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You know you're A Redneck If ......
1) The Halloween pumpkin on your front porch has more teeth than your spouse.
2) You let your twelve-year-old daughter smoke at the dinner table in front of her kids.
2) Last year you hid Easter eggs under cow pies.
3) You've been married three times and still have the same in-laws.
4) You think a woman who is "out of your league" bowls on a different night.
5) Jack Daniels makes your list of "Most Admired People."
6) You wonder how service stations keep their restrooms so clean.
7) Anyone in your family ever died right after saying, "Hey, y'all watch this!"
8) You've got more than one brother named 'Darryl.'
9) You think that Dom Perignon is a Mafia leader.
10) Your wife's hairdo was once ruined by a ceiling fan.
11)You go to your family reunion looking for a date.
12) Your Junior/Senior Prom had a Daycare.
13) You think the last words to The Star Spangled Banner are, "Gentlemen, start your engines."
14) You lit a match in the bathroom and your house exploded right off its wheels. (my favorite!)
15) You take a six-pack cooler to church.
Some files have been added to the members download pages including the
vcipher patch and a few others. Things are fairly quiet for the time
I received an email from another webmaster whose web site was shut down
as a result of a letter sent to them by the law firm representing DTV.
Good ole' Yeastmouth Wilsdon. Funny thing is is looks exactly word for
word the same as the one that got my site shut down. Except the site
location. Lazy and sloppy is all I can say. This sleazeball apparently is
using one generic letter will all kinds of accusations and legal bullshit
and sending it out to virtually anyone that will listen. sad sad sad. One
thing is for sure, when your wife wants a divorce, recommend ole' scotty
boy. That way instead of getting your house and your car, she'll be lucky
to get the clothes on her back :) Scooty, oops...Scotty...I hear 7-11 is
hiring man, go look into it eh?
We are having some difficulty with passwords for new members, should be
fixed by tomorrow AM. If you are waiting for our password, please be
patient, it should be rolling again tomorrow.
The following propraganda...er..ah...press release was posted on the
Directv web site
DIRECTV® Commends Federal Officials for Role in
Signal Piracy Indictments
El SEGUNDO, February 17, 1999 -- DIRECTV commends the U.S. Customs
Service and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Seattle for their efforts that
resulted in the indictment of four individuals on charges of conspiracy to
manufacture and distribute counterfeit DIRECTV System access cards. The
indictment, unsealed by a federal grand jury last week, is the result of a
long-running U.S. Customs Service Investigation in Blaine, Wash.
Investigators for DIRECTV and NDS Americas, Inc., DIRECTV’s encryption
provider, furnished technical support during the investigation. "The
indictment by the grand jury in the U.S. District Court in Seattle sends a
strong message," said Larry Rissler, special counsel, Signal
Integrity for DIRECTV. "Those who engage in signal piracy may be
subject to criminal charges, and will be pursued across international
boundaries." Three of those charged in the case, Norman R. Dick, Gary
R. Tocholke and Troy D. Stewart are Canadian citizens, and the other
defendant, Jose L. Calderoni, is a citizen of both Mexico and the United
Dick and his co-defendants were charged in a two-count felony
indictment with conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess
counterfeit DIRECTV System access cards and other devices that can be used
to illegally receive DIRECTV and USSB® programming free of charge. The
offenses were alleged to have taken place between April 1995 and June
The penalty for conspiracy is five years in prison, a fine of $250,000,
or both plus restitution to the victim of the offense. The same penalty
applies for the manufacture, distribution and possession of electronic
communication intercepting devices.
All four individuals were also defendants in a civil suit brought by
DIRECTV and NDS Americas in U.S. District Court in Seattle, Wash. In July
1998, Dick, Tocholke and Stewart were ordered to pay more than $14.7
million in damages. The civil case against Calderoni is continuing.
The indictments of these four individuals represent the latest in a
series of legal actions relating to the Seattle case. Last year, three
defendants pleaded guilty to signal piracy charges brought by the U.S.
Attorney; and an indictment against another – a Canadian citizen – is
outstanding in a federal district court in Montana.
DIRECTV, in coordination with NDS, continues to provide technical
support to law enforcement officials working to prevent the theft of
DIRECTV programming signals. DIRECTV’s 24-hour signal integrity hotline
number is 1-800-830-6090.
