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08-27-15  01:08pm - 3 days Hard drive quality comparison (20 Posts) - #21
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I see that Samsung is about to release a 16 tb flash based hard drive (similar to a solid state drive) which, if it's not outrageously priced, could end a lot of peoples worries over storage and linking drives together. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

08-20-15  02:38pm - 10 days Anyone on the Ashley Madison death list? (11 Posts) - #3
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I look at it this way: You know you're giving out personal and financial information to a website where you're hoping to engage in some hanky panky that could have serious implications on your marriage. Mmmm, did the thought of a possible future hack ever enter your mind. If you were too stupid to not use a prepaid credit card and to create separate and anonymous email account then you're probably going to get what you had coming. Thinking with your small parts first can lead to harm to the larger parts later on. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

08-13-15  02:34pm - 17 days Time for Khan to say Good-bye (18 Posts) - #4
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Thanks for everything you've put into this place. This place wouldn't be the same without you. As an aside, are you moving on to MyPorn or riding your horse off into another sunset? Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

08-11-15  02:06pm - 19 days Hi to all! (8 Posts) - #2
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In all honesty I stay away from porn in social media. I don't use twitter and don't use instagram. For me, I use TBP and PU as one stop platforms in the sense that the bulk of my time spent on porn (time that doesn't involve site usage or editing my collection) is spent here. Basically there's too many other things for me to do or that I should be doing without dragging porn into my limited social media time.

However, I wouldn't mind seeing some more industry news posted here. I used to follow some of that but don't any more. The lifestyle stuff I can do without since I'm probably not of the demographic that cares about that stuff.

Sorry I'm a bit of a downer on the topic but there ya go. Hopefully others will have more to say. At any rate, good lick and welcome to the community. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

08-01-15  12:59pm - 29 days Windows 10 - Anybody Got It Yet? (11 Posts) - #3
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I reserved a copy but haven't downloaded yet. I never really want to be one of the first out of the gate with a new operating system even though they did a large scale beta with 10. I've heard that they've changed some stuff regarding the way photos are viewed and stored and since that's the bulk of my collection I'm waiting to read up more on the subject before leaping. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

07-21-15  12:24pm - 41 days Members Area button/link on review pages (8 Posts) - #5
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I never use the button. If it were red and said "Don't press this button EVER!" then it might be worth saving but not in it's present form. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

07-14-15  03:20pm - 47 days It's time for me to join the party! (14 Posts) - #5
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Welcome Amanda and good luck following in Khan's footsteps as he has done an admirable job at keeping things in line (both behind the scenes and in front) here at PU. I will note that I do feel a tad bit of disappointment in no longer being able to whip out a "Wrath of Khan" Star Trek quote any more.

First off, realize that most of us who contribute a lot here at PU aren't the typical porn consumer. We collect porn (if not out right hoard it), we edit our troves and we're willing to pay for it because we support the industry and we want the quality without the headaches of searching all over the web for free content. We take our porn seriously (some of us too seriously) and we've been around the porn block a few dozen times. We like PU because we get to express our opinions which are infinitely better (at least my opinions are) than most review sites. Because you have to be able to write that probably makes PU a more "refined", for lack of a better word, users club over most other places on the web and we tend to like it that way - the civility and range of topics that come up here.

As for what I like the most, first would probably be the discounts (both full membership and full trials). Second would be user reviews and comments and third would be the forum. I'll note that a lot us like the technical specs that TheBestPorn publishes as part of their reviews (pic sizes, bit rates, file sizes, download managers, etc.) since that helps us assess the quality of the content on a site.

Anyway, in no particular order, here's a few things I wouldn't mind seeing changed around here:

1. Add a "like" button for use on reviews, comments, and forum postings. Like everyone else I've gotten lazy and used to social media and would like to be able to express an opinion with a single click.

2. Participation at PU really dropped off with the death of the raffle a couple of years ago (Rick's premature announcement of the MyPorn project caused another drop but we can ignore that for now). I imagine user participation would pick up again if some reincarnated version of the raffle came back. I'm not saying it has to be like it was with $200 Tuesday ($2000 Tuesday would be awesome though) but rewarding people for their input would definitely boost the content level and the overall value of PU to sites linking into it.

If the raffle doesn't come back then some sort of reshuffling of the personal Badges you can earn is in order since they are now mostly meaningless.

3. Obviously, the site itself sort of has a shag carpeting / paneled walls retro look going for it which could use some freshening up.

