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49 minutes ago, TheBF said:

They would like to get drunk, they just don't.

That is a function of information -- they know and understand but their basic functioning, the addiction, is still the same.  This theory, incidentally, comes straight out of alcoholics anonymous.

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9 hours ago, Retrospect said:

was he ripping people off from here?  that's bad.  

I remember talking to Adam owners back in the 90s with similar complaints of products not delivered.

 

I don't know Gary nor so I know the ratios of delivered to not, but undelivered SOBs was a recurrent complaint back then.

 

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8 hours ago, HOME AUTOMATION said:

 

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   P.S. You're a sweet kid!🎈

Take that to the Bank!!

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So what I'm hearing is "mistakes were made"?

 

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Just now, JB said:

So what I'm hearing is "mistakes were made"?

 

Laws broke and criminal minds infiltrate the vulnerable. Sad

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Interesting informational video. Looks like Gary got the short end of the stick compared to his partners in crime. He should have moved to France instead of Tahiti as France does not extradite lawful residents no matter what the charge. It's good to be French 😁.

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29 minutes ago, Vorticon said:

Interesting informational video. Looks like Gary got the short end of the stick compared to his partners in crime. He should have moved to France instead of Tahiti as France does not extradite lawful residents no matter what the charge. It's good to be French 😁.

Indeed. While given evidence presented he was clearly part of a pirating scheme, it does seem the longer-lived players in the game used him as a fall guy.  Given what others have said, let us consider what about him made him an easy mark to be used as such.

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1 minute ago, OLD CS1 said:

Indeed. While given evidence presented he was clearly part of a pirating scheme, it does seem the longer-lived players in the game used him as a fall guy.  Given what others have said, let us consider what about him made him an easy mark to be used as such.

There's no honor among thieves.  People will throw you under the bus in a blink of an eye if it keeps them from getting in trouble. 

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On 11/4/2021 at 4:18 AM, JB said:

So what I'm hearing is "mistakes were made"?

 

 

A mistake is a one time bad decision.  Spending your entire adult life screwing people over is not a mistake, it's deliberate and that makes him a bad person.

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He fled to HAITI not TAHITI to escape prosecution in Canada for his pirated DVD/CD scheme for which he was liable to get active jail time (I think it was a serial crime situation). He proceeded to run his other scheme from there after having been warned to cease and desist. He was extradited from Haiti (he couldn't leave because he owed thousand in exit fees) and is currently in Federal custody.

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1 hour ago, atrax27407 said:

He fled to HAITI not TAHITI to escape prosecution in Canada for his pirated DVD/CD scheme for which he was liable to get active jail time (I think it was a serial crime situation). He proceeded to run his other scheme from there after having been warned to cease and desist. He was extradited from Haiti (he couldn't leave because he owed thousand in exit fees) and is currently in Federal custody.

It was actually the Dominican Republic, but that does make up half of the island of Haiti, so all is technically right here. Interestingly enough, his exit fee issues were seriously overblown importance-wise. If he had enough banked to pay $4.5M as restitution, he had more than enough to pay the $100K to $200K in Dominican Republic exit fees. I suspect he figured no one would bother him there, so he just hunkered down in mostly care-free mode until the locals picked him up (surprise) to extradite him to the US.

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But again, how fast can someone blow through 4 million bucks. I Know I can .if I had it, not saying I have that much, I'd never have it, I don't know anyone that has it, again, I don't. Never will, can't think of how I could make that much! 

Leave my $600 alone in my pathetic bank account.. that's all I'm asking. Lol

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48 minutes ago, dhe said:

Maybe he'll have time to finish the TI Development Guide?

Or.. OS for ram disk

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Authors for these types of equipment keep giving it a bad name by tying it to piracy.  As someone who modded his Wii and Ps1,

I did it to run backups - I had four young kids that were rather rough on games.    And at $50 a pop, having a kid try to jam three CDs in the drive at once got expensive.  (I had to replace two iMac slot load drives several times because my oldest Chloe somehow stuck three CDs in it….)

 

When Chloe had a DS, I did the same thing.  Kids are notoriously bad about losing cartridges, so I got an Acecard and put all her games on it, and safely put the originals in a safe place.  Problem solved.  
 

Plenty of legal use - as long as you own what you’re backing up - so it’s sad that this was commercialized for illegal distribution instead.

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