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attn: kees baker, re: iso files

by ramarc / June 7, 2007 8:38 AM PDT

You locked a discussion because the poster asked for help with .iso files because you assumed the downloaded content was illegal.

Many linux distributions are delivered as .iso files. and several other sites also provide legal and useful software as .iso files. Microsoft even allows some software to be downloaded as .iso files.

Pirated content can be found in any legitimate format -- iso, pdf, rar, mp3, etc. Filtering discussions based on a reference to a single file format certainly doesn't seem like a fair policy and I don't believe it is in keeping with the spirit and intent of the forum policies.

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Recording .ISO files is "easy."
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 7, 2007 9:08 AM PDT

Widely documented. I looked at your thread and couldn't find any detail where you would be stumped. You might have to supply the .ISO link so I can check it for errors.


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Not Just .iso....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 7, 2007 10:12 AM PDT

You'll want to note that .daa file extensions were included in the request for help. Primarily, .daa files are for movies so that the movies can be separated into smaller pieces and then reassembled after download.. Although it may be out there, I've not seen a combination of .daa and .iso files for anything but movies..

Also, you'll note that Kees offered the poster an option to provide details about the legal download. Only time will tell whether appropriate details will be provided.

Hope this helps.


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re: no just .iso
by ramarc / June 7, 2007 10:55 AM PDT
In reply to: Not Just .iso....

DAA is another image format that has extra features. it supports compression, password protection, and volume spanning. when used with a program like poweriso, the iso doesn't need to be burned to disc to read it in a virtual drive. because piraters use these formats to exchange content does not mean that all use of those formats is illegitimate. as i said before, you might as well ban discussion of RAR archives and MP3 files.

still, my point is you are censoring based on the mere mention of a *file type* and i don't think that is in keeping with the forum policies.

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Don't be shy. Don't hide details.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 7, 2007 11:14 AM PDT
In reply to: re: no just .iso

You didn't answer my question either.

Let me be blunt. Give me the link to said content so I can see why it didn't work.


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by ramarc / June 7, 2007 11:18 AM PDT
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So you don't want to help me help you?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 7, 2007 11:20 AM PDT
In reply to: ?

Sorry, just thought I'd try. But without the link to it I can't see what's wrong.


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My assumption was ...
by Kees Bakker / June 7, 2007 5:20 PM PDT

that people asking about .iso files aren't the people interested in Linux. Those would know. Linux is for the happy few, not for the average p2p-user in the Computer Help forum.
That's why I did what I did. But I might be proven wrong, of course, you're right on that.


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