Yes we are still alive. Things have been pretty slow, with no major
ecms. A lot of you have probably been receiving spam emails from a company
selling freeware and have a web site at http://dssinfo.hypermart.net/dsscdrom.htm
This company have been selling this bogus package for a while under
many different names, web site addresses etc.
OPEN EVERY CHANNEL ON YOUR SATELLITE SYSTEM REGARDLESS
OF WHAT BRAND IT IS.
WHY WASTE 100'S OF $$$$ ON AN AFTERMARKET CARD
WHEN THEY AREN'T GUARANTEED TO STAY UP?
WHEN YOU CAN PROGRAM YOUR CARD
YOURSELF IN AS LITTLE AS FIVE TO TEN MINUTES.
http://dssinfo.hypermart.net/dsscdrom.htm for details
Or call IMC
1-312-453-0680 use code 2000
The main issues are they claim it will work on ANY system that has a
access card. Bullshit. The DSS and Echostar systems for example use
totally different architechiture and one program is definately not
compatible with different systems. Echo does not really even have what I
would call a full blown hack. The system used by canadian Starchoice
(Digicipher) is definately not hacked and again would not in any way with
any other system. there are lots more of these types out there. Remember
if it sounds too good to be true...
Some new files have been added to our members' Files
collection including a new 3m and a collection of programs.
Our members' file page has been updated with a new activation program,a
program to help cure the freezing problem, a new explorer program and a
few more files. Members can check it out.
Happy 1999 everyone! How many of ya had a hangover this morning?
A new activation program has been posted to our members
file page. It was designed to work with the freezing problem. Happy
The ECM got some older versions of 3M and freeware and
some cards that were freezing like activator type cards.
We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a Hoppy New Year!
Nous souhaitons à chacun un Noël très Joyeux et heureuse une Nouvelle
Nos deseamos a cada uno una Feliz Navidad muy y una Feliz Año Nuevo!
Ho Ho Ho! A Christmas ECM is in progress now! Pull out
your cards until further notice.
The talked about file to repair Vcipher 3M and DDT3 cards
has been posted to our members download section. Its origin has not been
determined so it is a real risk to use it as it may damage or make your
card prone to damage. But it is available for download fo our members. Do
not email me about this file.
For some reason I have been flooded with emails from
Vcipher regarding a vague comment on his page about a patch for his cards
being available somewhere. I do not have it or know where it can be found,
so don't email about it. If I find out, I will let you know. Be careful
what you load, they may be sucker files to destroy your card or make it
easier to ecm. Make sure you know where it came from before loading
It seems that News Datacom/DTV's Goon Squad (Yarmuth
Wilsdon) is still using their legal muscle to shut down more web sites. It
seems they are especially targeting dealers in the U.S. and Other types of
sites like info sites that are hosted on U.S. web servers. Starvu and TKO
Tech sites have been taken down recently. If you have such a site, there
are a few things you can do. 1) Host your site on a Non-U.S. web host.
Hosts in Canada, Mexico etc. are less likely to shut down your web site
because U.S. laws mean nothing out of the U.S. Also the Goon squad is also
less likely to target you if you are on a foreign server. 2) Set up a
virtual domain server. Although its a bit more costly, its well worth it
because in addition to allowing you to use the name of your choice
(subject to availability), also if you host ever does turn off your site,
when you find another, you web address will still be the same. 3) If you
are using Free servers like geocities, freeyellow, angelfire etc, you are
asking for trouble because they can shut you down instantly without
notice. (They don't even need a good reason or proof of wrong doing) 4) If
you are selling cards, are in the US and on a US server you are really
asking for it because in addition to getting you site shut down, you can
also end up in the hooskow and /or receive a generous fine from some of
your local law enforcement officials. If you are looking for free food to
eat and a place to sleep and free sex, this is the way to get it man. :)
Cards are still being affected by the anamoly in the datastream. Some
card programmers have a fix, some are still working on it. Echostar hack,
? There is a partial hack, it requires you to take your receiver apart and
a good knowledge of electronics. If this in NOT you, then leave it alone,
you void your warranty by simply removing the lid on your receiver. If you
bugger it up, you have to buy a new one, your warranty will NOT cover it.
