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  • May 23rd, 2015 @ 2:49pm

    Home Video Vs Cinemas

    I'll tell you how seeing a movie at home can help cinemas. How often have you seen a movie and thought "Man I wish I could see this at the cinema!" but because it's months (or even years) since it was at the cinema, too bad.

    I saw "Star Wars" on TV in 1994 (at age 15) and went "Wow! I wish I could see this on the big screen". Three years later I (sort of) got my wish. Now could we please have a few more re-releases internationally?

  • May 19th, 2015 @ 1:20am

    YouTube And The Public Domain many countries, hey. Well, I uploaded some old cartoons that are public domain in many countries because they are over 70 years old and their coopyright has expired but they were blocked worldwide.

    I disputed the claim, pointing out (without profanity, which I felt plenty of) that the cartoons were public domain due to copyright expiring and that, yes, I understood they would be blocked in the USA as they are still under copyright there, but a worldwide block was a bit off.

    The claim was upheld, so I sent up another cartoon, knowing it would probably be blocked and indeed it was, despite the fact that the copyright on it had expired in like 90% of the world in 2009. Again I was polite, pointing out that the copyright had expired in most countries thus making it public domain, which YouTube failed to cover in their "Learn more about copyright" section.

    But then I ended with my rude bit, which was "If you can't respect our country's copyright laws, why the fuck should we respect yours?"

    However, I did not get a response, nor do I expect to recieve one. However, this to me raises the point: Do we have the public domain, or do we have the same laws across all countries just becuse the USA says so? I am in Australia, our copyright tends to expire after 70 years for films.

  • May 12th, 2015 @ 10:29am

    Re: Re: Re: Pink Floyd

    Maybe charliebrown lives under a rock?

    Close: Australia. Small town Australia at that.

    Those albums may have been hits but they didn't spend years floating in and out of the sales chart. Even "The Wall" doesn't have the sales of "Dark Side". I do wonder, though, how much did they "owe" EMI for each album up to "Dark Side" considering their next album was with CBS/Columbia?

  • May 12th, 2015 @ 8:28am

    Pink Floyd

    Gotta remember, their first few albums weren't even hits. Until "Dark Side Of The Moon" it was Pink Who? How much did they "owe" EMI before that album?

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 7:47pm

    Re: North Korean Hackers?

    But I thought North Korea was cut off from the internet. So how can they go hacking? (I'm not convinced they were responsible for the Sony hack either!)

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 7:20pm

    Using The Extra Second

    What are you going to do with the extra second?

    I'm going to turn my foreplay into fiveplay!

  • Apr 30th, 2015 @ 7:18pm


    Oh no! Their show will have to run extra long on June 30 as it always starts at 11:59 and 59 seconds! Actually, Comedy Central will probably just run an extra commercial.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 @ 10:44pm

    Re: Re: Re: Pure, endless greed

    Ironically, this sounds like a dozen different phone games. Build your empire in Kingdom of Lawyers!

  • Apr 7th, 2015 @ 10:31pm

    New South Wales, Australia

    Our area has already abolished car registration stickers in favour of license plate readers. The reaction seems to have been non existent. Now excuse me while I tap the smart card to pay my fare for public transport. *ding* They won't track me, I don't have a car, I take the train.

  • Apr 7th, 2015 @ 4:18pm

    TPG Customer Service

    I was with TPG. Their service was OK but their customer service was abysmal, with overseas call centre operators who would parrot out a script ("Reboot your modem, while you're on the phone with us, or we won't talk to you!") then get stuck and send out a technician.

    We jumped ship to Internode, who were a little more expensive but we figured it would be worth it. We have had almost no problems with the service and their customer service is the best in the world! A self-owned call centre full of people who know what they are talking about and very helpful and very friendly and not in the least bit patronising. If you want a lesson in customer service, they are a shining example.

    Shortly after we joined Internode as our ISP, they were bought by iiNet, about a couple of months later. So far nothing has changed. But if TPG's customer service is anything to go by, God help iiNet's customers! We are rapidly turning into the U.S. in terms of how many ISP's we have available. In fact, many TPG customers joined iiNet or Intenode to get away from TPG and are now considering Telstra and Optus for their ISP's, something previously unimaginable.

