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old, with lots of degrees in engineering. disrespecting copyright every chance I get.

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  • Mar 31st, 2015 @ 7:39pm

    a pirate's perspective..

    I dont comment here often, and obviously, when I do its from Hong Kong, or China, or Belarus, Japan, Russia, Ukraine and a million other TOR exit nodes built into my VPN client. Event techdirt sometimes asks me captcha thinking I am not human, which is great. I feel that it is of nobody's business who/where/or what I am. Suffice it to say, I knew about the Snowden highlights long before they were public, and I like my privacy.

    Nor do I post here often, in respect for the quality journalism Tim, Mike and Glyn without feeding the trolls here that I am in any associated with their ideals or 'agenda'.

    I am considered a pirate, fair enough. But to read article after article of the most inane, useless prattling of a dead industry, its mindboggling.

    Here's how a dedicated 'pirate' works. Well above 30+, double docterate in Computer Science and Engineering, have written software for the better part of 2 decades for banking, finance, mortgate, human resources and health care. got a nice client list and resume, making big 6 zeros for the last 10 years.

    this is how we do it.
    Scene: person/group/software captures broadcast of x show in SD, HD720p and HD1080p formats. automation of timing markers by broadcast identify the commercial start/end and software simply removes them, remuxes to our format of choice, typically matroska. this is all automated.

    Distribution: x show, now encapsulated, sometimes including regional subs,etc. are now released to bittorrent, freenet, TOR, iirc and usenet. this is all automated.

    Indexing: many indexing sites are now private and are not scraped by google or other web bot, so infringing content is never identified. Many of these indexing tools have apis, which allow other software to interact on unknown, unwatched, secure ports. The api allows other software to scan the index for defined filters/shows/episodes/seasons, u name it. there is a HUGE world of software developed in the vacuum that eases the automation process immensely.

    apis: tools like sickbeard, couchpotato and sabnzbd+ make it easy to configure tv shows and movies to be automatically identified and downloaded using SSL or other heavily encrypted method. typically the 'base' download machine is already behind a many hop VPN or using a TOR exit node. this eliminates threats like deep packet inspection, view the garbage, feel free. this is also automated.

    archiving: the apis are so versatile they easily rename, archive and keep watch for new identified movies/tv shows, this too is all automated. the big cost is storage. 4tb of quality drive is around 300usd.

    so, after 10 years of this process, ive accumulated over 123 of the top 100 shows, ever, to include ireland, england, australia, new zealand and canada, to be able to watch, at my convenience.

    to compare to the price chart above, ill outline my overhead to compare to what cable offers;

    TV shows currently 'watching';
    The Americans
    Bering Sea Gold
    Better Call Saul
    Black Sails
    Falling Skies*
    The Flash
    Game of Thrones
    Marvel Agents of SHIELD
    Ray Donovan
    The Walking Dead
    Star Trek TOS*
    (* no longer active, but that doesnt mean I cannot find them)

    every time a new 'episode' is available for watched, its automatically downloaded, washed, pressed and folded for viewing, this is all automated.

    internet 100usd/mo
    VPN 10usd/mo
    private indexing access 6/mo
    usenet access 40/mo
    hardware 100/mo

    so, my monthly out of pocket is 256usd/mo that includes internet. but with that, i get the shows I want to watch, when I want to watch them, in the format I want to see, AND i have a copy to watch someday when i want in the future.

    Sure, not everyone has 40tb to mess with, but its been an accumulative game that while the mafiaa refuses to compromise, incredible tools have filled customer demand.

    cutting cords you say? ive not seen a broadcast commercial since the live broadcast of NFL SuperBowl, otherwise, its been close to 14 years. I dont do commercials, the network got paid by the advertiser, some of the shows I gather were already paid for, others like Game of Thrones made millions selling the broadcast rights, so everybody got paid, nobody lost money, and 'expected' income is bullshit, sure, i had an expected income of 1.2m last year, but i cant file that on my taxes, or sue the FCC because I cannot fuck clients anymore.

    bottom line is, if they offered what I want, when I want for the 256usd/mo, I would STILL not switch, let the fuckers burn.

    -- Free Peter Sunde

  • Jan 13th, 2015 @ 8:47am

    Re: boycott

    been boycotting them since 1998, attempting to single-handedly destroy the industry with my pirating ways. 21Tb archive and growing every day. Have not seen a television commercial, or pre-movie FBI idiocy in over 15 years.

    they steal from the public domain, I infringe, so who's the criminal again?

  • Dec 29th, 2014 @ 8:05pm

    Re: useful idiots

    you don't get it, this is systemic..

    when was the last time Congress actually passed a law with the people in mind, even legalization of marijuana is $$$ motivated, and convenient to those with greed, and power to enact bought, paid and written laws.

    your country is now an international joke.

  • Jul 11th, 2013 @ 3:28pm

    Re: Re: I thought The Hill allowed comments

    and THIS is why I have 24Tb, and more movies than Netflix.

  • Jun 4th, 2013 @ 8:20am

    Re: Re: w0w

    understood, however, upon my own research and many, many other 'google apps' attempt to extract an enormous amount of information during everyday surfing.

    im not a tinfoil hatter, but I do respect my own privacy, and take considerable measures to ensure my anonymity is anonomous. not for paranoid reasons, but because i believe information is mine to divulge, not to be extracted.

  • Jun 4th, 2013 @ 7:04am


    this is the first coherent post I have read from you in almost 3 years, I just had to login for once.

    typically I troll TD to report idiot rantings, but out of the blue, you actually stayed on topic, had something logical to add, and didnt berate anyone in the process.