See the DR7 site for info on this. DO NOT EMAIL ME ABOUT ECHO HACKS
PLEASE!!! (Email DR7 instead. hehe, No don't do that either. Its freeware,
its not supported, live with it. If you are not sure about it, don't touch
it. A fried receiver is not worth it.)
Some weird stuff has been happening in the datastream
which is causing many different types of cards to get weird messages and
have picture interuptions. The instant turn on cards like the 3M, Blazer
NG, T3 etc seem to be the ones mostly affected. The tier activation cards
seem to still be ok for the time being. No cards reported to be going down
yet. Its very possible DTV is gearing up for a big Christmas ECM which
will knock a lot of different cards on their asses and snuff out you
Christmas TV so watch out.
More bullshit happening in Canada. Now it seems that the
RCMP/GRC satisfied with the proceeds netted from the Vcipher bust are
focusing their attention to Canadian retailers distributing "grey
market" DSS systems in Canada. Over the weekend there has been 2
raids in Ontario of retailers selling DSS systems designed for legal
subscriptions. The RCMP, basing their seizure of equipment and raids on a
narrow interpretation of the Canadian Broadcasting Act. This
interpretation has been used by several Canadian Goverment agencies over
the years, including Industry Canada which published a pamphlet a couple
of years back entitled "DIRECT-TO-HOME SATELLITE TV- Facts You Should
Know" The term "facts" should be changed to
"opinions" or at the very least be used very, very loosely.
Basically its a home grown interpretation of the Radio Broadcasting
Act. It warns consumers in Canada that "grey market" and
"black market" systems are illegal in Canada and also warns
dealers to "obey the law". Strange, but as I recall Industry
Canada came under quite a bit of heat right after the introduction of the
brochure and they no longer publicized its availibility. The narrow
interpretation of the broadcasting act is designed to protect Canadian
broadcasters' distribution rights of television signals. It also
supposedly is designed to protect the Canadian culture by insuring that
Canadian Television programming was always more readily available to
Canadians than was Foreign programming. I find it funny that the parties
voicing this concern just happened to own distribution rights in Canada
This interpretation was never intended to bring freedom of choice to
Canadians, rather to limit our viewing choice by censoring out programming
deemed to be "undesirable" by the CRTC and forcing us to watch
inferior Canadian equivalents to American and Foreign programming. In
addition, the rights guaranteed by our Canadian Charter of Rights and
Freedoms seem to have been recinded by the interpretation that the RCMP
and Goverment agencies are using to justify their raids. Unlike the U.S.
law enforcement agencies, the RCMP is regulated by the Goverment of
Canada, directed under the solicitor general of Canadas' office. Therefore
the Canadian Goverment is ultimately and in my opinion directly
responsible for their actions.
The link to the Haku web site has been repaired. We had
received an email from some asshole stating that Haku had stopped selling
card programmers and he had taken over. This seems to be NOT the case and
he was a fake and ripping people off. Sorry for the confusion.
Any Members that were
having problems entering the members section, we think we have the issue
resolved and your passwords should work normally now. We have taken the
ICQ link off the site as we found the number of people sending trivial
messages was simply overwhelming. Equally frustrating was the sheer number
of chat requests. If you would like to contact us, please use email as we
will not be using the icq number any more.
With the rapidly approaching Christmas season comes increased chances
that an ECM will put a damper on your festivities. So remember to remove
your card when your not using it to lessen the chances of it getting
smoked. Some of you may have noticed that the site is loading a litle
slow. A new server is coming on line and should be operational around
Christmas which will signifigantly speed up the loading of the web site.
It seems that the ISO programmer manufacturers are going
through some trying times. First PMK was arrested in the UK and shut his
page down (Its back up now and seems like business as usual). Now the Haku
pages and the FirstOI pages are gonzo also. The haku page was not really
gone, but replaced with an interesting although rather slanderous message.
I have removed the links until further notice. Perhaps it is due to the
heat from the EAST.
Word has trickled down that a well know programmer,
Phillip Sedow aka AXA, had his house raided a couple of weeks ago in
Dalles Texas. No specific details have been released yet, but they will be
posted here as they become available. DTV and their hired goon squad seem
to be on a rampage, I suspect its in part due to the fact that freeware
programs are so overwhelmingly available. Freeware programs are a
satellite providers worst enemy because they can be distributed on a
nation-wide basis in a matter of minutes and greatly exceeds the ratio of
signal piracy that is considered tolerable by DTV which is around 5%.
