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BitTorrent Usage Increases In Europe, Following the Pirate Bay Blockade

Sneeka2 Re:CUZ MOTHERFUCKERS WILL STEAL NO MATTER WHAT !! (272 comments)

But getting without paying is the lesser of those two evils.

That's debatable I suppose. I'd suggest that we wouldn't have the mess of DRM, ACTA and whatnot that we have now if there was no piracy.

Whether it's realistic to have no piracy at all is another topic of course...

more than 2 years ago
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BitTorrent Usage Increases In Europe, Following the Pirate Bay Blockade

Sneeka2 Re:CUZ MOTHERFUCKERS WILL STEAL NO MATTER WHAT !! (272 comments)

Fairness? How about the big FUCK YOU consumers get when they buy a DRM-laden product...

Exactly, if you don't like it, DON'T BUY IT!

You are not entitled by nature to receive all the stuff you want under the conditions you want. If you don't like the conditions, then DON'T BUY THE PRODUCT. You are not making the problem of DRM any better with illegal downloading. Yes, life's not fair enough to let you have your cake and eat it too.

more than 2 years ago
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BitTorrent Usage Increases In Europe, Following the Pirate Bay Blockade

Sneeka2 Re:CUZ MOTHERFUCKERS WILL STEAL NO MATTER WHAT !! (272 comments)

Not giving money is fine, in fact it's what I'm advocating as well!

What's wrong is to expect to still get all the stuff you want anyway:

i download everything i want ... i will never, ever, buy another book, game, dvd, whatever.

more than 2 years ago
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BitTorrent Usage Increases In Europe, Following the Pirate Bay Blockade

Sneeka2 Re:CUZ MOTHERFUCKERS WILL STEAL NO MATTER WHAT !! (272 comments)

If you did not buy or use any of the products you listed, then it did very well have an effect. Of course that's pretty worthless in the big picture if a hundred bazillion other people were still using or buying those products. OTOH, did "pirating" Starcraft, Diablo or Visa help in any way? Did that change anything beyond more DRM or more severe punishment?

If a boycott at least generates media attention, it sends a signal. The only way the big companies can respond to that signal is by offering a better product (or at least do nothing). Pirating sends a signal as well, but the way the big companies are going to respond to that signal is by adding more DRM or more legislation, because it is something they can fight (or at least they think so). A simple boycott cannot be fought with DRM or legislation.

In other words: you're the effing source of the problem! There'd be no countries blocking piracy websites or trying to enact ACTA or any similar such actions on a governmental level if there was no piracy to begin with, yet you could still influence the market by simply not buying what you don't like.

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BitTorrent Usage Increases In Europe, Following the Pirate Bay Blockade

Sneeka2 Re:CUZ MOTHERFUCKERS WILL STEAL NO MATTER WHAT !! (272 comments)

And while you're "killing" the distribution companies, the artists die with them because they depend on the same money you're not paying them.

Give money to the artists who deserve it and be picky about it. That is empowering the ones who deserve it, while starving the ones who don't.
Grabbing the content from the establishment without paying for it is actually empowering the establishment, because the law is on their side; whether that is right or wrong in your opinion. Because you are "stealing" from the big ones they are able to move whole governments and push new legislation through, because they can point at actual wrongdoing going on from the POV of the law. If simply nobody was interested in their products, they'd have no club to swing.

more than 2 years ago
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BitTorrent Usage Increases In Europe, Following the Pirate Bay Blockade

Sneeka2 Re:CUZ MOTHERFUCKERS WILL STEAL NO MATTER WHAT !! (272 comments)

Only on Slashdot can such a comment be modded Insightful.

We get that the current system is not perfect. But publicly declaring that you're not going to pay for anything anymore while obviously still expecting to get all the latest new stuff... how is that fair to anyone, especially the creators of the stuff you're consuming?

I for my part am simply more selective about who I'm giving my money. And if I decide I do not want to fork over money for something, I may simply not consume it. If you want something to change, vote with your attention. Otherwise it's no wonder this is turning into a war.

more than 2 years ago
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Steve Jobs' Idea For an Ad-Supported OS

Sneeka2 Re:Excuse my French. (255 comments)

It must just be me, but the Apple users around me are routinely more knowledgable about computers than the average Windows users around me.
In fact, most Apple users around me are developers or otherwise professionals whose main tool is a computer, while most Windows users around me have had their XP box for the last decade and use it to occasionally browse the web and download a virus or two.

