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What are your odds of being sued by the RIAA?

Interesting article examines the probability of being sued by the RIAA. The result looks good for file sharers.

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I Miss Her...

I miss her, I miss her a lot. There's just a feeling of emptiness, a feeling like the one for me is missing. I can't wait till she gets back.


I'm glad this isn't permanent. Thank you God for such an amazing girl friend.


-Dustin
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A lot of Christian Bands go Unheard.

I've discovered that just now, I've found extensive lists of tons of 'unheard' Christian bands. I say unheard because I've never herd of most of them. And I'm quite sure most of them don't have recording contracts, although some are that good. But I view this as a good thing, I despise the RIAA. Hopefully the future wont consist of them.

Any way, here is one band I found that was really good, so I'm going to share them with you!

They call themselves SAINTMAYBE. Apparently they play shows down in the south, they look like some good shows from the pictures, here's one from their site (linked in case they ever want to remove it, not to be mean):


Please stop by their website, and listen to a few of their songs.


God bless,
-Dustin
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Get it while its hot!

So I didn't have power for a few days, so sorry if you needed to access things on the sites.

Today Rachelle and Alex and (everyone else basically) left for the Kentucky missions trip. It was sad to say good-bye, but I did. It's a lot worse sitting here knowing I wont see her for what will seem like forever. She really does mean a lot to me. But distance makes the heart grow fonder as they say (thanks Grandma! Haha). And I'm sure that God is going to do amazing things with all of them down there this week as well.

Also, kind of weird, missing having little brother around... Wanted to play a game with him, but he's gone too.

UPS is up in the air right now, wandering if I'm going to be on call all the time. If so, it's new job time.

I'm addicted to this new game called Slave Hack now, it was on Digg the other day.

And another game you might actually find interesting called Zwok.

Oh, if you like you can digg my previous post.

That's about it for now, time to play some more Slave Hack before I get to bed. :)


God bless,
-en3r0
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Left Behind - No Spyware, Just the Future of In-Game Advertisement

A recent article on Digg (written by Technica) tires to convince people that the innovative in-game advertisement software in the game Left Behind, is spyware. It clearly is not. From the article:

"The game comes fully loaded with what some would term built-in spyware, in the form of in-game advertising that tracks the amount of time ads are seen, how often the game is played, and the player's geographical and personal information."

They say that some would term.

From Dictionary.com "spyware - (Or "adware") Any type of software that transmits information without the user's knowledge." I'm sure if you read that fine print when your installing, it will tell you about it there.

Even this quote by Double Fusion, quoted in their article, explains that it isn't:

"All Double Fusion campaigns provide detailed campaign reporting for full accountability, and, unlike other media, advertisers only pay for the time their ads are seen...unlike TV, unlike the web, and unlike print. No medium is more accountable and measurable in terms of the actual time spent with advertising."

"Double Fusion's In-Game Ad Engine is a software component that gamer developers insert in their games. The Ad Engine is the seamless interface between the game and the advertiser servers, and works as a broker between the two, calling advertising creative elements as needed, providing them to the game to be displayed as ads in the game, and tracking impressions and views and reporting back to the advertising management servers."


This is just simply great news for the gaming community. Why? Because this could mean lower costs for games. Also, as it becomes more common, good news for open source games as well. This could provide a way for them to step into the arena and compete better with major studios.

Also, they wrote in their article, "...surveys of gamers show that advertising in games is effective and generally unobtrusive if done properly..."

The advertising in Left Behind is a good thing, and hopefully a sign of things to come. I can't wait to see it in action.


-Dustin (en3r0)
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Berners-Lee: Net Neutrality - This is serious

"When I invented the Web, I didn't have to ask anyone's permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going end in the USA."

No, but seriously.


-Dustin

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Dvorak: the Golden Age of the Internet, enjoy it while you can

"How many people realize that we're living in a golden age, the Golden Age of the Internet? It won't last; golden ages never do. Some of it will remain, but there's evidence that much of it is headed for the trash heap of history." Great article to pass on to non-techie friends about why stuff like net neutrality matter.

Sad but true if we don't take action now.


-Dustin

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A $1 million dollar contract to play Halo 2

"Major League Gaming (MLG), the world's first professional video game league, today announced that it has signed the nation's leading four-man Halo 2 team, Final Boss, to a $1 million dollar contract, and Tsquared, one of the top individual pros in the world, to a $250,000 deal."

Can anyone see why I want to be a pro gamer? Although they are probably playing on xbox, which sucks lol.


-Dustin

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Day of Action Against RIAA

"On June 23rd DefectiveByDesign.org will provide the contact numbers for the RIAA and similar organizations around the world."

I plan on calling and giving those people a peice of my mind... You should as well.


-Dustin

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Hello World!

I haven't made any art lately. I should sometime.

I've been trying to learn some PHP today to help code a new game I'm working on with some friends. I'll post more about that when I can.

Chelle has court tomorrow, hopefully everything will work out alright.

I get to call into work again at 3:10am to get told I am not needed, again. I'm about to look for another job it this is how it's going to be.

It would be nice to be able to make something of this game career wise.

I feel tired and apathetic, I'm going to go to bed soon.