Freeware files also cause card swaps to happen a hellva lot sooner.
Well it seems that Vcipher has decided that people were
not "buying" the story of why they are closed that was posted on
their web site. Probably due to the following of the media in Canada
including the major newspapers in Montreal and Toronto. They are no longer
"Sick" it seems. :)
They are now stating that they are closed until further notice and will
not be contacting any customers at all. They are advising that people not
call, email or try to contact them in any way, and that email sent to them
may be intercepted. They also state that they have been prohibited from
conducting business by the RCMP. Yes Sir, Here in Canada, we take sickness
very seriously. :) No doubt a long expensive court case is going to ensue.
All of Reg's customers made him a multi-millionaire (weather intentially
or not) so he has a few buck lying around for court expenditures.
We are putting together a seperate web site for test card news and
information in Europe. It will serve people in Europe and people in North
America who want to learn more. Watch for more news about this coming
soon. I also have taken the porn banner off the site and will replace them
with non-porn ones.
Well, as you can see, I am once again up and running.
This web site was down for less that 48 hours. As I said, there are lots
of ISP's and IPP's out there and I will not be silenced. We do not sell
test cards on this site, we do not promote that you use test cards in any
place where it is illegal. All we do is report news and offer information
to anyone that wants it. Exchange of information and freedom of speech is
a right guaranteed by both the United States Constitution and the Canadian
Charter of Rights and freedoms.
Anyone attempting to infringe on our right to free speech in the future
may find themselves on the other end of a class action law suit (The law
works both ways). We will not be intimitated and will not tolerate
harrassment of any kind. It will also result in our web site moving to an
overseas server where your U.S. laws will mean absolutely and totally,
jack shit and all your emails and fedex packages and meetings and begging
and pleading will amount to nothing more than a good laugh at your
expense.. As it is our policy when harassed or persecuted against, this
web site will get bigger and better with more information coming soon.
In other news, PMK (Paul Maxwell
King) has recently been arrested in the UK. no charges have been laid
as of yet, but he has had some programmers and equipment conficated. The
raid and search warrant was for conspiracy to defraud BSKYB (British Sky
broadcasting) which just happens to be owned by News Datacom Ltd, the same
company that provides conditional access system security for the American
For you Legal Beagles out there (Or is it Eagles?) or
anyone else that think that what I write should be banned, outlawed, etc.
and because those same Legal Seagulls (Y'all know who ya are) are so good
at reciting legal presedents and regulations, Risestar is gonna take a
crack at it. Hows this?,
U.S. Constitutional Ammendment 1
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to
petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Canadian Charter of Freedom
Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought,
belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other
media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and (d)
freedom of association.
Damb, I shoulda been a lawyer! :)
Well, Well. If ya came by the site in the past couple of
days and wondered why it was down...here's the scoop.
It seems that the law office of YARMUTH WILSDON PLLC, which just happen
to be the law office that represents Directv and News Datacom Ltd., have
taken offense at my political views and the views expressed by this web
They have forwarded a letter filled with half-truths, mis-conceptions,
innuendo, propaganda and damb right lies in an effort to have this web
site shut down. Well Ol' Risestar, has a few choice words to say about
By the way, if you want to see what the letter said, I have it here for
you. I have appropriately named it bullshit.txt
First of all, Mr. Scott Wilsdon, this is an INFORMATION SITE. We do not
sell test cards of any kind on this web site. Furthermore, you will notice
that throughout this site there exist these little tiny things called
OFFICIAL DISCLAIMERS. Since you seem to need a new eyeglass perscription,
you probably missed it. Here's what it says Jackass:
All information on this site is designed for educational purposes
only!! Test cards are illegal in the US!! If you live in the US you
should be suscribing!! Illegal use of ANY information on this site
is strictly prohibited!! You and you alone are solely responsible if
you are bad and ignore this disclaimer and do something you
Secondly, this is 1998, not 1698. In this century we have a little
dated piece of legislation called a constitutional right of free speech.
