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Tom Brady is a Copyright Pirate

UPDATE: here is the video goodness: http://www.sportsgrid.com/nfl/tom-brady-streaming-illegal-super-bowl/

here is additional coverage that juxtaposes Brady's piracy with fed raids on illegal steams of NFL games: http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x584478277/Brady-throws-NFL-federal-agents-curveball/print

Schadenfreude ist die schonste freude.
Here is the only thing you need to know about why bills like SOPA/PIPA are doomed to fail. Tom Brady is an international copyright infringing,content stealing pirate. Yes. TOM "I have a football" BRADY.

I was driving this morning and listening to the professional hot air makers at 98.5 (CBE Sports radio for Boston) (because BBC on WBUR had flaked off into something about ant farts and underground basket weaving), listening to the goon show (Toucher and Rich or whatever) and Brady’s on live, a few minutes after 9AM ET. He’s talking about last year, being on vacation in Costa Rica for the Superbowl, and he says “Last year, I was[…]watching the game on an illegal Super Bowl website.”

That’s right. The content I can’t get streamed to my HOUSE, in MASSACHUSETTS, because of the NFL and the TV networks’ inane content sharing agreements, the content I can’t listen to AT THE GYM on streaming radio, Tom Brady is watching in Costa Rica. Illegally, on a web stream.

Tom "here have a smile from my chin" Brady pirates content. Let that sink in for a bit.Brady is not you, the schmuck on the couch or the Cheeto's eating basement dweller pirating music and bad TV shows from Japan. He is not the various politicians, members of the RIAA or even the IT companies that make this possible. He is THE ENTERTAINMENT. He is literally part of the product you are being sold, and HE can’t watch his own show. He’s like a waiter that has to go to Burger King on his lunch break, except it was Costa Rica and, and, he’s Tom Brady, but whatever.

This is the picture-perfect demonstration of why attempts to regulate the flow of content are doomed under our current system of communication. Idiotic bills like SOPA/PIPA are as much against the laws of nature as trying to legislate the value of pi. One of the primary reasons people pirate content is because it is blocked in their country for an arbitrary reason. In England, users can’t watch Desperate Housewives,unless they “pirate” episodes. I cannot watch BBC videos online in my country.

And Tom Brady cannot watch his own f*cking sport in Costa Rica. Since these limitations are entirely arbitrary,and demand is through the roof, technology is allowing that demand to be filled. This is a law as old as human kind: where there is demand, it will be supplied, one way, or another.

If the short bussers and ancient syndicate troglodytes at NBC,Universal, and all the rest spent a fraction of the effort on enabling content distribution instead of fighting it with asinine, horrifically intrusive and chilling lobbying efforts to turn back time, we’d all be happier. But they can’t.They can’t get it out of their heads that they don’t control the channels anymore.

They’d rather retard progress,competition, innovation, and communication out of principle, than join the modern era and SELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT. I could watch British sitcoms, which are worth a damn, and Englishers could scrape out a few excess brain cells with American programming, Netflix could have some premium movies,and TOM GODDAMNED BRADY WOULDN’T HAVE TO PIRATE FOOTBALLGAMES.

I’ll link the audio when CBS puts it up(if they put it up now, those weasels) but here’s another source that caught Tom’s comments</a> and also appreciated the deep, sinfully delicious irony.

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Tom Brady is a Copyright Pirate

UPDATE: here is the video goodness: http://www.sportsgrid.com/nfl/tom-brady-streaming-illegal-super-bowl/

additional coverage that juxtaposes Brady's piracy with fed raids on illegal steams of NFL games: http://www.eagletribune.com/local/x584478277/Brady-throws-NFL-federal-agents-curveball/print


Here is the only thing you need to know about why bills like SOPA/PIPA are doomed to fail. Tom Brady is an international copyright infringing,content stealing pirate. Yes. TOM "I have a football" BRADY.

Schadenfreude ist die schonste freude.

I was driving this morning and listening to the professional hot air makers at 98.5 (CBS Sports radio for Boston, Toucher and Rich or whatever) and Brady’s on live, a few minutes after 9AM ET. He’s talking about last year, being on vacation in Costa Rica for the Superbowl, and he says “Last year, I was[…]watching the game on an illegal Super Bowl website.”

That’s right. The content I can’t get streamed to my HOUSE, in MASSACHUSETTS, because of the NFL and the TV networks’ inane content sharing agreements, the content I can’t listen to AT THE GYM on streaming radio, Tom Brady is watching in Costa Rica. Illegally, on a web stream.

Tom "here have a smile from my chin" Brady pirates content. Let that sink in for a bit.Brady is not you, the schmuck on the couch or the Cheeto's eating basement dweller pirating music and bad TV shows from Japan. He is not the various politicians, members of the RIAA or even the IT companies that make this possible. He is THE ENTERTAINMENT. He is literally part of the product you are being sold, and HE can’t watch his own show. He’s like a waiter that has to go to Burger King on his lunch break, except it was Costa Rica and, and, he’s Tom Brady, but whatever.

