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  • Dec 16, 2009 @ 07:57pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Then deal with it as petty theft - and explain to me why the hell the FBI is involved and wasting my tax money on a petty theft of a video? Send the LEOs after the guy, not the Federal Bureau of Spending My Tax Money.

    Why the hell should some minor thief who stole a DVD get the same treatment as a serial killer? Even if you want to claim he did intellectual damage (which he didn't, at least not much, if you RTFA) then that's a civil suit and should be handled as much.

    Also, as to your last comment:
    Piracy isn't declining, it just moved HQs.
    Correlation != Causation
    Last I check, Music Sales was already increasing

  • Dec 08, 2009 @ 08:21am

    @DigiProtect Now Handing Pre-Settlement Threat Amounts Over To Collections Agencies

    So, ya bought "every book I can find on hacking and also have many you can't buy". You must be some kind of uber leet hacker, huh? Oh, yeah, that "Honey Pot Data NET" must just be the greatest thing ever, I'm sure none of the script kiddies can get past that with their Metasploit kits.

    I think we should start doing the same thing as these guys - seed our legally owned content, and then when one somebody at one of these collection groups downloads it, slam them back and get another collection group after them. It would be entertaining.

  • Dec 03, 2009 @ 10:57pm

    I dislike Mike's closing argument, it seems along the lines of the flawed "If you have nothing to hide" arguments. I do however hope quite dearly that this bill passes, and I'm still surprised none of these companies have been taken to court for price gouging.

  • Sep 30, 2009 @ 09:38am


    To agree with post #2, charging can alter how people value something. That's not to say that simply because I charge 25$ for my feces that the sewer company desires it anymore, but I have always noticed when doing websites or being an audio tech for a concert that I tend to be considered "better" if I charge more.

    I did this as an experiment once. I built a website for a group I was involved in for free. They thanked me and moved on, but never used it much.

    Yet for a small company (of whom I detested the owner) I charged them 300$ for a very similar website. Yet they love the website and are constantly asking me to do more work on it and continue to pay me well.

    Whenever I've run benefit concerts, I usually get thanked a bit and the musicians are always nice, but that's the sum of it. Working for paid gigs at 25$/hour, I notice that I get much more respect, much more power and am treated much better by musicians, the people employing me, and so on.

    Adding cost does have the potential to add value in some circumstances. There may also be more to the equation (I'm certainly not an economist) but it's been shown that charging more for an equivalent product can cause sales to rise for itself, and certainly for a lower priced twin.

    There is a very weird relationship between consumer, price and value. I don't understand much of it beyond that when I charge more, I get treated better as an employee or contractor as long as my bill is reasonable. Why exactly? I have not a clue.

  • Sep 23, 2009 @ 07:15pm


    Obviously we should simply kick both France AND the Media Execs off the internet, permanently. Possibly remove their eyes and fingers to prevent them from sneaking on?

  • Jul 15, 2009 @ 07:35am

    So that comment about a lot of Chinese spam in the comments....When did you turn psychic Mike?

  • Jun 11, 2009 @ 12:00pm

    Re: Re:

    Your conclusion has no logical support, you have no argument, and your typing was nothing more then a baseless opinion worth nothing. Please STFU and Get off my Internet.

  • Jun 05, 2009 @ 05:51am


    You're a bloody idiot. Seriously, and allow me to prove my thesis.

    You attack his title, which may be at some level inaccurate, but realistically is totally nonimportant. His article content on the other hand clearly agrees with the linked article. As other "technical solutions" has not been clarified by any source, Carlo obviously can't comment on it, without "Overstepping" as you said.

    Finally, this:

    "it's still not clear why the government, or ISPs, need to get involved to help prop up the recording industry's faltering business models."

    They are getting involved because massive copyright infringement is a serious issue that threatens to undermine the UK industry's ability to continue to produce music, movies, and TV fare that unique British.

    Yes, because people need to maintain a copyright for 70 years in order to produce music or other media which is uniquely British. As is the case with American Media, it's been shown that copyright often hinders creativity and limits people beginning in the market. I would guess that this same logic may apply to the British.