That's all I got for now. Best wishes on the new gig. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

07-06-15  04:40pm - 55 days It's time to pass the torch. (major announcement) (17 Posts) - #8
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Definitely a bit surprised but not entirely unexpected. When I saw Rick mention "investors" coming on board for MyPorn and that PU/TBP was going to be left out of that project, that sort of made me wonder what was actually going on. Well, now we know.

My initial impression is that this sounds like a win for everyone. Rick has been a ground breaker with his past works and it sounds like the new site will be another step up. I wish him and whatever part of the PU/TBP gang that moves along to MyPorn all the best.

For those of us PUer's who still like the forum and doing reviews, I think it's a win since we won't be the red headed step child left behind at the road side. It sounds like Mantas has some ideas and intends to keep things up. Obviously time will tell but at least it sounds promising coming out of the gate.

Good luck and best wishes to all involved.

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06-25-15  10:55pm - 66 days Looking for a pay site that features Flexible girls, Doggy style. (4 Posts) - #3
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Forgot to mention that teenmegaworld has some content that might fit the bill too. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

06-25-15  10:54pm - 66 days Looking for a pay site that features Flexible girls, Doggy style. (4 Posts) - #2
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Checkout Hot Bunny Pass on thebestporn. I've never been a member so I can't vouch for it but I know it has a lot of flexy fetish sites. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

06-02-15  02:29pm - 89 days Updates on the future of Porn Users? (9 Posts) - #6
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I like Rick's new avatar ... looks like someone who just finished a long weekend in Vegas performing unspeakable acts to land a few dollars of "Angel Investor" money. While I'm guessing it's true that 'pimpin' ain't easy', there has to be a better way to fund a website site

A few quick thoughts / observations / bitchings:

- I assume the plan is still to eventually integrate PU/TBP into the new site. The main reason behind this query is that things are almost dead here. Two reviews a day on TBP, almost no forum activity and a few reviews / comments per week on PU. If the new place is a new and flashy as predicted then I don't see much traffic flowing towards this neck of the woods. In fact, I see more people just leaving. One quick thought would be to take some of those hard earned angel bucks and bring back the PU raffle at least for a while (I know it ain't happening but it's just a thought).

- An extension of my first thought is that many of PU users are going to feel a bit homeless for a while. I see the forum activity shifting to the new place while PU/TBP sort of languishes in the backwaters. Meanwhile the primary focus of MyPorn will be movies and pictures, essentially a glorified tube site, with the comments and general forum chatter probably reflecting that level of user. In short, not much going on here and not much of great interest there. Nothing can probably be done about this in the short term but as this is one of the few places on the net where porn fiends can actually talk intelligently it seems like you don't want to alienate your base for too long.

Anyway, it should be interesting to see the actual beta and what gets rolled out. I have to admit I'm a bit partial to the current setup but I know the economics don't work out any more for standard review sites and PU as a whole has lost a lot of participation. So, we'll see what the brand new world has to offer. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

03-15-15  02:13pm - 168 days Does anyone know why the law allows a name to be trademarked? (6 Posts) - #7
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Intellectual property is like a trip to bizarro land or trying to get your head around quantum mechanics when the world you know is Newtonian based. I know you can't trademark a person's given birth name but if you name your kid "Coca Cola" don't expect them to be able to make money off their name or even be able to advertise their name; the legal bills would dwarf the college fund. Stage names can be trademarked as, I think, real names but only in conjunction with a marketable product or service. It only gets more complicated from there. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

03-15-15  02:07pm - 168 days Czech porn? (6 Posts) - #4
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Part of the reason for the czech porn craze is that it's illegal to shoot porn in Russia and the Ukraine (though the latter also have other issues at the moment) and a few other Eastern Euro countries and it's cheap and easy to move models from those countries to the Czech and Slovakian republics for shoots (for those who actually care about obeying those laws). I also tend to believe that new studio or two have popped up there which are catering to the West. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

01-24-15  04:29pm - 218 days Alternative distribution model for censored porn (13 Posts) - #6
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Rehashing what I noted in my comment in the poll, a lot of the older porn lacks documentation from the actors (all the stuff regarding age, consent, etc.) that websites are required to maintain. Additionally, tracking down who actually owns the copyrights is difficult too. I think anyone who did what is being proposed would probably have to do it on the dark web in a less than truly legal way. Therein lies the problem, not enough people willing to pay on the dark web for this stuff (and more likely to steal it) to justify the cost even if you ignored copyrights and legal verification standards. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

01-04-15  01:40pm - 238 days Do you see the stigma associated with legitiment porn lessen or worsen? (10 Posts) - #2
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Short answer: "Not in our lifetime."

