if Universal had won.

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 6:50am

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    I can't wait for the forthcoming advertisement:

    "Time Warner Cable give you 6x the speed of Google fiber if you allow us to bang your wife, sell your kidneys, and spy on your internet traffic for $50 a month or an alternative fee of $200 a day without the above restrictions.
    Minimum lifetime + 70 years contract required."

  • Apr 14th, 2015 @ 3:13am

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    "Thankfully, Utah policymakers appeared to realize fairly quickly just how backwards and anti-innovation this made the state appear."
    Policymakers didn't realize anything.

    It was the sheer volume of businesses outraged they couldn't use the software.

    The only difference to this situation is the lack of bipartisan dispute, making the bill easy to pass through legislation. The number of businesses easily overshadowed the smaller broker lobbying.

    That's how true government works. /s

  • Apr 13th, 2015 @ 11:36am

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    Stopped reading at "Dianne Feinstein".

    How the hell this person is in charge of "intelligence" anything defies logic.

  • Apr 13th, 2015 @ 10:05am

    Re: Master keys for the front door


    They'll just hit up Microsoft, Samsung, Sony, and/or Facebook and copy their data, since people willfully give up their privacy for a "Like" vote.

  • Apr 13th, 2015 @ 5:05am

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    Agree with AC: might as well turn off the internet.

    Though, one thing baffles me: when did Russia turn into a communist state again?

  • Apr 8th, 2015 @ 8:01am

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    *shakes head

    The feds have been listening on "phone" calls back when Western Union delivered them as dots and dashes.

    Nothing changed then. Nothing will change now.

    Expectation of privacy over any utility is foolish.

    You'd think you'd be used to it by now.

  • Apr 8th, 2015 @ 3:08am

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    The Weather Channel is still around?

    Will wonders never cease.

  • Apr 4th, 2015 @ 7:35am

    Re: Remember the Julie Amero case

    I made this the first word because it's the best advice.

    Child pornography has turned into such a buzzword, even the MPAA loves it.

    That should be a terrifying reason why this two-word phrase is law enforcement's favorite tactic to destroy lives.

    Even worse than the MPAA's love of it is the idiotic definition of "child pornography" by both the general public and "news" media, which is so asinine, the girl once featured on the Coppertone products would have the company busted.

    For those who don't know of the logo, it featured a little girl whose bikini bottom was being pulled by a dog.

  • Apr 2nd, 2015 @ 6:45am

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    WHAT THE HELL, AT&T??!!!



  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 8:11am

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    We had a similar experience.

    We moved into a new neighborhood that was in its first stage of construction. After we got our keys, we got our homeowner's package, and included were two ads: one from Comcast and one from AT&T, both offering "specials" to get us hooked up.

    Comcast "won" out for its $88/mo (HAHAHAHA) special, but when we called, we were shocked to find out they didn't have service in our area at all.

    When I questioned why they were advertising in an area they weren't even servicing, I was told they were just the sales rep. I told the rep: "You work for a horrible, horrible company. Put me down as a 'Never, ever call this customer' and have a great day."

    I hung up, vowing never to be a Comcast customer. Ever.

    We then called AT&T, and told us that while they had plans for service, they had to wait for the contractor's final approval. They had it within the hour, and that very day, AT&T had service at our new home.

    Of course, not to say AT&T doesn't have its issues, but honestly, aside from their price gouging (how their $99 special went to $159, for example), they've been pretty much a decent ISP in terms of correcting issues.

    Comcast, not only should the company take notes, but it would do better to serve the people of this country by selling off its assets and closing its doors forever.

    The only reason Comcast has customers is because most don't have a choice when it comes to ISP selection.

    The FCC isn't moving fast enough to fix the problems plaguing this country, and I'm not just talking about broadband access.

  • Mar 30th, 2015 @ 6:51am

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    This move won't save anyone money, though the long-term is that consumers will pay more.

    It's inevitable consumers will pay higher for a la carte when then prices of those stations most in-demand will skyrocket.

    Hell, basic cable can't even get past this today without blackouts across the globe.

    A la carte is a pipe dream. In fact, the only way to remove the problems facing broadcasting choice is to remove the broadcasters and let production companies distribute without the middle man.

    I chuckled with you as you read this dream.

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