    Quod Erat Demonstratum

  • Jun 05, 2009 @ 05:44am

    Re: Competition?

    That just sounds like my cellphone plane which is...funny enough, provided to me by the exact same telco as my Internet, go figure that.

  • May 28, 2009 @ 06:40pm

    Re: I'll attest to that

    Brilliant Post, Completely agree - Given that the Networks actually post things properly in a decent format. I HATE people who post with split archives...

  • May 27, 2009 @ 01:06pm

    Re: You're an idiot

    Sorry, that was aimed @6

  • May 27, 2009 @ 01:02pm

    You're an idiot

    Music, as a digital good, is also infinite. Any given produced product has some limits. It's the same idea that Mike mentioned in his article, applied to performances instead of CDs. In your mentioned case, it was more profitable to give the show and sell the CD. In Mike's mentioned case, it was more profitable to give the CD and sell other things.

    Quod Erat Demonstratum

  • May 19, 2009 @ 12:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Advice For All Commenters

    Bettawrekonize, seriously, this isn't twitter. Make your freaking point and stfu and gtfo my Internets. Techdirt is a great website, but you don't need to post 30 times in a single story either. Every post you've made is totally irrelevant to the story so far.

    As to the story, that's hilarious. Did the CDC contract out the work though? Also, isn't there some sort of accountability on the FCC to have accurate data?

  • Apr 07, 2009 @ 07:56pm


    Wait, that's only part of the equation. 1 million kids on the internet with internet only friends. When we look at the percentage of those who actually meet those people, and then percentage of people within there who experience any negative consequence for that, you're talking a small number.

    Yes, several thousand, but you can never completely protect people. Instead of just saying we should ban the internet to save those few thousand, lets just educate the general population of children on how to deal with online only friends.

  • Mar 10, 2009 @ 08:10pm

    So the security companies might be forced to build backdoors...but what about open source? What if I do my own security? Sure, it's probably far from perfect, but it'd mess with the police newbs running keylogger installs remotely...

    I suppose it all could end up being very entertaining =D

  • Mar 05, 2009 @ 04:33pm

    Anime Fansubs are better

    I've been an Anime lover for a longtime. I've been in many situations where I've had a choice between the official translation of a series or a fansub - and I've always chosen the fansub. It is in my experience that the fansubs are a better translation, that provide much more of the deep side storylines of a series, as opposed to crappy american translations which would make one think we're a bunch of retarded 5th graders.

    Fansubs are better then studio translations in many cases. The movie studios would do best to HIRE the people doing fansubs.

  • Mar 02, 2009 @ 09:56pm

    Re: Mike Masnick Misses the Point--Again

    "But the real point is this: If the IT specialist for a top-secret government contractor cannot figure out how to safely install and operate a program like LimeWire, why on earth should this obviously dangerous program be made available to millions of teenagers"

    I hope I'm missing your sarcasm. I truly do. But just in case, you spent your first two paragraphs showing these IT people are totally foolish and idiotic. You then suggest that because they can't teach their end users to install p2p programs (or limit such installs) that such a program should be, what, banned from the internet?

    Obviously, teens all over the world will switch from using limewire to download music and instead use limewire to download bomb schematics and nuclear secrets?

    You don't actually have any clue what you are talking about, do you? Or do you just really have a dry sense of humor?

  • Dec 15, 2008 @ 03:29pm

    I'm just a little more ashamed of my country...good thing the popular vote doesn't actually matter...

  • Nov 27, 2008 @ 06:51am


    But there are circumstances where central planning has failed. While I agree it's a great option in many circumstances, certainly not all.

    For instance, look at the American revolutionary war. The campaign for the Americans that had more success was guerilla attacks in the south.

    Again, not saying socialism or central distribution is bad, rather, it's good in many situations, simply not ALL.

  • Oct 28, 2008 @ 07:57pm


    Google seems to be declining these days..perhaps apocalypse is among us?

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