Slightly longer answer: Too many stigmas still associated with porn. It's not just another collection like stamps, coins and kitchen cozies. Most of the public still at least subconsciously attach any number of mental #hashtags with porn - pervert, sexual deviant, misogyny, having problems with the gf/bf, stalker, peeper, masturbation, etc. "Porn" is still a loaded word that ain't coming out of the closet any time soon. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

01-02-15  02:38pm - 240 days The Manwin porn portal business model (16 Posts) - #17
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Manwin (now called Mindgeek) is not really doing the industry and us any favors. Here's a good article about how their sleazy business practices affect the industry as a whole and models that we adore. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

12-05-14  01:54pm - 268 days Online porn crackdown announced in UK (13 Posts) - #5
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This list looks pretty random in that you can allow double anal penetration gang bangs but not allow someone to rub their butt in someone's face for a few seconds or permit a 40 year old milf in a cheerleader outfit to say "I'm just a young teen girl". Obviously a list put together by bureaucrats who would probably find the pinup girls of the 1940's very risque.

As usual, the case for censorship is the "protection of children" which is rather stupid in that kids aren't even supposed to have access to porn sites. Of course, everyone knows that once any impressionable young person watches a bdsm scene you know they're immediately going to assume that's they only way they're ever going to have sex the rest of their lives ("Bring out the gimp")

I've made the point numerous times here in the forum that the next wave of porn censorship will not be lead by social conservatives who want to ban all porn but rather under the headline act of protecting kids. Yet kids can still watch incredibly horrific acts of violence, listen to musicians go on about killing whoever for whatever trivial reason (don't even think of playing those heavy metal music l.p.'s backwards), and of course read any number of worthless lurid and violent crap postings on the web. In other words, when they say it's about protecting kids it's really only just protecting whatever

Of course, all this does is drive otherwise law abiding people to circumvent their own countries laws by connecting with foreign servers, using false proxy addresses and other gimics any kid could tell you how to do. In the end, the only people who win are the same bunch of bureaucrats who will get to hire more bureaucrats to keep a careful on the internet and watch extreme porn all day while spending even more government money on enforcing laws that don't mean squat at the end of the day. Guess all you Brits better buckle down for the day when this is about as extreme as internet porn will get. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

11-17-14  11:06am - 287 days Ever have one of those weeks where everything goes right? (7 Posts) - #2
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Glad you had an A+ weekend. I'm on the opposite end. Found out my little buddy , a cat, has an incurable condition and will probably need to be put down this week. So, I'm glad someone had a great day to offset my less than celebratory mood Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

11-13-14  11:33am - 291 days The Way You Get Internet Porn is About to Change (55 Posts) - #48
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I keep resurrecting this wonkish thread since it is a topic that is going to start impacting most of us in the U.S. soon. Currently, there are a number of issues being bantered about by the FTC (the agency that has regulatory power over the ISPs) about net neutrality and to what extent the internet should be neutral (everyone gets the same speeds regardless of source) or tiered (some sites pay to fast stream their content to users).

If you're just checking in on this, here is an excellent post providing background on the current state of internet access rules in the U.S. and here is a good post about the 3 alternatives being considered by the FTC.

In short, expect the tiered system (a service like Netflix pays an ISP like Comcrap to get faster stream rates) to survive and flourish in the next few years. No laws are probably going to be passed that prevent ISP's from striking deals with certain companies to prioritize stream rates. Whatever systems we end up with or may not slow down downloads from your favorite pervy places on the net but at certain peak times of the day it almost certainly will.

The only solution is going to be time. I say "time" in the sense that as more content moves to the net and the more ISP's try and jack by double dipping (example: Comcast charges Netflix for faster streams and then charges the end user more because they get better stream rates for services like Netflix that they use) the more competition will emerge for users. Unlike Europe, most of us even in big cities have only one or two options for high speed providers. Only competition will ultimately lower prices.

Also, time will allow more communities to build and expand gigabit networks that are now in their baby steps of development. Once the pipeline gets opened up more, then the variation of stream rates won't matter so much.

In the meantime, prepare to suck it for a while. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

11-06-14  01:14pm - 297 days Do you think ... ? (9 Posts) - #3
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Nothing happened the last few years in Congress and nothing will happen now. Gridlock forever is the current motto. Besides, porn is not on anyone's radar in D.C. leading into a presidential election cycle.

