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No… I don’t. I can’t stand when this clickbaity article gets reposted because as is the case of most articles, the headline is read and the nuanced discussion within the article isn’t. For many people, a VPN is more suited to our needs than Tor Browser.


I feel like TV shows offer a greater amount of room for a story to be fleshed out. Movies jam pack content into 1.3 to 3 hours.

In fact, I think your comment perfectly demonstrates my point:

  • 1000 films at an average length of 130 minutes is about 2200 hours worth of viewing time.

  • 100 TV shows at an average length of 42 minutes per episode, 20 episode per season, and 5 seasons per show, works out to be about 7000 hours worth of viewing time.

I think it says something that when it comes to the top 1000 movies and top 100 TV shows, audiences are willing to invest far more time into well written TV shows than well written movies, because more detail and content can be expanded on in a TV series format.

I’m not saying movies are an inherently bad format, I’m just saying they’re a more limited format in terms of how detailed a story can be told. And as such, I believe movies are a more limited medium for storytelling. A book format limited to 100 to 150 pages is inevitably going to have its limitations versus a book format that is limited to 1000+ pages. There’s a reason why books are typically regarded as higher than their movie equivalents by fans who have experienced both mediums.

Also if we’re talking about capitalism… films have and continue to be considerably more profitable in the short and long run than TV shows. If you don’t believe me, I encourage you to look into this. One reason for this is that films tend to better among international audiences compared to TV shows. TV shows tend to be a little more culturally niche in terms of how they’re produced/written, whereas movies typically are about broader themes that require less of a heavy reliance on regional pop culture the way TV shows do.

Translation-wise, it’s far less of a headache to have a single 130 minute movie translated for 15 languages than it is translating 14 hours (average TV season length) of an English TV show to 15 other languages, especially if that translation involves things like pop culture/political references. Censorship is another huge factor that is harder for companies to deal with in TV shows than movies because there’s a lot less moving pieces. There’s a good reason why Marvel focuses so much more on movies than TV shows-- the ROI is considerably higher and the risks are far lower.


I feel like movies are just too restrictive in terms of time, whereas TV shows give a story far more room to properly be told. Movies are like the visual equivalent of turning a 1000 page book into a 100 page novella and insisting nothing important has been left out.

Of course, some stories can be told well in 1.5 to 3 hours but for the most part, I think movies are a poor format for storytelling.


The mid 2000s were a magical time for the internet.


A way to automatically add subtitle files and ideally integrate them with the video files, so that they automatically play regardless of a media player’s settings.


I’m in the same boat as you. Until I find an easier way, I just use VLSub in VLC and have it automatically find the corresponding subtitles for each episode.

For Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I basically just put each season’s episode in a playlist, and for each episode I used VLSub to (relatively) quickly locate/download the correct subtitles, then I’d switch to the next episode, and repeat.

It takes a while and I haven’t done it with every shown in my library but as I watch new episodes of new shows, I add the appropriate subtitle file via VLSub as I go.

I think from an accessibility point of view, it’s very important for media to include subtitles, especially if it’s shared with others. I love Deep Space Nine and part of why I insisted on getting subtitles for all episodes is that I’d hate for someone to miss out on what a great show it is, because of a lack of subtitles.


I have the following

  • every single playlist/video from Khan Academy (in their corresponding folders)

  • every single playlist/video from Khan Academy Medical (in their corresponding folders)

  • several Anki decks (for various medical fields and general purpose knowledge, i.e. the UltraZanki deck, Anki Ultimate Everything v.1.1, Ultimate Geography and Countries of the World)

  • every single video from AnKing (Anki YouTuber, his channel is for medical students but is extremely useful for anyone using Anki)

  • Anki’s PDF manual (so anyone who gets a copy of my data can learn what Anki is and how to use it)

  • Anki installer

  • 124 courses from The Great Courses on history (1.3 TB)

  • 51 courses from The Great Courses on Hobby and Leisure (411 GB)