    1 internets for you.

  • Nov 8th, 2012 @ 6:54am

    Re: Commercials

    this is the simple convenience that file-sharers contribute to the overall 'experience'. also, it states in copyright law that if you modify a significant piece of copyrighted material, that you are in fact authorized to apply new copyright to the result. just like the music studios 'remaster' albums, they get a new copyright.

    so if file sharing 'pirates' redact 20min of commercials from a 60min show, that is a 30% modification, and should have a new copyright applied. the **AAs do this all the time, so why is this infringing for others to do the same thing?

  • Nov 7th, 2012 @ 10:06am

    Re: Re: Re: "In the U.S., book piracy is a growing problem."

    true, I was simply using the idiots own statements to make him look like a fool, even if 1% purchased a translated version, that is still 7 million he would never have seen BECAUSE of his Publisher.

    it's simple, file-sharing is here to stay, period, adapt your business model or gtfo.

  • Nov 7th, 2012 @ 9:57am

    Re: Re:

    or all the despicable Russians learning English as a second language, how dare they take legitimate work from the Russian-English Book Publishing Translation Industry by supplying a service that is needed, at a cost NOT inflated beyond logic, depraving Book Publishers their 3rd or 4th Mercedes!

  • Nov 7th, 2012 @ 9:48am

    Re: "In the U.S., book piracy is a growing problem."

    it's amazing how you gloss over the fact of 'anything NOT distributed by the legacy dinosaurs' is bad, mmmkay.

    let's just look at the figures.
    1) his own publisher won't make a Russian version available.
    2) only 90% of eBooks are file-shared.

    So, out of 141,930,000 russians whom would NEVER even have access to the eBook, potentially 14,193,000 (10%) would buy it. At 4.99$/eBook, that's almost 71 million in revenue he never would have seen.

    so, now that I have blown your stupid comment out of the water, what other idiocy are you going to fall back on?

    but, but, but piracy!

    You sir, should not be allowed to breed.

  • Nov 1st, 2012 @ 9:43am

    speaking of probability..

    one point no one is considering here. Mega is on trial, not this guy's files. to legally review his accounts contents, there would have to be probable cause, and a warrant to search thru his content.

    **AA scrutiny of his content is so far outside juristiction, justice itself, constitutional rights, and serious privacy violations; irrespective of what is contained in the account, that it just baffles the mind.

    its no longer, do as i say, not as i do, its more like;
    fuck you, and i will do whatever the fuck i want.

  • Sep 24th, 2012 @ 10:52am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    YOU need the shock therapy.. everyone else on the planet sees the bullshit that is copyright today, wtf is blinding you?

    pay from the MPAA? thought so..

  • Sep 12th, 2012 @ 2:50am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    +1, marked funny =]

  • Sep 11th, 2012 @ 7:24pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    if only Mike would give me this guyz IP address, he would never bother Techdirt again.

  • Sep 11th, 2012 @ 9:42am

    Re: Re: absoutely

    then fair is fair, $150,000 fine for the first offense, and each and every subsequent offense. Throttle DMCA notices from 10,000 a week, to 10. Should the behaviour continue, no DMCA notices for a year and possible jail time for the CEO of the company, after all, corporations are people too.

  • Sep 11th, 2012 @ 9:31am


    This is a great idea. Lockstep punishments on both sides. 3 strikes for false take downs, and you get your ability banned, repeat infringements should get a graduated system where if you are, not convicted, but alleged to employ a DMCA take down more than 3 times, the punishment increases. And the end-users are allowed to do the alleging, no proof needed. If found allegedly infringing on the DMCA system more than 9 times, there will be a $150,000 fine for each additional erroneous take down request. Eventually removing your ability to send DMCA take downs at all, period.

  • Sep 11th, 2012 @ 9:19am


    6 whole minutes?!?!

    now if this doesn't confirm the fact that you are a corporate troll, just loitering around Techdirt to slant and confuse every single story dealing with copyright nothing does.

    You are a narrow minded, self centered, copyright maximalist that does nothing but 'la la la' I can't hear you. 'I have rights!! dammit' verbal diarrhea is falling on deaf and tired ears here.

    Have you not realized that you have not changed a single informed opinion here with your diatribe? I got news for you, the continued maximalist position of your troll masters will, in fact, only change more fence sitters to the side of change, SPECIFICALLY because of your inane stupidity and increasing irrelevancy.

  • Sep 11th, 2012 @ 9:09am

    Re: Re: Re:

    any near semblance to the original fairy tale as depicted by Disney would be sued out of existence as a derivative work of the Disney version. This is how they steal from the public domain to copyright it. Just like Robin Hood, Cinderella, Snow White, Hansel $ Gretel, all remakes from the public domain. One could make the argument that Disney has nary a creative bone in their respective 'corporate' body.

    Why not make original movies from original stories? Oh, because they can't, hence the 'theft' from the public domain.

    A wise man once said, 'Judge not by words, but by deeds', and on that note, I will continue to file share the remakes how I see fit, because they were mine to begin with.

  • Sep 10th, 2012 @ 12:43pm

    Re: Re: Re: agreed

    yes, I periodically have to buy new ones. I get G-Drives now that are much more reliable, and I mirror over 10Tb on them, so if one dies, I can swap it out for another.

  • Sep 10th, 2012 @ 11:33am

    Re: agreed

    absolutely agreed, I think this is what the MAFIAA fears most, is ppl that simply stop buying their offerings due to the fact you can easily accumulate a massive library that will occupy your time for years to come.

    I myself have taken to the habit of simply buying hard drives instead of burning digital content to media that degrades.

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