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  • Dec 17, 2018 @ 04:45pm

    Re: True... if you change the definitions around

    Saying community broadband 'threatens free speech' is laughably wrong when taken at face value...

    you are true in this statement... but you really gotta look at the big picture, and its not a threat to free speech... its all about control..

  • Jun 27, 2018 @ 12:24pm

    just say no..

    I know I dont post alot here, but I do read this board daily. I learned how to mask my identity online over 15 years ago. Believe me, I am not in Atlanta.

    I just wanted to express my voice on this particular topic as one of the many that will not offer my skill set to my government and to what extents that entails.

    I have been offered upward of $285,000/yr in salary and benefits to put my skillset to work for the US government and have turned it down. I will not define my skillset, simply accept that it is in IT and it is in a very rare niche and of incredible demand.

    I have been around since the inception of internet, and raise my voice to all skilled IT talent to rise to the moral high ground, and refuse to have your talent abused by the United States government.

    just say no..

  • Nov 27, 2017 @ 09:20pm

    you should have seen this coming, I did..

    I think you are missing the forest from the trees here, when it comes to political duplicity, there is alway an agenda. An end game, a thought through process with all angles decided from big think-tanks. When public outcry from the 'Oliver affect' arose, miraculously the outpour of bot driven defense. Does anyone here really think that was a response, or a process driven reply?

    The little lives here are so quaint to quantify here, honestly, I like TechDirt, its informative and mostly intelligent input from subscribers. But I gotta honestly evaluate the 'pro' part of your protest.

    The dystopium conundrum that is net neutrality is the result of alot of prior dysfunction slightly related. It all really boils down to money. I can make all kind of arguments and comparisons for reality's sake therefore I can boil this down to one simple fact.

    If every single member of the US of A called their his/her congressman/congresswoman and voiced their opinion on net neutrality, and every single call was for retaining Title II application, I guarantee the FCC would still vote to dismantle it.

    tldr; money is going to screw you out of your privacy. and the voice of the people can go fuck themselves.

  • Apr 10, 2017 @ 10:40pm


    you and everyone here expands the stupidity never said.., 'oh, dear me, this is intolerable', yet you never steel yourself to defiance. he's wrong you say, he's violating x rule, bla bla bla. in the world we live in today, if you stand up for your constitutional rights , you are in the wrong. if you believe your rights to immunity then you are a terrorist, if you believe you have a say in things, you are a terrorist. you are not following the script, the world no longer exists as you once thought it did, its gone, forever. sure 'tards call me a shill, but more of a realist, the world is gone. accept the fact that the world is run by corporations feeding politicians and you will understand the world better.

    its over, get over it, you allowed it...

  • Mar 28, 2017 @ 09:44pm

    Re: ha ha ha haaaaaa

    OR, learn how they track and defend. there are no lessons here, no links to educate you. simple motivation to be unheard on the internet. it can be done, it is done, it is being done. simpletons and millenniums are lack, lazy and sadly uneducated. if you value your privacy, then simply understand how to implement it, instead of holding hands in vigil in complaint of its' violation. at this point you are belatedly realizing that YOU are the target, disclaiming, 'it could never be me!', bla bla bla.

    in an entitlement generation, it is inconceivable that my 'privacy' is actually private, leaning on, ahem, government oversight. I see alot of flag waving and postering here on techdirt, alot of 'how dare they' bullshit.. you minions brought this shit on yourself.

    its too late to fix it, its been too late for a decade, realize that fact moving forward. calling your congressman/congresswoman will do nothing but get you diatride, you simply do not have enough money.

    learn the waves, calculate your break, and get your surf. I read techdirt to follow the idiocy embracing all, its amazing.

    if you are not outraged, you are not paying attention.

  • Mar 28, 2017 @ 09:27pm

    Re: Re:

  • Mar 15, 2017 @ 01:52pm


    I thought to copyright an object, it had to be "fixed" how can you claim against an ongoing production prior to it being "fixed"?

  • Jan 26, 2017 @ 08:48am


    the shootings and beatings will continue until morale improves.

  • Aug 08, 2016 @ 12:17pm

    Re: Re: give them everything they want.

    piracy has always been the boogeyman. they have no inclination of stopping piracy whatsoever, it is the gremlin to point at and whine. MUSO estimates piracy as low as 5% in amerika. it is the gist of all evils.

    agreed, if everyone in the world stopped buying movies and music completely, the MAFIAA would run to the gov and get laws demanding money from everyones wallet irrespective of reality.

    I changed my consumption habits 22 years ago, never looked back. I still stand my my statement, give them everything they want, adapt or die.

  • Aug 08, 2016 @ 11:50am

    Re: Re: give them everything they want.

    they are already avoiding monetizing youtube in efforts to strangle the market, and flood takedown notices in efforts to show the notice and takedown system doesnt work. they will NEVER be satisfied.

    they are already taking massive innovation to the grave, at this point there is no real additional damage that cannot be absorbed in letting them die a violent death, taking whatever casualties with them.

  • Aug 08, 2016 @ 11:16am

    give them everything they want.

    I say give them everything they want, restrict their audience, the sooner they make less money the sooner they will be replaced.

