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Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK

CowboyBob500 Re:And how utterly pointless it is... (195 comments)

It's a PR exercise, nothing more. They haven't got the time or inclination to go after anything other than the "Big 4". The courts wouldn't have any time for anything else otherwise.

about a year ago
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Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK

CowboyBob500 Re: And how utterly pointless it is... (195 comments)

A while back I was trying to setup a DNS server on a DMZ (wanted to host my own domain names) and couldn't get it working behind my router. Was getting infinite loop lookups from inside my network. Even though I'm only on a home broadband package, when I rang up support at my ISP (Zen in case you're wondering), the first line support person was able to talk me through how to get it working. I was really impressed.

about a year ago
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Project Free TV, YIFY, PrimeWire Blocked In the UK

CowboyBob500 Re:And how utterly pointless it is... (195 comments)

Exactly. My ISP isn't exactly small, but it's also not one of the major players, and they don't block anything either.

In fact, my other half is a rabid TV downloader and wants to watch the shows when they come out on American TV so she can discuss stuff in forums without spoilers. We have a Sky subscription so we will have paid for them when they air, she just doesn't want the lag. Anyway, the ISP have been sent the usual e-mails from lawyers about her torrenting activities. The ISP just forwards them on for information purposes and says we can ignore them if we want. Unless they get a court order, they're not doing jack shit.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Research Uses Kinect To Translate Between Spoken and Sign Languages

CowboyBob500 Re:Hardly revolutionary (79 comments)

And for my masters thesis in 2000 I worked on a thing called TESSA. Specifically my part was on the compression algorithm that reduced the data points for the sign language half from 15 dimensions (1 dimension for each joint in the fingers and thumb) down to 3 dimensions as computing power was too limited back then to deal with any more in real time. In the end I used a combination of hidden Markov models and active shape models to do this. Was really interesting stuff.

about a year ago
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According To YouGov Poll, Snowden Support Declining Among Americans

CowboyBob500 Re:No wonder... (658 comments)

"Based on what you've heard" - the most telling part of the question. They're trying to find out if their propaganda is working.

about a year ago
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Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

CowboyBob500 Re:Name revealed (890 comments)

Saying the Zionists were looking for an amicable solution in Israel is akin to saying the IRA were looking for an amicable solution in Northern Ireland. Nothing that Haganah, Irgun or Lehi did pre-48 can be described as amicable. You're right in that the whole situation is extremely complex, but deliberately ignoring a complete section of the political landscape of the time does not make your point suddenly the correct one.

more than 2 years ago
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Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

CowboyBob500 Re:Name revealed (890 comments)

I most certainly would not as any religious beliefs he/she/it/anybody has should always be personal and therefore should always be "my" rather than assuming that everyone else does or should believe the same.

more than 2 years ago
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Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

CowboyBob500 Re:Name revealed (890 comments)

Looks like I was trolled. My point still stands in general though.

more than 2 years ago
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Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

CowboyBob500 Re:Name revealed (890 comments)

Your use of the word "our" is rather arrogant and pompous. Perhaps this is why your faith is such a target of comedians - the arrogant and pompous has long been a staple of the comedy diet.

more than 2 years ago
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Police Investigate Offensive Wi-Fi Network Name

CowboyBob500 Re:Name revealed (890 comments)

It's also possible to be anti-Zionist (i.e. disagreeing with the legality of the state of Israel) without being anti-Jewish or anti-Semitic - even though any argument against Israel is immediately branded as such.

more than 2 years ago
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New Group Paves Way For 2012 Online Primary

CowboyBob500 Re:Good in theory (249 comments)

Don't know about Nixon, but as a European I can tell you right now that your two parties would be categorised as right wing (Democrats) and far right (Republicans) over here. Certainly neither are left wing.

more than 2 years ago
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Spotify Sued For Patent Infringement

CowboyBob500 Re:Spotify (151 comments)

If an artist is trying to create something to make money then they are doing it for the wrong reason - and it most likely shows (see Rebecca Black). If as an artist you end up making money, then that's great but it should never be a driving factor in the creation process. Which is why every single artist I know (including myself) would still put their music up on Spotify even if they paid nothing at all. It's all about spreading the word, finding an audience, and most importantly people appreciating what you are doing. One person saying they enjoy your art is worth more than any money these companies pay - whether that's 0.00029c or 99c (or whatever) per play.

(This is all IMO obviously)

more than 3 years ago
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Creator of China's Great Firewall Pelted With Shoes

CowboyBob500 Re:Americans are worse (220 comments)

Given that your participation in WWII was more about making money than killing off Facism, you can shove your moral indignation right where the sun doesn't shine.

more than 3 years ago
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Creator of China's Great Firewall Pelted With Shoes

CowboyBob500 Re:Americans are worse (220 comments)

Keep on perpetuating the myth and burying your head in the sand. Go look round a typical US city and you'll see plenty of CCTV cameras.

more than 3 years ago
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Top Gear Fights Back At Tesla

CowboyBob500 Re:Protection (369 comments)

Exactly, the BBC are doing it wrong. The correct response to a US lawsuit in this country is to photocopy your cock and send it off with the words "shove this up your arse" scrawled across it in marker pen.

more than 3 years ago
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Microsoft Slams Google Over HTML5 Video Decision

CowboyBob500 Re:competition (453 comments)

I live in the EU and there are no such restrictions for H.264 use here - for example see VLCs position in their FAQ (they're based in France). The fact that over in the US you have to pay is no concern of mine or most other people in the world. Hear that sound? It's the sound of the world's smallest violin playing.

more than 3 years ago

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