You could look at each spot where a change might be bade as on bit.Make a change for a one, not make the change for a zero. If the goal is to identify each copy uniquely, you need a lot of possible change spots. Sixteen spots would allow for up to 65535 copies, which is probably a small run for an ebook. Will it be possible to find sixteen or more spots to change? Maybe. It will really dependva lot on the nature of the book.
Will it be possible to remove this tracking? Certainly. I'd even call it trivial to remove. Given several copies of the book,with different changes, a simple script could identify and correct the changes in seconds.
That's how the government eliminates crime. Sweep the real crimes under the rug, and stomp hard on anyone who dares point out that a crime occurred. Once nobody reports any crimes, the government can claim success because there are no reports of crimes.
The problem with that statement is that it's NOT Obama. The real problem is with the entire political process in the USA. Until such time as politicians don't have to depend on financial donations to stay in office, they will continue dancing to the tune of those with the cash to buy elections.
Google looks more like secretive mega-corporation that doesn't want to share the valuable data it has collected. I'll leave it to you to make your own decicion as to wether the reason is to protect your privacy or to be greedy and keep everything for itself.
Either way, the result is the same.
Re: Re: HEY, TIMMY, don't forget the illegal WARS:
Iraq: a country that DID use WMDs, DID harbor international terrorists, DID invade other countries (twice), and DID commit genocide. The Iraq War wasn't only not illegal, it was technically mandated by the UN genocide convention. What was illegal was anyone voting against it. Don't let Bush's bumbling confuse you into thinking it was an illegal war.
The United States is the only country to use nuclear weapons in battle, and still has the world's largest stockpile of them.
The United States government ignored requests to extradite Luis Carriles to face terrorism charges. Oh, and don't forget about The School of the Americas
The United States government overthrew the government of Iraq in 1963, bringing Saddam Hussein to power. The US also overthrew the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953. There are at least a dozen other times and places where the United States has intervened in the governments of other countries.
Even a simple scan of the history of the United States will show the blatant genocide commited against the native tribes of the US midwest and west.
By your logic, the rest of the world is not only permitted, but obligated to invade the United States and replace the government.
They get a paid vacation because they are innocent until proven guilty in court, so you can't punish them. At the same time, the allegations have so damaged their reputation that they are useless in any sort of law enforcement role.
If the US does manage to put 'export controls' on 3D printing files, all that will happen will be the same thing as happened with encryption in the 80's. All the expertise will move offshore outside the reach of those controls. The US will then find itself locked out of any part of the 3D printing market except the role of 'consumer'
There is a cost to this. Creating an industry around suing everyone in sight harms the company's reputation, and drives people towards boycotting that company's products. Look how many people have already decided to boycott anything by the major record labels, and spend their money with the independent record labels instead.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Think in terms of info, then
So what happens when the warning about the dangerous pesticide residueon that banana you're looking at is buried amoung the thousand or so warnings about everything from the slipping hazard of the peel to the fact that it contains dihydrogen monoxide?
1. The man was a terrorist and participated in terrorist activities.
2. The US is handling things in accordance to NATO's Interpol rules as the was not a domestic terrorist attack and he is a citizen of Chechnya and is here on a student visa.
1. The man is alleged to be a terrorist, and alleged to have participated in terrorist attacks. Under US Law, anyone, US citizen or not, is assumed to be innocent until proven in a court of law. No court has so ruled, therefore he is assumed to be innocent. How much evidence the police may or may not have simply does not matter until that evidence is presented in court.
2. Visitors to the United states are bound by US law. They are also entitled to the protections of US law.
This man should be charged with three counts of murder, and a couple of hundred counts of attempted murder. Once charged, the case should be handled as any other murder trial would be handled.
Why do I get the feeling this will never come to a trial? I can easily see the government declaring him an 'enemy combatant' and thus no need for a trial. Just lock him up until the 'War on Terror' is won. By that time,ma trial will be moot as he will have died of old age while in prison.