I know that I'm probably biased due to my work and people I meet through it, but man, do I hate the generalization that Windows users are somehow the better computer users.

more than 2 years ago
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Mac Flashback Attack Began With Wordpress Blogs

Sneeka2 Re:Walled Garden (103 comments)

There you go, even better. :)

more than 2 years ago
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Mac Flashback Attack Began With Wordpress Blogs

Sneeka2 Re:Walled Garden (103 comments)

For this you'll need Apple to back pedal on some simplification they've made to make their OS more accessible to less technical people. (Like installing application simply by drag-droping an icon from an archive into a system folder. With no privilege asked).

Oh darn, I'll feed the troll...

OK, please elaborate how installing an application by simply copying the executable into a location where all executables are stored is insecure. Is there an exploit that has been facilitated by this that would have been impossible otherwise? /Applications is not a system folder BTW. The system is in /System, and /Library. /Applications is a location to install applications, nothing more, nothing less.

more than 2 years ago
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Mac Flashback Attack Began With Wordpress Blogs

Sneeka2 Re:In the end, it's better that it happened (103 comments)

True. Anybody with half a brain knew this of course. It was merely time for the practical proof.
From here on Apple will have to proof itself in how well it does or doesn't respond to such incidents.
For its first trial by fire, it didn't receive very high marks so far.

more than 2 years ago
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Federal Court Allows Class-Action Suit Against Apple Over In-App Purchases

Sneeka2 Re:Don't you have to enter your password? (279 comments)

This! I wish I had mod points. Apparently long rants are more popular than actually trotting out the real details. Apple's In-App Purchase is really rather carefully designed. There are limited ways in which developers can charge users. These have to be explicitly, individually registered with and approved by Apple. They are displayed in the App Store before you even download the app. The item you are about to buy and its price are clearly displayed before you purchase.

Apple could hardly make it any more explicit you're about to pay money for something short of you needing to fax in an order sheet.

more than 2 years ago
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North Korea Shows Off Space Center and Launches Missile

Sneeka2 Re:NK discovers life (294 comments)

Hint: North Korea and South Korea do not have the same kind of relationship as North Dakota and South Dakota.

more than 2 years ago
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BOSS: The Universe's Most Precise Measurement

Sneeka2 Re:questionable units (128 comments)

If you mean to say that the sun and the earth didn't exist back then and that hence the "year" didn't exist, then that's nonsense. A "year" is a somewhat well defined length of time, which applies just as much now as it did then, regardless of when that length of time was first defined or when the ingredients for defining it came into existence.

Now, if you'd be talking about whether the length of time we define as a "year" nowadays is the same now as it was back then, and whether time is a universal constant at all throughout the universe... you may be onto something.

more than 2 years ago
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Mercedes Can Now Update Car Software Remotely

Sneeka2 Re:Secret capability? (228 comments)

Who said it's undesirable?

Oh right, this is KeepYourRemoteFingersAwayDot, sorry.

more than 2 years ago
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S+M Vs. SPDY: Microsoft and Google Battle Over HTTP 2.0

Sneeka2 Re:No (180 comments)

the browsers won't cache as a precaution -- it can be overridden.

Say what now? Precaution against what?
And browsers cache assets transferred over HTTPS just fine.

more than 2 years ago
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S+M Vs. SPDY: Microsoft and Google Battle Over HTTP 2.0

Sneeka2 Re:Optional extensions? (180 comments)

Correct me if I am wrong, but encryption prevents caching.

Well, you are wrong. At least as a general statement. :)

It prevents caching by proxies, but it works fine with regular client/server HTTP caching.

more than 2 years ago
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S+M Vs. SPDY: Microsoft and Google Battle Over HTTP 2.0

Sneeka2 Re:Really? (180 comments)

I actually wouldn't mind typing that in or dictating it.

msblows://microsoft.com

more than 2 years ago
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S+M Vs. SPDY: Microsoft and Google Battle Over HTTP 2.0

Sneeka2 Re:Really? (180 comments)

Well, they could have gone with "Hypertext Transfer Protocol 2.0 Speed and Mobility Express Professional Server 2013 Edition for Workgroups" instead, or httpsmepew:// for short. I think "S&M" is already a pretty good try for them.

more than 2 years ago
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S+M Vs. SPDY: Microsoft and Google Battle Over HTTP 2.0

Sneeka2 Re:Optional extensions? (180 comments)

I really like that SPDY insists on SSL secured connections. This is what we should be moving towards and having it forced upon us in the next HTTP revision is a great step. But of course Microsoft tries to be backwards compatible, as they always are.

I say SPDY for modern devices, HTTP 1.1 for the foreseeable future for low powered devices. It still works fine, you know? And by the time HTTP 1.1 is retired, there will be no more devices so underpowered they can't establish a SPDY connection. For the love of god, drop legacy when you get the chance!

more than 2 years ago

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