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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 01, 2014, 07:14:10 PM
That setting handles loading of images, if you set it to Never it will block all images - nothing to do with popups, (unless they include images and you've allowed popups).

Here's my post above with it set to Never:

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102  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 01, 2014, 06:54:55 PM
Pale Moon still has it, but not the per site blocking.

[attach=1]

Firefox has gone retarded but you can still do it, go to about:config and change permissions.default.image to 2.

[attach=2]

Only thing is, you won't able to load images on demand.

For pure text based browsing: Lynx

[attach=3]

It will drive you nuts though and it doesn't understand HTTPS, (not without adding the OpenSSL libraries).

And, Comodo Dragon still has per site image blocking.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My 1-year Facebook Death-a-versary!!! on: December 01, 2014, 06:33:45 PM
1 year ago today I killed myself off on Facebook and stopped posting entirely. No posts. No likes. No nothing. (I have been tempted, but have successfully resisted.)

I think you should have spiced it up a little:

FB Ryan died a terrible death today, a victim of the loss of too much digital blood caused by the amputation of his online privates privacies.

...But I guess for my upcoming 50th birthday I could consider having something killed ... Is homicide usually given as a Bucket List item?? undecided

Wouldn't that be Virtual Suicide not homicide?
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds? on: December 01, 2014, 04:58:11 PM
Under Firefox options, do they still have Content->Load Images Automatically ?

Just disable it if it's still there, you can also disable on a per site basis, IIRC.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: December 01, 2014, 04:53:23 PM
No problem, let me know if it doesn't work and I can always set up an account on my ownCloud server if you want to do some testing with it.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 30, 2014, 11:13:59 PM
I once saw a tiny bit of it up Dandenong mountain in the dead of winter! Honest! I have pics around somewhere... (I was pretty amazed.)

From Toorak?  I'm amazed you could see Mt Dandenong through the trees and buildings  tongue
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad blocking add-ons in Pale Moon 25 on: November 30, 2014, 10:57:27 PM
Google Maps now appears to honour Pale Moon's GUID - it no longer tells me I'm using an outdated browser and it displays the newer Maps interface.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: November 30, 2014, 10:54:07 PM
I'm running ownCloud 7, (the community edition), on a VPS and it doesn't cause any errors if I go to Contacts, just says I don't have any and would I like to add some.

There's also Turnkey ownCloud if you want to try a bootable ISO or a different VM implementation, (older version of ownCloud though).

--------------------------------------------------------------

Another alternative for you, no installation required.

Download this: USBWebserver8.6 + ownCloud ~49MB (~160MB when extracted)  It's on my ownCloud server.

Extract to a flash drive, (make it a fast one), or an empty folder, run usbwebserver.exe, when the interface comes up, choose your language, and then click the Localhost button.

[attach=1]

It will open the home page of USBWebserver in your browser, eg.

[attachthumb=2]

Change the address adding owncloud to the end, hit Enter, the ownCloud setup page will open:

[attachthumb=3]

Fill in a username and password for the Administrator,  then click the Finish Setup button.

A NOTE HERE: The database that the setup creates is absolute addressed.  This means that if you used a flash drive and you plug it into another computer, make sure it has the same drive letter assigned to it as it had when the ownCloud setup ran.

All being well, you'll end up with this:

[attachthumb=4]

Here's Contacts and Calendar:

[attachthumb=5] [attachthumb=6]


NOTE: You'll need to open the firewall, (Private domain is OK for local testing), for both USBWebserver and MySQL.  If you want to see it from outside your network, just open the public port for USBWebserver.

Feel free to call me names if it doesn't work  smiley

PS. I'd recommend trying it on a computer that you haven't been screwing with Apache, MySQL, PHP, and ownCloud on first.  It should be OK, but why take chances  Wink

This community announcement was brought to you by:
USBWebserver - For when you absolutely need a working webserver by yesterday.
ownCloud       - For when you need your own cloud service by the day after yesterday.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Router-based ad-blocking. Possible? Totally! on: November 30, 2014, 09:06:27 PM
If you don't have a firmware in your router that has JFFS capability, (eg. half of the shibby firmwares don't have the capability), then you can install adblock into the /tmp area of your routers flash RAM.