About the only change I expect to see is on a local or state level like we've seen with the condom laws in Cali. Most of the "porn issues" are primarily within the industry itself. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

10-17-14  04:04pm - 317 days Keeping involvement in porn quiet (50 Posts) - #17
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My is that you either treat it as a business or a hobby. If your goal is to try and make money or at least not lose too much then my response would be that if you're worried about privacy then you're in the wrong business. There's too much legal, marketing, sales, and business work to be done that you can't obfuscate yourself or hide behind an alias to the point that someone with a working knowledge of Google couldn't find the real you in five minutes or less.

If you just want to have some fun trying to shoot some stuff that interests you then you might have better luck remaining behind the curtain simply because you'll be small potatoes in the big McDonald's potato world of porn (I'm still waiting for the day I sign up for a porn site and have them ask the question "Would like a facial with that?").

In either case, like others above have said, once you make the decision to get into porn then you pretty much have to be prepared for what is you're going to do when someone finds out. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

10-05-14  08:52pm - 329 days Do you edit picture sets? (13 Posts) - #3
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Definitely with Drooler on this in that I spend a fair amount of time editing sets. I usually download the zip and then pick out the best 30 or so pics that I want. This used to be no problem but at least more sites are now giving you hundreds of pic as opposed the few dozen you got years ago.

If there's a lot of white space / dead space I'll frequently crop the pic down. I also like to crop out the watermark if I'm going that far and sometimes flip the pics on their axis 180 degrees so you get some different angles instead of the same repetition. Poorly lit, fuzzy crap and b.s. like that doesn't even get downloaded.

I use a 23" monitor and have no real interest in sending my pics up to a large tv so I rarely download the largest dimensions unless they are smaller (under 3k pixels) to begin with.

What makes porn more of a hobby for me is the fact that I will mess around with pics and customize the sets according to my excellent taste standards. That's what make "picture porn pervs" who they are I think. I do grab vids but only the best of the best and I don't watch them that often. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

10-02-14  12:14pm - 333 days The Way You Get Internet Porn is About to Change (55 Posts) - #39
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Yay. The big ISP boys are already starting to mess with us. Apparently Comcrap and Verizon are using customers as hostages in a war over transmission rights. Basically, the ISPs don't want to pay the companies that actually run and operate the internet transmission lines any more and are letting speeds slow down for some customers as negotiations continue. I note that this practice would not be outlawed even if we ultimately get net neutrality laws passed. Just another example of what happens when there is not enough competition for your internet dollars. Here's a link for more info if you're interested. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

09-04-14  01:01pm - 360 days the danger of cloud based systems (19 Posts) - #13
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Here's a link to an interesting article about the "dark web" and the motivation behind people hacking into cloud accounts (most of the stuff hacked is never publicly shared). Regarding the celeb cell phone hacks it sounds like somebody tried to profit off it and made a big oops by doing so.

https://www.nikcub.com/posts/notes-on-the-celebrity-data-theft/ Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

08-29-14  01:22pm - 366 days Other review sites (17 Posts) - #6
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I used to visit several sites but pretty much have given that up for here. I found that most review sites simply pump up the scores (everything is above average ... just like me) and are plastered with links. Besides you don't get to interact much beyond the noobs posting obnoxious comments (like this one).

At this point, I know what I like and what I'm willing to pay for and if there is something new and good on the horizon it will appear here or at TBP so I don't worry about it. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

08-06-14  01:06pm - 389 days Is it overall in Porn's best interest to run tube sites out of Dodge? (12 Posts) - #4
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Whether or not we're going down the "tubes" is a subject for debate but they're here to stay. I see both sides of the coin. Tubes do suck business out of the industry but there are always people like us willing to pay for quality and ease of downloadability. Also, most of the major sites have their own tube sites as a means of advertising or pay some tube sites for referral clicks just like PU/TBP operates.

About the only thing I see that tube sites have going for them is that they generate a bit of revenue for the owners. I could be all wrong but I'd bet 99% of the tube site owners aren't making much coin, probably minimum wage type $$. It's just that it's cheap to get one started. Like AW said, tubes still rely on the industry to pay their bills so there is a symbiotic relationship to be maintained.

My guess is that much like the thumb nail gallery posts of old, tube sites will evolve but it's going to take a while. So long as porn is relatively cheap like it is today there will probably be enough true buyers to keep the regular production house industry going.

