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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: World Economy
« on: May 08, 2009, 12:11:54 AM »
I don't expect us to see recovery within 2009 honestly, or even by 2010.

But I do think that the worst is over. Whatever you might think of Obama (he wasn't my choice for president) he did solve our liquidity crisis. I have a great deal of faith in our recovery because of what he, congress, and the federal reserve have been doing.

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 303
« on: May 08, 2009, 12:00:31 AM »
For Miura to have him sacrifice a son he barely saw or cared little for seems like a scapegoat to me. He didn't see his son for years and never spoke to him so I highly doubt there was enough love or connection for it to be a genuine sacrifice.

What you just described is unfortunately a rather common family arrangement in Japan; much more than you might think...

Just because his relationship with his son was strained doesn't mean that he didn't love/care about him either.

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« on: February 11, 2009, 05:49:30 PM »
This has probably been posted before already, but this was on Nico Nico Douga's top ranking for today and it is my first time seeing it.

http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm6065948

Some Italians made an independent film based on Berserk. Really nice CG effects too. I wish I could find the original for download somewhere.

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News & Not News / Re: Facing sentence of 20 years by owning manga
« on: January 05, 2009, 11:40:42 PM »
Ashcroft v. Free Speech Coalition

http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/00-795.ZS.html

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Generally, pornography can be banned only if it is obscene under Miller v. California, 413 U.S. 15, but pornography depicting actual children can be proscribed whether or not the images are obscene because of the State’s interest in protecting the children exploited by the production process, New York v. Ferber, 458 U.S. 747, 758, and in prosecuting those who promote such sexual exploitation, id., at 761. The Ninth Circuit held the CPPA invalid on its face, finding it to be substantially overbroad because it bans materials that are neither obscene under Miller nor produced by the exploitation of real children as in Ferber.

EDIT: Pointing out the most relevant part since it is a lot to read. =X

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 295
« on: March 28, 2008, 09:24:19 AM »
This is one of those episodes that only Berserk can deliver. The kind of moment where you get goosebumps and you take a deep breath along with the characters.

Awesome.

This was really one hell of an episode! I was just expecting a small follow up with Raban and Owen. Instead we get... Shadow of the Colossus Ganishka?! :serpico: Between this and the eventual arrival at Elfhelm... I don't know how I will survive a month's wait.

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Encyclopedia: Q&A / Re: Tankobon posters
« on: March 05, 2008, 01:34:21 AM »
Wow what a relief!!  :serpico: Thank you for taking the time to read/reply.

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Encyclopedia: Q&A / Tankobon posters
« on: March 03, 2008, 10:21:30 PM »
I'm sorry if this question has already been answered somewhere, but I was wondering if anyone could tell me which Berserk tankobon come with foldout posters and any other additional bonuses. I recently ordered Volumes 22 and 23 from Kinokuniya and was surprised when I discovered that they included posters. This was the first time that I encountered posters within the tankobon and I own Volumes 1-21.

Now I'm wondering if the volumes I've collected up to this point were defaced by having their posters removed...  :judo:

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Site & Forum News / Re: Farnese and Serpico: Two Poorly Conceived Emoticons
« on: December 30, 2007, 11:18:08 PM »
I dunno about the Farnese emote, but I love the Serpico emote!! :serpico: :serpico: :serpico:

The Idea of Evil looks like a turkey out of the oven to me though...  :idea: :chomp:

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 284 (+ special preview)
« on: December 21, 2007, 06:02:02 PM »
you didn't have to quote it you know!  :puck:

Erm sorrie. =X Haha actually it was pretty late and I was surprised... "what a special preview!!!"  :serpico: LOL But yeah I shouldn't have quoted it... sorry about that. ><

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 284 (+ special preview)
« on: December 21, 2007, 05:30:51 AM »
Link removed

I noticed something that I thought was kind of Funny: Did anyone else see how the Noble suffering from severe Male-pattern Baldness has an Octopus as his Emblem? Isn't "Bald-Headed Octopus." A common insult against Bald people in Japan?