There's a downside to this, anything in /tmp is deleted when the router restarts ... but we can get around it  smiley

Refer back to the images in my post as they're the same, the only difference is the paths used which I'll cover here:

Step 1) Log in to your routers web interface and go to, (under Tomato), Tools->System Commands.
Step 2) Paste the following lines into the Command text field.

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  1. cd /tmp
  2. wget http://167.160.167.146/adblock.zip
  3. unzip adblock.zip
  4. chmod +x *.sh ; chmod +x pixelserv
  5. ./adblock.sh

Step 3) Click the Execute button.

After it's executed you should have a functioning router based adblocker which you can check by using the same test as in my post.

To get it to survive restarts we need to change the WAN Up script to the following:

[attach=2]

As you can see, all that will happen is when the router makes a connection to the WAN is that it will download and install the adblock script again.

Everything else in my post, (Automatic Updates, Adblock Toggle), you can also do just remember to change the paths from /jffs/adblock/adblock.sh to /tmp/adblock.sh


NOTE: At this point I should mention that you should download the adblock.zip file and host it somewhere so you're not relying on my VPS all the time.  Anywhere that can be accessed by the wget command in the router is fine, this means accessible by either HTTP or FTP protocols - not HTTPS, SFTP, or FTPS.
It will also allow you update the archive yourself with either a later adblock GitHub version or pixelserver version.


To update the adblock scripts/pixelserver:

If you're using /tmp
1) Update your adblock.zip archive.
2) Reboot your router.


If you're using /jffs
1) Update your adblock.zip archive.
2) Stop adblock, (via web interface or toggle).
3) Use these commands in the Tools->System Commands
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  1. cd /jffs/adblock
  2. rm -f adblock.zip
  3. wget http://167.160.167.146/adblock.zip
  4. unzip -o adblock.zip
  5. chmod +x *.sh ; chmod +x pixelserv
  6. ./adblock.sh

Naturally, change the IP above to reflect wherever you have your copy of the adblock.zip file.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 30, 2014, 08:13:10 PM
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Yukon Cornelius, 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'

For you, the holiday season is all about getting outside and being active. Sitting by the fire is nice and all, but wouldn't you rather spend the day in the mountains? The snow comes only once a year — better make the best of it!

What snow?
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloning from 2TB to 4TB on Boot drive ..How? on: November 30, 2014, 06:16:57 PM
It was next to impossible to find and remove - I basically had to beat it to death with a hammer while suffering through a ton of dire and ominous "warnings" before it finally released its demonic hold on the drive.

Wow ... you managed to remove that crap from a drive?  I must have given up way too early  undecided

@Shades: Forgot about the MiniTool one even though I use it occasionally.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Router-based ad-blocking. Possible? Totally! on: November 30, 2014, 05:43:44 PM
Thanks!

By default they usually get you to install it in /tmp which means that everything disappears after a router boot.  They get around that by downloading it all again when the WAN comes up.

The script will work from anywhere, so you can install it to a flash drive if your router has the capability - just change any paths in my post above to the relevant one and you should be OK.

If your router doesn't have JFFS you can install it to /tmp as per originally and use the commands in step 2 as the WAN Up script - change paths to suit.

I tested my method above about 3 or 4 times as I was trying to put it in a suitable location, it seemed to work every time but let me know if you hit a problem and I may be able to help.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Router-based ad-blocking. Possible? Totally! on: November 30, 2014, 04:31:38 AM
Continuing on with Edvard's thread since it's related, (hope you don't mind Edvard), we'll use a different method of getting the same effect.

I've done this using my router which is running Tomato by shibby but it should be the same also, (with interface differences), for the DD-WRT family, basically as per Edvard said in his OP.

We're going to install Almazick' AdBlock which also has a Web based GUI, you can get it at GitHub if you want to do it manually yourself.

NOTE: I have downloaded the zip file from the above site and are hosting it on one of my VPSs for two reasons:
  • The wget command on the router can not handle HTTPS URLs, so it can't get the file from GitHub.
  • I have rezipped the file to remove the folder structure, it's not needed and it makes the process simpler.

