Friday, February 25, 2005

the seasonal cold

It sucks when out of the blue you're struck with the seasonal cold. It hits you and then you had to rush to grab every medicine possible to make the symptoms less severe on you. That's what happened to me. I already know who I got it from as well. But that didn't stop me at least. What did stop is my playtime. The headache that would come in would kill me over, all due to this stupid cold. But fortunately, I had lots of rest and I hope I had enough liquid to flush out the cold. Right now I am in the recovery stage and am feeling a little better than before. But due to being out with the cold, it also set me back a good two days worth of news.

I spotted this webpage earlier and found it to be quite amusing. I'm sure this friend of mine would love to see this. How much it actually cost to properly pull this off, I'll never know.

Until I am up and running 100%, it seems like my online gametime will be cut. It'll be interesting to see how much rust I develop when I do return.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Internet Terrorism

Hrm... BitTorrent seems to be taking a pounding. First Suprnova. Now LokiTorrent. But despite the closing of those two, there's a rumor, or rather an observation, that provides some points that may get people to think twice before visiting or using a torrent site. It's sad but it's also horrible. Nowadays, it'll be so hard to ever trust any bittorrent site. Yes there are still some that are true to their words and true to their involvement in the community. But alas, the latest blow by the MPAA will forever strike paranoia into the people who have more than enough reason to gain a backup copy of their purchases.

Eventually, people will find a new place to flock to. Or that they'll simply move deeper into the underground, eventually going back to the old roots of simply using IRC to download whatever stuff that they want. What will become of those who use it? Personally I've used Loki a few times before. But it's been that long ago that... I completely forgot what crap I've downloaded from them. Then again, there's just something that doesn't motivate me to download a bunch of movies. Yes, there are some good ones. Yes, they're good to download in order to preview what the movie's about. But what happens when you delete those files and purchase the DVD of it at your local store? Does that still make you a criminal? The MPAA isn't stopping when they wanna catch people who have illegally downloaded copyrighted movies. But what right do they have in throwing various accusations to people using an IP address?

Let's use MPAA's outrageous rulebook for the moment here. That means having a legit copy of a DVD at hand and letting a friend borrowing it is illegal. So... what about rentals? Rental shops let you 'borrow' a movie for a fee for a period of time. About roughly the same concept of letting a friend borrowing your copy of the movie for a period of time. And what about those real pirates out there? The internet is just a medium. And yet the MPAA is focusing so much on that? Why can't they just go to their local low-class neighborhood stores and look into that? They don't. Why? Maybe some of the MPAA staffers also buy bootleg copies of their own movies from there too. Oooh, conspiracy. They claim that they lose millions due to piracy. I doubt that is the reason. I believe the problem stems from them being incapable of filtering out bad ideas for movies. And part of that problem also comes from bad direction.

Here's to hoping I won't be brought to court, even tho I believe the chance of that isn't that great.

Friday, February 04, 2005

Testing 1 2 3...

Hrm... Ain't nothing here. Just started this thing. I haven't decided on what will be posted here. Still trying to decide on what the aim this blog place will be.