O_o

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Current Episodes / Re: Episode 287
« on: July 16, 2007, 04:47:04 PM »
I don't know if this was brought up in the thread already, so I'm sorry if I'm only repeating a tired topic, but did anyone else find the first few panels of the second page a bit odd? Guts' vision changes/darkens while he's watching Casca (as if his eyesight is deteriorating) and he seems to react to it before Roderick walks up. Am I just misinterpreting the panels...? :troll:

This episode was so sad... I really dunno what to say about it. =| Even though I'm really looking forward to seeing the party land in Elfhelm, and possibly seeing Casca regain her sanity, I have a foreboding feeling about it now. Then again... I guess it is naive to expect anything "happy" from Miura.  :chomp:

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Post Wacky Images
« on: June 25, 2007, 11:55:54 PM »
Sorry if this is kind of an invasive question, but may I ask where you work, Walter? Are you a police dispatcher? :???:

That picture cracks me up because it is so true. :serpico: I remember when a burglar broke into my house a few years back with a gun. I called 911 and then I called my Mommy (who works at the courthouse). The sheriff's department (and sheriff) showed up at the house with my Mom in less than 15 minutes (quite a feat considering I live out in the middle of nowhere), but the police responding to my original 911 call did not show up until an hour or so after everyone left. :troll:


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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Blade Runner theatrical re-release
« on: June 25, 2007, 08:48:06 AM »
I'm really excited about this, but also worried about additional footage shot with the actors 25 years later. That makes it sound like they are going to do an epilogue of some kind, which could be good or bad. Scott has said in interviews that he considered Deckard to be a Replicant, and tried to convey that in the film while still leaving some things open-ended for the viewer to decide (IE with the Origami unicorn and Deckard's dream of the unicorn in the Director's Cut). I'd prefer for that to be as far as he goes with the Replicant thing since Deckard was not a Replicant in the book (and I don't like the idea of him being a Replicant either). I think it is better that some things in the film are just left ambiguous and for the viewer to decide. I really hope they don't try to tell us what to think with an epilogue.

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News & Not News / Re: Friendly advice about P2P networks
« on: June 25, 2007, 08:26:19 AM »
Well there aren't many, if any, torrent websites that aren't another version of "The Pirate Bay". Peer to Peer file sharing is hardly used for anything other than illegal distribution of copyrighted material.

Ah... I play a few Korean online games and the way I get patches for them are Torrents. The companies officially release the patches for foreign players as Torrents (due to lag issues between the servers of different countries) and that is how I was initially introduced to this kind of P2P. I didn't realize until now that so many of these different Torrent sites exist solely to distribute copyrighted material without permission, like Hollywood movies or music. The situation reminds me of Napster and KaZaA with the way you describe it.

But Torrentspy doesn't host anything, it only lists torrents, you see. They just can't do anything about it! The owners of such sites obviously don't want to cooperate with copyright holders since their purpose is to distribute copyrighted material. They're just taking advantage of the lack of efficient legislation applying to new technologies.

I've forgotten where I read it exactly, but I recall either law or precedent where the act of simply linking to copyrighted material hosted elsewhere makes one equally liable for its distribution. If I were to link to a Warez/cracked installer for Adobe PhotoShop on my website for example, I could be held liable for distributing copyrighted material, even though I wasn't the one actually hosting the file. I'd have to look it up though...

Where I would assume Torrent websites skirt the line is that some considerations are given to websites that allow user-posted content. Webmasters cannot be expected to monitor all the activities of their users, which is why laws exist protecting them from litigation so long as they comply with C&D to remove such content. You're probably right that this ultimately comes down to the Torrent sites taking advantage of the lack of proper legislation regarding this kind of technology. When a site exists solely for users to post copyrighted content (such as with sites like Pirate Bay), it makes you question where the line should be drawn... which I assume is why Torrent Spy is being taken to court now.

Yeah obviously, but it's not like they'll get what they demand anyway. I imagine they ask as much as they can in the hopes they can get something, anything. I don't think anybody disagrees that they shouldn't watch over the Internet like Big Brother.

TBH I have downloaded the occasional fansub or scanlation using Torrents though... so maybe I am just a little bit bias/hypocritical regarding this subject. LOL :troll:

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News & Not News / Re: Friendly advice about P2P networks
« on: June 25, 2007, 06:45:29 AM »
I don't know, I mean the website in question is basically dedicated to infringing copyright and everybody knows it... Don't mistake me, I don't agree with the MPAA, RIAA and all their friends when it comes to their dreams of controlling everything transiting on the Internet, but here we're looking at people who are illegally exchanging their property in broad daylight, and far from shying away of revealing it they practically brag about their accomplishments.

