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  • Study Shows Anti-Piracy Ads Often Made People Pirate More

    Ninja ( profile ), 11 Aug, 2022 @ 02:34pm

    I've just read an article on how Disney+ is jumping the price hike plus advertising and I'm just thinking how piracy is becoming a good option again. Rent-seeking everywhere.

  • Study Shows Anti-Piracy Ads Often Made People Pirate More

    Ninja ( profile ), 11 Aug, 2022 @ 02:30pm

    I hear you. It's a whole world of pain. Makes me think people have cars out of necessity.

  • Study Shows Anti-Piracy Ads Often Made People Pirate More

    Ninja ( profile ), 11 Aug, 2022 @ 02:13pm

    Then you look at your bank account and you conclude: yes, I would download a car, I would download food, I would download a [insert whatever necessity here]. So a movie is no problem at all.

  • WhatsApp Again Affirms It Will Not Break Encryption To Appease Government Entities

    Ninja ( profile ), 11 Aug, 2022 @ 02:06pm

    Yes they are. They use encryption the same way. You don't break encryption to communications without breaking for all.

  • WhatsApp Again Affirms It Will Not Break Encryption To Appease Government Entities

    Ninja ( profile ), 11 Aug, 2022 @ 12:40pm

    You could be sharing CSAM, your communications should all be public, including your banking and health data. Because that's what you get with broken encryption and assuming the line that "someone, somewhere COULD be sharing CSAM". And Oh my, the little authoritarian tyrant inside you is very, very loud isn't it? Forcing people to share their passwords based on "they could be sharing CSAM" is any dictators sweet dream. What do you think of Russian govt throwing the book at Ukranians to share their passwords because they "could be sharing CSAM"? And please enlighten us how are we going to do online banking, govt services and virtually any service that needs authentication to protect abuse by crooks with encryption broken.

  • It Takes A Village Of Third Party Surveillance Tech Providers To Raise A Child

    Ninja ( profile ), 09 Aug, 2022 @ 12:01pm

    This is an issue I noticed as well. For poorer kids this can be hell. Yet another set of tools that disproportionaly harms the poor.

  • It Takes A Village Of Third Party Surveillance Tech Providers To Raise A Child

    Ninja ( profile ), 09 Aug, 2022 @ 11:37am

    My school didn't have surveillance cameras up to my last year when they installed them to keep track of the surrounding external area, school gates and places where people came in and out of the school. I'm very sad for kids nowadays who can't even be kids and do dumb stuff without getting preemptively screwed up. That when they are lucky and law enforcement isn't involved because then it's a whole world of pain and idiocy for the kid who happens to be the target of the whole surveillance circus. I still don't have kids but once I do school provided gadgets will stay turned off with batteries removed if possible and nothing will be installed in the kid's personal gadgets. There's enough surveillance already without some idiotic administrators going above their own positions and invading our homes and our kids privacy. Truly sad to see what the world is becoming.

  • Facebook Is So Sure Its Erroneous Blocking Of Music Is Right, There’s No Option To Say It’s Wrong

    Ninja ( profile ), 22 Jul, 2022 @ 03:48am

    I'm fairly sure that if copyright existed in the Stone Age we wouldn't have evolved past cave paintings. It's a goddamn cancer that stifles creative production.

  • With The Hype Bubble Burst, Companies Try Comically Hard To Distance Themselves From NFTs

    Ninja ( profile ), 22 Jul, 2022 @ 03:44am

    I'm cautiously excited to see this crypto madness going down in flames. Cautiously because I'm not so sure it's the end of this cancer or if it's a temporary cash out from the heads of the Ponzi schemes built on top of blockchain and this will just resume afterwards. In any case, if it is the proverbial end of crypto currencies and NFTs it is long, long overdue. It's an environmental disaster, it greatly disrupted GPU prices and it'1s mostly used for shady practices and money laundering as far as I can see. I'm just glad it's crashing in flames.

  • FCC Boss Wants To Define Broadband As 100 Mbps, But May Not Have The Votes

    Ninja ( profile ), 21 Jul, 2022 @ 07:49am

    In retrospect this seems to be an out of place political criticism so I should add that the current gridlock that's preventing any meaningful advance is the result of Biden taking his sweet time to appoint someone and the generally bad job Dems have been doing in the current term (and even then they are orders of magnitude better than the alternative).

