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31  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Happy Valentines Day to all the lovely ladies of RPGFan... on: February 15, 2012, 11:17:18 AM
I told my wife to fuck off. Then she bought me cupcakes.

*facepalm*

I can't escape Valentine's Day.
32  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Thanks Eric! on: February 09, 2012, 12:07:45 PM
THANK GOD HE'S GONE
























(Please don't leave us alone with John. ;_;)
33  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 25, 2012, 11:48:51 AM
Sorry, I can't support the U.S. government overreaching in any capacity, especially if the reasoning for this is shit fueled by corporate interests rather than common good. He should be tried in the UK, where he's from, and even then copyright infringement is really more of a civil problem than a criminal one. If he was a known terrorist or criminal responsible for crimes against the U.S.? Fine. But no, he's a kid who hosted a website. Being a dick is not against the law; we have rappers that sing "fuck the police" nowadays. It's dumb, but they're not criminals.

There's never a 'this side is right, this side is wrong' deal when it comes to stuff like this, but I normally fall into the party that disapproves of the way governments handle this because they're honestly being a bunch of dicks about it. The punishment should fit the crime, but what they are doing now is the equivalent of taking a thief to the public square and chopping off his hands, screaming "THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS TO THIEVES," as a warning to others.

It depends on which party has suffered damages due to O'Dwyer's actions. If it were a case of property relating to the servers, trying him in the UK wouldn't be an issue. But that's not the grievance here. The grievance is damage through infringement, and chances are most of the damages are against American properties. It's well within reason to request extradition.

Copyright infringement of this kind (re: Enabling Theft) is not, and never has been a civil procedure in any court of the Commonwealth or the United States. Were it merely that he was practicing plagiarism, he might be tried in civil proceedings because plagiarism does not always equate actual theft of goods, only of concepts. But what O'Dwyer was doing was enabling theft, compounded by copyright infringement. Therefore it's a criminal trial. Otherwise you'd have to equally grant all cases of assisted theft a civil procedure instead of a criminal one, and the law does not work that way.

They really aren't being dickish about this at all. There's also no talk of punishment yet. O'Dwyer can even appeal extradition right now. Keep in mind, the UK's hand was not force in this matter. There does exist an extradition pact between the US and UK, but an independent ruling still has to be made, and by a judge of the country from whom an individual is being extradited.

Why isn't O'Dwyer being tried in the UK? Because they don't have any laws regarding what he did. The UK is massively behind in terms of internet legislation and has no precedent to try O'Dwyer on. But the United States, Canada, or Australia do, and since damages were most severe to US properties, that's where he goes.

This isn't an abuse of authority dude, it's pretty much due process.
34  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 24, 2012, 10:31:50 PM
Months? Two YEARS dude.
35  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 23, 2012, 08:11:49 PM
The O'Dwyer case is an awful example. When you comply with a cease and desist and then post up a new website that says "fuck the police" on it, you're flouting the law, and should expect repercussions. O'Dwyer's been put up as some kind of poster child for the free speech cause by guys like Jimmy Wales, but it's stupid. O'Dwyer was in the wrong. Is the force being used excessive? A bit, sure, but he's still a bad example. Proponents need to use better examples if they intend to actually fight an abuse of the law.
I didn't realize making websites insulting people was basis for repercussion. "The law" isn't the playground bully, who can bash people's heads in for insulting them. When should I expect people on my doorstep for arguing for corporate separation from government? 5 years? 10? I may well be that the guy is a tremendous douche, but being a tremendous douche isn't a crime, it just makes you unpleasant.

Yeager, I don't defend Megaupload for that, the whole point of contention about this debate is the government being tremendous asshats.

Flouting the law in addition to disobedience is pretty compounding, dude. What I'm saying is that O'Dwyer doesn't have a leg to stand on, and shouldn't be given any sympathy, especially because he was not compliant with the law, and in addition was even insulting towards it.
36  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 23, 2012, 12:40:50 PM
The O'Dwyer case is an awful example. When you comply with a cease and desist and then post up a new website that says "fuck the police" on it, you're flouting the law, and should expect repercussions. O'Dwyer's been put up as some kind of poster child for the free speech cause by guys like Jimmy Wales, but it's stupid. O'Dwyer was in the wrong. Is the force being used excessive? A bit, sure, but he's still a bad example. Proponents need to use better examples if they intend to actually fight an abuse of the law.
37  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 22, 2012, 05:42:50 PM
They followed 3 takedowns, out of 14,500 claims (approx). That isn't compliance. It's just shitty lipservice.
That's not the point. The point is that the American government are being tremendous douchebags, strongarming anyone and everyone they deem to be criminals, both in and out of their country. I am fucking appalled at how this was handled, and frankly, you should be too.


I ordinarily would be, but it seems the FBI may have been well within their legal rights to go and do the arrests. One of the largest reasons being that MegaUpload had servers in the USA, which gives the FBI permission to apply for seizure in other countries. When that's done, then the country has the right to accept or deny the FBI's claim. Clearly, they didn't deny it.

