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    Kodi Team: Pirate Add-ons Only Care About Popularity or Money / TorrentFreak · Monday, 8 June - 14:50

But some are illegal. A few are both illegal and just downright nasty, and some rogue developers even think your hardware is their hardware.

These developers and the surrounding ecosystem only care about popularity or money. Yes, they do make money from you, selling that marvellous VPN that you so desperately need to feel safe, showing you ads galore, promising everything for free.

Now, if it sounds like it can’t be legit because it literally sounds too good to be true and that they must be dodgy or bonkers doing all this for nothing, I can tell you your spidey senses are absolutely correct.

It is too good to be true and there is no such thing as a free lunch.

We can see the appeal of Kodi builds, but please stop using them. Help us improve our documentation, suggest usability improvements, a feature, whatever helps us improve Kodi.

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    ‘App Watch’ Allows Operators to Monitor and Ban Piracy Apps on Android Set-Top Boxes / TorrentFreak · Saturday, 23 May - 21:12 · 2 minutes

pirate box Many content providers and networks have their own set-top boxes that can be connected to any modern TV.

These devices are often running on Android and sometimes allow users to install third-party apps, via Google’s Play store, for example.

This opens the door to a wide range of other apps which can be problematic, especially when they offer a gateway to pirated content that directly competes with the operator’s service.

To address this potential threat, digital security company Irdeto is offering an ‘App Watch’ service. This is part of the company’s broad range of piracy tools and services which also includes the game anti-tamper software Denuvo, which recently expanded with an anti-cheat service .

App Watch is targeted at providers of streaming services who have their own set-top boxes. It’s meant to safeguard these companies against abuse and prevent consumers from using their boxes as piracy tools.

“The problem with giving consumers choice is that they may get distracted from your services, on your platform,” Irdeto writes, pointing out the worst-case scenario.

“Consumers may use your top-of-the-line STB for everything EXCEPT your services, or at most just your basic package. The potential damage ranges from losing content upsell opportunities to outright enabling piracy on your box.”

Irdeto mentions that Google has a vetting process and removes clearly infringing apps from its store. However, the system isn’t perfect, with apps remaining on set-top boxes even after deletion by Google. App Watch monitors pirate apps and can delete them from users’ devices if needed.

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In addition, it tackles another major problem that software like Kodi presents. Irdeto stresses that Kodi is perfectly legal. However, it can be abused and exploited by pirate add-ons. This is something App Watch can take care of as well.

App Watch monitors all activity on set-top boxes and it can also see how apps are used. When they connect to pirate streaming sites or use pirate add-ons, the operator can take action. This includes blocking or removing Kodi add-ons, while Kodi itself remains available to users.

“Irdeto provides a range of actions you can take to stop app-based piracy on the set-top box, such as disabling add-ons or blocking URLs,” Irdeto explains, adding that its services can also be used to pursue legal action against pirate suppliers.

All the options and data can be monitored through a dedicated dashboard which reveals how many pirate apps and services are installed. This gives providers full control over their users’ devices.

These app usage data are collected anonymously, but providers can use it to reach out to users directly, and point them back toward the legal options if needed.

“By knowing the demand and methods used to bypass your offers, you can devise promotional strategies and on-screen features that entice and enable viewers to easily switch back to your content offers.”

All in all App Watch sounds like a pretty clever system. Whether consumers will appreciate the monitoring and tracking remains to be seen.

Looking at Irdeto’s Denuvo technology, an often-heard complaint is that the anti-piracy tool decreases performance. While that claim has been disputed, the company is aware of the sensitivities and stresses that App Watch users have nothing to worry about.

“The agent running on the set-top box for monitoring app usage is lightweight and has no performance impact on the viewing experience,” Irdeto concludes.

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    MPA and Amazon Ask Github to Suspend Kodi Add-On Developer’s Account / TorrentFreak · Thursday, 7 May - 18:06 · 3 minutes

Following a massive surge in interest over the past several years, Kodi remains the platform of choice for millions of people looking to access movies and TV shows for free.