The internet is going to change a lot in the next decade or two as it falls more under national and regional control (lots of second tier countries pretty much have almost complete control over their national telecom systems) and as the internet as we know it starts to crumble under it's arcane structural foundations. As these issues get addressed it will probably become easier to enforce copyright protections across the web. Designer websites and 3-D porn will also put more pressure on tubes. I don't see the major industry players disappearing but no one really knows since the web is still in it's wild west years and where it goes nobody really knows. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

07-08-14  01:09pm - 418 days Is Porn Losing Its sparkle or Do You Think Its Great These Days (39 Posts) - #16
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No doubt about it, today is a hell of a lot better than yesterday in terms of porn. For those of us who have been around the block a few hundred times I could see where we'd become jaded and have a hard time finding new stuff that appeals to us but those juices that got you going when you first got into porn are never coming back.

When you take a moment to reflect you realize that today the quality is almost always better, there are a lot more sites than there were years ago, you can find something for almost any niche you desire, the "oldies" can still be found on most sites, the pricing levels haven't really gone up much ($30 a month has been the usual top level commitment for years), and if you're cheap you have a ton of tube options available that weren't around even a few years ago. By every metric, porn today is more plentiful and better than it was yesterday.

My take is that if you're jaded now then you're probably not looking hard enough or you haven't really adapted. I see my porn hobby as a bit like a marriage, you learn to adapt over time. Feelings and things in general are never going to be like they were at first. If you're still chasing that then you're going to end up disappointed. I spend a lot less time on porn today because I realize the thrill ain't what it used to be so I find different things to spend my time on. Not saying others should do that, that's just how I roll. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

07-08-14  12:57pm - 418 days The Joy of "Paint" (10 Posts) - #4
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Although I'm a pic guy I've never messed around creating my own stills. Just seems like a lot of work for not much return. But, I could see where it might be worth it when the video is a lot hotter than the accompanying photo shoot. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

05-23-14  09:44pm - 464 days Credit card porn guidelines in US (20 Posts) - #2
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Actually I didn't realize the credit cards even had such limitations. I know that they won't process transactions for things that are illegal (businesses that sell pot in states where it is legal to do still can't do credit cards because it's illegal under federal law) but that was it.

My guess is that S&M borders on the edge of "obscene content" which doesn't have first amendment protections. The card companies are probably playing it safe in the event some site gets hit with obscenity charges and then customers or the feds start suing under some wacko legal theory to extract money from the one source they know actually has money. Promoting obscenity is a federal crime (though I don't think any court has ever said that a card service or billing processor is "promoting" by letting people pay to access a porn site) so this may also be weighing in on the reasoning. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies. Edited on May 23, 2014, 09:50pm

05-18-14  05:44pm - 469 days Interesting article about X-Art and their copyright defence (18 Posts) - #4
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A lot of copyright / patent trolls have been shut down in recent years because courts will no longer let them file class action lawsuits against IP addresses like they used to do. You pretty much have to go after individuals or individual IP addresses now. However, the penalties and fines can be huge (not to mention attorney fees) in these cases and they not really in proportion to the actual damages incurred by a company even when someone is illegally downloading vids. At the moment there really is no "good and/or easy way" to fix the problem on either end of the problem and so we are stuck with the status quo. Another reason I guess to stick with paying a few bucks for your porn viewing pleasure. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

05-14-14  01:17pm - 473 days How do you manage/view your porn stash (39 Posts) - #28
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Good luck with that Josiah. We've had others here in the past talk about writing a porn stash database manager before but apparently nothing has come of it. I think the big problem is that the user has to spend a lot of time creating tags and otherwise playing with the downloads that it becomes more of a job than what it's worth. Still I hope it works out for you and let us know if you succeed ... if so then Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

05-14-14  01:12pm - 473 days Interesting porn-related article in Maxim (6 Posts) - #5
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Let's face it, none of those "casting videos" where the situation suddenly turns hardcore happen by accident. Everyone signs paperwork and gets tested ahead of time (at least in the U.S.). Porn is fantasy and the onscreen setup for these types of shoots is the end product in a business model.

I'm rather surprised by reading about the contract clause that requires these girls to pay more than what they got up front if the back out (this is probably a liquidated damages clause). It's doubtful a casting company would back more that what they paid the girl if it went to court but the dollar amount is low enough that it's unlikely a girl would hire a lawyer to fight it or that the companies chase down the girls who don't do more than refund the upfront money.

