NZBMatrix Situation People need to stop and think what they are doing. Yes NZBMatrix was shut down because the owners were inudated with DMCA take downs. But probably more important than that and I haven't seen hardly anyone talking about it, is the fact that they also attacked NZBMatrix financially.
quote:Not only did the Matrix experience this but also providers overseas. When everyone started talking about getting a NL provider, the copyright proxies started going to Paypal to plug the financial hole up with NL providers. Since then providers are not offering Paypal and Paypal have even frozen funds for quite some time from those providers.
Coupled with this is problems with payment providers, we have been through pretty much everyone out there, in the end they all pull out.
This problem goes beyond the standard, "Matrix gone!! What is the next good alternative?". People need to realize that coming here and crying and panicing about your favorite indexer going down just gives more ammo to the people causing the problems in the first place. It is well known that they frequent boards and I doubt that DSLR is an exception. Also companies like Paypal need to pay for what they are doing. People need to avoid their payment system everywhere they go. Tell the business that you refuse to pay with Paypal and ask for alternatives. Stop using them period!!
One payment system solution is to go to Bitcoins since it is decentralized. I recommend that people just buy enough Bitcoins to just pay for service somewhere and nothing more. 1 Bitcoin was going for around $10 US last time I checked and there are two providers that offer payment with Bitcoin: Bitusenet and Chundle. Hopefully in the near future the more well known providers with start to offer Bitcoin and other payment alternatives.
Anyway that is my 2 cents...
It's not like they've accomplished anything at all, which is really funny. The money they spend on being aggressive does nothing. It's really a big joke like the "war on drugs". All the billions that have been spent and nothing good has come from that at all either.
Seriously, I use pay-per-view for most movies, that's fine and the pricing is OK. I download TV shows because my wife horks up the DVR (and I skip the commercials on the DVR anyway - only harm is a lower viewer count for the show). But, I've always had a music industry attitude problem. Back about late 1988 I already had over 200 cd's and I read an article somewhere (popular science or something like it probably) that was talking about how CD's costs about 25% of the cost of cassettes to manufacture and ship yet the music industry was charging 150% to 200% more for CD's.
So, I guess it was back in late 1988 when I amended the "thou shall not steal" rule with "unless you are stolen from first". Freaking music industry.
I really got into ripping and sharing in 1997 when I worked for Intel in Oregon (Jones Farm campus in Beaverton). Some of the guys there had set up a Intranet music server that was shared to two other campus and man, they had everything. I ended up replacing all that stuff though because that was when ripping was only analog based. Sometimes I wonder how long that server stayed up. That was also the first year I had to go buy 80m special CD's online and Nero to get past some things for games. And, I think Half-Life came out that year because we all went to a LAN part and had to run out to some store to buy copies because it required different keys to plan head to head on LAN.
I use to have a shoebox full of Commodore 64 game disks and a notcher to turn single sided floppies into dual sided floppies. That one made me angry too - charging more for dual sided disks when they were all the same except for the notch in the case.
No one gets screwed more than the consumer.