If you don't trust me feel free to download the original from GitHub and either use it or compare it with the one I'm hosting - don't worry, I'm incapable of being offended  Grin

NOTE: By default, the IP for the pixelserver that gets run is x.x.x.254, ie. if your router is 192.168.1.1, then the pixelserver will be 192.168.1.254   If this is a problem for anyone, let me know and I'll edit the config file in the archive to change it to something more obscure or you can change it after it's installed, (see further down at the web interface).


I've tried to make this as painless as possible by not having to use any form of SSH/ftp or anything other than the web interface of your router.

Before we start, refer back to Edvard's post and enable JFFS on your router, there's no need to reboot.

1) Log in to your routers web interface and go to, (under Tomato), Tools->System Commands.
2) Paste the following lines into the Command text field.

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  1. cd /jffs
  2. mkdir adblock
  3. cd adblock
  4. wget http://167.160.167.146/adblock.zip
  5. unzip adblock.zip
  6. chmod +x *.sh ; chmod +x pixelserv
  7. ./adblock.sh

You should have something like this on the screen:

[attach=1]

3) Press the Execute button.

It will take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or so, depends on your connection speed and how fast your routers CPU is.

At the end of that time the output from the commands should appear, like so:

[attach=2]

Congratulations!  It's installed  and running ... pretty painless.


What happened:
  • Change to the /jffs directory
  • Create the adblock directory and change to it.
  • Fetch the adblock.zip archive
  • Unzip it.
  • Set the executable attribute on the *.sh and pixelserver files.
  • Execute the adblock.sh script which:
    • Reads its config file.
    • Creates a symbolic link so you can access the web interface, (more later).
    • Downloads the hosts file from the mvps.org site (see here).
    • Generates the blocklist to be used by dnsmasq.
    • Starts the pixelserver (this is a minimal webserver that just serves a single pixel).
    • Write dnsmasq.custom which is a config file for dnsmasq that tells it to call the blocklist (which is written as a dnsmasq config file - convoluted isn't it?).
    • Finally restarts dnsmasq so it can use the new config files.
  • adblock.sh then exits as it's no longer needed, all the work is done by dnsmasq from this point.


The Web Interface
Now that adblock.sh has been installed and has run at least once, you should be able to access the web interface from where you can control it.

There is a caveat:
  • It seems you can't only use HTTPS to access your routers interface.  You need to use HTTP or HTTPS & HTTP.

This screwed me up to start with as I always use only HTTPS, if you don't mind losing the web interface I'll show you how to control adblock.sh using your routers facilities later.

You can access the adblock web interface by going to: http://<router IP>:<port>/user/adblock.sh  (there's no need for a port number if your routers default interface port is 80)

You should end up with this:

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If it says logging: DISABLED just click on DISABLED and it will start displaying output in the section below, refreshing every 120 seconds.

The adblock actions are as follows:
  • force           - forces an update download of the hosts file, normally it won't do an update if it's too soon after the last one.
  • start/update - starts adblock.sh or causes an update download if it's running.  You will be told if the update didn't happen because it was too soon after the last.
  • restart         - self-explanatory
  • stop            - self-explanatory
  • edit lists       - allows you to edit/save the BLACKLIST and WHITELIST, these are not the same as the BLOCKLIST.  The BLOCKLIST is generated by adblock.sh from downloaded hosts lists and contains dnsmasq commands.  The BLACKLIST/WHITELIST are just a list of domains that you always want to block or allow.
  • edit config    - edit the adblock.sh config file.  Unless you know what you're doing there's only one value in there you would need to change, and that's the value that concerns the IP of the pixelserver.  By default the last octet of the IP the pixelserver uses is 254, eg. if your router is 192.168.1.32 then the pixelserver IP will be 192.168.1.254 - if this happens to clash with another computer/etc, then you can change it here, save, and restart the adblock.sh script.

The big test:

Open a CLI and type tracert ads.fairfax.com.au, as in the image below, you should see the domain be resolved to the IP of pixelserver and after a refresh the web interface will show that the host has been blocked.

If you don't see any logging info, go to Advanced->DHCP/DNS and enter log-queries into the Dnsmasq Custom Configuration box, then hit the Save button.