As for the moral issues surrounded by creepy porn producers looking for ASU hotties, I say that I'd rather see them trying to lure in college students rather than hanging out at high school senior events or chasing women who are in truly economically dire situations. Pretty much every one thinks they are smarter than what they really are at that age and doesn't fully appreciate the consequences of all the actions they take. While admittedly painting with a broad brush, I'd say at least college girls probably have more of a sense of what they are getting into than your average high school grad or dropout. Does that necessarily mean they are making a good decision .... ? Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

05-11-14  02:29pm - 476 days New credit card scam? (4 Posts) - #3
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I've run into situations where I've had my plastic denied when I know there is no good reason for doing so. When I've been redirected to a secondary processing site I never sign up. I wait a day and see if any charges go through on my card. If no charges, I try the primary processor again. If denied again, I wait another day (see if charge shows up) and if I'm good then I'll use the secondary processor. So far no burn marks on my skin from using this protocol. It's just that it requires patience which, if we're ready to join, is something that's hard to take. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

04-27-14  01:39pm - 490 days Suze Randall Offer: Half Price (2 Posts) - #2
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Saw your post and took a quick look at the site preview. From what I can tell it looks like about 80% of the content is now recycled from old content regardless of whether they classify it as a classic. I think Suze is retired and his daughter Holly who does most all the current shoots has her own sites going so the original suze.net site is basically being ignored. My advice is that you've been a member anytime the last few years then you probably have most all there is to see. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

04-24-14  12:39pm - 494 days Identity theft protection services and porn (2 Posts) - #3
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You can always "hide" your online viewing by getting a prepaid credit card and then use that to feed your porn habit. Those just show up as purchases (if you buy them using a credit card -- actually just pay cash or use a debit card), not as a separate credit card account on your history. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

04-21-14  05:12pm - 496 days Oxygen Retreat (16 Posts) - #6
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I stand by original post of 4 years ago but add this observation: I sort of wonder how many of the women that cater to these places are trafficked there. I make no implications regarding this particular place but most of these 'gentlemen's resorts' use foreign sex workers so I think it's a legitimate issue. I got no answers but I think it's a question to ask yourself if you ever consider going on one of these vacations. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

04-21-14  05:05pm - 496 days WHAT TO DO WHEN SITES NOT WORKING! (8 Posts) - #7
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Here's my fabulous :

As others have suggested, first try using a different browser and trying to download at various times of day. A lot of sites don't keep up with browser upgrades and they can slow to a crawl during peak traffic times.

Second, if you've only been a member for a few days to a week then I'd try the billing processor to see if they can refund your money on the grounds that the site doesn't work. This is usually a long shot but you never know.

Assuming you've been trying to contact the website via email I'd keep trying once a day for a week or so making clear in the email message line that the site isn't working. Chances are that if they don't respond to that email or get the site working again then they just don't care. If it's a small or niche site then you might try emailing them again in a month or two to let them know what happened and to see if you'll reimburse or renew your membership at no cost (again, a long shot).

Lastly, post a comment about the site here at PU (at other review sites too if you want) letting users know that things ain't working and this particular site may be turning into a scam.

I know that when it comes to smaller sites that are run by a single person that life events can sometimes lead them to neglect what is going on. However, to let it get to the point that you can't access what you paid for is too much in my book. "Bidness be bidness" and if you can't deliver or make arrangements to have someone cover for you then you're going to catch flack for it so let them have it. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

04-11-14  12:17pm - 507 days What to do about the Heartbleed Virus? (5 Posts) - Original Post - #1
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What to do about the Heartbleed Virus?

Somewhat surprised that this hasn't been posted on yet so I thought I'd chime in.

In case you've been living under a rock you probably know about the Heartbleed virus: the hidden trapdoor that can allow hackers to exploit a supposedly secure ssl site (this is the setting that sites go to when, say, you enter the billing information section). In other words, Heartbleed will cause you considerable heartburn if you get nabbed by it.

The conventional protocol seems to indicate that we're supposed to change our passwords to all sensitive sites (aka - sites that contain billing or financial information) and to avoid at all costs using duplicate log in names / passwords on these sites.

When it comes to porn, I've pretty much decided that at least for the next few weeks I'm staying away from pay porn. While the major billing sites like ccbill seem to be safe (here's a site that can verify if a site is exposed to the heartbleed virus) this doesn't necessarily mean that the actual porn site where you record your password info is safe. My reasoning for staying away is that you can often contact a billing processor using you your password / log in info so I'd just rather avoid any potential headaches in the short term.