Oh... sorry, I dunno much about sites like Torrent Spy TBH. I just assumed that it was a P2P type of site where people could create Torrents for just about anything. If it is pretty much just another version of Pirate Bay though, I can understand why the RIAA or MPAA might target it specifically.

Just my opinion, but I believe that whenever a Torrent pops up dedicated to like, Spider-Man 3 for example, either the MPAA or RIAA should send a C&D notice to Torrent Spy, at which point the Torrent should be removed and efforts should be taken to preveny any others from popping up to replace it. IE, what YouTube is doing right now to comply with copyright holders. There needs to be some level of cooperation between the copyright holders and website owners/maintainers.

I think that keeping logs of all user activities, including searches, and making them available to the MPAA or RIAA unconditionally, is going a little too far though. TorrentSpy does have a right to collect such data if they wish and hand it over to whomever they please, but I don't believe that the MPAA or RIAA has any right to demand it from them. What business is it of the MPAA or RIAA what people are searching for on the website?

Doesn't really bother me anyway, in the Netherlands you're allowed to download anything you like. It's the uploading of copyrighted stuff that isn't allowed.

That is more or less the way that it is here in the US to my knowledge. My understanding is that Torrents function by having users upload while they simultaneously download, so that could be what they are catching people on so far as distribution is concerned. I don't know all the details about how Torrents work though, so take whatever I say with a grain of salt...

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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Post Wacky Images
« on: June 24, 2007, 08:54:19 AM »


My hero on the right. :puck: Sakunnikuman!

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News & Not News / Re: Children's remains found in crocodile
« on: June 24, 2007, 08:45:36 AM »
Why would a kid be this mean-spirited to a Croc? =[ Crocs and gators are the cutest reptiles...

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News & Not News / Re: Friendly advice about P2P networks
« on: June 24, 2007, 08:31:46 AM »
Well to the best of my knowledge they do try to shut down distributors, but since it doesn't work all that well they do their best to terrorize downloaders in parallel. Fighting on all fronts basically.

TBH I dunno what legal grounds they have to go after downloaders... unless the downloaders are also simultaneously uploading while downloading (like with some Torrents). Either way, it really bothers me that the MPAA and RIAA can go after an entire website like this while making such broad demands. If they were subpoenaing the site for information on specific users that they had evidence/pending action against, I would be more sympathetic. Sometimes I wonder if we should re-think our current definition of "cyber terrorism."

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News & Not News / Re: 10-month-old gun owner
« on: June 24, 2007, 08:25:42 AM »
One common death among children during my Dad's time was for them to find a gun in the house and accidentally shoot themselves with it. My Dad felt for this reason that it was better for me to learn how to properly handle a firearm at a young age than for me to remain ignorant about them. I was much younger than 14-years-old when I fired a gun for the first time. Just the same, I grew up with many kids younger than 14 who went shooting on occasion with their own fathers, or even accompanied them on hunting trips.

Maybe it is because I live in a rural area and gun ownership is so common out here, but I don't find anything strange about a grandfather buying his newborn grandson a shotgun for his birthday. I highly doubt that Grandpa Bubba intended for the 10-month-old to go out to the gun range with him the very next day. Guns are a good investment because there is always a market for them with little to no depreciation, so I look at the rifle as a long-term investment. Grandpa Bubba probably just wanted to make sure that his grandson would have his own rifle one day. I think that for many boys especially, getting your own rifle is like a rite of passage, in a way.

The article was deleted, so I don't know what type of card is being referred to exactly, but most states customarily do not require registration or a permit for rifles in the first place.

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News & Not News / Re: Friendly advice about P2P networks
« on: June 24, 2007, 07:54:27 AM »
I think that they have a right to protect their intellectual property, but just where do their rights begin and ours end? I don't think that what I am searching for or downloading online should be the MPAA's business. Where the copyright infringement is taking place is with the illegal distribution of these movies, so the MPAA should be tracking down the people behind the IPs actually uploading that type of material. Those are the people who should be subpoenaed and pursued on an individual basis. Targeting an entire P2P network, or demanding logs of the activity of all P2P users, is a despicable way of seeking to protect intellectual property rights when it involves trampling all over the privacy rights of innocent Internet users. I understand that privacy is still a relatively new concept in law, but in order for the Internet to exist, some level of privacy and anonymity must be allowed. I really disagree with how these companies are handling the file sharing issue.