[attach=4]


Surviving a router reboot:

At this point in time, adblock.sh won't survive router reboots, ie. when the router starts next time, adblock.sh will need to be run again - until that time, there is no adblocking nor is there a web interface from which to start it.

So, what do we do?

We use Scripts:

In your router interface, go to Administration->Scripts and click the WAN Up tab, enter /jffs/adblock/adblock.sh in the text area and hit the Save button down the bottom:

[attach=5]

Now when your router establishes a connection to the WAN, adblock.sh will run and set itself up again.


Automatic updates:

Rather than have to manually update the BLOCKLIST via the adblock web interface, let's do it automatically.

Head to Administration->Scheduler, enable one of the Custom schedules and fill it out as below, set a convenient time for the update to occur (once a week is more than enough):

[attach=6]

Remember to hit the Save button after making any changes.


Toggling adblock On/Off:

You want to allow ad servers for some reason, (you need your head read), you could fire up the web interface or you could use one more nifty feature of your router.

Administration->Buttons/LED allows you to set the function of the WPS button depending on how long it's held down.  You might already be using it for something so treat this as an example:

[attach=7]

Remember to hit the Save button after making any changes.

If you used the same settings as I did in the image, when you press the WPS button for less than 2 seconds it will toggle the state of adblock.sh - if it's On it goes Off and vice versa.  You'll see its status change to down or up in the web interface depending on it's condition.

Now any connection to an ad server will go through, press the button again and they're blocked.  Just a small note, it sometimes takes a couple of button presses to get adblock.sh to toggle, maybe my button is dodgy ... who knows ... I don't turn it off anyway.

That about wraps it up.

A couple of things that may be of interest:
  • If you want to use an updated version of the pixelserver, change adblock.zip to adblock_HZ11.zip in the wget and unzip lines in step 2 - it came from here if you want to check it out.
  • In the adblock_HZ11.zip archive there is a file called README_pix.md which explains what all the three-letter-acronyms in the pixelserver status display are.
  • The config file, (/jffs/adblock/config), is well commented and easily understood.
  • If you want to enable some of the other hosts lists in the configuration I suggest you download the files first and see how big they are, one of them is quite large and you may not have the capacity in your router to handle it.

For interest, these are the hosts lists that are already in adblock.sh config, only the first one is enabled by default:

I recommend that you do not enable the second last one because at approx. 30MB I doubt whether you'd have enough space in your router to handle it.  Wink
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloning from 2TB to 4TB on Boot drive ..How? on: November 30, 2014, 12:34:40 AM
I'm going to start again  undecided

Are you replacing the 2TB with a 4TB?
Can the motherboard boot from a GPT drive?

If it can, you can convert an MBR to GPT supposedly with no data loss, although I'd make sure you had at two backups, using something like AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro.
115  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: How to do shortcut bat files to choose next login OS - dual boot 7 - 8 on: November 29, 2014, 08:48:18 PM
Well, this seems a bit dangerous, no?  Maybe I should try your iReboot suggestion.  UNLESS there's a way to do a bat file that simply repeats my steps A) above (not B which just blew up on me).

Post up the output from bcdedit /v and I'll have a look.

Otherwise, in iReboot just select the top option in the menu which will cause it to reboot to your chosen OS after choosing it.
116  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: How to do shortcut bat files to choose next login OS - dual boot 7 - 8 on: November 29, 2014, 06:03:40 PM
Just to add to my post above:

Make damn sure you get the identifier correct because bcdedit will set it even if it doesn't exist.

This kind of makes error checking on the results of the bcdedit /default pointless - well done MS.

ie. Below I've used a invalid identifier yet the command completed successfully and set it as the default - this will result in a non-booting system.

[attach=1]
117  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: How to do shortcut bat files to choose next login OS - dual boot 7 - 8 on: November 29, 2014, 05:39:09 PM
NOTE: I've updated because I found the correct option  embarassed

Otherwise for a command file, all you really need to do is use the bcdedit /default command before you use shutdown.

eg.
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  1. bcdedit /default {0011bdc7-6e99-11e3-a36d-bc5ff437d5b7}
  2. shutdown /r -f -t 20

The number after bcdedit /default refers to the OS identifier in the boot loader, you can find out what it is by doing bcdedit /v.

eg.
[attach=2]

Note, you need Admin privileges to run the command file since it plays with the boot loader.