God bless,
-Dustin


Edit: Added more links as well.
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Amazingly Scary In-depth Look at Scientology!

"I researched Scientology for my college graduate studies project and here's what I found. They are a dangerous cult that employ spies and a variety of dirty tricks to intimidate, scare, and threaten their critics, all the while bilking million of dollars from their followers. A video follows."

Just reading a few lines of this makes you waunder what crack head would believe this kinda stuff? It seriously sounds like a really bad movie script! Just goes to show you that people are desperate to find something greater than them to believe in.


God bless,
-Dustin

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Proof that U.S. Gov't Involved in Pirate Bay Shutdown

"...the Pirate Bay (shutdown) can be traced to an April meeting in Washington between the Swedes and the U.S. government... A little more than a month later, Swedish police hit the headquarters of the Pirate Bay and closed the site...(PB) was back up and running three days later, sporting a logo of a pirate ship sinking the word "Hollywood."

Makes me sick!


-Dustin

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An Inside View From a Google Employee

"Here are the main points from an interview with what seems to be the guy who took over the Google Calculator project as his current 20% project His nickame is �ZorbaTHut� and he�s been programming for 17 years."

Very cool to read about this guys experiences at Google, espically since I'd love to work there.


-Dustin

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Need Sleep

Last night Dan, Derrick, Alex and I all played DS2 till like 6am. I slept till 11ish and now I can sleep for a few hours before I have to wake up at 3am for work. I thought sleep deprivation ended with school?

Oh well.

God bless,
-Dustin
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eBaum Is Back To His Old Tricks

"I'd like to thank those with morals who have contacted me to support Albino Blacksheep and our member Alan Becker the author of Animator vs. Animation. As I reported earlier, Alan's copyright has been violated by another website." - AB

So let the games begin! I'd love to see another war on e-fags.


-Dustin

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Pirate Bay's popularity DOUBLES after 3 days of being shut down

"The Pirate Bay, one of the world's most popular websites for illegal downloading of movies, has doubled its number of visitors after Swedish police shut down the site for three days."

Good work MPAA. Gota love 'em... Well no, you don't really.


-Dustin

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I Heart Bit Torrent.

I love Bit Torrent. I just do. I also love LAMP (I doubt anyone that usually reads my blog will really get that) . I have a plan in my head I'm working out on how companies can embrace this new technology. More on that later.

Tonight A bunch of people and myself watched DOOM at Dan's house. It wasn't a bad movie like most people said, brought back some old memories of playing the game. That was when I was just a little n00b.

I remember the first real game (and one of the best) was Battle Zone for PC. I think it was only offered with Gateway machines for a while, a shame the limited a great game to a crappy company. But I can't complain, it was a PC. Good news is some people actually still play this game, (made around '95) and are also working on recreating it as an open source project. I think limited beta testing will start this summer/fall. Here is the site (look in the forums for more information on their project).

So that's about it other than I'm going to do a bit of work on the server for Virtenu.

Good night.


God bless,
-Dustin
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Pshhhh...

So here some updates on life:

-Graduated, was alright, I'm still alive.
-Sleeping in, lots of fun!
-New Game Project with Brice (Wally) and people, about 6 of us on the team now, rocks.
-I Love Rachelle, she keeps me physically alive, or else I would rot where I sit.
-God is good, you'll never know how good until you really know him.

Other than that, its been easy goin'. Oh, the story I put on here about the stolen sidekick, it generated about 500+ hits. That's more than this little old blog has ever seen! For a good cause too.

That's all for now, I'll try to update more often!


God bless,
-Dustin
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How NOT to steal a Sidekick

"These guys not only kept the Sidekick they found in a taxi in NYC, but then took pics of their whole family with it as well as signing on to AOL. Note: I know this is on my own website, but I have no ads and am not making any money on this. NO outside links on this page other than to these people's info."

Good way to get back at some of the sick people in this world.


-Dustin

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I Bet You Forgot About D-Day

Here are some pictures to commemorate the aniversery of D-Day, 62 years ago. Look in comments for more.

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The Worst Bill You�ve Never Heard About

"Never heard of SIRA? That�s the way Big Copyright and their lackeys want it, and it's bad news for you. Simply put, SIRA fundamentally redefines copyright and fair use in the digital world. It would require all incidental copies of music to be licensed separately from the originating copy."

Not a good thing people.


-Dustin

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Driver's Car Searched Due to Suspicion of Home-made Pirate Cd's Seen in Car

"This is a real court case report based in Virginia. Basically a police office decided something was not right based on the assumption of home-made Cd's viewable in drivers car."

This is pretty gay if you ask me.


-Dustin

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Demonstration held in response to the raid on The Pirate Bay

"A demonstration took place today in Stockholm in response to the raid where over 100 servers were seized without proven criminal offence. It was arranged by several political youth parties."

In 5 - 10 years I'm guessing there won't be much copyright left in the world. That's good.


-Dustin

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The Pirate Bay is back online!!!

The Pirate Bay is back, sporting a new logo. Search feature will be online later. Searching for now gives the message "no hits due to politics"

Suck that MPAA/RIAA. Man I love it.


-Dustin

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