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  • Aug 29th, 2017 @ 11:48am

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    The reason it worked before with pirate sites is because they were taking the load off the server for rebroadcast using their own bandwidth and processing power. Clearly, Showtime did not have enough resources to handle the streams. Hard lesson to learn.

  • Jun 30th, 2017 @ 5:25am

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    This is yet another knee jerk reaction to nothing tangible. Even if it is true, it is something only a small minded bureaucrat would come up with. I take my laptop everywhere, even on vacation due to the fact that I may need to log in to a server or clients computer to fix an issue, plus it is my lifeline to e-mail. A cell phone is a horrible alternative to a laptop. Plus I would never check my laptop unless the airline would pay me a significant amount of money if it was lost. It would cost me thousands to get a new laptop shipped to me the same day and all configured. So many items are stolen from luggage every day, if this was in effect then I guaranty that it would be open season on our luggage. If I would not be able to fly with my laptop, I would find another way to travel or not travel overseas anymore. It is just not an option for me.

  • Jan 13th, 2017 @ 1:37am

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    I agree that prison may not be the answer but whenever you attempt to block anything, someone clever will find a way around it, especially hackers. Rather than trying to block them, monitor them. And if they repeatedly violate the rules, then put them in jail. If it less evasive to others and has the same oversight.

  • Nov 4th, 2016 @ 4:35am

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    While the intent is noble, it will never work. Any teenager who is focused on getting to sites that are questionable will find a way. There is no way you can 100% block it without blocking sites that are not porn but somehow get caught in the filters. Plus, it is the parents responsibility to manage and control it. A better use would be to send the parents a list of sites that have been accessed so they can monitor their kids and take the needed steps to block them on their own, if they so choose. There are many software packages that can do this and it puts the power where it belongs, in the hands of the parents, not in a group of legislators that are looking to make themselves look good by passing a poorly constructed system to solve a problem that the government should not be involved in the first place. Plus you know, someone will come up with a way to bypass it.

  • Aug 20th, 2015 @ 7:40am

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    I agree with AC just appeal the request and include the document. While it is moot because you already have the document it will surely have someone scratch their head looking at your paperwork. Only if I could be a fly on the wall to see their face when they read it. lol

  • Apr 29th, 2010 @ 4:09am

    Downloading Media

    It is a good question to ask, are we entitled to download a product that we already own in hard copy. The moral question is would it considered stealing. On the against side, someone has to take the time to upload it to a website and manage it at a cost. How are they compensated for their time. But as a matter of morality, I agree that is is not immoral or unethical to download it. You already own it and transforming it into a digital copy. You can go through the trouble of scanning it yourself but if it is readily available there is no reason you should not be allowed to do so. Consider it a backup of what you already have. You are allowed to make copies of almost anything as long as it is for your own use and not sold or transferred.

    In my opinion, it is perfectly ethical to do so.