I have mixed feelings here. I do agree that sampling is a form of cultural expression. But there's this "artist" here who made success with a song that consists in 90% samples of 2 other. Where do you draw the line?
Totally agreed. But while there's little control and these issues you can increase your security by practicing healthy and secure habits on your phone. Take for an example the wide permissions Android apps ask before being installed. I won't install an app before making sure of its origins if they ask for too much and broad permissions. Most people will.
I'm guessing Google will shift towards allowing users to deny some permissions. It's a question of basic security, both online and offline.
While I agree with you, the user must have some level of freedom to do what he/she wants or use becomes a hassle. I like the idea that Linux allows you to do whatever in your own user but the changes don't propagate and if serious structural changes are requested you'd need to provide root permissions. I've tried to set up a limited account on Windows. It's a nightmare, most software demand administrative privileges so if you are doing more than surfing the net, using pre-installed software things get quite complicated. Not that this is bad per se but it's an issue many aren't willing to deal with and end up running everyday Windows as administrators.
Considering most people use the computer for online stuff and office yeah, Linux should suffice. There are issues though. DRM comes right to mind as I can't run Netflix on Linux as far as I tried a few weeks ago. But you see, if Linux becomes the norm then it will be targeted. And naturally dangerous behavior is the user's own fault, not the software..
This is an interesting article. It highlights why mass surveillance is not needed (ie: mainly plain investigative efforts are needed to get the errors) and that humans will err at some point. Driving is a good example. When you just learned you'll be very cautious paying a lot of attention to everything. As you get used to it you'll take more risks and drive less carefully resulting in higher chances of accidents. I first caused an accident over 5 years after I got my license. A type of accident I wouldn't have caused on my early driver years because I would have waited before trying to go through.
Nowadays there's no excuse to be oblivious to technology and security specially if you are less than 40. It's a matter of self-protection. Suppose the Sydney girl had her phone fully locked (and it's not that hard to do it even with no rooting). Sure the guy could reset the phone and install anyway but it could at least raise suspicion that something is wrong.
There's an issue though. If they guy gives her a brand new phone with the spyware pre-installed then it could be a problem. Maybe there's a business opportunity here? Ie: a service that scans your phone for stuff that shouldn't be there.
On individual copyright trolling it's about the same. Show a minimum of knowledge and will to put a fight and they will let you go. The trolling business only survives if there's no awareness in this case. With patents it may be a little harder but maybe if much more companies stand against those trolls they will fold eventually. I highly doubt they'd go to court with too many small companies, the costs would be prohibitive.
Maybe it's about time we set up a "Chilling Effects" for patents?
I'm referring to a closed coolant system, not a closed thermodynamic system.
Yep, I got it.
Losses of coolant? How?
If you have parts that can be replaced there will be losses somewhere (ie: tubes with junctions). If you have less of those potential nano leaks you'll have to recharge less often. Obviously some coolants are better than others at this leaking thing. Honestly I have yet to see a water based cooling plant that doesn't use one or two m^3 every once in a while to replace losses.
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: A "closed cooling system" is an oxymoron
Wow, the semantics Nazism is strong in you, no? You got the point. The idea is to use water in a closed pipeline that will carry heat from the electronics to the outside where it will be transferred to the environment via air, ammonia or whatever goddamn fluid suitable instead of transferring by evaporation, which uses shitloads of water in a place that is suffering from scarcity. Happy?
I have a better idea. How about punishing the person that published such pictures for a myriad of existing crimes? I don't know, if I take a picture that is clearly private and the party involved did not allow any sort of distribution, make copies of it and paste them on the streets I'm sure nobody will try to bring new legislation to punish it as the EXISTING LAWS ALREADY DEAL WITH IT.
But you know, we added the "on the internet" arcane suffix in the mix. Suddenly new laws are needed for old problems.
Really? So how do you propose a mouse should be pictured? The ears are very, very different and the smile-like face has never been used. I find it a quite long shot. To their credit, at least Disney is targeting someone in the entertainment field.