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Am I going to have to start paying for stuff again?
I thought they had servers in lots of different countries to stop that
Whole world seemed to be down.
That's by original founder Peter Sunde.
he sounds a bit precious over a site that's for ripping off films
`Look! The Pirate Bay actually had morals when I was running it!`
I'm man enough to admit I've downloaded the odd thing off of it. But if it's shut down I shan't be shedding one ounce of a tear.
We should just ignore the fuck out of this.
I don't really care, though.
There's an *actual* baby having a tantrum on this bus, too.
of the Conservative-led government's cuts, libraries no longer exist.
My local public library is alive and well, has loads of new stock in. It's brilliant. Open seven days a week too.
Culture and education don't exist under this government. Marckee said so.
fetishising them even more??
Whilst you're at it, buy some cassettes too (there's a Christmas sale on): https://www.facebook.com/harmonicarticulation
What if they never went away?
I love libraries, won't hear a word against them. But fucking cassettes. As if vinyl knob jockies weren't bad enough, people have to go and release/sell/purchase stuff on cassettes. Cassettes for fucks sake!
this year. Didn't think I'd be able to but I did it!
Have THAT tax dodging!!!
Their aggressive tax avoidance means they're able to offer products much cheaper than their competitors.
Higher tax revenues only feeds the beast.
By shopping at Amazon, everybody wins.
Though I've stopped buying anything through them recently.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RETAILERS!!!!!!!!!
but I can tell you that you can't get the outlandish tech shit I need through any other service.
No doubt when I need a cable / coffee filters / something for my phone I'll be running back begging for forgiveness.
I buy from Amazon.
like a terrible spoiled child?
have now been handed a kindle fire hdx 8.9 4g. It's beautiful and stupidly slim and just an amazing bit of kit, but it still has the same fucking terrible UI and won't let you use any google services.
Now I *really* feel like a horrible spoiled ingrate cunt child.
I'm really, really trying to.
just get a Nexus 7 ffs.
People should stop trying to pretend there is a better tablet.
so having to record from the headphone jack?
and 2) wanted to get my grandad something to use in the hospice before he copped it. in this respect it's fair enough he went for the simplest to use option (i.e. the kindles); I'm still not sure how he juggled this into buying *two* different kindles, one of which appears to have come with a vodafone data connection he can't find the details for.
except via slightly shady characters on Amazon?
Google only do Nexus 9, now. 9" screen? FUCK THAT. What IS that? The worst compromise ever.
nothing's at a particularly sweet price/hardware point (maybe the ipad mini 2?), and there needs to be some really major software innovation to make things interesting again (if only to stem the current flow of thinkpieces on how tablets desperately need some software innovation)
And libraries smell.
just assumed that ever since it first got shut down that it was just a trap to catch people out.
but they don't have a nice top 100 like TPB do. Really like that.
pirate / don't pirate is the sort of moral issue I've sworn off in my thirties, but I remain fascinated by the sort of ragefit regular downloaders throw when uploads are late or somehow slightly flawed, let alone when things like this happens.
(gonna be boring and say I'm not accusing saps of this, really)
it's pretty much beyond parody.
Their sense of entitlement is beyond belief.
there are literally so many people that can do it that why don't you just leave it to the pros, man. don't wanna have to download three versions before i find one that's watchable.
also: it's seriously not hard to work out what's a decent release before you download it?
coz they often aren't what they say they are, and just because something is a certain file size or whatever doesn't necessarily mean someone has done a good job of doing it, and people seem to have pretty low standards.
V 10 / A 9 then it sounds like a shitty mp3 and the audio goes out of sync and it's in slightly the wrong aspect ratio and argh.
i'm better than you at the internet
It's a link to Goatse, isn't it?
Quality old school trolling from BITT there.
Isn't it a bit like using a drug dealer that is followed constantly by the police? It's bait.
I personally don't really use torrents or download that much stuff anymore any way.
shit ton easier to stream things now. Don't understand downloading it!
thought you were getting sniffy!
understand yer point. That's why i use youtubeisonfire
but hasn't everyone basically given up on prosecuting for downloading, poss even uploading on an individual scale?