In its standard form, the Kodi software is entirely legal but when augmented with third-party add-ons, it turns into a piracy powerhouse.

As a result, the developers of Kodi are legally in the clear but the same cannot be said for the developers of the countless add-ons designed for the express purpose of finding, accessing, and delivering infringing content. The MPA and like-minded companies are in a constant battle to disrupt their activities, sometimes ending up in court to achieve those goals.

Some of these actions are heavily publicized but others maintain a lower profile. In February 2018, a developer known online as ‘Blamo’ (aka ‘Mr. Blamo’) revealed that he, in common with several of his counterparts, had been threatened by content companies. From there the trail went cold but according to a complaint filed against Github this week, legal action in Canada followed.

On September 7, 2018, a dozen companies including the studios of the MPA/MPA-Canada plus Amazon and Netflix launched a copyright infringement lawsuit at Canada’s Federal Court against an individual “doing business” as Mr. Blamo.

“In the context of that action, our clients alleged that [Blamo] notably developed, hosted, promoted and distributed infringing add-ons for the Kodi media center, which provided unauthorized access to motion pictures and television content for which the copyright is owned by our clients,” the MPA writes.

According to Federal Court records , Blamo did not mount any kind of defense so as a result, the matter was decided in his absence. On January 15, 2019, the Federal Court handed down a final judgment, including a declaration of infringement and a permanent injunction.

“The permanent injunction enjoins and restrains [Blamo] from, inter alia, hosting, distributing or promoting infringing Kodi add-ons and their repositories, including notably the ‘Blamo’ repository and the ‘Chocolate Salty Balls’ infringing add-ons,” the MPA adds.

The problem here is that, according to the MPA and associated companies, Blamo has a Github account where it is claimed he continues to “host and distribute infringing Kodi add-ons and their repository, including notably the Chocolate Salty Balls infringing add-on and the Blamo repository.” This, the MPA says, amounts to contempt of court.

What’s particularly interesting here, however, is that the MPA isn’t asking for the specified URLs to be deleted. Instead, it asks for Blamo’s entire Github account to be deactivated instead. According to the studios they wrote to Blamo, most recently on December 19, 2019, to request that he “cease his infringing activities” but that correspondence apparently fell on deaf ears.

“We request that GitHub, Inc. (‘GitHub’) suspend the account (the ‘Account’). The Account is used by its operator to engage in ongoing acts of copyright infringement in contravention of an Order of the Federal Court (Canada) issued on January 15, 2019, which amounts to contempt of Court by the Account’s operator,” the MPA’s complaint reads.

“We therefore request that GitHub immediately suspends the Account to preserve our clients’ rights and ensure that the letter and spirit of the final Judgment of the Federal Court are respected.”

As the image above shows, Github declined to delete the entire account as requested. However, it has deleted the first two URLs listed in the MPA’s complaint, URLs that contained the content specifically covered by the injunction handed down by the Federal Court in Canada.

Whether that will be the end of the matter remains unclear but at least from a functional perspective, Github does appear to have acted in the ‘spirit’ of the court order.

From: TF , for the latest news on copyright battles, torrent sites and more. We also help you to find the best anonymous VPN .

Now that Saudi Arabia has allowed women to drive just as cars are becoming A.I. driverless (Nelson Muntz, "Ha Ha"), its time to put Movim into a carputer. One of the uses for this is to have the XMPP video conferencing streaming your dashcam footage to your home (or other remote location), probably to be captured in a stream to a remote home-computer maybe via FOSS software similar to OBS or miracast (even though the local carputer might be set up to be a video-recording 'blackbox' in the car itself too).


It basically doesn't matter if Movim video-conferencing only does a video-call via just two computers linked in peer-to-peer at the moment. The carputer could have several cameras "mixed" into say 4 way split screen (like diddykong-racing or goldeneye 4-player on the N64 resembles). The 4 cameras could point out the windows in a Front, Back, Left and Right configuration (or something similar).

