The Pirate Society

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Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

I'd like to thank you for the warm welcome. There is so much to tell and do here and I'm sure we've got plenty of time. But let me start out by answering a few questions and hopefully filling in some of the blanks.

When they first came and raided my house back in May of 2010 they took 6 computers, after personally hounding the local ICE office for 3 months straight I got 3 of them back. What had taken so long was the ineptitude of the techs at our Buffalo Office. They had trouble searching the files of 6 unencrypted computers. Obviously they needed more training because 2 of the computers they gave back had counterfeit Windows on them.

At this time I decided to stop all the R&D I was doing, you see a year before that I got sick of watching poor...
The following text is an excerpt from today's entry in my Wordpress music journal.

As you're undoubtedly aware, media servers occasionally require a bit of maintenance and today was that day.

For days the Windows 10 free upgrade offer had been calling to me from the bottom of my screen. After nearly a week's hesitation I gave in and accepted the offer. Of course, this was a Microsoft upgrade, so it wasn't going to be a smooth ride. Three failed attempts and a non-responsive Windows Update later I found myself once again growing tired of Windows issues.

Curiously, my fiance was experiencing similar difficulties with her own machine - her latest Windows Update had run for an eternity with no response. Manual installation attempts were fruitless so we gave up and ran the...
This topic came up on the forums so I thought I'd explore the topic a little further. Seems like the topic is a little more nuanced than I thought. Read on.

There are some "pirate" sites which clearly "for pay" and "for profit" sites. Some are streaming sites and some may have DDL links. Their methods include either a fee to enter the site, or a "pay as you go" plan where you pay for what you download or stream. Some of the better known ones involved sporting events or popular movies. Now I've stated before I'm against these kinds of places, as filesharing should not be about profiting. Besides, I would prefer to buy the real thing than pay a "discount" for a pirate product. (This goes for fake and unlicensed merchandise as well.) Furthermore, if owners of such sites are busted,...
I've already wriiten a blog article on how making dupe accounts here doesn't pay because within time, they all get caught. Well we just caught another one. Read on.

Months ago we banned a guy. I already forgot what it was for, but it was more or less for general dishonesty. Then he made a dupe account and came back, and within a few weeks the dupe alarm went off and we banned him again. So every time an applicant from his area applied to TPS, I'd reject it unless the application was stellar.

Well for his third attempt at making a dupe account, his IP was hundreds of miles from the location of his previous accounts, and his application seemed a little different from his previous. So I didn't want to just reject the application because he was from the same country as the banned...
Still getting caught up on "Entourage" episodes. The most interesting character on that show (in my opinion) is "Superagent" Ari Gold (played by Jeremy Piven). This is a guy who I actually can identify with - Type A, success driven, and a workaholic. He, like me, thinks of career as a game with winners and losers, and though you can't win every time, you keep score and try to win more than you lose. In addition, although lots of the show involves the "boys" picking up women and "living the good life," the more interesting parts of the show involve the backstabbing, cutthroat world of Hollywood, and the politics and power plays people in the "industry" use to succeed in that world.

Well this kind of "office politics" doesn't just happen in Hollywood, it happens in all areas of...
OK a non-torrent article. Cue the music...

Superhero, by Jane's Addiction (Theme Song for "Entourage" )

I'm cruising through Beverly Hills, 90210 with my entourage (my office manager, who I suppose is like E) and her son who is driving us in his car (I suppose he's Turtle). Pull up to Mastro's Steakhouse on Canon Drive and valet park, to meet with someone who really wants to do business with me, so he's buying. Get a Grey Goose martini with 3 olives stuffed with blue cheese (stirred, not shaken. You don't need to...
[The article below is an edited excerpt from my music journal. My recent audio project would not have been possible if it weren't for file sharing communities, and I wanted to say THANKS!]

This morning saw the conclusion of my latest archival project. The world’s longest-running ambient radio program, Hearts of Space began broadcasting slow music for fast times back in 1973. The original program was a 3-hour set, shortened to its present 1-hour format when the show began public radio syndication in 1983.

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Since syndication Heats of Space has aired 1080 hour-long episodes showcasing quality ambient music each week for over 30 years. After unsuccessful searches on public and...
This is a topic which just came up here at TPS and it tends to pop up from time to time. In fact, early in my days here at TPS, members made a thread on "how to get into X tracker" and helpful members chimed in on the various trackers which have recruitment for this (desirable) tracker in their Power User forum section, and then a tracker rep (called Community Reps here) very sternly showed his disapproval of the thread, saying it is really poor of someone to join a tracker purely to get into another tracker. For example, it's bad to join a music tracker knowing that the power user forums there have a great recruitment section, but you have no interest in music, so you're just going to randomly download popular music torrents just to build up enough upload credit to get you into those...
After reading the thread on how advertisers are upset when people choose to use AdBlock I wanted to share my recent problems with spam mailing and maybe get some lovely tips from you on how to deal with it.

The last weeks I'm getting all sorts of emails offering me the most wonderful deals on shirts, tools, vacations, etc. They aren't even adressed to me but to some 'AnneMartine' I don't even know. I'm 100% sure I didn't sign up on some newsletter somewhere putting me on a mailing list because I only do that on a rare occasion when I know I can trust the site, and in that case I use my own name ofcourse. Probably someone used my email adress or they just send their emails to random mail adresses?
Now normally you can unsubscribe from those mailing lists online if it weren't for these...
I'm getting everything together to propose to my pirate bride and really wanted something special for my wedding band - something that would quietly proclaim my pirate pride.

Then I had the perfect idea. I secured one of the few items manufactured bearing the Sealand name - a mint proof of their half dollar coin. An etsy artisan pressed the coin into a (rather large) ring, and a local silversmith did a magnificent job of reducing it to my size.

Here's the mint proof before...

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...and after pressing and resizing.

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Has anyone else come up with their own subtle ways of proclaiming their pirate pride?