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I was going to add this to my original blog article on this topic, but I can't find it, so I'll make a new one. Previously, we discussed why you might be careful who you talk to about your downloading hobby. I mentioned before, except for very close friends and family, the only other people I talk to are other fellow pirates, but they have to admit it to me first before I reciprocate. Glad I keep this "policy."

Anyway, a few days ago I was having a casual conversation with someone I met. Usually the conversation will turn to what we do for a living, and he said he worked for a "music publishing company." This got me interested, so I asked him what he did there, and he said their company holds the rights for various popular songs, so if a filmmaker or TV show director wants one of...
I wrote about how things you've done in your past affecting your future, but it was mainly about posting your pictures on Facebook and then seeing them blow up in your face when you apply to college or a job. Well here's another example. A family friend's son applied to be a cop. He flew through the physical requirements, but his interview didn't go too well. One of his interviewers was a humorless, utterly serious woman (a female equivalent of "Javert" from Les Miserables ;) ) who asked him all sorts of nosy questions about his past, and said that his answers would later be confirmed by polygraph so he better tell the truth. So the guy decides to be 100% honest. And what he said pretty much shocked his interviewer.

He had no qualms about talking about his previous marijuana...
Nothing to talk about torrent-wise, but lately at TPS we've ramped up the joking around and mild trolling on the forums and shoutbox, so this blog is a sampling of what I'd typically write in the Shoutbox or IRC to irritate my fellow members. (or to make them laugh). So if this article makes you laugh or annoys you, it served its purpose.

Just a couple of short stories

Way back when in residency, I met a resident who juste came out from Boston. She had never lived in Los Angeles before, and was homesick as hell. I remember saying how I liked the images of the clapboard houses along the harbor and she got really offended, but in retrospect, it would be like me moving to Boston and someone there saying how they enjoy walking along Hollywood Boulevard and seeing the Stars on the...
This topic has been making the rounds, here, at one of my trackers, and from reading our applications the folks at Reddit are talking about it. Now we've talked about certain "Golden Guidelines" which can and will get you banned at your trackers, but membership in forums is not a thing which will automatically cause an immediate banning, but can potentially cause problems, depending upon the tracker. Let's discuss it further.

First, there are forums which exist for "bad users" to use. They serve no other purpose but for "rule-breaking" behavior. For example, there is an infamous one which is dedicated to the practice of ratio cheating. (Note trackers are there and know all the tricks discussed in that forum.) There are others which serve the primary purpose for having members sell...
Was at the office, busy schedule, lots of paperwork and lots of phone messages to answer and I am interrupted by my receptionist, who says a company has a package for me, but since they are a wine company they need to confirm my address and phone number with me personally. I was a little puzzled, but thought this might be some weird law involving delivery of alcohol. So I take the call, give the guy my office address and phone number, and then he says, "well since I have you on the line, let me tell you about our company...." (They sell and ship wine.) I'm still being polite but tell him how busy I am and I cannot be listening to his marketing spiel. I cut him off, and ask him what the package is and who is it from? (Around the holidays, I get various little gifts sent to me, so it...
OK, I'm going to try to tackle I difficult and controversial topic, and try to keep things objective, even though the subject matter is a very emotionally charged one, and as blog articles should have a little personal story in it, I'll do that too.

The news has been buzzing about this article written in Rolling Stone magazine:

http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/features/a-rape-on-campus-20141119

To very briefly summarize, the article describes a horrific story of a college freshman, given the name "Jackie," who went to a fraternity party at her college, the University of Virginia, and was tricked into going upstairs of the fraternity house, where she was brutally gang-raped. Then to worsen the situation, the culture at UVA seemed to want to not pursue the...
Lotteries are common in the whole world, and almost every person has bought a lottery ticket once in his life. I play on a Dutch lottery myself but like (I think) everyone here I never won anything besides a lousy 32" television as side prize.

But now why do people play the lottery? I myself don't really expect to win a big prize but I play because postal codes are picked here and prices get divided amongst ticket holders in the street. I once saw a show where they handed prizes and everyone played and won around E1.2million except 1 couple that didn't play. I don't want to be in their shoes!
I know some people play just for fun because others do, like at work in group. Some do it to support charity which gets a part of the earnings here. Some give or get tickets as present with the...
This article came out of a discussion on a related topic at TPS, so I thought I'd explore the topic in general, since part of our focus is now on internet security and privacy. The issue is the legality/ethics/morality of people and organizations who publish potentially embarrassing and/or damaging information about other people. Now for the purpose of this article, I will exclude publishing information that was obtained by illegal means (hacking). However I will include publishing information based upon hearsay or anonymous sources since that kind of thing happens even though such information would not hold up in a court of law.

Here are some examples. I was kind of shocked when shortly after there was news that two nurses who took care of Ebola victim Thomas Duncan got Ebola...
First, a little quote:

News Reporter: "Are you concerned about your reputation as a THUG?"

Long awkward silence then,

Richard Sherman, Seattle Seahawks defensive back: "I don't have that reputation."

This article comes from some discussions we've had at TPS, and like many of my articles are about CONCEPTS rather than about specific trackers. (There are threads at TPS for specific tracker talk.) Again, this article is my opinion and not that of TPS in general.

We've had this debate before. The first school of thought notes that even though Blackbeard was a dangerous pirate who broke all sorts of laws, his crew had to strictly follow Blackbeard's rules or they would walk the plank, for if the crew just did their own thing, Blackbeard wouldn't have been as successful as he was....
My fellow asshat pirates, no doubt you have noticed as well that there is a worrying trend in many fringe communities online. Today, I am addressing the fringe community of filesharing. Filesharing is, for all intents and purposes, an illegal activity in pretty much every jurisdiction around the globe.

They’ve labelled us “pirates”, and we have lovingly embraced this label. Yes, we are criminals, outlaws. Some of us disappear in jails around the world, sometimes for lengthy sentences. Governments around the world hunt us, using the full might of their established government apparatuses to destroy us, because our non-conformism threatens the very conformist policies big corporations have told them to impose on us.

But we are headstrong. We don’t conform. Defiance is our very nature....