Upload the same file for a few days and then clear.
I've never been contacted by my ISP but as I understand it the actual letter you eventually get sent is completely toothless.
that is so prevalent today. Why should you have free films/music? Why should you be able to watch stuff that's only out in cinemas?
Who cares if it's overpriced and you can't afford it? Who cares if it's only limited release? If you don't like that, don't watch it. It's hardly going to make your life substantially worse.
although both the tv/film and to a lesser extent music industries still have some way to go in terms of making their content widely available (worldwide) through legit services. I'm not sure widespread exclusive deals with streaming services are really doing the studios/labels any favours in terms of combating piracy either.
With that said, the more well known piracy sites that get taken down the better.
Like my intuition as that you probably don't have to make it *that* difficult to access TPB etc. before a significant amount of people give it up as a bad job.
And what % of consumers are even trying in the first place?
Generally digital video distribution still seems mega immature at the moment - even with money set aside, piracy is easily the most convenient / best quality option. presumably this won't be the case forever.
Because that was ridiculous.
and are able to offer the same things - quick painless downloads, no DRM, no signups, getting around rights issues relating to where it was made/distributed, etc. a lot of people will flock to it. pirating stuff just removes all the hassle and it's something that big companies aren't able to compete with.
even all the reddit shitheads paid for things like the Louis CK specials because it was quick and inexpensive. you just can't do that for most content.
I buy digital music because I get it instantly and then I can put it on all my devices.
With TV there doesn't seem to be anything like that. If I like a series it pretty much seems like iTunes has the market sewn up but I can't just buy from iTunes and stick on all my devices. I need to have only Apple devices and they all need to be hooked up to the right account on the right machine or something.
Google Play don't seem much better either. I just want the fucking thing as a movie file I can plonk onto whichever device works best, or stick on a memory card and put that into my TV.
UltraViolet goes a small part of the way to being usable - you can download/watch on pretty much any widespread platform, but only if it's supported and you're connected to the interweb, download codes expire by a certain date (wtf is that all about?), most DVDs/Blu-rays still don't come with codes and some people aren't interested in physical discs any more.
It's amazing how with music and software (Steam/GoG) companies have learnt that being unobtrusive does reduce the level of piracy and yet the studios seem determined to go through the same motions all over again.
a clever police bait for arresting cyber offenders?"
"Why yes. We even got Simon who runs the servers his own 'cyber' cap."
"Well how come we just arrested him, and shut down the servers?"
when you can stream tv/film stuff so easily
2. torrenting isn't an arse, it's incredibly easy
there's loads of hd quality streams of the latest stuff on websites like watchseries/youtubeonfire
also literally clicking on something and it playing instantly, it isn't going to get any easier than that
i'm fussy about quality. amazon prime has this annoying feature where it adjusts the quality of the picture based on your detected bandwidth at that moment in time so the quality keeps changing all the time. stuff like that does my nut.
also if something is around 720p i'm happy to watch it, never understood the obsession with "proper" HD/4k telly's etc
format that gets described as "h264" on these sites, at least on a 42" screen across a living room.
couchtuner is usually noticeably crappier than this, though. interested to see some better streamed stuff.
so i work on everything in like pristine quaity and then it goes out to the vast majority of people in crappy compressed format, just seems a shame.
i just worked on something that was shot on kinefinity in 4K and ended up being uploaded to the web in 2mbps h264. literally boggles the mind.
Feels like most people really struggle to see difference beyond 720p on non-ludicrous size screens?
Was reading some stuff on why the 48fps format looks weird to most people and it was interesting, but no-one even seemed to agree or be able to work out just *why*. perception is such a weird thing.
says that we just aren't used to it yet, which i can believe, and that 24fps has started to look primitive, which i also kind of agree with.
it's not a massively noticeable difference, its just sharper and there's more depth, it's not a totally different image. but yeah how far you are from a screem makes a big diff.
just seems like we've gone through this whole HD overhaul for nowt really. it's not really being used very well.
but was some interesting stuff on how lower frame rates might leave our brain some thinking time between each new frame to do some sort of imaginative work that might be a factor. Also that 24fps looks more unrealistic, but this actually sits more comfortably in our minds when we know we're watching something that is not in fact reality (so less discomfort when using 48fps for sports, doumentaries etc.)