Of course, Movim in an HTPC could also have similar functionality. To build the carputer, it would be perfectly possible to choose either a MITX mainboard or to gut-out a laptop. The processing should be fine, as long as a computer is capable of playing Blu-Ray (usually dual-core 1.6Ghz with zacate or AMD graphics APU is fine, but double it to a rasperry-pi3bplus quad core of a 3GHz dual-core to be on the safe side and a little virtualisation ability might help, and future 3D collada support could capture physics from cameras acting as stereoscopic). Having opengl4.4 is nice but if you need opencl, something like a a6-6400k APU gives opencl 1.2 but an AMD 7400k gives opencl2.0 on the apu. Power efficient equivalents would need to be considered as alternatives. A 12volt car stereo can be powered from a modified xbox360 psu at home, if you want an htpc to match the carputer.

Fitting the carputer into a car-stereo bay so a DVDRW is included would be tidy and it also means, if a network fails, you could burn two 1GB DVD-R 8cm discs and pop them in a standard-letter-size (110 x 220 mm) envelope with a first class stamp to friends or family at a nearby postbox, so that within a day or three, at least some footage can get to them (and maybe have a folded Return Address SAE inside the envelope too). Or have the computer installed somewhere in the car it won't get stolen, and the DVDRW drive could simply be connected by a long cable to the car-stero bay. If the carputer is running Kodi many touchscreen options exist and so can voice-activation.

There is a myth that women drivers are safer drivers. The truth is, men drive more. The self-heating tin of all-day-breakfast exists because of men drivers. Necessity is the mother of invention, and hunger is the brother of indigestion. It is part of men in careers involving driving, as business not just residential. The majority of accidents happen 2 minutes from home. The flooding of women onto the roads as drivers is really just a quantitative easing, creating a hyperinflation of drivers. It is a way to launder funny money. Like alcohol-prohibition era America, more rules paves the way for more corruption. All roads lead to Rome, and when in Rome, the fall of Rome is by driving drunk on girl-powah. That'll put lead in your pencil. When women hold up half the sky, they take up your braking-distance. Women destroyed the environment in creating more roads by exceeding the capacity of those roads already existing. Carpooling spreads diseases. Arguing against it gets car companies and insurers calling you a male chauffeurnist. So with the abundance of falsehoods pre-emptively trying to find men autoguilty, don't get caught out by the social-distancing cameras that only put A.I. red-boxes around the chosen few, and don't get caught out by the establishment's electronic-line-judge or their equivalents to "HawkEye Cyclops" where corruption in sport is in court, found to be rigged. Driving is a sport, and could we be surprised if they'd employ their same tactics there on the main road? Speed cameras have been questioned in the past. Create your own data and have your own specialists, friends and back-ups at hand.

Movim RSS could keep you abreast of new changes on a road before the mainstream media or traffic reports get the information.

An automatic message over the XMPP chatroom or conferencing could send a message and a hash file of the video file you make such as a magnet link to a torrent. When the airbag goes off, a torrent is seeded, and an (atom) RSS published. War-driving with your IPFS could also be used, and could be a mobile Movim Pod. With that, finding driving routes via a route-finder can be done in a way that finds today's best war-driving route if the journey is tweaked, so maybe even coverage is mapped when microwave or other wireless comms are affected by weather or impaired communications masts.

And if all else fails, make your carputer's A.I. brain one of them #MGTOW wuvbots and you can just call anybody who disagrees with you sexist. If she crashes, she is the primary victim of wardriving for she is the one left behind.

  • Carputer

    A carputer is a computer with specializations to run in a car, such as compact size, low power requirement, and some customized components. The actual computing hardware is typically based on standard PCs or mobile devices. Because they are computer based they typically have many standard interfaces such as Bluetooth, USB, and WiFi. The first carputer was introduced by Clarion Co. on December 4, 1998, although on-board diagnostics have already been employed ever since the 1980s in order to measure precisely the amount of fuel entering the engine as the carburetors got too complex.A challenge to installing a computer in a car is the power supply. Energy is supplied as a nominal 12V DC in cars or 24V in some trucks. The real voltage varies according to whether the engine is on or off since the battery generally delivers less than 12V, while the generator supplies more. There can be peaks, and at ignition time the current supply drops. External DC/DC converters can help to regulate voltages so these can be used.Police cars often have Mobile data terminals in the form of a laptop swivel mounted where the driver's armrest would be. This can be used to log data...