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Character Cove / Re: Schierke...in love?
« on: June 24, 2007, 01:14:50 AM »
The last "lesson" that Schierke received from Flora was about destiny. Flora asked what Schierke's encounter with Guts meant to her, and Schierke has since then been trying to figure it out for herself. Schierke initially refused to acknowledge that she could possibly be connected to Guts by destiny, but now she risks her life alongside his (such as in the fight with the Kundalini) and cares for his health more than anyone else in the group.

Flora was the center of Schierke's universe when she was her pupil, and now she is gone. I think that Schierke is trying to find a place in her heart now for someone like Guts, knowing that he is her destiny. I don't think that she is "in love" with Guts, but I do think that in caring for him when he is injured and looking out for him on the battlefield, some feelings for him have developed. I think right now she is starting to realize that she genuinely cares about Guts, and Evarella's teasing makes her embarrassed and confused about that revelation. Schierke might be mature, but she is still just a kid and trying to figure things out for herself.

I don't think I would say that Guts is a father figure either, but like Aazealh said, more of a big brother figure.

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Character Cove / Re: Casca's Crying
« on: June 24, 2007, 12:57:32 AM »
Casca hated Guts in the beginning because she couldn't stand that someone who acted so recklessly in battle could quickly become Griffith's favorite, while she had been a loyal subordinate all those years. Even after she and Guts got together, Casca still struggled with conflicted feelings over Griffith, realizing during the rescue mission that she actually felt some jealousy and resentment towards Charlotte. I think that Casca idolized Griffith in a way that transcended any desire to simply be with him as a woman (like Charlotte). Griffith to her was comparable to a God. Casca wanted to best serve Griffith, which in the Band of the Hawk meant being a good soldier. Then Guts "replaced" her and didn't even show proper respect or consideration for Griffith (walking in on Griffith when he was busy talking with the nobles, walking in on the ball after being all bloody while Griffith was talking with the princess, etc.).

I hated Casca in the anime, but my feelings about her changed once I started to read the manga. The anime doesn't really elaborate on why she feels the way that she feels at certain points, so in the beginning you just think that Casca is this really bitchy crybaby.

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If we consider what was said in the "lost episode" removed by Miura, when Griffith asked the Idea of Evil what it wanted from him, it explained that Griffith's desire was its own desire; "may you bring pain or salvation to mankind." Ultimately it all comes back to causality, which the Idea manipulates to control human destiny. The Idea "made" Griffith who he was by shaping the events in his life and giving him these goals.

I do not see Griffith turning against the very thing that gave him power with the only condition being to "be as he will." Griffith will serve the Idea's purposes by becoming king, leading armies, leaving behind death and destruction in his wake, etc. They mutually benefit each other. One thing we do know is that despite appearances, Griffith is actually the most self-serving, manipulative, and evil of people. When faced by evil and conspiring people during his life, Griffith was always shown to be far more ruthless and calculating in dealing with them. Once Ganishka is out of the picture, I'm sure that Griffith will prove to be far worse.

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Speculation Nation / Re: After Griffith becomes king?
« on: June 23, 2007, 12:49:01 PM »
EDIT: Crap I posted in the wrong thread. =x Sorry... I guess since I already posted in here...

I do not see Griffith stopping at becoming king. I doubt that after raising an army of the most powerful Apostles, Griffith will just hang up his banner and sit in a throne room all day. Griffith was willing to sacrifice the Band of the Hawk in order to become king, so I'm sure that he would be willing to sacrifice an entire kingdom's worth of people in wars with other countries to become an emperor.  Maybe that is the "Age of Darkness" alluded to in earlier episodes: war (Griffith), plague (Conrad), debauchery (Slan), etc.

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It didn't use a decoy, it just showed itself as a beautiful woman and when Carcus was in its arm it took its apostle form.

Ah okie, thanks for explaining that to me! Now those first few pages of the manga make more sense... although it doesn't make it any less bizarre to me that Guts was doing the Apostle chick.  :serpico:

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