Viacom just made piracy fair game

UPDATE: Daily Show full episodes are back up on Hulu and the show’s site, but I’m sticking to my word.

This wasn’t my fight.

I don’t have DirecTV, but I find myself unable to legally obtain The Daily Show online as Viacom has decided to take its ball and go home in its fight with the satellite provider, yanking full episodes from the Web. That’ll show DirecTV subscribers. And cable cutters like me will be collateral damage.

And the chain reaction continues. I put my Hulu Plus subscription on hold since Viacom also yanked its shows from that service (Daily Show is my only summer use).

I’ve exhausted all the legal options I know of to consume your shows online, Viacom. You’re punishing the nice guy who happily shuts off ad blocker when he’s on Hulu, who paid monthly for Hulu Plus, who visited shows’ sites and sat through the ads there when Hulu took too long to post shows.

I don’t care who wins between you and DirecTV.

But I will continue to watch The Daily Show. Even when your pissing match with DirecTV is up, I will not watch in such a way that provides you revenue, even if I must do so beyond legal means.

This wasn’t my fight. But I have no problem taking a swing at you.

Are my Facebook habits old school?

PRE-POST HEADS UP: The second image in this post includes a use of the F-word and H-word. Please divert your eyes from that image if swear words offend you.

I’m not sure I count as a Facebook OG, but I joined in 2005 when it was just for colleges.

A lot has changed since those days. Namely, you can comment on wall posts now. I’ve stuck to my habits from the days before those comments, namely responding to wall posts I’ve received with a post on the sender’s wall.

I think it made more sense back in the day when e-mail was the only way you were notified if someone responded to you (though, really, who didn’t check their wall at every sign-in).

There are a few exceptions. If it’s a link or video I share, I keep the conversation in the comments. Seems more accessible for everyone using the link. Most of my conversation-point posts involve a link, so they fall under my link-comment rule. But those that don’t also hold to the comment thread on my wall.

I’m just wondering how everyone else handles conversations anymore. Let me know how you do things. Does anyone else stick to wall-to-wall communication for more personal posts but use comments for the rest?