This is the picture-perfect demonstration of why attempts to regulate the flow of content are doomed under our current system of communication. Idiotic bills like SOPA/PIPA are as much against the laws of nature as trying to legislate the value of pi. One of the primary reasons people pirate content is because it is blocked in their country for an arbitrary reason. In England, users can’t watch Desperate Housewives,unless they “pirate” episodes. I cannot watch BBC videos online in my country.

And Tom Brady cannot watch his own f*cking sport in Costa Rica. Since these limitations are entirely arbitrary,and demand is through the roof, technology is allowing that demand to be filled. This is a law as old as humankind: where there is demand, it will be supplied, one way, or another.

If the short bussers and ancient syndicate troglodytes at NBC,Universal, and all the rest spent a fraction of the effort on enabling content distribution instead of fighting it with asinine, horrifically intrusive and chilling lobbying efforts to turn back time, we’d all be happier. But they can’t.They can’t get it out of their heads that they don’t control the channels anymore.

They’d rather retard progress,competition, innovation, and communication out of principle, than join the modern era and SELL PEOPLE WHAT THEY WANT. I could watch British sitcoms, which are worth a damn, and Englishers could scrape out a few excess brain cells with American programming, Netflix could have some premium movies,and TOM GODDAMNED BRADY WOULDN’T HAVE TO PIRATE FOOTBALLGAMES.

I’ll link the audio when CBS puts it up(if they put it up now, those weasels) but here’s another source that caught Tom’s comments</a> and also appreciated the deep, sinfully delicious irony.

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Part two of Harvard's FAS research arm and their cloud computing story. Quite sentimental or these; its was a flat out fantastic way to end my tenure as a reporter with TechTarget.

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I love IT horror stories, by which I mean I love stories about everyday life in IT. TechTarget and SearchCloudComputing.com(my baby!!!) focus exclusively on the enterprise IT pro as a target audience, so we are not allowed to report vendors and service providers as sources.

However, those same dirty filthy vendors are the one doing the bleeding edge of IT, because it makes them money(unlike enterprise IT, which supports what ever the enterprise does to make money) so they have the best IT horror stories.

So in an op-ed, I can stretch my wings a bit and write about those filthy, grubby, vendors(You're only mad b/c they charge $200/hr and you can't live without them, admit it)

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This story is the walking definition of inside baseball; it's all howabout the people who sell IT(I used to be one of them) to companies that are increasingly more willing to shift IT work out of the back of the house, are reacting to cloud computing. Those guys, who do much of the actual IT work for their customers, are finding out the fat margins of yesteryear(seriously, we made a LOT of scratch on servers mostly because the big vendors were overcharging by absurd amounts) are dying, because of cloud computing.

So they in turn are finding ways to sell the functional layer: management and delivery of IT and getting out of the iron business. the expertise used to be racking and stacking better than the in house guy could. Now it's in delivering the tools better than the in-house guy can.

Got that? IT shops lean on outsourcers who lean on cloud, who lean on data center operators, who lean on service companies(to maintain equipment and buildings. It's turtles all the way down, you see

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Officially part of the Apple rumour mill. i feel...dirty. Filthy!! Filthy, but liberated, somehow, newly born, like when you get that first splash of mud or your new boots, or when you end up at the S&M club and it turns out the inner you is named Cristine and wears pigtails.

Anyway, great little tidbit I picked up at the Greenpages event in Portsmouth yesterday. It means basically nothing except that iPhones are popular and parts for them are dirt cheap when made in China, which isn't shocking news, but the serendipity enchanted me. Meet a dude on a plane, he's got one on of the rarest items on the planet in his pocket(prototyped iPhone) and he just wants to talk to you about it. Nuts.

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This was going to be one story with another angle entirely, but I split it out because the user stories are so interesting. Halfway through the interview with the guy from DAI I I seriously considered asking him for a job; he sends sysadmins and operator types to far flung locales to do IT in support of aid projects. I'm 2 years behind on my skills but some of the places DAI goes are about 1200 years behind anything.

I was seriously bored with most of my IT life before I switched to writing, but I want to go to Kabul and maintain servers!!!! What a way to see the world. Larry Campbell said went to Pakistan 4 times this year, I'm sure it gets old, but hells yeah I'd do a few tours first.

In other news, GameSpy runs on Windows? boggle Thanks for the interviews, gentlemen, hope to speak again soon.

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Thursday's op-ed. It touches on the joyful intersection of Washington and high tech, always a marriage of inconceivable bliss. Anyway, what interested me here was how I felt about the various parties involved, and how its yet more proof that cloud computing is bizzaro world- IBM and Microsoft are hip, Amazon.com is the bleeding edge of computer science and engineering and industry associations are the valiant cavaliers of techno-justice.

The fun-est thing about writing on politics is that anyone who reads it without knowing you sees everything through a funhouse mirror; a savvy reader could make a lot of assumptions about my own political leanings from this column(as well as a few others on net neutrality etc), but I bet they'd be amusingly wrong.

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I liked this story quite a bit. I'm fond of underdoggy sorts of things and the idea of these guys basically making an end run around usual state organizations and piggybacking it all on the free pipe was cool.
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