    So if TPG's customer service is anything to go by, all iiNet customers will soon be merely a cash cow with no care and little responsibility taken, if any.

  • Apr 4th, 2015 @ 8:53am

    Striesand Effect

    Mike, you should patent the Striesand Effect, then turn it over to the public domain or CC0, whicherver is legal.

  • Apr 1st, 2015 @ 1:44am

    We ADDED Cable Just Last Year!

    Why? Because most of what we watch on there isn't on DVD or the streaming services. But that's OK, because our DVR takes care of what time we watch it and commercials are simply fast-forward-ed anyway.

    To be honest, we don't have "the full package" and soon we will have less channels than we currently do (unless we pay $20 per month extra because the price went up) but again it's OK because they're just channels we seldom watched anyway.

    Mind you, if the price goes up again next year, we will wrap up watching what we are currently watching and dump them like a hot potato!

  • Mar 28th, 2015 @ 7:12am

    Re: Who Is Watching C-SPAN

    If I was on C-SPAN, I'd be more careful about what I said in case I ended up on the commentary end of "The Daily Show"!

  • Mar 24th, 2015 @ 10:54pm

    New South Wales, Australia

    The state of New South Wales in Australia has done away with registration tickets and is relying solely on automatic license plate readers to determine if your car registration is up to date or not.

  • Mar 24th, 2015 @ 10:49pm

    That Stupid Berne Convention

    How old is the stupid Berne Convention? I'm certain the world has moved on since then.

  • Mar 24th, 2015 @ 5:10am

    Pardon My Ignorance

    What do you mean by the device being rooted?

  • Mar 22nd, 2015 @ 3:58pm

    Streaming Services in Australia

    Oh hooray, we have Stan (which is a dumb name for a streaming service), Quickflix, Presto and tomorrow we'll have Netflix. The thing is, I can't afford to subscribe to every darn service. And they don't have much I actually want to watch either.

    Quickflix charges extra for "premium" shows like "Call The Midwife" and "Game Of Thrones". In fact, for the price of subscribing to Quickflix for one month then the additional fee for "Game Of Thrones" per season, I could buy the BluRay for a couple of dollars more, or the DVD for a couple of dollars less. And buying the discs means I don't use any of my monthly data quota.

  • Mar 21st, 2015 @ 6:37pm

    Re: Man, this "history" bit is lame.

    I think you completely missed the point of why that story was and is relevant.

    The point Viacom made was that YouTube is full of infringing videos and Google should know which ones are infringing and remove them. Google basically replied stating that it can't know which ones are infringing unless it's been told which ones. Viacom promptly produced a list of infringing videos, including quite a few that Viacom staff had uploaded themselves.

    Therefore either those videos uploaded by Viacom staff were official after all or Viacom was engaging in entrapment by uploading infringing videos in order to get Google into trouble. But if they're not involved in entrapment and the videos uploaded by Viacom staff are official, how is Google meant to know that they are official when even Vicaom, who own the videos, can't tell if they were official?

    And so the lawsuit went. Nobody is condoning the stealing of intellectual property, let alone monetizing the stealing of intellectual property.

  • Mar 10th, 2015 @ 10:46pm

    TV Cop Shows

    There was an episode of "Blue Heelers" like this.

  • Mar 7th, 2015 @ 7:14pm

    Crowdfunded DVD's and LP's

    I had an idea to crowdfund the DVD's and LP's I wanted to see released. I wanted to license out the content, primarily TV shows and some (mainly Australian) albums, and release them to DVD (the TV shows) and LP (the albums) but I ran into two huge problems which have stopped me.

    Problem 1: How do I let people pay me for the crowd to actually fund me? I'd use the Kickstarter "model" of if I can't do a project, such as if I'm refused a license, I will refund the backer's money.

    Problem 2: Finding the rights holders for many of the shows I wanted to license is actually next to impossible because they keep forming multi-studio groups named after the show, so the show is copyrighted to the name of the show or some variation thereof.

    I'd really like to try this. And if you can think of a way to get it done where I can't, go for it. This idea is free for any and all to use, no strings attached. Not even attribution required.

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