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People love PC case building competions and get to strut their stuff.

It also means they get to write a post with an animated GIF in it (of their design) and possibly a collada file from sketchup of their design. It would be so cool in Movm to be able to view a collada file of a 3D model, especially an interactive one you can click to see the lid open in an animation, or for the DVDRW drive to slide open too.

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The old UK digital TV "Red Button" switch-over sucked and should have had an rj45 port and a small CPU and xvid h.264 instead of mpeg2. A mobile phone 25MHz cpu would have been something they could have added as a minimum so two-way interaction could have been had. Or even the RISC 68040 found in printers would do (and it would have provided decent IEEE for serial since the 68030, and parallel for the IEEE1284 in the 68040, such as the MC68040FE25V). Even blu-ray players with their ethernet port were better and had java (although frankly the non-foss nature of java is also bollocks and you had to write your own keyboard input back in the day, which was such bullshit).

Fortunately, it is very commonplace for people to build an HTPC these days. It usually leans towards XBMC which is kodi, and that at least means the hardware of an xbox (basically a 733MHz geforce3 akin to radeon 9200le underclocked, not far off an old raspberry-pi or gamecube/wii hardware spec), and this is good because it gives a known quantity hardware spec. At least 4GB of RAM is fair to expect these days, but what with DDR3 in AMD APU systems being so cheap, it would not be unrealistic to expect people to get optimal performance in a 16GB RAM set up. A real HDD should be assumed and that is because the xbox had one (and ideally a sata HDD is used and a sata DVDRW but booting from a USB-HDD is acceptable and a usb-DVDRW is acceptable however linux can complain about usb sometimes). It means swap space can be managed without worry about wearing out a NAND SSD (even if you also have one). Of course it also means files can be stored. It would be nice to also assume that users would have at least 6 or even 8 sata ports (either on the motherboard or added via HBA in a pci-e) to allow one sata-port to be for a DVDRW, another SATA port to be for that bootable Xbox HDD (which has a partition for files and another for swap space), but also, another 6 laptop HDDs of 1TB (4 for the array and 2 for index, thereby giving about 3TB storage) to be BTRFS solely for files (or games) and not the OS. However that would be optional extra, and the existence of all that RAM means files can be used in that (or "partitioned" into a fake HDD like a LiveCD ever since knoppix has done that, or even just debian). So I'd be happy with the assumption that there is always the DVDRW drive and 1 HDD, and so any other drives (like those btrfs) are optional extras but still a known-quantity. When kodi boxes came out on boxes lower in specification than an original xbox it really did defy the point of the known-quantity hardware. I cannot stand that. Somebody always has to mar a nice thing, don't they? Well the spec is now raised again, thankfully so those days are over.

This hyperlink has Movim mentioned with Kodi, so I figured it would make good information as an aside.

Movim in Kodi is needed, and (especially when a kodi HTPC has 3D capability which usually at least as good as an AMD HD3000 SMA graphics, or an APU such as on a 6400k CPU with APU, or a caicos hd6450) it needs some sort of WebGl 3D interaction so low bandwidth interaction can be had (such as 3D games with audio, or powerpoint style presentations with 3D similar in graphics quality to CS4 adobe-flash with papervision). A wii-remote should be the assumed controller because the driver is in the linux kernel and has been for about a decade, and a chatpad (e.g. qwerty) could be added. The above hardware spec (if the btrfs is there) blatantly allows for IPFS to be added so people can actually have a decent video network in Standard-Definition (about bitchute quality as DVD quality like an old XBOX, or at most 720p). But really 3D assets would be the great thing. In the game NeverWinterNights, there was a "community expansion pack". A known quantity expansion pack of sound samples, textures and 3D models about the quality of a gamecube graphics would mean it would be possible for small collada file animations and games like a blender3D or sketchup would be able to be made for everybody even on a low-bandwidth (1 megabit) connection because everybody would already have the "CEP" community expansion pack (presumably released in an ISO file the size of a 4GB DVD, so that if you cannot download it, you can just copy a DVD from your friends, and a hashfile or magnet link checks it is legit). Actually the Movim CEP ISO should be merely 3.5GB so that it could also go on a crap SDCard where they skimp and don't give you the full 4GB. It would be cool if (when the user chooses the "yes/no" tickbox option) the torrent file of this MovimCEP.iso (full of approved public-domain 480p video clips, 3D model collada files, texures, sounds etc.) could be grabbed during installation like wubi.exe used to do, and then the HTPC could serve it to others who need it. In the apocalypse, you'd always get your movim htpc setup.