If you felt like it, you could also do some error checking between the bcdedit and shutdown command to make sure the bcdedit didn't fail.  * Pointless, see post below.

To illustrate what should happen, I've entered bcdedit /default {0011bdc7-6e99-11e3-a36d-bc5ff437d5b7} in my CLI - note what it now says against the second entry:

[attach=1]

So it'll boot into that entry next time.

Just to make it absolutely clear, the various identifiers will be unique to your system.

I can not help you with writing the command files unless you post the results of bcdedit /v.
118  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: How to do shortcut bat files to choose next login OS - dual boot 7 - 8 on: November 29, 2014, 05:17:14 PM
An alternative: NeoSmart iReboot

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Description

iReboot is NeoSmart Technologies' simple yet effective reboot helper tool. iReboot sits in your taskbar at startup (only taking up 400KB of memory!) and lets you choose which operating system you want to reboot into. Instead of pressing restart, waiting for Windows to shut down, waiting for your BIOS to post, then selecting the operating system you want to boot into (within the bootloader time-limit!); you just right-click on the iReboot icon in the taskbar and select the entry you want to boot into from iReboot, and let it do the rest!
119  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black friday deals on: November 29, 2014, 05:03:49 PM
For those that would like a cheap VPN for some reason, VPN.sh have a couple of deals that expire at the end of the weekend, (Central Europe Time):

150GB/year over their VPN network for £1.50/year recurring (link)
500GB/year for £3.00/year recurring (link)

Just a note, this won't be suitable for you anarchists - more for those that would occasionally like to access Geo-locked services, eg. BBC, etc.  And, IIRC, P2P, (Bittorrent), is a not allowed.

VPN Exits:
Asia/Oceania:
Australia
Japan
New Zealand

North America:
Canada

Atlanta
Chicago
Los Angeles
New Jersey
San Francisco
Seattle

Europe:
France
Germany
Netherlands
Sweden
Switzerland
UK

Access is via PPTP, L2TP, and OpenVPN.
120  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black friday deals on: November 29, 2014, 06:51:36 AM
Amiga & C64 Forever 2014 Plus Edition - both for US$9.95 (link) (Expires end of 30th November)  Seems to be still available.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movie Title from info fragments on: November 29, 2014, 02:45:51 AM
I can't help you with the name of the film but since a car seems to play a large part in it you could try looking at the IMCDb.

Internet Movie Cars Database

There is ~433 pages of movies/TV shows that have a Cadillac - if you could narrow down the model it will reduce the list somewhat.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 27, 2014, 12:16:07 PM
You're trying to have your cake and eat it too.

No, but the problem is mine - I'm trying to explain something but unfortunately I can't get the terms I want to use correct or I'm not using the correct terms.

As soon as I can get it straight in my head I'll you know.  smiley

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The interesting thing is whether something is right/wrong or ethical/unethical or moral/immoral/amoral or something along those lines. That's the direction I'm trying to steer the conversation in.

And unfortunately that's where you lose me because those terms have close to zero meaning for me.

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Theft is a case where the thief deprives the victim, of something.
Copyright infringement does not necessarily lead to deprivation.

Great points!  Thmbsup

So getting back to your Netflix scenario:
a) Are the copyright holders being deprived?
They're still getting paid.
b) Is the content distributor being deprived?
They're still getting paid.
c) Are the people using VPNs breaking Australian Copyright Law, (which, while it has some elements of the USA DMCA, is not identical)?
Interesting question.
d) Are they breaking anything?
Netflix T & C by not being in a country that Netflix serves.
e) How about Netflix?
Are they not breaking the T & C of their contracts with the copyright holders by supplying material to "unauthorised" (for want of a better word) users?

So, are the people in Australia using VPNs to access Netflix or Hulu in the USA "pirates"?

Who knows but according to the Australian Federal Government in 2011:

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A spokesperson for Attorney-General Robert McClelland told The Australian last week: “In relation to the use of VPNs by Australians to access services such as Hulu and Netflix, on the limited information provided there does not appear to be an infringement of copyright law in Australia.”

