SacHawk2.0 wrote:If you found a bank bag on the side of the road with ten grand in it, cash, and no other identifiers, would you give it to the police?
An anonymous bag of cash on the side of the road is quite different from a wallet you know was lost on the grounds of an amusement park. I'd keep the bag of cash.
RolandDeschain wrote:I did find a wallet (with over $200 in cash in it) in the seat of a roller coaster at Six Flags Great America outside Chicago like 14 years ago. Turned it in, all the cash included, to the lost & found people.
I thought about keeping the cash, but I didn't do it. I think I have the right to say that I would not have taken advantage of this had it happened to me based on my own actual past actions in a similar scenario.
And then you illegally downloaded some shit for free?
I didn't really pirate in the late 90s. A tiny bit, but things were different back then in a variety of ways. You know, I don't pirate music anymore. I haven't in at least two years; probably three. I can sample anything on YouTube, and I buy what I like on Google Play. I do still pirate movies and TV shows, but I buy some of what I like. Probably 30% for TV, and 50% for movies. Funny story relating to why I still pirate a lot of that stuff from just this past weekend.
I don't have a DVR box through Comcast for TV. I have a server setup that I host voice chat on, and it has an InfiniTV 4 card in it. This allows me to get what's called an M-card from Comcast that lets me run coax straight from the wall into the back of my computer. I use Windows Media Center to watch and record TV, and I have all the functions of the DVR box, but with unlimited storage and more features, and the card has four tuners, so I can watch one channel and record three others simultaneously, for instance.
Now, I have a Blu-ray burner in my computer and that's what I use to watch Blu-ray movies and shows with. A friend came over Saturday morning, we went mini golfing, then picked up steaks to throw on the grill and we watched the entire season of Firefly straight through on Blu-ray. I had never seen it, but had always heard good things, and the friend in question was pushing me to watch it. As soon as I put in the first Blu-ray disc, what does the Blu-ray software do? It refuses to play, saying the HDCP check failed. It failed because my server has three displays hooked up to it; the HDTV in the living room through an HDMI cable, the primary monitor through a DVI cable, and a secondary monitor through a VGA cable. HDCP (which is DRM BS) won't display content if there is an analog display hooked up that isn't DVI, because you can't block a device from recording what passes through an analog device or display.
So, I have to unplug the secondary monitor, and it still won't play. I have to close the Blu-ray software completely and open it up again, at which point it plays. We get through the first four or so episodes, and put in the next disc, at which point the HDCP check fails AGAIN, despite the freaking VGA cable being unplugged. This time, simply double-clicking the title bar to put it in windowed mode, then maximizing it back into full screen mode fixes it. Now, is this a horrific inconvenience? A really time-consuming burden? No. It's a quick fix. However, it's still a damned nuisance. This kind of DRM is just stupid, because it's trying to fix a problem that can't be fixed. There is no way to stop determined people from ripping video content from a disc. You can buy an HDCP stripper for under $100 to get around it, but there are other ways, too. All it takes is one person willing to do the work and they can make tons of movies and shows available on the Internet for the world to download.
Until I can buy all the shows and movies I want in DRM-free formats and have them kept on multiple devices I own, I will continue to pirate movies and TV shows. The same friend I just watched Firefly with wants to watch Farscape with me, too. He owns all the seasons on Blu-ray, but you know what I'm doing? Pirating all of it because it's easier and more convenient to watch that way, and Hollywood will count that as a lost sale to convince people like you to support the next iteration of DRM to try and prevent piracy with when all they have to do is get rid of DRM altogether and let people buy their movies and TV shows in whatever format they want, without restriction. Look at how removing DRM from music turned out as all the proof you need in case you disagree with me.
You and DTex think I just lie and use this kind of thing as an excuse to pirate stuff so I don't have to pay for it, but that is crap, and frankly I'm a little offended by it. My Steam catalog alone is enough to prove that I buy stuff I like, and a big part of the reason why I've purchased TONS of games on Steam is that they have made it convenient to do so, and most games on there are pretty DRM-free, or at least there is absolutely no inconvenience to what is there.
Hell, I paid for two World of Warcraft accounts for myself for years because I liked the convenience of running two clients simultaneously.
When I can buy the movies and shows I want in top-notch quality with no DRM or restrictions, including being able to keep offline copies on multiple devices, I'll start buying all of it instead of only some of it.
You and DTex can take your high misinformed moral high ground and shove it.