To be honest, even a dual-ISDN connection would probably be usable as a bandwidth, but 1megabit is a nice easy number and is also the upload speed of a ADSL connection (not ADSL2) in the UK, and after all a HTPC tends to sit under the TV set and can be plugged into a home internet connection. At worst a 3G simcard in a router (as a contingency) would be providing about a third of a megabit (300Kbps), and even that is enough, but 1 megabit is safe to assume in general because the cable comes out the wall.

So I think a (half-height matx) HTPC BOX for Movim should be designed by the community (public domain style) sort of like a competition (except you don't win anything - lol). It would of course be able to take the sata 3.5 inch HDD in the style of an XBOX, and a sata 5.25 inch bay DVDRW drive, standard tray loader, and space for 6 sata laptop HDD drives in case people want the BTRFS. It should take a standard ATX PSU, because a PSU is a pain in the arse if it blows. A minimum 300watt bronze rated PSU could be assume. I think that is a fairly humble standard. The HTPC case should also have the ability to be seen as a oblong box with 4 InfraRed recievers (one on each corner) so that the wii remote can work (and bluetooth would be assumed, and that could be bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP). A wifi of both 802.11g and 802.11n should be assumed (but you must be able to turn it off if security is a worry, and so the ethernet can be used instead as default). If the HTPC has additional hardware ability such as better bluetooth or wifi (such as bluetooth4 or 802.11ac then that is fine and I don't care or mind but it must have the aforementioned minimum). It should also have two rj45 ethernet connections at 1GBPS each and I don't care how they are implemented. You could use the onboard rj45 and a usb rj45 dongle combined for all I care. I don't think assuming a person has a ethernet dell i350-t2 is fair (and btw those get faked too often), but it could be an optional extra. Likewise a 8core CPU (Ryzen 7 4700U) could be an optional extra for those who want blake2sp with their btrfs array of 6 sata 2.5 inch HDDs. But realistically, it cannot be assumed as a spec people will own and that is because it is just too expensive and we do not want this to be a "toy for the rich". Having a cheap (at most £10) dual-core A6-6400k using the onboard APU and not dual-channel RAM is reasonable (and people can discover the CPU is very overclockable to 4GHz or even 5GHz if they are truly bothered, and the APU uses little power). But really, the dual-core performance of 3.9GHz is a lot of CPU power, and you could even run docker on one core (even if it is inefficient). This low-spec is enough to get a decent opengl4.4 standard, and can allow for "dual-graphics" if somebody wants to use a HD6450 with it, or even two in crossfire if they have a motherboard that can do that. The assumption that is that the HD 8460D APU is used (with a minimum 256 megabytes of RAM dedicated to graphics in the BIOS) and without dual-channel RAM. And so that is slow by modern standards but you can still do a lot with it. The point is to avoid making it difficult for people. Allow them to have unoptimised systems so at least that have something that works good-enough. The spec is so low that, not only can people often buy it, some people would even give such things away as gifts. The other useful thing about this is that, even if a person has a motherboard with poor expansion options for PCI slots, such as the ASUS a68HM-plus, they still have the PCIe x16 Gen2 slot and a PCI-e x1 Gen2 slot and one PCI-legacy slot. So perhaps one day fast network adaptors in the PCI-e x16 slot (such as an infiniband) become more abundant and they can use that. Or maybe a HBA becomes more abundant so as to put in a great many HDDs. Meanwhile the PCI-e x1 gen2 slot can be used to add two more sata ports so a total of 6 HDDs can be added since the motherboard has 4 sata ports. The legacy PCI slot could be used for IDE pata or sata to add a couple of ports to make 8 sata ports available. It should be assumed that, if the PCI-e x1 slot is used to add two sata ports, this chipset of HBA is used (and this video by Mark Furneaux shows how other chipsets on HBA such as marvell might otherwise fail):

