Last night’s ‘Game of Thrones’ was illegally downloaded 2.2 million times in 12 hours.

Congratulations, HBO. Game of Thrones is now the most-pirated TV show on the planet. This week’s episode beat the previous one-day record set by the series’ season four premiere, which registered 1.86 million separate illegal downloads within a 24-hour period following its air date. Not that HBO should be worried.

Far Cry 4, the latest entry in Ubisoft’s “setting things on fire in exotic places” series, has an option called Field of View Scaling that is more essential than it sounds – if the FOV level isn’t configured properly, something as simple as taking a ride on a scooter can turn into a drug-fueled nightmare. However, when the game was released on PC, some players noticed that this feature was mysteriously absent from their copy: If they went into the settings menu, an empty space would mock them from the spot where the FOV option should be.

Naturally, outraged players took to places like Reddit to lambast Ubisoft for this irresponsible oversight … just as the company planned it (this one time, anyway). Turns out the developers intentionally left out this option from the game, adding it on release day through an update patch only lawful players could get. The result? Pirates accidentally outing themselves and getting publicly shamed by Far Cry 4’s director on Twitter.

6 Hilarious Ways Game Designers Are Screwing Over Pirates

3DS homebrew is here! ⊟

If you have a Nintendo 3DS/2DS (or even a New 3DS!) and a copy of Cubic Ninja (they’re getting pretty expensive now), you can get started with running unauthorized games and apps on your system right now, thanks to Smealum’s “Ninjhax” exploit and the Homebrew Launcher.

But won’t this just pave the way for piracy? Won’t Nintendo immediately patch this vulnerability with a firmware update? What can people even do with Ninjhax right now? And will we ever be able to get around the handheld’s region lock? We asked the 3DS hacker himself, Jordan “Smealum” Rabet*, all of these important questions – read what he has to say below!

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North African Pirates in 17th Century Iceland

The Barbary Corsairs were a large band of infamous pirates from the Barbary States, now comprised of Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco.  Between the 17th and 19th century the Barbary Pirates were the terror of the high seas, raiding throughout the Mediterranean, but also raiding as far north of Ireland, England, Scotland, and Scandinavia.  Craving wealth, they often struct Spanish treasure fleets contained gold, silver, and jewels from the New World.  In fact they took whatever was of value with which they could make some money with.  One of their most lucrative items were slaves, and between the 17th and 19th centuries it is estimated that the Barbary Pirates abducted between 800.000 and 1.25 million people.

One of the Barbary Pirate’s most remote targets was Iceland.  At the time Iceland was an easy pick, they had few weapons, no organized military, and little violence had occurred on the island since the days of the Vikings.  In 1627, a Barbary fleet under the command of Dutch pirate  Jan Janszoon sailed north toward Iceland on a raiding mission.  They arrived at Iceland on June 20th and over the next month raided villages along the eastern and southern coasts.  While Iceland was a soft target, it also didn’t sport many riches.  At best all the pirates found was salted fish and furs.  So the Barbary Pirates decided to take the one thing in Iceland that was of value; slaves.  During the raids 400 Icelanders were abducted to be sold into slavery. Scores of others were killed. Other sources estimate as high as 900 or 1,000, although primary Icelandic sources stick to 400.  The Barbary Pirates were also lucky to have caught some incoming ships from the Netherlands, England, and Denmark, which made the expedition worthwhile.  The 400 Icelanders were sold into slavery at Barbary markets in North Africa.  Among the slaves were Olafur Egilsson, a Lutheran Minister who later wrote an account of his life in captivity, and Guðríður Símonardóttir, who became a concubine until she was personally brought back by King Christian IV of Denmark.  Of the 400 Icelanders abducted, 27 returned home.  In Iceland, the raids were known as the “Turkish Raids” or “Turkish Abductions” since the Barbary States were a part of the Turkish Ottoman Empire at the time.

