* Posts by Ants

4 publicly visible posts • joined 2 May 2007

BNP membership list leaks online



They are a political party, but whether they're legitimate or not is most definitely up for discussion. Their policies are designed to split communities and raise racial tension, which in turn gives them more support.

Something has to be done about that sort of thing, and this is why lots of people - myself included - try to stop them organising in our communities.

Look at it a different way: if, say, people-traffickers started campaining to make their business legal, would people tolerate it saying "Well... I don't like what they do, but they are a legitimate political party"? Of course they wouldn't. Or at least I'd like to hope so. And in the same way, I find the BNP nefarious so I'm not willing to tolerate them.

US man threatens TV repairman with shotgun


RE: justifiable threats

You don't blame him one bit?! Surely you can't be serious?! You've got a problem with your telly and you think it's perfectly alright to threaten a person with a shotgun when they try and HELP you?!

I think you need more help than with your dish...

Pirated Simpsons movie traced to phone


RE: Uneducated Discussion

>James wrote:

>eddie wrote about "technologically-backward idiots" who should release the full >content for $2.00 to stop "illegal" activity. What about the first group of people >who intercept the video over a wireless connection and post the content on >torrent networks? Where is the the "savings" or "profit" there?

Itunes? Napster? Businesses adapting to what consumers want?

>James wrote:

>You would not walk into the store and steal a DVD, but you feel you have a right >to not have to pay their asking price to see the same content if it is available >"on-line" for "free."

It isn't at all the same as stealing a DVD from a store, at least not in a moral sense. If you steal a DVD from the store, the store looses out (unless the store has some sale-or-return deal with the distributor). Those involved with the production before the retail stage have all had their share, putting the store and ultimately consumers out of pocket.

But basically it's not that I disagree with you, its just that I think - like others who have posted here - that the film industry needs to wake up.

Technology has transformed the media markets forever, but I thought the whole "beauty of the free market" was that companies would adjust and transform to cope with changes. Why then are they clawing onto their old way of doing things and asking for government regulations (which business leaders normally have a problem with) such as DMCA to solve their problems instead of pulling their finger out and doing what they're meant to do; provide their consumers with entertainment.

At the end of the day, it isn't as if this hasn't happened before. "Home taping is killing music" was a warm-up act.

Digg buried by users in piracy face-down


Reply to "What am I missing?"

"What worries me is the ongoing impact of all of this digital piracy. Sure, it may appear like a victimless crime, depriving a few big multimedia companies of some income, but what is the real impact of this in the long term..."

Actually, long-term, I doubt there will be much of an impact. "Home Taping is Killing Music" was the slogan back in the 80's from the BPI; they've just had a change of nemesis. Yes, the piracy is much more widespread than in the 80's, but the market for these luxury goods has also increased. In the short-term I see a lot of upheaval, most probably including at least some of your points, but in the long-term I don't see much changing.