  • 1 course from The Great Courses on Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry (I’m trying to find a full pack for the mathematics courses)

  • 106 courses from The Great Courses on science (1.3 TB)

  • Several assorted MIT OpenCourseWare videos on effective teaching methods for science and engineering (I find their overall OpenCourseWare to be disappointingly lacking and far from comprehensive)

  • All videos by Dr. Alok Kanojia (Dr. K on YouTube) on ADHD and meditation

  • All videos by Dr. Justin Sung (Dr. Sung on YouTube) on studying (there’s no perfect method of studying but I believe it is helpful to have a variety of study resources on my megadrive because different people learn in different ways and that’s okay)

I’m not a wizard at youtube-dlp like some people, so I had to go through the agonizing process of opening a million instance of command prompt and type in “yt-dlp [youtube playlist link]” for every single playlist in the above mentioned list. Khan Academy Medical has so… many… playlists… but every medical student and doctor (GPs and specialist) I’ve talked to said KhanAcademyMedical’s videos are very useful, thus their inclusion on the megadrive.

I’m a former research scientist and while I don’t think The Great Courses can replace a 4 year degree, 2 year masters and X year PhD, I gotta say… their lectures, particularly on science, are a godsend. I think colleges and universities should be ashamed that they don’t offer their students video files of all lectures and PDFs of textbook material. In fact, my experience with The Great Courses lectures have been so good that it’s one of those situations where I can’t help but admit that for $10/mo, Wondrium’s full access package is absolutely worth it because it grants a person access to all of The Great Courses lectures + PDF guidebooks. Of course, I’ll never judge a person for acquiring educational content for free.

In total, I have my 8 TB external drive filled to the brim with educational material, TV shows, movies, documentaries, eBooks, audiobooks, and music. I also have several large packs of assorted newspapers and magazines from around the world.

My goal with my megadrive is to basically have a vast digital resource that can be copied to anyone else either in full, or in segments if they just only want specific courses/movies/TV shows/etc or if their storage capacity just can’t fit everything that’s on my drive.

I know it sounds a bit weird, but I can’t help but think that if short or long term internet outages ever become a thing, I’d like to have a massive library of useful information and enjoyable media to share with media.


For me, half the enjoyment of piracy is seeding and sharing via USB file transfer. The vast majority of my storage on my external hard drive is pirated educational material that I can share with anyone who wants to watch free, high quality educational lectures on damn near any subject.

My approach to piracy has really shifted compared to how I used to pirate back in the day (2007-ish).


This is hilarious. You and I think the exact same way when it comes to this. I’m so glad I’m not alone in taking this sort of thing so seriously. I like that you value your emotions and time so much. Some of my friends think I’m nuts for how obsessive I am with my vetting process for what is and isn’t allowed in my mega library but those very same people can’t deny that every single TV series I’ve suggested and shared with them resulted in them watching the whole series and raving about it. The Wire is one of those types of shows, as is Luther (also with Idris Elba).


After they end. I don’t like waiting for episode releases and prefer watching at my own pace, so I generally prefer TV shows that have either ended or have several seasons already aired so it’s more likely that by the time I’ve gone through the existing seasons, the show is finally wrapping up.

For example, Bob’s Burgers. The site I use has a freeleach megapack from seasons 1-8, plus individual freeleach seasons for 9, 10, and 11. The show has been renewed for a 12th season, but having 11 seasons already available means I’ve gone loads of episodes to watch/re-watch before I feel a need to download the 12th season when it’s available in full.

I prefer my content organized like this

TV shows > [TV Show Title] > Season 1, Season 2, etc.

Because I structure my drive to be as easily shareable with people I know, I generally prefer to only have TV shows on there that have ended so that I know people are getting the full package. But there’s always exceptions like Bob’s Burgers just because the show is so damn funny.