The Barbary Pirates continued their raiding and plundering for the next two centuries.  In the early 19th century a combined fleet of British, French, Spanish, Dutch, and American warships made war on the Barbary States, which greatly reduced their power.  The end of the Barbary Pirates came in 1830 when France conquered and occupied Algeria.


May 23rd 1701: Captain Kidd executed

On this day in 1701, the Scottish pirate William Kidd was executed in England. Kidd, born in Dundee around 1654, enjoyed a successful career as a seaman before his turn to piracy. In May 1696, Kidd set sail charged with the job of hunting pirates and attacking enemy French ships as a privateer. However, while on this voyage around the Indian Ocean, Kidd and his crew began plundering treasure ships. During his time, Kidd killed a mutinous gunner on his ship, contributing to his fearsome piratical reputation. Their main prize was the Quedagh Merchant which carried a wealth of gold, silk and spices - the haul from this came to around £15,000, a huge amount of money for this period. As news broke in England of Kidd’s activities, his wealthy and powerful patrons at home scrambled to condemn him. He was eventually arrested in New York, where he had gone with hopes of support from his powerful contacts there, insisting he was innocent and had acted only as a privateer. Whilst he gave up some of his buried treasure on Gardiners Island, he claimed he had more buried somewhere else; would-be treasure hunters have been searching for his haul ever since. Kidd was put on trial for piracy in England, in what became a public spectacle due to his prominent connections, where he was found guilty and sentenced to death. On May 23rd, Kidd was hanged on the River Thames in London and his body encased in an iron cage and left to rot as a warning to other pirates.

In 1998, Hugo Chavez won the Venezuelan presidential elections, and our interviewee Juan Lopez got to learn what 14 years under a veritable dictatorship does to the gaming scene.

3 Shocking Things You Realize as a Gamer in a Dictatorship

#3. Most Games Are Straight-Up Illegal, So Piracy Is Rampant
In 2009, Wilmer Iglesias, a deputy for the National Assembly, supported a law prohibiting the development, circulation, and sale of toys and video games with violent content. Do you know how many games have some form of the seriously ambiguously worded “violent content”? … Shooters, fighting games, RPGs – all illegal. A retailer faces fines of up to 260,000 bolivares ($20,000 U.S.) and 5 years in prison if the authorities catch them selling banned games.

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anonymous asked:

Would you think less or look down on those who pirate books? I can't afford ebooks or an ereader and net galley won't approve me for books. Online PDFs are the only way for me to read...

You can get the Kindle app or Nook app for free, and a lot of books are only $1.99 and most of the classics are totally free, either there or on Project Gutenberg. Certain NetGalley publishers will approve literally anyone. I have a hard time believing it’s the only way to read. I’m not going to look down on you, but I’m not going to high-five you for pirating books—that’s a decision I will probably never agree with.

Trust me. I sympathize with not having money to throw around at the bookstore. I’m not on a book-buying ban because it’s fun; I’m on a book-buying ban so I can afford to feed myself. Ultimately it’s up to you but I’m not going to tell you it’s okay.


The Infamous Dan Seavey, Pirate of Lake Michigan,

When one typically thinks of pirates, a peg legged, eye patched, Long John Silvers type Caribbean pirate comes to mind.  After the all the most famous pirates tend to follow the stereotype, Caribbean pirates such as Blackbeard, Bartholomew Roberts, Captain Kid, and Jack Rackham.  However pirates come from many different backgrounds and many different eras in history.  For example, around the 13th century BC large migrating groups of ancient Semitic and Indo-European sea raiders called the “sea peoples” sacked entire cities and looted empires with bronze weapons.  The Vikings were pirates too, raiding and looting as far north as Scandinavia and as far South as Egypt.  In the Indian Ocean today, pirates have traded in their cutlasses and flintlocks for assault rifles and RPGs, raiding large cargo ships such as the famous Maersk Alabama.