There's a bunch of 60fps stuff on youtube now that's quite interesting to watch too. Weirdly creepy sometimes.
like you're just watching the actors rehearse or something. Actors must hate it. Some programs have just about got to grips with the format e.g. House of Cards but for most stuff it's really off putting.
called like 'fluid motion' or frame blending or something like that which is usually on by default and makes stuff look fucking weird, but you can and should turn it off
4K is literally just the resolution, it shouldn't do anything different to the motion
certainly hasn't coped well with high resolutions (and possibly high framerates WHO KNOWS)
It simply isn't available to provide good quality video to more than a minority of people in the UK at the moment, and even if it was, the streaming servers wouldn't cope with the demands of everyone requesting uncompressed 1080p video.
that's why downloading is better than streaming ;)
streaming seems fine for maybe comedy stuff but is the quality not noticeably worse? I caned a few comedy series off couchtuner but I think it'd annoy me if I was watching a film or a tv show where the visuals are more important.
wonder how good / popular streaming sites will have to get before they get ineffectually blocked too...
So streaming would be useless. And, to be fair, every time I've streamed TV/films it's been fucking horrendous quality outside of actual legit sites.
I've never used a torrent in my life, wouldn't even know how, but I'll quite happily watch something on a streaming site like couch tuner, because it's pretty much as easy as watching a YouTube video. In terms of legal/illegal though, it has to be about the same, right?
you only have to make it even slightly inconvenient to pirate stuff before the average buffoon gives up in defeat and pops UK Gold on instead.
I've never used streaming sites. I think because I've assumed quality and buffering issues would get on my nerves.
though in torrenting you are automatically seeding and enabling others to download it, so it's marginally worse
especially when you figure out which uploaders are consistent.
I'll generally use it to get obscure foreign stuff that's either too unpopular to be streamed or impossible to find streaming because of territory issues
tbf the man thinks that people in a relationship are by default bragging, despite this being millions upon millions of people. It's difficult not to fall into being lampooned by the old so-and-so.
granted things have changed a lot from over the past few years when ISP blocking was rolled out but proxies/Tor/VPN etc have meant that people who want to avoid ISP blocks have been able to and there are hundreds of private trackers out there, not to mention other public trackers and usenet, so this doesn't really change much.
You can't stop this kind of copyright infringement from happening you can only make it more difficult and it's still arguable whether preventing it actually boosts legitimate sales.
It'll boost legitimate sales IF there's a usable legit alternative. What it'll never prevent is the 10% who'll pirate regardless - they're the same people who were happy to buy VHS in the local market recorded on a handheld camera in the cinema back in the early 90s.
recently switched to sky from virgin media and was looking forward to their much-advertised "box set" system which has turned out to be a bit shit, in effect it only has stuff that's been shown on sky recently rather than stuff they have the rights to but haven't shown in a while
so it's meant when re-watching the sopranos i've had to go and stream the stuff they don't have available
though I use Pirate Bay every now and then if an album is a bit expensive and not that amazing.
so yes this is really annoying.
Not had to lower myself to using torrents for a good two years now.
that's how they track you
utorrent 2.2.1 is the safest option if you're interested
Question: to those who regularly torrent/stream stuff - do you pay the tv licence fee? If so, why?
You need to knock the acid-tinged freakzone listening sessions on the head if you wanna go legal.
Mostly because I'd want to support the BBC.
To be honest if I wasn't hugely in debt and earning a pittance I probably wouldn't be torrenting.
When I wasn't in debt and had a better job I watched paid-for TV and bought boxsets.
Those days are sadly dead and gone.
and stealing off band stands at gigs now the internet is a wasteland
Netflix, NowTV and Amazon are around? I can tell you for a fact I'd much rather watch something on them than go through the hassle of even finding a stream of it on some other site.
although not bang up to date, obviously.
You can get the US IP issue sorted very easily. Just ask slicky.
why don't you just rent it all off itunes n stuff? It's only like 2 quid or something.