Mark Furneaux video of ASM1061 HBA

Detailed Look At A $6 ASM1061 SATA HBA From eBay

There should be an option for people to boot the Operating System off the parallel port (although it would not be the standard). This also means a parallel port dongle (such as a SDCard reader-writer parallel port adaptor) could be used. It would be acceptable for a Raspberry-Pi GPIO to be used to connect to the parallel port if needed, or just a usb-parallel port adaptor plugged into some other raspberry-pi such as a pi-zero. An extra design for an arduino based (atmega32) chip could be made (vaguely like a lallafa plipbox, but not ethernet) to plug into the parallel port, allowing an SDCard of say 8GB to 32GB to be read to and written to (but preferably a real HDD could be plugged in via sata or IDE in the parallel port dongle so swap space could be used albiet very very slow). It just means the maximum can be squeezed out of the other sata ports (such as 6 sata if the 2port ASM1061 HBA is added) for btrfs without the OS interfering. That optional extra is only for people who want it though. I've always had a thing for booting from a IEEE1284 port ever since 6x speed CDROM (CDRW) drives were a thing as ECP. I cannot resist adding it as an optional extra. You can boot off a parallel zipdisk drive for all I care (in "emergency mode").

People should be able to make their own Movim-HTPC-KODI-PC-Case with tools no more exotic than A4 Paper black-and-white printer templates (pdf), a reciprocating saw (sawzall), a pair of tin-snips, and very humble dremel (or clone rotary tool) and an electric drill and a cheap carbon-steel tap-and-die set. So it would seem likely that Aluminium and thin sheet metal would be materials used, and motherboard stand-offs. No 3D-Printer should be "required". This HTPC must be able to be made poor-man style. Try to keep adhesives simple such as commonly available 2part epoxy-resin and gorilla-glue and contact-adhesive and maybe silicon adhesive if heat is a worry. I think also 2part metacrylate adhesive (while a bit exotic) would be just about "fair" as an adhesive to use because the use of acrylic panels is fairly commonplace in a PC case (if needed). The case could include commonplace sheet metal but even occassional cheap metal (for pic-e blanking plates and) could be made from old tuna tins (cleaned of course). It would make sense to try to use mild steel where possible because paint is cheap. Paint for aluminium can be pricey and that is not so desirable a factor. Extremely cheap parts can be used where possible, but a nice paint job from a spray can can make it look smart. Yes I honestly would use tuna tin metal for PCI blanks.

So yeah, there is no prize. Just use the hashtag #KodiMovimCase so people know what your movim post is about. Mind you, one "prize" is that people would be able to use their Movim Kodi boxes to access content at least as good as my amazing post I have written here (and with 3D graphics somehow). I might make a proper list of criteria but frankly, this post has all the information needed. I am assuming vanilla debian would be a default Operating system even though I'd like slackware and OpenIndiana options to exist, but basically, it would be down to the nature of KODI's most commonly chosen kernels (rather than me getting what I want). I really like the idea of the legacy PCI slot having a terratec ews88mt sound card being plugged in to people can start to use the box for good content creation, in a full-height version. It would mean decent linux drivers get written for that old card in slackware (or even OpenIndiana), but that will need to be another "optional extra" and it would require a full height case (which I am trying to avoid so as to keep the HTPC slim). The PC case being slim also increases the chance of a person putting it in their living room (lounge) where it can be seen, and so the four InfraRed (probably usb IR) recievers can be seen on the 4 corners and used with the wii-remote. Also two playstation3 (720 pixel) usb web-cameras should be able to be plugged in with one on each corner. this means that a 3D steroscopic image could one day be made in software. So even if just one camera gets used (and after all both can be unplugged if privacy is a concern), it means the PC case has potential for usage with the Movim XMPP video conferencing in future. I imagine what people would do is decide that, even though their own MovimKodiCase must conform to fit the asus a68hm-plus motherboard (which is FM2), that they will have their own desired hardware spec so that they, for example, have a matx motherboard taking something similar in speed such as an am3 socket Athlon II x2 220 Chip and a HD6450 (or r5 230), and then one day they decide to upgrade the CPU to a fx8350 and the GPU to a rx570. That is fine to do, just as long as the previous motherboard FM2 asus a68hm-plus can fit in for everybody else. It probably will mean that people submitting designs will choose two designs whereby one is a half-height and the other is a full height (so they can put their new graphics cards in). In that situation, mark your movim post with the additional hashtags #MovimKodiCaseFull and #MovimKodiCaseHalf also.