Thank you very much for pointing this out. As a BIPOC, I always feels so uneasy when companies/projects like this are touted as progressive by leftists.

edit: lol I guess fuck BIPOC who don’t want our people abroad fucked by naive leftists promoting deeply flawed business practices like this, right? "Don’t be naive, brown people will always be our workhorses abroad so stop complaining".

The privileged western white leftist’s digital rights > BIPOC’s human rights, as is tradition. Some things never change. Totally a company leftists should support! (thanks @christian@lemmy.ml for the source).



Five Eyes Nations can eat a dick for all I care. They’ll warn of their adversaries actions but insist that they operate under an absurd amount of secrecy with enormous budgets.

5/9/14 eyes is some 1984 bullshit.


There’s no need. They’re using one of a half-dozen obscure commercial services that mapped out all the exit point IP addresses and have blocked them half a decade ago.

Not true. There’s plenty of VPNs that have IP addresses that aren’t blocked by streaming services. The one I use has plenty that still work with Netflix, etc.


Why not just use a proxy server?

Great question. I’ll just tell my friends to use a proxy server instead of their VPN so they can go on Netflix/Hulu or torrent stuff.

Then when they roll their eyes and ask "what the hell is a proxy server?", I’ll waste a bunch of time telling them what a proxy server is and how to set one up, only for 95% of them to ultimately say “ah that’s okay I’ll just use my VPN”. The other 5% will try to set up a proxy server, understandably run into some issue, then go back to their VPN.

How is the article clickbait?

Because it’s a painfully one sided critique of why using a VPN is useless, that makes near zero genuine effort to honestly explore the reasons why most people use a VPN instead of creating their own proxy server.

What if the VPN service logs the activity? Then copyright holders can still interrogate you, just through your VPN instead of your ISP.

Most VPNs aren’t going to forward scary copyright holders’ letters to their customers/users. Most ISPs will forward those scary letters to the users or worse, someone else who is paying the bill (i.e. a landlord). The letters may be meaningless at the end of the day but the reality is they work as a scare tactic.

How do you confirm that the VPN service does not log your activity? It would be difficult to prove the lack of logging.

Irrelevant, as this isn’t about logging-- it’s about not receiving threatening emails from copyright holders from your ISP.

Here I’ll tell you what-- I get the feeling my counterpoints won’t change your mind so you go tell your friends who use a VPN to access Netflix/Hulu/torrent sites, to stop using their VPN and use a proxy server instead. See how that goes and report back.


It’s the only thing they could be useful for.

No, it’s the only thing you think it’s useful for because you don’t realize how many other uses a VPN has. Tons of people play videogames like GTA: Online and use a VPN to avoid potentially being doxxed by some script kiddy with a mod menu.

This article IMO is clickbaity and just relies on the author being wilfully ignorant and… like… needlessly smug/hostile?

Tons of people use VPNs for region restricted services like Netflix, Hulu, etc. Did the author of this post just somehow forget about that?

IMO, this post (by jopie, not you) was just written by someone who seems more interested in flexing their knowledge on why VPNs can be useless, instead of genuinely trying to understand why for many people using a VPN does make sense.

The reality is, if some regular person just wants to torrent stuff, or watch content on Netflix/Hulu, or play GTA without having to worry about some kid trying to dox/DDoS them, a VPN makes absolute sense.

This is the classic IT guy post (jopie’s post) and it’s actually kind of funny. So painfully out of touch with the average user. It’s like guys in the lockpicking who think it’s super insightful to say “A lock does no more than keep an honest man, honest” when in reality if they knew anything about how things work IRL, deterrents can and absolutely do work. I’m sure the lockpicking lawyer can pick just about any padlock I have, but most thieves aren’t the lockpicking lawyer so theory doesn’t exactly equate to reality.

If I were a media corporation, I would make a post like this to dissuade people from using a VPN so that things like torrenting becomes a pain in the ass until they switch to Disney+/Netflix/Apple Music. I’m just sayin


1337x is a good public alternative to TPB.


Get a good VPN (not free) and change your DNS settings to Quad9’s DNS addresses.