Piracy may be a debated topic in some contexts and regions but there’s no escaping the fact that it is illegal in many countries. You may argue all you want against capitalism, fair use, ownership, and other factors but when you’re running a large streaming service for pirated content and earning millions from it, it’s not really a matter of fighting for the little folk anymore. Perhaps knowing that the gig is up, two men from Las Vegas have pleaded guilty to being part of the country’s biggest pirated streaming operation, trying to make a deal for a lesser sentence than they would have been given if convicted.
You may have heard more about PirateBay but iStreamItAll or ISIA and Jetflix have been regarded as the biggest business in the US when it comes to streaming pirated videos. Whereas others try to operate in the dark corners of the web, these two boldly offered content in exchange for subscription fees. They did advertise themselves as better than Netflix because their pirated content spanned different competing services.
It wasn’t a simple case of just serving up content either. The two are being labeled as “computer programmers” for their specific role in the business. Darryl Julius Polo, owner and operator of ISIA, utilized software that looked for pirated content on the net and then stored it on ISIA. Polo then sent emails to prospective customers, promoting the benefits of the service over legit ones. Between 2014 and 2016, the business processed 18,551 credit and debit card transactions for $20 monthly or $180 yearly subscriptions.
Luis Angel Villarino’s role in Jetflix wasn’t a central one in comparison. He admits to being the programmer that optimize and maintain the programs that harvested pirated content, the very same that Polo used in ISIA. Villarino pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement while Polo copped to more charges, including money laundering.
The two may be getting lesser sentences but their time in court isn’t over. There are six other defendants in that same case and part of their plea bargain would be to testify against their former associates.
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The first live images of the PlayStation 5 have been posted online, as the console appeared at Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC).
The photos show just how big the PS5 is, which isn’t much of a surprise since we learned that the PS5 is the biggest game console in modern history.
There are images of the console in vertical and horizontal positions, which show that it may be a bit difficult to fit the PS5 in entertainment centres, since it’s been designed to stand vertically, similar to the Xbox Series X.
Although the images do show the size of the PS5, they don’t provide any information on how users will be able to access the NVMe slot on the console. Users will be able to expand storage space, but it’s not fully known how this will work.
The console will launch in Canada on November 12th. The standard Ultra HD Blu-ray disc drive-equipped console will cost $629.99 CAD, while the all-digital model will be priced at $499.99 CAD.
Additionally, Sony has revealed that some PS5 games, including launch titles Demon’s Souls and Destruction AllStars, will be priced at $89.99 in Canada.
Image credit: National Communications Commission
Via: The Verge
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Lambton Public Health reported Saturday night that there was 344 confirmed cases of COVID-19, up one from Friday, with two active cases, also up one.
317 cases of the virus have been resolved and the death toll remains unchanged at 25.
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We already know that the PlayStation 5 is the biggest games console in modern history, but a new illustration has made it clear just how big the machine is.
Over on Twitter, illustrator and 3D modeller @keisawada has put together a series of images that really put the size of the next-gen consoles into perspective.
The PS5 is placed next to a Nintendo Switch, an Xbox Series X, an Xbox Series S, a 30″ TV, and a regular PS4. The difference in dimensions is clear to see.
Xbox Series S(275x151x63.5mm)も置いてみた。 pic.twitter.com/C1K4mIOHBA
— 澤田圭(ｷｬﾗｸﾀｰﾃﾞｻﾞｲﾅｰ) (@keisawada) September 20, 2020
Sony’s next-gen PlayStation towers above the other consoles and almost threatens to match the size of the TV, too. It really is a massive bit of kit.
We know why Sony’s machine is so big: it’s mostly due to cooling. Matt MacLaurin, the vice president of UX Design at PlayStation, has previously explained in a post on LinkedIn that the PS5 runs very hot. As such, it needs more space to adequately vent the heat.
The console hasn’t even launched yet and already it’s causing a schism online; some gamers think it looks pretty and futuristic, others think it looks out-dated and imposing.
Whatever you think of it, though, you can’t argue with its absolutely massive size. The PS5 is approximately 390mm tall, 260mm deep, and 104mm wide (and the digital version is only 12mm slimmer).
Sony will release two consoles in November; the standard model and the digital-only models They’ll set you back $499 and $399, respectively.
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