Since this is considered to be a major internet security flaw I would expect that the big web players will have patches up and working in the next week or two and that most self respecting webmasters will fix their sites shortly thereafter.

This whole pile of crap makes me think I should start using a password management site in order to track all of the passwords I already have ... and have written down and cleverly hidden in plain view right underneath my laptop. Anyone have any experience with a password management site?

Also, webmasters who use this site might want to post a comment stating that their site is free from the Heartbleed if they want my business soon. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

04-11-14  11:59am - 507 days Name recognition in porn (20 Posts) - #3
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Probably true but most of these people, if they don't know porn, probably don't make it past the first page or two of a google search for "porn". It's only once you get tired of the endless searching and mediocre quality on tube sites and start looking into pay porn that the top of the heap start to emerge and rather quickly. Since most people aren't into paying for porn I'd say that porn name recognition doesn't really matter much to the general public and companies like DDF are better off spend their advertising bucks at a more select demographic. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

04-01-14  10:44am - 517 days Trade your Unused Gift Cards for a DDF Network account (18 Posts) - #3
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Mmmmm. X-mas gift cards are now really "X"-mas gift cards. Actually this is a pretty cool concept. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

03-28-14  01:19pm - 520 days Why so few female members here? (37 Posts) - #36
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I saw this article yesterday that talks about the difficulty porn stars have in keeping their private lives private. Although not directly on point, I think there are definitely some overlaps as to why we don't see so many women posting here:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/26/porn-stars-privacy_n_5023168.html Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

03-23-14  01:06pm - 525 days Shortlist of warning signs for bad sites? (9 Posts) - #6
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Dubious site warning signs:

1. Very few or no previews.
2. Unknown billing company or billing processors from Cyprus or Eastern Europe.
3. Little to no feedback here at PU and limited reviews from other sites.
4. Bad grammar (I'm not being picky here, just a sign that someone tossed the site together quickly or on the cheap).
5. No signs of any customer support / help or they take you to the join page. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

03-22-14  11:45am - 527 days What is your system ? (25 Posts) - #12
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1. Windows 7, 64 bit
2. Firefox 28
3. IE 9 only rarely
4. Nope Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

03-16-14  02:26pm - 532 days "Your porn is not Canadian enough" (16 Posts) - #6
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I ask, where would the world be without these classic Cannuck porn vids: "The Dark End of Whitehorse", "The BBW of Blubber Bay", "Who's Pole at the North Pole?", "My Big Beaver in Big Beaver", "Sluts Who Live in Smuts", "Blow Me at Blow Me Down" and the high school sex ed film "Conception Bay". Then again, all this potential Canadian smut just makes me want to Blame Canada in general Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

03-13-14  12:52pm - 535 days Chapter one: The calm before the storm. And this is not about the weather (25 Posts) - #2
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Wow. Sorry to hear that things are sliding to the "not so good" side for you (understatement of the moment). I generally don't like to hear about ambivalence from people in medically troubling situations because that indicates a lack of hope / lack of positive attitude which is probably the best medicine out there but I'm not going to badger you about that since I'm not in your position. In any event, I hope to see your postings for a long time to come ... besides, think of all of the porn updates you'd be missing. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

02-23-14  03:15pm - 553 days The Way You Get Internet Porn is About to Change (55 Posts) - #36
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Last time I crank up this post. First, I just wanted to personally thank Comcrap for jacking up my bill by another $2 a month for nothing new other than the privilege of being forced to use them.

Second, apparently pay for play has already started. Comcrap and Netflix just cut a deal where Netflix gets funneled directly into the Comcrap system (no third party hosting / connections) so that Netflix can deliver faster connection speeds. This deal probably has been in the works a while and really doesn't have much to do with the recent legal rulings, I think it's just that in order for Netflix to keep growing they had to reduce buffering times and increase quality which is what this deal does for Netflix. However, I assume that Netflix is paying Comcrap for this privilege which leads me back to my first point ... thanks Comcrap for raising my rates for nothing.

Third, net neutrality is not altogether dead. Apparently the FCC (the government body responsible for putting us in this mess) has decided to go back and rewrite the rules to classify the internet as a communications business (duh) which will ultimately result in net neutrality probably becoming the law of the land again ... in a few years ... assuming the lobbyists don't entirely hijack the process ... so I guess that means we can't assume anything.

