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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....
Disclaimer: Note I wrote [humorous]. My sense of humor does not always translate into print and all too often my humorous posts are misinterpreted, like when I wrote that this other torrent forum out there was secretly a "My Little Pony" one and try as I might, some thought I was serious. Anyway....

OK Men, this blog article is for you. Boo yah! So grab a brewski (I recommend a real strong one like Spaten Optimiser but if you can't find it, Budweiser wiill suffice) and head over to your "Man Cave" and enjoy this article. In the meantime, have a good macho football game on in the background (outside the USA a soccer match will do as well ;) ) and perhaps enjoy some good "guy food" (Buffalo Wings, All-meat pizza, Nachos )

So, time for some guy talk. Did you guys know back...
You don’t need a PhD to realise that women are grossly underrepresented within the file sharing community. There are many reasons for this and othersnaothersna put together a great blog post last year. If you’re a member who joined after his post went up check it out: it’s an excellent read and the comments are insightful. Guests can still view his original post.

So, I’m not going to rehash the conversation.

What I would like to do is issue a clarion call to the Sisterhood. We might be a small minority but we are more than capable. I know many outstanding cappers, encoders, staffers, and...
Been having a bit of a "writer's block" so I haven't written a blog article recently, but you never know when an inspiration pops up. This article is again for beginners, and for experienced torrenters who should know better. (read on)

Today I had to ban a member, and I really don't like doing that unless I really have to. (So this blog article will serve as an explanation for him after the banned member tries to log in and can't and wants to know why. :) )

Basically he PM'd one of our members asking for an invite to a tracker, which in and of itself is dodgy behavior. As I wrote in a previous blog article, it is pretty rude to blindly PM someone and flat out ask for an invite. (In fact, doing that to a TPS staffer or a Community Rep will get you an infraction here.)

Well...
Imagine this: You are out and about, walking your dog, going to the nearest convenience store or walking back to your car after your workout. From behind, you hear someone say,

“Hey [you]Name[/you]! Yeah, I know you!”

Do you immediately turn and acknowledge, that you, are in fact [you]Name[/you] from the internet?

Our names are an invaluable part of who we are. Your name might have a biblical meaning, or in the past it might have related to a profession, but as far as I can tell, names are just a means to communication and identity. Your name could be Shwammy Moo and it would still have the same desired result as if your name were Kevin. You would acknowledge you are being addressed or the topic of conversation, and you would know "I am Shwammy Moo." And that is the desired...