I CAN'T BUY this, so I board the SHIP!

2013-02-05 14:32:10 by KatMaestro

Secret codes: EWQL CCC (orchestra/cinematic/epic/kickass musician, you know what that means...), the ship (now, my matey, you know what is this)

This is based on a true conversation I had with my young cousin, just about 2 hours ago. The actual conversation was much longer but this, is, what every digital punkie know how to deal with.

Did you know that the Swede, Finn and Norske are excellent in these, fyi...

I CAN'T BUY this, so I board the SHIP!


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2013-02-05 14:45:21

goto 9gag pls

KatMaestro responds:

9gag is for kid. Real man uses Reddit and Memecenter.


2013-02-09 21:43:31

arch and ubuntu shouldn't be in the same signature

KatMaestro responds:

There is a reason I put Arch at first and Ubuntu at last, but you could consider I feature the most popular distros indiscriminately.


2013-02-11 21:45:31

I laughed to hard at this. :3

KatMaestro responds:

Later I figured out Torrentz has more stuff and seeds than TPB.


2013-02-15 15:46:23

Ah, subliminal TPB propaganda. :) Have you watched TPB AFK btw?

KatMaestro responds:

Finally someone understands the secret message!

Yes, I watched it like a couple times since the release day. Pre-ordered it too. I was hoping for a happy ending. It's nice to learn more about the founders.


2013-02-15 16:01:20

Same here. I didn't follow the trial enough before so the movie held some surprises, but it's really sad how angled that trial was. If they were a larger company, it wouldn't have ended the same way, wonder what they'll do about all those fines. If they accepted donations, I wonder how much people would pitch in... but at least TPB lives on! Stronger than ever! With servers hovering around as robotic drones in the sky! :) The way they keep persevering gets me inspired, makes me want to join the cause, do something that will spark a change in the whole industry. It would be a dream with a world of absolute cultural freedom... where content creators still make money of their work.

KatMaestro responds:

I personally think they are a bunch of very brave people. They stood their ground and confront the 'laws' like these were nothing in their lives. Each person has their own strong characteristic and style where the document has shown out clearly. The little drone server thing was more of a prank than actual project, just like when they were trying to buy Sealand. However the fact that they shield their servers at Bahnhof using Piratpartiet, is a very clever trick. Lately they have moved their network to the cloud, and this is a huge step forward.

I was in impression that TPB founders were/are helping Wikileaks. This is probably an obvious thing that free culture people protect the freedom of information and expression. But freedom sharing might harm product creators in some way. I think the reason why Peter Sunde co-founded Flattr is because he saw the flaw of freedom sharing, where Flattr system equally benefits both creator and user.


2013-02-15 16:53:57

Yeah, they are brave, especially Sunde who actually stayed in Sweden and accepted his prison time. He mentioned he didn't want to become a martyr; look at him now. :P Shame Sealand didn't work out too. If they had actually received enough donations... what then? They managed to comb in quite a bit.

Have you tried Flattr yourself? It's a nice idea (I haven't btw, should get to it). I definitely like supporting artists and developers who do what they do because they like to do it, not because they want to sell. I like services like GOG as well, who offer a service that is worth paying for and not entirely commercialized.

People sharing their work for free is a great way to gain recognition today, but if everybody releases their work for free, it probably wouldn't have the same effect. Would people get lazy and comfortable, and stop supporting the industry? As it is now I really believe that the people who pirate are also those who buy the most, those who have the most interest in the content that they acquire. And a digital copy of a product will never replace a material one, just like people are moving back to LPs from CDs. Anyway, looking forward to/hoping for changes, though I'm not sure which ones would be the best.

KatMaestro responds:

I have a Flattr account, but only to 'flattr' other. I don't plan on to start any project to get some donation yet. The way it works is you put some amount of money in the account, you can decide how much you gonna spend in a month. Then you go around and click 'flattr' on projects you like/interest in. At the end of the month, the system is gonna take the amount you want to spend and divide them equally to those project you 'flattred'. Basically it is a social-donation system, similar to Kickstarter.

I will have to disagree a bit on the part releasing work for free. A lot of people releasing works for free got famous very quickly. Many book authors and open source devs rise to fame and even get massive supports from, surprise, pirates as these guys do donations, regularly! However the more prime example of true Robin Hood, is software cracker. They spend their time on breaking DRM, releasing it and the only thing they get back is reputation. These guys get recognized like everyone else.

Then again, without the capitalism control, piracy wouldn't exist. I think these 2 can co-exist to balance their weakness out.