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If I were in charge of the Illuminati

If I were in charge of the Illuminati, part of the initiation ritual would be watching Trading Places with Eddie Murphy (to demonstrate the reverse process).

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If you were the ruler of everyone...

At least from a fool's point of view...

I'll take this into

I'll take this into consideration.

If I were in charge of the Illuminati...

...the initiation ritual would be actually trading places with a bum like Eddie Murphy's character in "trading places".

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

oops just read the wikimedia... sorry about that.

BTW, hell of a response time on removing the image!

I guess checking the wikimedia pages would be good a habit to get into.

I don't get it...?

What are you sorry about? I must be missing something.

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

Don't want to cause trouble...

for the site. I had placed an image in the original post. Being the vigilant people they are, someone quickly discovered it and took it down.


Oh, ok...

Mr. Nystrom explained it well... I think I get it...

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

Michael Nystrom's picture

The site you were linking to took it down.

The original image that you linked to was from the IMDB:

But it isn't good form to link to someone's image directly from their site. That is called "hotlinking" and image, and is thought of also as "stealing bandwidth" from the hosting site.

It is a classic free rider problem: They're hosting the image, yet we get the benefit of seeing it without having to go to their site. With all the images IMDB hosts, imagine how much bandwidth could be stolen by sites around the internet.

IMDB likely has some safeguard in place to prevent this from happening when it is discovered, which is why the image disappeared so quickly. It wasn't any of us mods.

It is better not to hotlink to images. Rather, you can upload them to Imgur.com. Just rightclick the image to get it's address, and paste it into the "Upload from Web" box on Imgur. This is specifically their business model. They have the servers to handle it.

If you were to hotlink an image from somebody's little blog, and the post were to make it to the front page of the DP, we could very well take their whole site down due to the number of times the image was requested!

I guess I should have made this more clear from the get go.

I love Trading Places, btw.

And if you ever make it to the top of the Illuminati, don't forget your friends.

Gotta have metal hands to lead the Illuminati

(an 80's cartoon reference)

Thanks for the information. I think it serves as important example of how sites can protect their images and other media without involving the government. In my experience, nobody likes people who get the State involved.

The copyright hounds should take notice rather than bitching. It would take up a lot less time and frustration.

Maybe one of these days I'll make an account on that image site. Certainly uploaded images are one way to profile a person, however.

Michael Nystrom's picture

You don't even need an account to use that site

That is the greatest thing about it.