One last thing, the movim KODI HTPC should expect the user to be able to plug in a Realtek RTL2832U for digital TV. They are £10. If SDR Software Defined Radio is used through such a dongle, well that might be a thing too. Apocalypse reasons. The MovimHTPC would of course be able to be used worldwide. So yeah those are my specs. You may suggest other spec but the chances are this comment will be the final word on the bare-minimum specification because a line has to be drawn somewhere. And yes I know, I too would love 8core minimum for btrfs and better instruction sets and a Radeon rx570 but we have to be realistic. This should be something easy enough that people make them for cheap and give them to a friend or three as gifts. Until the battle of vulkan and OpenGL4.5 and Directx12 is won (with at least 3 versions coming out), this old OpenGL4.4 (if the HD6450 is added, and it probably would be that matx Asus a68hm-plus motherboard that gets used, but you may squeeze in a different motherboard model as long as the case also works with the a68hm-plus) should be used for many years. You do after all get the ability to have two monitors. That could mean one is for the TV screen and the other is a kiosk touch-panel or handheld touchscreen. It would be nice to imagine people would one day have the option to use their a6-6400k machine as a movim "pod" in addition to it running Movim as standard and Kodi (because eventually people would expand from 4GB and stick the 16GB RAM in). Maybe even some sort of IPFS gets flung in to use that 2TB of that btrfs array of HDDs. Digitally communicating over that SDR might be a nice thought experiment. Link to a HTPC by a Movim user

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  • 4 May ericbuijs

    Thanks for linking to my Homehack website but here is a link to the build of my own Mediabox: It's currently running LibreElec.

  • 4 May preptorrent

    @ericbujis :) Thanks for the extra link. The other link had Movim and Kodi mentioned together, so I put that one there. I actually wanted to put the Movim post about it there, however, sometimes movim posts vanish as if they are deciduous so I did not want to get it incorrect. I've added your other link too, using the movim markup. It is good your build has a CPU not too far removed in speed from the a6-6400k I mentioned and that means I have not aimed too high for a minimum. I like those celerons too and they use very little power so a small PSU can be used. The thing I like about the a6-6400k is that people sometimes give them away for almost free. Even though one can be bought for £10, with some hunting, they can be had for almost pennies (not including postage and packing costs). But Also they have the APU built in and so it is less to go wrong for the end user. the APU and CPU is perhaps not that far off the speed of a raspberry-pi-3bplus (well vaguely as if a53 ARM 1.5GHz at quad core might be like an AMD dual-core 3GHz or so, approximately). So people can expect to do some of the same things with Movim across the AMD platform, compared to a raspberry-pi3bplus. I have had many ponderings about whether I should have gone for the AM3 socket because people can scale all the way from some humble dual-core athlonx2 all the way up to a sse4.2 fx8350 octacore and can then do blake2sp with the btrfs. I still might have that as an option. However, I figured a lot can still be done with an a6-6400k and people discard those things (shocking I know), so if a "known-quantity" movim HTPC were established, maybe people would take to putting together five or more such machines from used CPU parts and distributing them for free as gifts to friends. Basically like the T72 tank the Russians had in ww2 whereas the panzers were slick but outnumbered. I figure a raspberry-pi is a bit like a T72, but it needs sata. USB DVD drives can be a pain in linux and VLC media player for some reason. The a6-6400k HTPC machines might even have the ability to become movim "pods". It would also means deployment of Movim on a known-quantity hardware for PC would become potentially easier. Maybe even IPFS gets added one day so relyng on bitchute for distrubted video is no longer the only famous decentralised tech compared to youtube. Linux drivers on the a6-6400k for the APU seem to be sound. It is a pity only 4 cores can be had on that motherboard though. I want 8 cores for blake2sp. It would be cool if a DVD ISO (of say 3.5GB) or an identical SDCard image could just be copied to a HDD (always mechanical in my opinion, much safer than scary SSD) and bingo, an instant Movim Pod whereby all you need to do is enter your fixed IP address and follow a firewall wizard. This is my dream.