Like most other bodies of water, the Great Lakes too become a hotbed of piracy.  In the early 20th century a little known freshwater pirate named “Roaring” Dan Seavey earned a reputation as the greatest pirate on the Great Lakes.  Born in Portland, Maine in 1865, Seavey never seemed to have much luck as also of his business ventures failed miserably.  In 1898 he left his family in Milwaukee in search of fortune during the Great Klondike Gold Rush.  He returned as broke and broken as ever.  It was then that Seavey somehow acquired ownership of a schooner named Wanderer, originally built for the Pabst family of the Pabst Brewing Company.  At first Seavey was an honest man, transporting cargo across Lake Michigan with his ship, but then Seavey began to realize that he could make much more money by turning to crime and piracy.  While Lake Michigan might not seem as treasure filled as the Spanish Main, in reality there were a lot of riches to be had, as ships imported precious goods such as animal pelts and liquor from Canada, gold shipments between banks in Chicago and Michigan, and payroll shipments to the iron mines in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

Between 1900 and 1908 Roaring Dan Seavey sailed across Lake Michigan, raiding and plundering with the law on his tail. At first Seavey would merely sneak into ports at night, stealing cargo from warehouses and docked ships.  Then he adopted a more aggressive approach, raiding and boarding ships in the open waters.  One of his most famous tactics was a trick called “moon cussing”, where he would alter the lights on his ships to look like guide lights, causing ships to crash on the rocks or become grounded on sandbars.  He would then forcefully board the ship, steal the cargo, and resell then cargo elsewhere.  Seavey also made money in other seedy trades such as smuggling bootleg liquor and believe it or not, illegal venison.  Some of his greatest profits were in illegal poaching and the smuggling of venison.  When  a company called Booth Fisheries tried to cut into the illegal venison trade, Seavey sank one of their ships with cannon, killing all on board.  Seavey was not a good man by any means, typically any women who were captured were sold into illegal prostitution, and there are stories that Seavey often abducted women from ports and isolated towns for profit.

In 1908 Seavey made his biggest score yet with the capture of the Nellie Johnson.  He and his fellow pirates plied the crew with whiskey and liquor.  When the men of the Nellie Johnson were good and drunk, he and his pirates threw them overboard and stole the ship.  The plunder of the Nellie Johnson was Seavey’s last big score, on September 8th, 1908, he and his men were arrested by the US Revenue Cutter Service (the precursor to the Coast Guard), and hauled in chains to Chicago for trial.  Amazingly, the prosecutors could make few of the charges stick, and when the owner of the Nellie Johnson failed to appear in court, the law had no choice but to set Seavey free.

After his arrest, Dan Seavey finally did go straight, ironically become a US Marshal in order to fight piracy and smuggling on the Great Lakes. He retired in the late 1920’s, and died in 1949 at the age of 84.


Sundance Award-winning film Fishing Without Nets Opens to Limited Release In New York City This Friday.

Shot some 40 miles away from Puntland, Somalia, using Kenyans of Somali descent, Fishing WIthout Nets is the first feature from filmmaker Cutter Hodierne. The film follows Abdi, a struggling young Somali fisherman who turns to piracy as a way of supporting his family.

Incorporating elements of realism in a documentary-like fashion, the most important factor in the film is undoubtedly the dialog. It offers a multi-layered and contextual look into the world of Somali piracy from the Somali pirates themselves.

The short version of the film, which you can watch here, won the Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

New Yorkers will be able to see the film at Cinema Village where a Q&A with director Cutter Hodierne will follow the 7pm screening on Friday, October 3rd, as well as the 7pm and 9pm screenings on Saturday, October 4th.

On Tuesday, October 28, the film will be available on Digital HD and VOD.

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It’s interesting when game developers go out their way to implement interesting methods to tackle videogame piracy. 

Yeah, nah I’m still gonna download shit illegally. If those cunts won’t release shit over here, fuck ‘em.
—  Most Australian’s attitude towards all of those anti-piracy laws.