[sf-lug] FTP support for a Scientology cult-buster

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Wed Sep 19 13:45:24 PDT 2007

Quoting Christian Einfeldt (einfeldt at gmail.com):

> I have a really interesting video.....

[Ideas about getting video-recording about $HAPPY_FUN_CULT to
hapless MS-Windows user.]

> In the past, I burned a video to DVD, but he wasn't able to open it,
> again, due to problems with Windows' locked-down formating, meaning
> that apparently Windows wouldn't open the DVD because it the DVD
> wasn't DRM'd (of course).

No.  The part beginning with "due to" is not correct, and probably
reflects bad diagnostic information from said user.  (It is very common
for MS-Windows users to supply really bad guesses about their _theories_
about what caused a technical problem, even when what you asked for was
the raw underlying diagnostic data.  They inherited this self-defeating
habit from MacOS users before them.)

If you want to help Mr. Hapless Windows Guy, burn a DVD, include a Win32
copy of VLC, verify on someone's MS-Windows box that you can view it,
and send it to him.  At a certain point, if they cannot use commodity
technology that is verified to be functional, they are past your help.

And, to make sure I am being quite clear, it is simply untrue that
MS-Windows prevents people from viewing correctly created and stored 
DVD video streams merely on account of not being obscured ("protected"
[sic]) by Digital Restrictions Management.  Not even Vista.

> At any rate, I am thinking that if we had an FTP site where I could
> load up the video

Immensely inefficient use of bandwidth, for one thing -- and solving the
wrong problem, more fundamentally.

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