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    Millions of UK Football Fans Seem Confused About Piracy / TorrentFreak · Tuesday, 29 October, 2019 - 17:56 · 3 minutes

Football, or soccer as it’s more commonly known in the US, is the most popular spectator sport in the UK. As a result, millions watch matches every week, both legally and illegally.

The latter method of consumption is a big thorn in the side of organizations such as the Premier League, which has been working hard to stamp out piracy in all its forms, often via aggressive enforcement. However, a new survey published today suggests more education is also needed.

Commissioned by betting tips service OLBG and carried out by market research company OnePoll in September, the survey looks at some of the habits of 1,000 football fan respondents.

The survey begins by noting that 16.6% of respondents usually attend live games, closely followed by 14.3% who “usually” watch in the pub. However, the largest audience (46.9%) are those who regularly watch matches live at home.

This, of course, opens up the opportunity for piracy. The report states that 22.4% of football fans surveyed admitted to knowingly using “unofficial streams” at some time in the past, a figure that is extrapolated in the report to “over five million UK football fans” admitting to illegal streaming.

Asking whether fans had watched a pirated stream in the past 12 months (or even “usually”) would have arguably been a little more useful, in order not to inflate the figures beyond current consumption habits. There will be fans in those millions who, in varying combinations, attend matches, watch legally in the pub, and on occasion, illegally at home too.

Nevertheless, the report provides some interesting data on the knowledge of those surveyed when it comes to illegal and legal consumption.

For example, just over 61% of respondents acknowledged that accessing streams from unofficial providers is illegal, meaning that almost 40% believe that watching matches from third-party sources is absolutely fine. That’s a pretty big problem for the Premier League and other broadcasters when four out of ten fans can’t tell the difference between a legal and illegal provider.

Strangely, the figure drops slightly when respondents were asked about “Kodi-style” devices. Just 49% said that these boxes provide content illegally, meaning around half believe they offer football matches legally. Given the drive to stamp out the illegal use of these devices globally, this is also an eye-opener.

Moving to other methods of access, the figures are a little bit more predictable. Just under 29% felt that social media streams (Facebook Live etc) are illegal, so that may raise the possibility that respondents associated the perceived legitimacy of the platform with legality.

Password sharing is also tackled in the survey, with 32.5% of respondents stating that they believe that using someone else’s login to access football matches is illegal. If that happens outside the subscriber’s household it might constitute a terms-of-service breach but actual illegality is open to question, account stealing aside.

All that being said, according to the survey, just 11% have actually used a family member’s login to watch football during the past 12 months, a figure that drops to 9.8% when borrowing from a friend.

In common with the debate around password sharing on Netflix and other platforms, this issue is likely to receive greater attention in the future but how it will be tackled by providers is far from clear. At least at the moment, the problem seems limited.

Finally, and just returning to the headline “five million football pirates in the UK”, it’s worth noting that this refers to people who have “EVER” used an unofficial stream to watch football, so it’s not necessarily five million fans who don’t ever part with a penny.

As far as we could see, no question in the report tried to determine what percentage of fans currently freeload all of the time, which is undoubtedly the biggest problem for the Premier League.

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