  • Jun 14, 2016 @ 07:47am

    Re: no

    try a real free, encrypted app called telegram

  • Mar 24, 2016 @ 12:06pm

    or, if you think..

    like Cary;

    'The consumption of music is skyrocketing, but revenues for creators have not kept pace. '


    our profit;

    our EXPECTED profit;

    'More people are listening, therefore more people need to be paying! It's another form of piracy I say!'

    of course the amount they skim off the top that goes to the artists will not be affected even if their profits go up, that will remain the same, as little as possible.
    I can imagine that if it was even $24 Billion, with a B, they would be singing the same tune.

  • Mar 10, 2016 @ 02:55pm

    sites that block content..

    my 2¢..

    link if you like, im a tabbed browser kinda person, open in new tab from link.. each and every single time I encounter this rebuff, I simply close the tab.

    the content is simply not worth being lambasted with idiocy of ads for objects/services/things I will never buy.. EVER.

    since its adblock's initial debut in dec of '09 and installation, i have been ad free for over 6 years, I like the cleanliness of not being distracted by flash or blinky blinky BUY HERE sh*t.

    /end my 2¢

  • Feb 25, 2016 @ 05:28pm

    if you're not outraged, you are not paying attention..

    really? divine debate? understanding? IP insinuations? w0w, just w0w.. I thought the techdirt community was more enlightened than this..

    you amerikans are hilarious, deceived and duplicitous in your own demise.

    does anyone REALLY think this is about 'following every lead'?, if the FBI is so intent in following every lead, why not dig deeper into Hillary Clintons email fiasco? hmm?

    this is nothing short of your gov fscking you even deeper, longer and with no reach around, or lubricant. This is nothing short of getting their precedent using third party doctrine and the all writs act to circumvent congress, due process and your 'inalienable' rights, face it, you have no rights anymore, sitting on your couch watching football and drinking pisswater beer. you actually deserve this victimization.

    never has a terrorist toxified over 300,000 citizens drinking water for a payout, see Flint, MI, or daily murder 100s in remote drone attacks in countries you dont even have international relations with. I am absolutely amazed at the utter stupidity being dealt to the obese sheeple in the states of amerika. just w0w.

    if you cannot see that this is nothing more than another chip off you're privacy rights in a country completely benign of privacy rights anymore you should be ashamed, and re-read the subject line of this post.

    so much for 'going quietly into the night', change the channel, find some football, eat some more pringles and drink more beer, never in my life have I seen a more pitiful wretchedness of incontrovertible stupidity in my existence.

    land of the free eh? keep believing in that 'amerikan dream'

  • Feb 09, 2016 @ 01:16pm


    copyfraud; the illegal pursuant of a licensing demand that was not owned by the 'alleged' copyright holder. theft from the public domain in direct effort to feloniously support a business model, each count of licensing demands should be met with a $150,000 statutory damages for each and every license pursued during the terms of the dispute.

    evidence the work was elevated to the public domain in 1927 @ ~ $20 million / yr profit, using real facts and not hollywood accounting numbers, I would say Warner Bros is on the hook for $1.78 billion, with a 'B' towards a pool fund where everyone who licensed the song since 1927 can demand from.

    live by copyright, be bankrupted by copyfraud. they should just double the fine, because copyfraud.

  • Feb 04, 2016 @ 12:14pm

    I'm confused..

    Is not the copyright OWNED by the producer of said broadcast/filming/photograph?

    If neither the NFL or Mr.Haupt registered the required 28yr copyright on the 'tape' AND the NFL cannot own the contents of the tape, how in the world is this even a fight?

    "This telecast is copyrighted by Mr. Haupt for the private use of our audience. Any other use of this telecast or any pictures, descriptions, or accounts of the game without the Mr. Haupt's consent is prohibited."

    simply replace NFL with Mr. Haupt on the NFL's bullshit claims they spew during any televised game.

    Shouldn't this tape be in the public domain?

    'To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.', remember?

  • Jan 29, 2016 @ 08:02am


    both of your comments have helped. I think anons comment is simply a stepping stone toward the New World Order wherein corporations ACTUALLY do own nations and the humans living there.

    I feel the goal in this baby step is to link your wallet to corporations so they can withdraw at their leisure.

    Insightful, thanks..

  • Jan 29, 2016 @ 06:57am

    from a greedy corporation standpoint..

    Ok, TPP bad, mkay.. I get it. I've lurked here for years, great site btw Mr. Masnick..

    Can someone ELI5 how the multi-national corporations pushing so badly for this clusterfsck are indeed going to benefit?

    The reason I ask is simple. Typically these greedy bastards are incredibly narrow minded and so blinded by greed, any typical 7yr old can circumvent the new implications with some minor behavioral modifications. (i.e. cord-cutting et al.)

    I am interested in an article(s) outlining the detrimental effects in laymen's terms that would improve an individuals ability to retain some semblance of freedom moving forward. I understand it's blatant copywrong aspects (consider me one of the many that has zero respect for copyright anymore, and could care less) baked into the TPP, but would like to better understand other possible behavior changes needed to circumvent the intended goals.

    With the fervor with which this is being pushed, looking at it thru the eyes of pure greed, I fail to understand what they hope to gain. Knowing that, of course, I am incapable of thinking like a greedy, self-serving massive global conglomerate hell bent on profit$.


  • Mar 31, 2015 @ 07:39pm

    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

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