It’s been a year and I haven’t made a post. Mmm.

Lots of things have happened. I mostly don’t want to talk about them. Also, the TPP dropped yesterday, so that’s fun.

I’ve been working quite a few things since stepping down from all formal roles with in the Pirate movement. One of those things is an open source voting system called Oyster.

Hopefully some time early next year I’ll finally have time to tear down this old WordPress and put up my new portfolio showing off all the cool things I’ve done and am doing.

Until then, you can always find me on Twitter. 🙂

Hey! Been a while since I last made a blog post. A lot has been happening. Quit my job, went back to full time studies for a bit, focused hard on getting Pirate Party stuff happening, and I’ve thrown around a couple more freedom of information requests recently.

However, recently, regional pricing got my goat. I’m a big fan of the Witcher series of games. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a mature RPG series based on a series of Polish novels by an author called Andrzej Sapkowski.

Well, the creators of the Witcher 3, CD Projekt RED, also own a pretty good game distribution website called Gog, which distributes games DRM-free. Unfortunately, CD Projekt RED have decided to slap on a pretty awful regional pricing.

For people in the US, they will pay $60 USD. We in Australia however will pay a lovely $90 AUD! Go regional pricing, go! They will however offer about $20 AUD worth of coupons for other old games, but honestly, it’s not good enough.

So like all good angry little digital activists should do, I sent them a feedback message. I can’t republish it exactly because I sent it using a web form, and their email reply didn’t include it.

The gist of it was that I said I was “disgusted” in this complete ripoff for a game that will in all likelihood be censored by our puritan government anyway and pointed out that DRM-free isn’t everything, and that blaming regional pricing agreements they chose to sign is a cop-out.

Today, I got a gem of a response (a piece of quartz as far as gems go):

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Fucking fuck fuck fuuuuck. I sat there for about 5 minutes just reading it. Was the very first sentence the cop-out I thought it was? What school of customer service even is this? I expected a canned response, but this was a new level of goop. It even told me I should be nicer to a corporation. lol!

Once I had stopped rage laughing, I slapped out a response that even I’m surprised came from my fingers:

So there you have it. Don’t take ripoffs lying down. Complain about it, talk about it, publish blog posts about it. Ensure this discussion doesn’t go away until this archaic, shitful business model does.

Fuck.

Over the weekend, many Pirates attended Pirate Congress 2013, and all in all, it went swimmingly. As is tradition, we started two hours late due to technical difficulties, but we managed to get through the mammoth 47 page booklet on time over the two days, covering 18 constitutional amendment proposals and 20 policy amendment proposals.

I am so happy that all of the constitutional amendments proposed passed with some minor amendments. Only one policy was defeated on the floor, and that was the copyright extension proposal. I am very happy that this amendment was dropped on the floor, as there was insufficient evidence to support an extension period being necessary for a copyright term.

Two policy amendments were committed to the PDC for consideration and development as they were not of sufficient quality to be adopted outright, and our members did a great job ensuring major policy proposals were internally consistent.

I thank the members who attended. Without you, Congress would not have been as successful or as rewarding as it was this year. I look forward to Congress being in the warmth next year, as it will be hosted in Brisbane. 😀

As a Pirate, I believe that international cooperation is paramount to the success of our movement. It seems, however, that when it comes to applying the other parts of our ethos: making good use of technology and innovative democratic participation, we fall flat on the international level.

There have been some questions about the Pirate Party on Twitter lately, so I thought I’d sit down for 5 minutes before my next meeting and write down some personal perspectives on these questions and hopefully go some way to answering them.