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I believe that:

Piracy is not only OK, it's necessary to keep the man in check.
18 (14%)
Piracy is OK, I do it frequently and often.
16 (13%)
Piracy is OK only if I'm pretty sure I won't get caught.
13 (10%)
Piracy is OK only if I'm 100% sure I won't get caught.
4 (3%)
Piracy is OK for others but I don't do it.
1 (1%)
I might pirate stuff if I knew how.
2 (2%)
I'm not really sure what piracy is.
No votes
I don't really care one way or the other.
24 (19%)
Piracy is definitely not OK.
34 (27%)
Piracy is not only not OK, the people that do it should be shot.
13 (10%)
 
Total votes: 125
 
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Piracy is OK

Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:28 pm

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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:31 pm

I voted for cheese :lol:

BTW, you probably want to switch the order of the first 2 words in the title.
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:32 pm

I need a "Piracy isn't ok, but I do it anyhow because I feel safe I won't get caught" option. I've pirated things before, more often than not I buy the real thing if I like / use it, but I wouldn't say that about everything I've gotten in the past.
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:32 pm

If I made a game\movie\cd I would like people to buy it so I could afford to eat.
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:35 pm

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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:37 pm

I clicked on "I don't really care". It's an interesting thing to think about and observe in the context of society and history, and I recognize that there's a moral negativity to it. However, I also try to not make someone else's problem my own. I don't advocate it, but I'm not going to condemn it with any level of vociferousness.
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:39 pm

gratuitous wrote:
Usacomp2k3 wrote:
BTW, you probably want to switch the order of the first 2 words in the title.

The title was intentionally provocative.

Then what's the point of doing a poll if you're not genuinely interested in seeing unbiased results? I just don't understand you sometimes.
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:39 pm

Hey gratuitous, are you going to edit your thread blank when you're done like you do with the main page comments?
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:42 pm

gratuitous wrote:
Votes are anonymous, so be honest, even if it's just with your opinion.


Actually, I believe moderators can read the votes.

gratuitous wrote:
Usacomp2k3 wrote:
I voted for cheese :lol:

The "I don't care" was suppose to be the "cheese" option.

Usacomp2k3 wrote:
BTW, you probably want to switch the order of the first 2 words in the title.

The title was intentionally provocative.


provoko wrote:
Hey gratuitous, are you going to edit your thread blank when you're done like you do with the main page comments?


:lol:, I just prevented that.

Anyway, I think it's wrong, but I'll do it if the software is necessary and I can't get it through a legal channel within budget and/or time constraints, or if I don't feel that it's worth what the manufacturer asks for it. Yes, I do pick and choose...
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:42 pm

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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:44 pm

gratuitous wrote:
Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Then what's the point of doing a poll if you're not genuinely interested in seeing unbiased results?

I don't believe the title will skew the voting results. The title was just intended to capture attention, not unlike having a booth babe shilling a motherboard. But if the motherboard sucks, you're still not going to buy it. The same euphemism applies here.


(Had to put a bold tag within babe, to get my work's NCF to not block this post)

Anyway, I wouldn't be so sure about that - the thread title will get more people who are anti-piracy in here, skewing the poll, and getting people who are ready for a flamewar in here.
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:44 pm

I'm sure he will remove the entire poll if he can. He's been doing it to his posts already. Even if he started the thread, presumably after careful consideration with his choice of wording and such, he will always think that he may have made a mistake or two. Rather than to "look like an idiot when people discover his mistake(s)", he would instead remove the post, regardless whether it breaks the entire flow of the conversation. According to him, it will never break the flow and people will understand. Usually that does not turn out to be the case and he will get the exact reaction that he fears the most.

The thread is going to be "removed" anyways, why vote? :roll:
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:45 pm

Actually, he can't do a damn thing about it once the first vote hits.
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:46 pm

bhtooefr wrote:
gratuitous wrote:
Votes are anonymous, so be honest, even if it's just with your opinion.


Actually, I believe moderators can read the votes.


Not from what I remember, but then again, I'm probably remembering wrong :P
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:51 pm

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Fri Aug 24, 2007 4:52 pm

I buy all my games and movies, hardly ever buy music, probably because I hardly ever listen to it. All music these days sounds harsh to my ears, lacking any kind of dynamic range.

I have always believed that if I use any ip product, I should pay for it, I also believe that means I can use it personally anyway I deem fit. Meaning that I can watch a movie I bought anytime I want, on any platform I have at home or on any personal device I own.
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:13 pm

reading your choices, i find glaring the lack of a "its not OK, but I do it anyway". In the grand scheme of things you are getting something for nothing, but since its so easy people do it regardless.

Its just like that, without any feeble attempt at justifying ones actions.
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:15 pm

Stripe7 wrote:
I buy all my games and movies, hardly ever buy music, probably because I hardly ever listen to it. All music these days sounds harsh to my ears, lacking any kind of dynamic range.


http://www.mofi.com
http://www.classicrecs.com/

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Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:17 pm

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All music these days sounds harsh to my ears, lacking any kind of dynamic range.

All ya gotta do is dig around some. Go pick up the album <i>Orphans</i> by Tom Waits if you want to see (edit: rather, <i>hear</i> :D) some quality (albeit eccentric and often odd) music.
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:36 pm

gratuitous wrote:
Usacomp2k3 wrote:
Then what's the point of doing a poll if you're not genuinely interested in seeing unbiased results?

I don't believe the title will skew the voting results. The title was just intended to capture attention, not unlike having a booth babe shilling a motherboard. But if the motherboard sucks, you're still not going to buy it. The same euphemism applies here.

I completely agree with your assessment of the title. I don't think it will hurt the vote one way or another. It didn't stop me from casting my vote as I act.
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:50 pm

Where's the box "Piracy is ok as long as it's Microsoft"
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 5:56 pm

newbie_of_jan0502 wrote:
Where's the box "Piracy is ok as long as it's Microsoft"


hahahahahahaha
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:14 pm

There should've been a choice for "Piracy is not OK, but I have no qualms about cracking copy protection if it interferes with my ability to use content I have purchased legitimately".
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And what did you vote, gratuitous?
The world is indeed full of peril. But there is much that is fair. And though in all lands love is mingled with grief, it grows the greater. J. R. R. Tolkien
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:35 pm

It's a simple cycle, no?

You release X, without copy protection
X kicks butt, people like it and X is widely pirated
You're pissed, release X2, with copy protection
X2 kicks butt, people like it, X2 is cracked and pirated
You're UBER pissed, release X3 with stronger copy protection
X3 kicks butt, peple like it, X2 is cracked and pirated
... the cycle continues ...

The strength of encryption/method to prevent piracy will not matter -- it will get pirated.
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:47 pm

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Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:55 pm

bhtooefr wrote:
Actually, I believe moderators can read the votes.

No, not even admins can read the votes.
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 8:40 pm

newbie_of_jan0502 wrote:
Where's the box "Piracy is ok as long as it's Microsoft"
LOL! :lol: "the man" = Microsoft, Adobe, Autodesk, Apple, RIAA, MPAA, FWIW FTW.

Autodesk has been acquiring stuff at an alarming rate. 3DsMax, Revit, Maya, etc, etc...
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 10:48 pm

just brew it! wrote:
There should've been a choice for "Piracy is not OK, but I have no qualms about cracking copy protection if it interferes with my ability to use content I have purchased legitimately".

Guilty as charged. I hate it when the developers want me to put the CD in every time. My drive is starting to scratch discs like there is no tomorrow. I've been relying on Steam for my games recently. Removes all these nooby restrictions and Steam just works for me since I have access to the net 24/7.

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