This isn't an abuse of the law either. In some cases diplomatic crisis arises from such disputes of jurisdiction, be it due to extradition or other matters. Other times, it's a simple arrest and the foreign powers agree with each other that jurisdiction is temporarily granted. There's nothing abusive about it.

MegaUpload had US servers, therefore it was facilitating unlawful acts on US soil. The people responsible for the service had done nothing significant to counteract the unlawful acts going on within their service, therefore it was reasonable that they were to be held responsible. Since they weren't local to the US, foreign jurisdiction was sought, granted, and arrest made. This isn't uncommon, nor something you only hear about from the United States.

From the FBI:

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On foreign soil, FBI special agents generally do not have authority to make arrests except in certain cases where, with the consent of the host country, Congress has granted the FBI extraterritorial jurisdiction.

Now, as to some people who've argued (and Kay isn't the first, I've made this argument for Google's position against Murdoch) that MegaUpload is just the landlord being blamed for the actions of the tenant, that would hold up if the landlord was in compliance with police searches for unlawful tenants. In this case, the landlord was uncooperative, even arrogant in the face of authority. So really, what leg does MegaUpload have to stand on? It's unreasonable to support them.

That`s too bad. I`ve downloaded terabytes of games and movies from them. I`m not too concerned though. There are still dozens of services like that out there, not to mention torrents.

And you sir, are part of the problem.
38  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Your First Ebay Purchase... on: January 20, 2012, 09:43:53 AM
Mine was Shining Force 3, Scenario 2. I haven't bought from eBay in a long, long time, simply because I've found more affordable routes with less hassle (ie: used game shops, Amazon, etc), but I used to quite a bit.
39  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 19, 2012, 08:36:06 PM
They followed 3 takedowns, out of 14,500 claims (approx). That isn't compliance. It's just shitty lipservice.
40  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Megaupload seized / shut down on: January 19, 2012, 08:18:20 PM
It's a 2 year investigation which found that MegaUpload was quite deeply guilty. When 90% of your content is found to be illegal and you have taken no steps towards anti-piracy, there is a reason for your indictment.

Dude, MegaUpload are the bad guys here.
41  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 18, 2012, 11:50:15 PM
Dude, I have no idea HOW you forgive that game. Not only was it boring and pedantic, but that plot twist, as Penny Arcade so eloquently puts it, fucking MUGGED the player.

Also, some of the most annoying characters ever, prior to SO4.

Because it's a video game, not a book or movie. The right plot twist can totally fuck up a book, the purpose of which is mainly to tell a story, and to a similar degree a movie that would then need to fall back on pure spectacle, and that can only go so far. For a video game, unless it's something like Phoenix Wright good enough gameplay is always more important than a good enough story, especially when you can zoom past a bad story or it's largely inoffensive and more something that on reflection is really damn dumb (Fallout 3's similar in that regard). Speaking of which, it does have some really obnoxious characters BUT none (or almost none) are part of the core cast, so you'd only see them a few times, and even recruitable ones simply won't pop up in story sequences since it's easier for VA/writing/scene design to only account for those that are always there. Hell, part of it's just bad VA performances, Farleen would've been an inoffensive, forgettable character otherwise, much like her partner.

Though you could also mean the GAMEPLAY is boring, which... well, different strokes.

EDIT: Another angle to bring up actually: I remember enjoying the game long before that plot twist, and still had fun afterwards. As an extension of that "it's a game" point I mentioned, I'm not going forget and ignore that simply because of one dumbass twist.

It's an RPG dude. Story is NOT something you can dispense with. Dialogue, yes. "Plot" as it were, sure. But a major component of an RPG's gameplay is the progression of the story. These are characters meant to associate with the player. The story is meant to carry the player through sequence after sequence. When a game up and discards the story, especially in a genre where story is important, it has failed as a game. It's one of the major items which distinguishes an adventure game from an RPG, and even in the adventure genre, what SO3 did would be nigh unforgivable. Maybe you like to be more forgiving, but I don't.

Let's not forget the battle system was bug-ridden, plonked you down on a boring mudball for half the experience, had some of the most illogical world construction (HI THERE 5-MINUTE-APART-CITIES), and  it featured shit like Farleen. I don't care if that was "good VA", the choice was fucking stupid.
42  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 18, 2012, 10:27:00 PM
SO3's hated pretty unfairly. Yeah, the plot is stupid, and at best the plot twist was just executed really badly (there's similar examples out there that are no where near as offensively dumb), but it's still a really fun game more often than not, and the characters generally aren't all that obnoxious. Fair enough if you DO hate the gameplay, but terrible story =/= terrible game.

Dude, I have no idea HOW you forgive that game. Not only was it boring and pedantic, but that plot twist, as Penny Arcade so eloquently puts it, fucking MUGGED the player.

Also, some of the most annoying characters ever, prior to SO4.
43  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 18, 2012, 01:54:43 PM
NO

NO!

NO!!!!


I DEMAND AN INTERNET FIGHT!
44  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Leeky Cauldron: The RPGfan Food and Recipe Thread on: January 10, 2012, 01:06:19 PM
and siracha red chili sauce


Sriracha.
45  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Worst Final Fantasy game (No online games) on: January 08, 2012, 12:01:32 AM
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