Yes, yes I know that the thought of free speech is revolting to you, but
hell son, sooner or later, it'll grow on ya. (If some pond scum doesn't
first) If you or anyone else has a problem with that, then I suggest you
get back in your time machine and take yer ass outta here, cause we don't
This is my web site and I'll say whatever I damb well please. If you
don't like it, then don't come here. By the way, I own my domain name,
www.pirateden.com. So that means it doesn't matter if you succeed in
getting my site shut down. I'll just find another ISP (There are plenty
around). It'll cost me a hellva lot less money to do that then you charged
your client to shut me down. It really doesn't matter if my web host is in
Canada, Australia, the UK, or friggin' Mars. (Where you came from???) All
people have to do is type in those magic words, www.pirateden.com/den into
their browser and they will be instantly whisked to my web site. Where
ever it is hosted. (Aren't domain names kewl? )
Furthermore, since this is an information site, I will continue to
provide just that Information, for as long as I damb well please and as
long as people want to know whats happening. I am not in any way promoting
test card use in the US. In fact if you are in the US using (Notice the words using, not talking about? Big difference in
the English language. Bone up on your grade 3 vocabulary if confused
Scotty me boy.) a test card, then yes indeed you are breaking the
law. Here in Canada however, your U.S. laws have proven to mean jack shit.
So in closing, I'm here to stay Jackass, if you don't like it, TOUGH! Don't come here.
So don't count on ol' risestar to be bending over and submitting to
your fascist policies anytime soon. And thats the bottom line! (Cause
Risestar said so)
------------------------ End Scathing Rebuttal Mode
Our Members page has
been updated with some new card files.
Here is a link to an article in the Montreal Gazette
regarding Vcipher. The Article is
disturbing as it pointed out that the RCMP/GRC is in receipt of Vciphers
client list. It would appear that they kept good records and that anyone,
ESPECIALLY people in the U.S. could be at risk. The RCMP will of course
share their finding the the U.S. Customs service who will share with the
FBI and the Signal Integrity division at News Datacom, the company
responsible for the DSS conditional access system. Judging by the
disclosure of the article, it sounds like they have people names,
addresses and what and when they purchased it. Not at all good if you are
in the U.S.
The following is an article regarding the vcipher
arrest/seizure situation in Quebec. Posted from the DR7 web site
According to the Montreal detachment of RCMP, approxiamately 13
million was netted in a raid conducted on November 4th on Vcipher
Technologies. Sgt. Blanchet said that items seized included 10,000 access
cards, 28 computers, handguns, rifles, $168,000 cash in U.S dollars,
$31,500 in Canadian Dollars, $229,000 in uncashed checks and $3.8 million
in bonds. No charges have been laid yet, but Sgt. Blanchet said that
potential charges include fraud, offences under the juridiction of the
CRTC(Canadian Radio and Television Commision) and racketeering. New
Advanced Technologies, which is also owned by Vcipher owner Reg Scullion
was also raided. Approxiamately 250 satelloite systems were seized from
that business. Sgt. Blachard said it appeared the the business was doing a
volume of $10 million per year. The RCMP held a press conference at 1:30
p.m today. Other small dealer in Montreal were also raided.
Judging from the amount of items seized, it would appear that they will
be out of action for awhile, if not for good. If you have recently ordered
something from them and not received it, don't count on getting anything.
If you used your credit card, you should contact your credit card company
for a credit.
For people looking for card programmers, I have added a
new link on my satellite links page and I have repaired the link to the
Paul Maxwell King website.
We have a limited number of RCA 3rd generation systems
model 5120 available with absolutely no programming commitments. Featuring
32 bit processors. Email us for
pricing. These complete systems come complete with your access card which
can be programmed with available programs or can be used to as a trade in
for a commercial program such as a west 3m.
Word of some dealers in the East getting some heat from
the RCMP or for our friends in Quebec GRC.
It appears that well known long time dealer Vcipher AKA Avantec is
somehow involved. Mauvais garçons, Mauvais garçons ce qui vous allant
faire quand ils viennent pour vous? (A little french humour ) If you are
french challenged, then the translation would be "Bad boys, Bad boys,
whatcha gonna do when they come for you?"
