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FBI Warnings

Posted in Things at 5:13 pm by bsdman

You know what grinds my gears? It’s the FBI warnings that appear at the beginning of movies I watch. I go out and buy a new movie. I stick said movie into my DVD player. I hit play. On the screen I end up seeing 3 or 4 warnings telling me I can’t make copies of this movie I own. You know what the worst part is? It’s that I can’t fast forward (skip) past these warnings. Actually I thought of another worst part: the warning appears in English AND at least one other language. WTF. I don’t care about interpol!

It’s like the MPAA/FBI (authorities, if you will) think that I’m either a thief or stupid. Either way I don’t like it.

That’s why I make fair-use backups of my DVD’s. Sure, I already own them, but I want to be able to bring a case full of DVD’s over to a friend’s house and not worry if one of them gets scratched/lost/broken. That and I like to be able to edit out all those crazy warnings.

Here’s some of the warnings I get:

My “fair-use” ends up removing everything except the movie itself. No animated menus to wait for. No warnings. No “unable to forward past something”. Just my nice relaxing paid for movie. Fuck you MPAA.

And that’s what grinds my gears.

Being Carded

Posted in Other at 7:44 am by bsdman

You know what grinds my gears? It’s being carded for the stupid things in life. I can understand someone asking for an ID if I’m purchasing alcohol – I mean, I look like I’m right around the age of 21, so better safe than sorry. However, I’m not 21. I’m 25. Yessir – April of 1983. So why am I upset with being carded?

I was recently carded at a movie theater. You read correctly – a freakin movie theater. According to the MPAA rating system (which is a flawed system from a flawed company), I need to be over 17 OR with a legal guardian/parent. Since I was paying with a credit card, I figured maybe they needed to see my ID for that. But no, they only wanted to make sure I was over the age of 17.

I’m 6′ 4″
I have facial hair
I’m paying with a credit card
My fiance is getting popcorn – and she’s beautiful
I get carded because I don’t look over 17? Seriously?

Here’s what I don’t get: why wouldn’t I use a student discount then? Hell, it would save me $4 (a gallon of gas) if I did. Do they think I’m a 16 year old high school drop out? People please!

And that’s what grinds my gears.

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