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  • Feb 25th, 2019 @ 2:57pm


    It was the servers iirc. They had servers in Nevada I believe, and used that to claim a US presence to justify extradition.

  • Feb 8th, 2019 @ 3:12am

    Re: Re: Not competition

    There was a video I saw on YouTube that pointed out why exclusivity as a form of competition is bad, and explained it very effectively. Paying for exclusivity isn't paying to make your product better, it's paying to make every one else's product worse.

    The anime streaming market does exclusive licenses a lot, here is what happened. More and more money is spent acquiring enough exclusive licenses to keep people coming to the streaming services of each competitor, which means less is available to spend on innovation, in fact, innovation is a wasted expenditure because the exclusive license is a better way to get more people to your service. It gets worse. The price of these services has gone up in order to fund the purchasing of these exclusive licenses, meanwhile the number of anime available on any given service went down. On top of this, since the price of buying these exclusive license drove up the cost of entering the market, it made it impossible for new entrants, without some serious cash backing them, to even enter the market.

    It gets worse still. These services no longer even really compete with each other, because each of them has products the others aren't allowed to sell. You can't go and buy a generic brand of what ever the hot new anime of the season is, and get similar quality at a better price, or with a better service. You have no choice but to go to the competitor that carries the anime you want.

    When this happens, it's no longer a healthy competitive marketplace. A Valve monopoly is by far preferable to the gaming scene becoming comparable to the above. If we are to have competition in this space, it should not be by means of exclusive licenses. That just makes things worse for everybody.

  • Jan 25th, 2019 @ 12:27am

    Re: Google would rather lose-lose if not TOTAL control.

    I have a question for you. If Google not linking to the news sites is harmful to them, how can anyone argue that the news sites are not getting a significant and worthwhile return from Google? This seems a pretty obvious case of these news sites wanting to double dip. Get paid because Google sends them free traffic which is then monetized with advertising, then get paid again by Alphabet Inc. because it sent them this revenue source.

    Personally, I would love to see Alphabet Inc just charge for the service of being on Google News. Charge enough to cover the cost of the new licensing fee, plus a bit more. It's only fair, isn't it? If some one offers you a service to help you make more money, shouldn't the person or group providing the service be compensated for it?

  • Aug 19th, 2018 @ 2:23pm

    Re: FWIW

    I'm west of both, we have a few In'n'Out locations. They aren't the most common, but believe me I visit every once in a while for the animal fries.

  • May 13th, 2018 @ 2:59pm

    Re: question

    With all the things Digital Homicide did, it's hard to keep track of it all. I think I remember something about it at some point, but I could easily be misremembering. The thing that got them kicked off of the Steam platform wasn't fake reviews though. It was filing a lawsuit against steam customers for posting negative reviews of their games.

    I love going back to the Jim Sterling videos about them though, since Digital Homicide really targeted him, getting a quick review of one of the greatest internet tantrums I've ever born witness to, followed by the dev being forced to shut down, then having the only remaining lawsuit dismissed with prejudice. The schadenfreud is glorious.

  • May 1st, 2018 @ 6:20pm

    Re: Re:

    I decided to check the site myself. I have uBlock Origin, but not NoScript. I can still view the site, so it seems that uBlock Origin defeats their anti-adblocker script even with out NoScript.

  • Feb 21st, 2018 @ 9:31pm

    Re: Re: SO? About half of US states once advocated and made laws holding people in chattel slavery!

    You know, some one went and found the various bad actions taken by ISP's from 2004 through 2016, and made a timeline out of it. I uploaded a copy, just in case some one is interested.

  • Sep 20th, 2017 @ 10:45am

    Re: Re: Re:

    If I had to take a guess, I'd say it's because they represent a very wide range of businesses that would be harmed by this. My money is on this being crafted by an AG, or maybe several, that have wanted to be able to go after various sites for sex trafficking but couldn't because of section 320.