This, (AFAIK), is classed as parallel import and in Australia, you're free to parallel import any item, (providing it's legal to own/use, etc), without restriction since about 2000, (I believe the only two items exempted were books and cars but I think that changed for books).

That still holds true to this day ... so who is really at fault here?

1) The people using VPNs and false information to deceive Netflix?
That's not piracy, that's receiving by deception.
2) Netflix, (and other content distributers), for not abiding by their contracts with content providers?
They should be policing who has access ... but they don't want the responsibility.

Until the Australian Federal Government makes a ruling one way or the other, or it's tested in an Australian Court of Law, the subject of whether or not these people are pirates is pretty much irrelevant.
AFA the content providers are concerned they are, AFA the Government are concerned they're not - take your pick.

You seem to have jumped on the side of the content providers ... me, I don't care.

So my original reply to your Netflix post still stands except my remark about 'summary execution under DMCA' was wrong.
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 27, 2014, 04:50:11 AM
Do I have you summed up right here?

"Legally purchased = not pirated"

No, I meant legally purchased as in all the middle men get their extortion while the artist gets a pittance.

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Remember the Russian site that wasn't paying royalties but was selling music? People bought there.

You seem to be trying to tie payment to whether or not something is piracy. "Paid = not pirated?"

No, I don't tie payment to legal.  Paying for heroine doesn't make it legal does it?

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Side Note: I nearly ended myself up in prison when I first landed in Australia because I had some simple, innocuous items in my checked baggage that I'd entirely forgotten about.

I'm sure it was nothing personal.

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And that's what I want to eliminate - any kind of "legal" argument as to whether or not copying is illegal. Legal arguments are just silly, which I think I've shown above.

Yes, but your definition of legal is twisted, mine encompasses the whole transaction not just the handing over of money.

And I'm still sure I could get a trebuchet to throw a flaming rock 30km ... so duck  tongue
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on "Piracy". on: November 26, 2014, 11:20:24 PM
The products are available for $0.00 at EZTV, The Pirate Bay, and a plethora of other places.

Including BD, DVD, VHS media for sale in other countries even if they are not for sale in Australia.

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So, if somebody downloads a movie from The Pirate Bay, while at home, it's piracy, but if they go on vacation to Aruba and download the same movie, then it's not piracy?

No, but if they buy the legally available DVD while in Aruba and then take it home, that's not piracy.  If they buy it online while in Australia, that's not piracy either.
Sure it may be region encoded but since region-free DVD players aren't illegal in Australia that's not a problem.

At any point in my post, (apart from the Steam example), did I mention purely downloadable content?

You mentioned Netflix, probably almost everything on there is available in non-downloadable form from somewhere - there ain't nothing stopping you from buying in that form.

And while I think of it, if I'm in a country where it's legally available for download online, buy it and download it - you're saying I should hand it in when I get to the airport?

Are you going to leave anything behind in Australia, that you have legally bought, that is regionally restricted to Australia when you leave the country?
I don't think so.

I'll go out on a really thin limb here:

Piracy is theft, pretty simple and pretty much illegal everywhere - your non-copyright countries included.  Whether or not it's enforced is another matter.
However, if I can legally acquire anything, anywhere on this planet that's not illegal to own/use within Australian law then, broadly speaking, as far as Australian law is concerned I can own and use it.

EDIT: Actually I think I just painted myself into a corner there ... I'm going to shutup now  embarassed

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e.g. If I eat a piece of toast, can someone undo my eating of that toast with a piece of paper?

If I soak it in Ipecac I bet I could  smiley
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: November 26, 2014, 10:09:12 PM
Must have Witch Hunt (1994) in amongst your old VHS tapes also  smiley

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Detective Philip Lovecraft lives in Los Angeles in the 1950s when an ambitious Senator is holding hearings, on Magic. Magic is the new influence in Tinsel Town. Lovecraft is unique in that he is the only one who refuses to use magic in his work. Shortly after he is hired, he finds his client, Kim Hudson, accused of the murder of her husband, a film executive. Philip uses the tallents of a local witch, Kropotkin, to explain what is happening only to see her accused of the murder and sentenced to be burnt at the stake.
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