Lastly, it seems to me the biggest problem we in the U.S. have is the concept of who owns your cable lines. In Europe, a company can lay the cable line to your house but they don't have a monopoly over the line, the home owner can subscribe to different services. In the US, the cable company owns the line and can deny other providers use of that line. In effect, this limits competition and creates situations like mine where if I want high speed I only have one option. I'm changing my tune a bit and I now think this legal lack of competition is the number one driving force behind the high costs here in the states and the biggest threat overall to the future of open internet. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

02-15-14  03:57pm - 561 days Anyone remember the first days of their internet porn usage? (28 Posts) - #21
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I think I found the internet in about '98 back when AOL rocked the house and a 56k modem was high speed. Of course it didn't take long after that to find the naked bits on it either.

I joined a few sites that I'm sure are long since gone. Vids were super choppy and maybe only a few minutes long ... and waiting for them to load was like a Heinz ketchup commercial. The pics were maybe a few hundred pixels and pretty crappy. The thing I remember most was that the sites just threw a bunch of stuff out there. Boy / girl, solo, beastiality, whatever they could get their hands on to put up on a site that looked like porn. It definitely was the wild west back then. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

01-22-14  07:45pm - 585 days The Way You Get Internet Porn is About to Change (55 Posts) - #35
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I don't see it as bad as LPee does mostly because there is another option out there: what is the customer willing to pay. Most ISP's will probably partner up with the likes of Google, Facebook, etc. and everyone will have universal access. However, a lot of people still need to get around the web and dig into stuff beyond the Greatest Hits. I think ISP's will offer tiered pricing where they can cheap access in exchange for ads and whatever access deals the ISP's negotiate and then they'll have the "rip off" tier where you have to pay more to get unfettered access like you have today.

Yes, tube sites will suffer (frankly, will we really mind if a million or two of those disappear) and some small websites will go away too (mostly the ones offering the same stuff as everyone else but also some unique amateur sites will get hit too).

In the long term, things will even out as the web expands and technology grows but it's going to be what happens in the next decade that probably have the most impact. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

01-22-14  12:37pm - 585 days If iTunes offered porn... (29 Posts) - #2
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Depends on if you want to be a follower or a leader and how you view the industry. If you're going to be a follower than it seems pretty simple to adopt the I-Tunes model of $1 per download (assuming good quality HD).

If you want to be a leader that involves more risk since you don't have the resources to accurately gauge your potential market. Would people pay $2 per download? For us PU'ers that probably seems expensive given that we know we can rip a whole site for about $20. However, for the casual porn viewer is really $2 unrealistic if there are convenient tags and search options? My guess, which is only a guess, is that people will stick with the crappy tube sites unless you're at the $1 per download or less (of course cheaper is better).

My view of the industry is that porn is pretty much a commodity and those who really follow specific porn stars are in the definite minority. Your question then becomes which market do you want to tap. If you're just selling wares from the major porn studios then you don't really have much input in terms of what they are willing to sell you. In that case, you're probably going to have to go cheaper to get the masses to buy in. If you want the new site to be a place where individuals can market their wares (maybe a separate channel) then you can charge more for having the niche market.

The biggest problem I see with such a channel is tagging consistency. I've never seen a larger site that had consistent tagging because they had too many tags or too few and/or too many people doing the the tagging. I don't mess around much with I-Tunes but I suspect that the face the same complaints so maybe I'm over estimating this issue.

Lastly, in order to get people to buy you're also going to have make sure that you can promise that their video will be around for freaking ever. Don't be like Kindle where the user wakes up on day and suddenly finds that their book is gone because of some licensing issue. This means you have to host the videos on your own servers and not rely on individual websites to stick around. Not so much a big deal any more but just a note. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

01-17-14  12:10pm - 590 days Is anyone using Windows 8? (29 Posts) - #13
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I figure everyone by now knows the Microcrap Rule: Only every other operating system works well. Windows 95 was great / Windows 98 only so-so - XP was awesome / Vista, well we know how that turned out - Windows 7 (which I use) works well / Windows 8 .... you know the rest.

I also don't really understand why HP does all this crap to their computers. I also got an HP laptop and it came loaded with a bunch of worthless programs that just generated popups and demands for updates. If you're completely clueless about computers this software might have some value but if you're just trying to get stuff done with real software then it's pointless. Like Exotics I just deleted the HP stuff or permanently shut it down and made my life easier. Sometimes I question my sanity ... and sometimes it replies.

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