Possibly luck ran out for them as they were openly selling cards which
are an extremely controversial topic here in Canada. Ask 10 people about
them some will say they are illegal, some will say they are legal. The
battle is far from over and will likely go on for years because for every
legal decision that says they are illegal, there is a decision ruling the
opposite. The primary reason for it lies in the fact that it is a U.S.
problem. Directv has no legal grounds to stand on because they have no
broadcasting or distribution rights in Canada and there for cannot enforce
their signal integrity policies, much to their chagrin. The fact that they
don't have a legal leg to stand on doesn't stop them from pooching in the
gullable RCMP (GRC) from taking action and seizing equipment and making
arrests costing the Canadian taxpayers time and money. The majority of
people that have had equipment seized and arrested have had it all
returned and charges dropped. The current legal status of U.S. based
satellite systems in Canada is that it is illegal to own and pay for a
subscription, but it is ok to use test cards. Go figure. No, you can't buy
that car, but come back after dark and you can steal it. ha! ha! Canadian
legal presedents are so whacked. The Vcipher web site is now closed, all
pages have been deleted from his server www.vcipher.com with the following
message posted on it.
NOVEMBER 4, 1998
DUE TO ILLNESS THIS SITE
WILL NOT BE OPERATED AND OUR OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FOR 2 WEEKS FROM
NOVEMBER 4TH TO NOVEMBER 15TH APPROXIMATELY. PLEASE CHECK BACK AT THAT
AS THE OFFICES ARE CLOSED, PLEASE CALL ONLY WHEN A NOTICE IS POSTED
HERE. IT IS LIKELY IN YOUR BEST INTEREST NOT TO CALL US AT THIS TIME.
If you have cards from Vcipher, support may not be available for awhile
if ever again at all so use your cards sparingly. More on this as it
Some more ECM's are hitting 3M type cards again. Pull
your cards out for a few days to be safe if yours still works. Our members
section has been updated with some files and informatioon. Memberscheck it out!
Last nights ECM curbed the viewing pleasures of quite a
number of 3M and 4M customers. Before doing anything check to make sure
its really diced by rebooting your receiver (Pwr+ down arrow on receiver).
If the dreaded words "Insert Valid Access card" still appear on
screen, your card is down. Contact your dealer if you have a commercial
card like the West 3m. If your dealer has abandoned you, contact a west 3m
source on my links page. If you were using a freeware 3m program and your
card is hosed, you are most likely screwed. You should not have been using
it unless you access card was expendable. Well have a happy, although
somewhat TV-less Halloween everyone.
Well its ECM Time again. widespread ECM are hitting 3m
type cards, both commercial and freeware. If you have a card that is still
running, pull it out now! Activated cards aside from random tier wipes and
updates are still runnning.
The Test Card links page has been updated and
reorganized. It is now categorized so it it easier to find what you are
More random tier wipes and the ocasional 3m cards going
down, but no full blown ECM's. I have added a few more card turn on files
to our members section. you may have noticee that I have mad a few changes
to the site including a new navigation bar, background, removed the
background music for faster loading. Let me know how you liked the
changes. I also have new banner sponsors, so please tak a moment and visit
them, it won't cost you anything to look.
No ECM's happening, some activation cards are still being
reset. Some rumors are floating around of a big ECM coming. Sounds like
100% southern fricisied B.S. to me. News Datacom signal integrity and
electronic countermeasure information is not and never will be known to
ANYONE outside of a few engineers at NDC and DTV. And you can bet that if
anyone of them started leaking information, they wouldn't be around very
long. However, ECM's can hit at anytime, so if yer not watchin' da tube,
be pullin' da kard out okee-dookee? Also I am getting a lot of email
asking for help with some of the freeware programs. Sorry people, but I
can't help you with that. Freeware programs are not supported, and they
are very risky and if your card gets cooked while you are trying to load
it, then the only thing its good for is an ice scaper for your car. If
you're are not comfortable or unexperienced with loading programs you
should either A) Let someone who knows more about it do it, or B) Don't do
it. Personally I don't like freeware programs being out there as it
usually results in a card swap as it easily exceeds the ratio of pirated
card to legimate subs that DTV deems as acceptable.
I am receiving again a lot of email regarding test cards
for the Echostar system. At this time, i can assure you that there is no
working commerercial software available anywhere for the Dish Network
system. NO TEST CARDS FOR ECHOSTAR!! Should this change, it will be
announced here! (After proper testing and confirmation of course) Reset
commands and updates are still in the datastream, so watch out.