  • FCC Boss Wants To Define Broadband As 100 Mbps, But May Not Have The Votes

    Ninja ( profile ), 21 Jul, 2022 @ 07:09am

    Democrats just seem to bee a good option because the alternative (Trump/R's) are much, much, much, much..... much worse.

  • Student Expelled Over Off-Campus Nazi Joke Can Continue To Sue The School, Says Appeals Court

    Ninja ( profile ), 20 Jul, 2022 @ 08:43am

    I wonder if the university could set in its rules that some behaviors outside of the campus can result in expulsion? For example, if the student glorifies nazism or posts speech somewhere calling for jewish/black/people/minorities murder or something. It seems to me that no one should be barred from expressing themselves but some expressions should result in punishment and nazi/racist stuff are high on the list.

  • Netflix’s Password Sharing Crackdown Has It Sounding More And More Like Comcast

    Ninja ( profile ), 20 Jul, 2022 @ 07:37am

    One of the reasons capitalism doesn't work is this need to constantly grow profits. The most visible result is wealth inequality. The other visible result is environmental destruction (which we are blissfully ignoring even though we are about to crash hard into it).

  • Netflix’s Password Sharing Crackdown Has It Sounding More And More Like Comcast

    Ninja ( profile ), 20 Jul, 2022 @ 07:24am

    I'm cancelling my subscription as soon as this bullshit hits me. Not worth it. This will happen with any services that try to double dip as well. And if I feel the need to watch anything that's not on services I pay for, well, piracy is right around the corner.

  • North Carolina Republicans Push Bill Forcing Towns To Destroy Electric Car Chargers

    Ninja ( profile ), 14 Jul, 2022 @ 05:47am

    Republicans seem really focused in leading the US to their demise (values, freedom etc) along with the rest of humanity (environmental destruction). How do you stop one of the most powerful nations, full of nukes, from imploding itself and screwing the rest of us in the process?

  • And We’re Off: Twitter Sues Elon Musk And Lays Out A Strong Case

    Ninja ( profile ), 13 Jul, 2022 @ 10:28am

    Treating billionaires that inherited good money before getting to the very top as geniuses is a common misconception prompted by the fact that they can hire much more intelligent people to do the thinking and executing of the complex parts. I personally am not contrary to having rich people even with a few dozen million around but billionaires are a teratogenicity that should not exist. Specially if their fortune was built on top of almost slave labor, environmental destruction or other human rights violations.

  • BMW’s Push To Make Heated Seats A $18 Per Month Subscription Portends A Dumb And Costly Future

    Ninja ( profile ), 13 Jul, 2022 @ 09:32am

    "Someone might have claimed fake news because it wasn’t on offer in the US" This could be the case but my point is I don't know who to believe. It's a trust crisis and it's very bad.

  • BMW’s Push To Make Heated Seats A $18 Per Month Subscription Portends A Dumb And Costly Future

    Ninja ( profile ), 13 Jul, 2022 @ 06:15am

    In a comment related to the subject, if I paid for the hardware installed and I'm very sure they are charging for it and not relying on possible future subscription money that may or may not come and may take several months to recover the cost of the installed hardware. If they are charging for it then it has to work whenever I want. Specially because I will want to turn off any external connection possibility other than alarm on/off so the feature would not be able to be turned on/off remotely. If there's no way to remove external connection then I don't want the car itself. If there's no model that comes with everything installed and enabled by default and connection optional then I don't want BMW cars regardless of how good and secure they are.

  • BMW’s Push To Make Heated Seats A $18 Per Month Subscription Portends A Dumb And Costly Future

    Ninja ( profile ), 13 Jul, 2022 @ 06:11am

    I read somewhere earlier that this is some sort of fake news that got traction in mainstream media for some reason now I'm kinda confused. The thing is, it's absurd but I can totally see this happening so I can't really say if it's true. Since Karl is reporting on it I'm much more inclined to believe it's true because I trust TD reporting but even then TD is made of humans and they can err as well, I'm not the only one that has a very serious trust problem with information and truth. I wanted to leave this here as food for thought. We have a very serious trust issue. And it's getting worse.

  • How Not Overly Enforcing Its IP, Universal Made The Minions Ubiquitous And Beloved

    Ninja ( profile ), 12 Jul, 2022 @ 12:31pm

    Mike, a minions article succeeded by copyright bananas is just art. You should copyright this sequence.

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