  • May 27th, 2017 @ 1:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Technical question about phone security

    Can't say for every implementation, but usually there's an encrypted decryption key on a keyring. Change your password, and the encrypted key gets rewritten, but that's it. This makes changing your password a fairly simple thing, update the file/database entry for your password, and rewrite the decryption key to be encrypted (and decrypted) with your password.

  • Jan 27th, 2017 @ 10:47am

    Re: FTFY

    My understanding, coming from conversations with Fins, is that the government is, for the most part, pretty good at doing what's right for the public. For example, I remember explaining to one girl that in the US, we aren't given a mandatory paid vacation every year at Christmas time by law, and her being rather surprised.

  • Jan 27th, 2017 @ 10:28am

    Re: ahhh... well hey...

    There were rumblings about this law getting repealed back when Erdogan decided to use this law to go after German citizens. I have a friend who lives in Germany, we chat via Skype, and he was actually skeptical as to whether this would happen. The law may have been repealed a bit sooner than they were aiming for, since it was supposed to be in time to stop a specific lawsuit that was reported here, and that lawsuit was scheduled for later this year. I forget who it was that was being sued by Erdogan, but with the law repealed, that lawsuit is pretty much toast. I'm sure Merkel will absolutely reap the benefits of repealing the law, but this was started before Trump becoming President was even starting to look likely.

  • Jan 17th, 2017 @ 12:56pm

    Re: Even better

    You forget that windows is hard coded to bypass the hosts file for its internal tracking services. Those entries in the hosts file won't do much of anything at all to stop tracking. I had a cousin show me a program he had installed to block the tracking, but I forget what it was called, and never did look into it to see if it actually does the job.

    Note: I don't have Win 10, so I can't really test the software myself.

  • Dec 16th, 2016 @ 5:11pm

    A couple minor typos

    "...we've been saga of Prenda Law..." and the name "Anderw Luger"

  • Oct 7th, 2016 @ 9:42am

    Re: Solid?

    According to Romine himself, he was too poor to afford a lawyer. I haven't checked his website in the last couple weeks, but last time I was there he was asking for a pro-bono lawyer to represent him in suing Valve directly.

  • Oct 3rd, 2016 @ 9:16am

    Spelling error

    Masnick, I thought you should know that you have misspelled Phoenix a lot, you keep spelling it Phoneix in your post. Once in the title, and three times in the second paragraph.

  • Sep 22nd, 2016 @ 9:37am


    It's not Steam they're suing, they're suing users who use Steam. They simply subpoena'd Valve for the real identities of Steam users. A nice little point by point on the merits of the lawsuit, but you've got the wrong defendant which makes a real difference.

  • Sep 19th, 2016 @ 11:58am


    That is a great little plan actually. Gives an ISP that can provide real competition a foot in the door.

  • Sep 13th, 2016 @ 9:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Federal Regulation...

    That's not really true. There is a very high cost involved in just setting up an ISP, higher than most other types of business, and tends to result in a natural monopoly that. It's just too high of a barrier for most who might have been interested.

    A better solution would be to set up a government controlled fiber network, then allow any company to connect to the network to act as an ISP. Lower the barrier for entry and let new ISP's form. It would be a costly endeavor, but nothing stops the US Govt from being one of these ISP's, or even charging a small rent to ISP's using their network, allowing them to recoup their costs, and even providing a new revenue stream in lieu of taxes. It'll never happen, because every ISP would have a temper tantrum, but it would do the job nicely.

  • Sep 9th, 2016 @ 11:39am

    Re: Re: Re:

    As some one who has beaten it with 100% completion, I will say it's a great game. A lot of people have suggested Nintendo sent the DMCA, then later a C&D to the dev's personal email, due to being embarrassed by the work this guy did. While I doubt that, I can see why people would think that. It's an extremely well designed game with out even really any noticeable bugs since the 1.1 patch.

  • Jul 26th, 2016 @ 5:45pm

    Re: Re:

    I'm also curious who he thinks this is supporting.

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