Another ECM hit later last night, laying the smackdown to
the wedge cards and a few 3M types. Most of the wedges will need to have
their H card updated. People with 3M types that are down will have to send
them in for repair to your dealer.
Now that the summer is starting to wind down and TV
season is getting ready to start, look for ever increasing ECM's coming
your way. I have been having a look at some of the sites that come up on
the search engines and let me tell you the amount of new sites that have
sprouted up the the past 6 months is unbelievable. Most of them are brand
new sites on one of the free web site services like angelfire, tripod,
geocities, etc. I am not saying they are all bad, but people should
certainly take caution with doing business with them. Remember there are
plenty of old established dealers out there, like discount satellite,
Hitec satellite, TKO Technologies etc. With ECMs increasing both in
frequency and in ferosity, many dealers simply pack up and move out and
leave customers stranded. Established dealers have weathered many many
ECM's and so are much more unlikely to leave town. There are also several
types of MAINSTREAM commercial programs available, like 3M, 4M, Predator,
Combo card, DDT card, activator, T3 or Terminator cards and a couple more.
There are many, many other kinds of cards that may be unsupported in time
of an ecm. If you are considering purchasing a card that is not one of the
ones I have listed, you may want to think twice.
Another thing is some pages claim to have ECM proof or ECM resistant
cards. This is without a shadow of a doubt, 100% pure horseshit! Any card
that DTV looks at will be going down, its only a matter of time. There are
a lot of circular dealers out there right now as well. In this I mean,
they will heavily promote a card like the East 3M card. The it goes down,
and they promote say the 4M card, singing its virtues. When the 4M card
goes down , they promote the Predator card. When the Predator goes down
they promote the Predator V2 and on and on. With these types of dealers
this never ends. Other types, like Discount Satellite for example promote
the West 3M through thick and thin, never asking for upgrade fees or any
other B.S. You should also be using EXTREME caution about using any
freeware or shareware programs out there. DTV has been bombing the hell
out of them as of late and when they go down they are usually screwed
(99'd, 00'd, FF'd) DS access cards are not being sold anymore so you can't
get replacements, so be careful. Thats all for now, Take care.
Holy cow. The summer is almost over. It just scorched by
didn't it? Some cards are still going down at random due to a code in the
datastream. Mostly 3m type, however also activated cards are losing their
dynamic tiers(PPV) and also getting reset to the 3 preview channels. If
you have a card, you should pull it out whenever its not in use to help
prevent it from getting knocked out.
DTV is still hitting with random ECM targeting most major
commercial and freeware cards that have been available for awhile. If you
are concerned, you should pull your card out.
Last night another devastating ECM hit the plastics.
Mostly the 3m cards were affected. The newest release version of the west
3m was affected, along with most other versions of the 3m cards. I am not
sure if they were 99'd or if they were attacked again with a FF loop. If
they are ff'd, they turnaround time for repair from your dealer may be
lengthy due to the sheer number of cards on the market. If your card is
still working, my advice would be to pull it out now! More later.
I have been told that some updates are again being sent
through the datastream. I have not heard of any cards going down yet,
however if you are concerned about it, I would pull your card out.
Here is an interesting article. If you noticed that the
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Explorer, it should be fixed now.
DirecTV, NDS Awarded $31 Million In DSS Piracy Case
U.S. District Court in Seattle assessed damages totaling more than $31
million against 15 defendants for trafficking counterfeit DSS access cards
and other devices, a violation of federal law. The judgments conclude a
lawsuit filed by DirecTV and NDS Americas in June 1996, which detailed an
international conspiracy formed to develop, manufacture, distribute and
sell counterfeit access cards and other devices that allow DSS equipment
owners to illegally receive DirecTV and U.S. Satellite Broadcasting
programming. Combined with judgments rendered earlier by the Seattle
court, the total damages awarded to DirecTV and NDS in this case are more
than $34 million. Key figures ordered to pay damages to DirecTV and NDS
are Jim Gallucio of West Milford, N.J., a former authorized DirecTV
retailer who must pay $9.28 million; Marty Mullen of New London, Ontario,
doing business as Cyber One and Studio One in the Cayman Islands, who must
pay $5.09 million; David Balmes of Las Vegas, who must $2.53 million; and
and a group of individuals and businesses led by Norman Dick of Victoria,
B.C., which must pay $14.76 million.