Our new Indie Games subforum is now open for business in G&T. Go and check it out, you might land a code for a free game. If you're developing an indie game and want to post about it, follow these directions. If you don't, he'll break your legs! Hahaha! Seriously though.
Our rules have been updated and given their own forum. Go and look at them! They are nice, and there may be new ones that you didn't know about! Hooray for rules! Hooray for The System! Hooray for Conforming!
I can't count the number of times I've seen a person proudly declare that they're in the middle of downloading hundreds, even thousands of dollars in software on internet forums and chatrooms. It usually comes up in the most casual of manners:
Person A: Hey, can someone help me find a good image editor?
Person B: Just download Photoshop or something.
They just say it like it's no big deal at all, and it happens anywhere (even here, though they rightfully get a nice reaming if they say it here). It's not just teenagers, it's people who are old enough to know better - people whose permanent record would show such a thing if they were caught.
What do you think has led to a culture where people will proudly declare that they are ripping some poor programmer's hard work off?