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Zombie Slot Machine

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Loren Miller May 14. 2 Replies

Tristan Harris shows that using your smart phone is as addictive as playing a slot machine.How…Continue

Tags: app design, mind manipulation

Beyond fake news, bot networks, and trolls - to automated behavior manipulation

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 1. 4 Replies

The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda MachineCambridge Analytica, a new automated propaganda machine poised to manage White House digital…Continue

Tags: weaponized AI propaganda machine

CIA cyberwarfare on us

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 9. 1 Reply

Just in case you feel the current administration doesn't have enough power, we find out that the CIA can take control of your iPhone and Twitter account, or watch you through your smart Samsung TV, at will. Moreover, the vulnerabilities they…Continue

Tags: cyber weapons, cyberwarfare, spyware, weaponized Apple, Google, and Microsoft vulnerabilities

AI against trolls

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 8. 0 Replies

Now Anyone Can Deploy Google’s Troll-Fighting AIHorray! I hope this works!A Google offshoot called Jigsaw declared war on trolls, launching a…Continue

Tags: troll control, Jigsaw

In the US, Ads watch YOU!

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 23. 1 Reply

Secret signals between your TV, computer, laptop, smartphone, etc, so corporations can  follow your every move. Creepy!…Continue

Tags: spyware apps

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Comment by Tony Carroll on March 21, 2012 at 10:10am

Kyu I agree. That is why I try the artists web sites first, and try to buy and download from there. Hoping more of the money goes to them.

If the music is public domain, a bit trickier,but still try to find a way. Sometimes not possible. But it is public domain, so it is fair game.

Once paid about $15.00 more for a cd from Lighthouse, and that is a group from Canada, but I think it was worth it. Thanks, man. Just my thouhgts. Have a good one.

Comment by Kyu on March 21, 2012 at 9:56am

Tony, that argument would work if you were actually paying the artist, and not the artist's management company.  In fact, the artist has a contract with a major record label, they would be better served by you dropping them a $5 and downloading the music on a torrent site.  They'd get more money out of it that way.  While it's possible the numbers have changed, I doubt they've changed drastically.  In the past, an artist would generally see about $.25 in profit for every CD sold.  Artists make money on tours, primarily, not on CDs.  Digital distribution models are changing how the industry does business and in many ways, the copyright infringement issue (piracy being a misnomer, as is theft) is because these management companies (RIAA/MPAA) failed to adapt to the changing digital environment. 

The "downloading is bad" argument also ignores a lot of legitimate use - out of print or otherwise unavailable music that is still tied up in copyright yet not able to be obtained.  Orphaned works, foreign projects with no distribution in your area (as an example: importing a single CD of a band I favor can run me $60 because it is not released here in the states), and of course there are scads of things that are now in the public domain.   Just my two cents, though :)

Comment by Steph S. on March 20, 2012 at 11:23pm
Nice Ruth! Thanks!
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 20, 2012 at 9:58pm

Comment by Tony Carroll on March 20, 2012 at 9:42pm

Maybe it's a generational thing. My son and daughter-in-law think nothing about it, and neither do their friends, while my sisters and most of my friends buy their music, books, art.

Comment by Steph S. on March 20, 2012 at 9:30pm

I very much agree with you Tony. I buy all my music. I have a huge iTunes collection of music.

Comment by Tony Carroll on March 20, 2012 at 9:01pm

I also am not a big fan of pirating copyrighted material. I believe you should pay the artist for their contribution to society. Just my take.

Comment by Steph S. on March 20, 2012 at 6:52pm

Sounds like a Sci-fi movie --- shooting drones and pirates!

Comment by PandoraBoxe on March 20, 2012 at 6:47pm

am not a fan of pirating copyrighted songs, movies, art, etc. but i guess if your gonna do it... makes sense to fly the drones... until they get shot out of the air LOL

Comment by Sandi on March 20, 2012 at 10:22am

Pirate Bay Plans Flying Drones To Host Servers Above International Waters

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/03/20/pirate-bay-plans-flying-...

 

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